Sony’s smartphone business may be struggling for years with no immediate remedy in sight, but the company isn’t throwing in the towel just yet.

The company yesterday unveiled a new mid-range smartphone called the Xperia XA2 Plus as the third handset in its XA2 series that already includes the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra. However, while those two devices feature more traditional 16:9 displays, the new smartphone comes with an 18:9 panel, giving it a more modern look and feel.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Specifications

The Xperia XA2 Plus comes with a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) 18:9 IPS LCD display, and is being marketed by Sony as ‘designed to entertain’. It is powered by the Snapdragon 630 SoC, and comes in two different models with either 4GB of RAM alongside 32GB of internal storage, or 6GB of RAM alongside 64GB of built-in storage. It also comes with a microSD slot (hybrid) for capacity expansion.

The device sports a 23MP (1/2.3-inch) rear-facing camera that is paired with a 24mm f/2.0 lens, and comes with PDAF and LED flash. The selfie camera comes an 8MP sensor (1/4-inch) with an f/2.4 fixed-focus lens. Software features include touch-to-focus, face/smile detection, HDR and panorama.

Connectivity options on the Xperia XA2 Plus include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C 1.0 and a 3.5mm audio port. The device comes with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed, and carries a 3,580mAh Li-ion battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The XA2 Plus measures 157mm x 75mm x 9.6mm, and weighs 205 grams.

Sony Xperia XA2 Plus Specifications 
Display6-inch IPS LCD, 18:9 Aspect Ratio, 2160x1080 Resolution
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 630
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage32GB/64GB, Expandable
Rear Camera23 MP (f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.3"), PDAF, LED flash
Front Camera8 MP (f/2.4, 1/4")
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Battery3,580 mAh Li-Ion
ColorsSilver, Black, Gold, Green

Pricing and Availability

Sony has said that the Xperia XA2 Plus will launch in late August, although, there’s no word yet about the pricing. The company has, however, revealed that the device will be available in black, silver, gold and green color options.