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Sony announces XA2, XA2 Ultra & L2

Sony announces XA2, XA2 Ultra & L2

Sony announced it’s latest devices, the XA2, XA2 Ultra & L2 at the CES 2018, although official launch dates and prepaid prices are yet to be confirmed. The XA2 is the lightest of all three models, weighing just 171 grams. The XA2 features a 5.2″ display, 0.8″ smaller than the XA2 Ultra. Both the XA2 and it’s larger counterpart are encased in Gorilla Glass and housed in aluminum bands. Both devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, offer 4GB of RAM and feature a 23MP rear camera. The 23MP camera features Sony’s Exmor RS 1/2.3 aperture lens, which boasts ISO sensitivity to 12,800 for low-light photography.

Beyond a larger display, the key differences between the two devices are the internal storage options and the battery size. The XA2 Ultra is ideal for those needing a lot of space with 32 or 64GB available and expandable by 256GB via the microSD slot. The XA2 on the other hand offers only 32GB of internal memory but can be expanded by a further 256GB. The battery size is also larger with the XA2 Ultra sporting a 3,580mAh charge capacity, compared to the 3,300mAh battery featured in the XA2.


Finally, the L2 is Sony’s latest budget smartphone. Featuring a 5.5″ HD display, the L2 offers a nice medium between the XA2 and XA2 Ultra, however is more suited to those interested in a middle-of-the-road model. Packing reasonable specs, the L2 offers 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, 12MP rear camera and 8MP front snapper. Similarly to the XA2 however, the L2 offers 32GB of internal storage and packs a pretty powerful 3,300mAh battery. 


The battery power is just one of many improvements since the L1, which featured a 2620mAh battery. Further upgrades include 1GB more of RAM, an increase in internal storage by 16MB and the introduction of a fingerprint sensor for extra security. The only disappointment however is the software, with the L2 being released with Android 7 Nougat, rather than the newer Android Oreo 8, as featured in the XA2 and XA2 Ultra. Value for money for all the new devices however will be determined when Sony reveals their pricing. Check back at the CMM blog for more future updates.

Introducing the Sony Xperia L1

Introducing the Sony Xperia L1

Announced on March 20th 2017, the Xperia L1 is a new ‘mid-range’ phone for Sony’s collection. Featuring a 5.5-inch HD display and 5MP front camera, while its back houses a 13MP primary camera with auto-focus and an LED flash.

Xperia L1

The Xperia L1 runs on a customised version of Android Nougat, you can see the full new features of Android Nougat here, and boasts 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via the micro SD card slot. A ‘smart cleaner’ feature has also been included, which removes any cached or background data which may slow the performance of the phone.

The new Xperia also features different modes for you to choose from depending on your day. For example, ‘Good night’ mode automatically sets the device to ‘Do not disturb’ and lowers brightness to reduce the chance of disruption when you’re sleeping.

Key Spec Overview:

  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • MediaTek 64-bit quad-core CPU @ 1.5GHz
  • 5MP front camera, 13MP rear camera
  • 2620 mAh battery
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 256GB

Colours include black, white and pink. The Sony Xperia L1 will be available from the 1st week of June, however UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. For updates on the Sony Xperia L1 please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager. You can email or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.

Sony XZ Review

Sony XZ Review


The XZ is Sony’s latest flagship device to join it’s new X series, featuring a 5.2″ full HD display with ever-so-slightly curved glass and rounded edges. The body is made from high purity ALKALEIDO™ metal giving the XZ depth and shine. With an IP68 rating, the Xperia XZ can be fully submerged in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. However, Sony still advises that the XZ is not put completely underwater and is not exposed to the sea, salt water, chlorinated water or drinks, so the level of water resistance will cover the odd raindrop but shouldn’t be taken as a guarantee in more extreme environments. Colour variations include Mineral Black, White and Forest Blue, while accessories available include the ‘Style Cover Touch SCTF10’, allowing you to see your XZ notifications even when the cover is closed, thanks to a see-through front.  A smaller variation is also available, the Xperia X Compact, featuring a 4.6″ display.

Sony XZ Review


The XZ offers new and improved camera technology. Not only has the 13MP selfie shooter been updated but Sony has also maximised it’s image sensor by adding two additional assisting sensors to create Sony’s very own triple image sensing technology. This means you’ll be able to capture images in motion with true to life colours in virtually any condition – at stunning, blur-free quality.

Sony XZ Review

Teamed with the 23 megapixel rear camera that has the ability to go from standby to capture mode in just 0.6 seconds, it’s almost a guarantee you won’t miss a shot. Advanced features have also been added, such as shutter speeds and focus controls for those who would like to enhance the shooting experience. Although the XZ isn’t kitted out with Sony’s 4K screen as seen in the Xperia Z5 Premium, the XZ does have 4K video capabilities for high-quality recording, full of detail.

The XZ runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, soon to be updated to Android Nougat. The OS remains fairly untouched, although Sony has made a few tweaks including it’s own lockscreen, settings menu and an extra panel in the app draw for suggested and recommended apps. And, similarly to previous Xperia models, PlayStation users can take advantage of PS Remote Play, which allows you to play games from your console, on your phone. Alongside Playstation, apps such as Facebook, Spotify, Lookout, Amazon Shopping and Sony’s Xperia Lounge and Lifelog, are pre-installed.

When it comes to the 2900mAh  battery, the XZ offers three power saving modes and Type-C USB for easy and quick charging. A notable feature for preserving the battery life is the XZ’s ability to learn when you wake up, and charge up to 90% through the night, only going to 100% when you’re about to wake up.

The handset is also powered by a 64-bit Quad-core processor and houses 32GB of memory as well as an SD memory card slot that can hold up to 256GB.

Key specs:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • USB Type-C
  • 23-megapixel rear camera
  • 13-megapixel front camera
  • 2,900mAh battery
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage expandable up to 256GB with microSD card

For more information on the Sony XZ and information on SIM free and pay-monthly prices, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager via Email: or Phone: 01252 854352.

Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA

Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA

Sony released two new devices at the 2016 Mobile World Congress – the Xperia X and Xperia XA, as part of their new ‘X Series’ which is expected to be fully launched this summer. The new models look a bit different from the previous Z series, moving away from the block design to rounded edges and curved glass displays.

The Xperia X and Xperia XA will be available in lime gold, white, graphite black and rose gold when fully launched this summer.

Xperia X key spec overview:

  • 5″ Full HD display
  • 23MP rear camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor
  • 3GB of RAM

Xperia XA key spec overview:

  • 5” edge-to-edge 720p display
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android Marshmallow
  • MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM

Both phones feature Qnovo Adaptive Charging Technology to make sure the battery stamina is strong, with the Xperia X featuring a 2620mAh cell and the Xperia XA 2300mAh. In fact with smart battery management, you should be able to get two days of battery life from just one charge. Finally both phones also have microSD support up to 200GB for extra media. The Xperia X is available for pre-register at but you can also check back with the blog for updates on the official launch date and price.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Review

Sony Xperia Z UltraIntroducing the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, it’s the smartphone that offers the best of both worlds, combining a modernistic design and highly practical features.

Display and Design 
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the first Android Smartphone with a 6.4″ Full HD Display and the first to incorporate a TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile in the World. Featuring a superb big screen with 16 million colours and 1920 x 1080 pixels (The Apple iPhone 5 pixel count is 1136 x 640), the Sony Xperia Z Ultra still manages to stay sleek and lightweight, with a 6.5mm body and weighing in at just 212 grams. More so, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, dust resistant and features tough-tempered glass coated with an anti-shatter film, ready to withstand any accidental drops or drips, and daily use.

Sony Xperia Z UltraOnce you have ensured all the covers for the micro USB port, the micro SIM slot, the headphone jack and the memory card slot are firmly closed, you can take pictures  while swimming in freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Astonishingly you can even dive up to 1.5 metres with the waterproof Xperia Z Ultra.

NFC Technology 
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra offers further convenience, with numerous ‘One-touch’ features for ease of use. Using Near Field Communication (NFC), you can connect your Xperia Z Ultra in a single tap. No wires, cables or fiddling with settings are necessary. Share photos, music and more between two phones,  or between your phone and an NFC-enabled laptop with a single touch onto the other device. You can play the music on your Android smartphone through a wireless speaker or wireless headphones in one touch. You can even see photos from your phone on your TV with one-touch mirroring. Simply touch your Bluetooth smartphone to the remote from your BRAVIA® TV to activate screen mirroring. Finally, one-touch back-up, whether you take pictures on your Xperia smartphone, tablet or camera, you can store them in the same place. The Sony Personal Content Station™ is a wireless hub for photos and videos.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra PenExtra Features 
The Xperia Z Ultra is compatible with a pencil or stylus. The super responsive screen lets you to write and sketch with precise accuracy, and take notes using Notebook or Sketchbook. You can even take notes from a locked screen and during calls. The high accuracy and low latency offers exact precision, for a truly authentic pen-and-paper feel. More so, you can transform your handwritten text. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with handwriting recognition. Your handwritten notes get optically scanned and converted into text. As a result, you can easily insert your notes into whatever field you’re editing.

Overall, we have the rate the Sony Xperia Z Ultra highly for being the smartphone to bring style and practicality into the same sentence. More so, for not only being the  first Android Smartphone with a 6.4″ Full HD Display and the first to incorporate a TRILUMINOS™ Display with X-Reality for mobile in the World, but for taking this further, providing water and dust resistance and a variety of great features for ease of us and convenience.