Mid-ranger Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra to launch at MWC 2018

It was somewhere during September that GFXBench spotted the benchmarks of a mysterious new Sony device and while the entire collective of Sony fans on the internet scratched their heads as to the origin and the identity of the device we only have a certain answer now, as the device has been revealed to be a 6-inch smartphone going by the name Xperia XA2 Ultra.

According to a report from Phone Arena, the information was confirmed by NBTC and SIRIM who are the official regulatory boards respectively, for Thailand and Malaysia. The phone will come with a 1080p 6-inch display, a 21MP main camera on the back with a 15MP on the front for selfies. Both cameras are capable of recording in 4K video. Supporting the configuration is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The device will also be launched with Android Oreo 8.0.

The phone was previously identified as H4233 and will feature a Qualcomm chipset instead of a MediaTek one as was the case with this year’s XA1. The new chipset will be an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz along with an Adreno 508 GPU. Our strongest suspect for the chipset that the smartphone will sport is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. While there are no official photos of the phone uncovered yet, it should likely adopt the same flat design that has been trademark of past Xperia phones as Sony does not stray away from its brick design language at all. The phone also retains the 16:9 traditional aspect ratio, which makes the possibility of a new design less likely.

The phone should fall well into the mid-range category and should be made known to the world via an announcement sometime during the MWC 2018. The phone’s GFXBench specifications hint that it will support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth and dual-SIM, which is expected to be the case on any smartphone nowadays. Nothing else seems to stand out from the phone apart from the display size. Considering Sony’s mid-range phones always seem to cost a little over the premium segment, we won’t expect the device to make any waves once it does eventually release. Hopefully, Sony will implement Project Treble on the phone so that users will not have to worry about receiving future updates. We have heard speculation that Sony does plan on redesigning their phones starting next year, but we doubt that the mid-range XA2 will be the starting point of this initiative.