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Sony’s mid-range phones will reportedly use Snapdragon processors this year

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Sony appears close to refreshing three phones from its lower and mid-range lines, the Xperia XA, XA Ultra, and L1. The biggest change will be the Xperia XA and XA Ultra’s apparent switch to Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processors instead of MediaTek processors, as spotted by VentureBeat, which also acquired leaked pictures of the phones. The Snapdragon chips look to be 2.2GHz octa-core processors.

Sony introduced the XA1 and XA 1 Ultra last February, so they’re due for a refresh. The L1 was introduced in March as an update to the original 2013 L. The new phones will be called Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and the L2, according to VentureBeat, which spotted specs on GFXBench.

Based on the leaks, the 5.2-inch Xperia XA2 will be slightly larger than the original 5-inch XA, and it’s getting full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB SSD and runs Android Oreo. It’s also getting an updated 21-megapixel rear camera that’s 4K-capable and a 7-megapixel front camera.

Meanwhile, the 6.0-inch XA2 Ultra is keeping its full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution and the same memory and storage as the XA Ultra — 4GB of RAM and 64GB SSD. It will run Android Oreo. It’s getting the 21-megapixel rear camera with 4K capabilities too, and it boasts dual 15-megapixel front cameras that shoot video in 4K.

Sony’s L2 remains more mysterious, but VentureBeat has photos that it says are the new model. The specs are still mostly unknown but it may continue to have 720p resolution and run Android Nougat out of the box.

Credit: Venture Beat

A release date and prices for the three updated phones are not yet available, but there’s a chance we’ll learn more at CES.