CES 2018

Sony sticks to their traditional design with Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

Still with razor-thin side bezels

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Sony didn’t announce a true borderless phone at CES 2018, but they brought new selfie-centric midrange Xperia phones to new heights. We’re talking about the new Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra.

The new Xperia XA phones remain loyal to the traditional Sony design but with a few minor touches. There are no 18:9 displays here; we still get a good old 16:9 panel with razor-thin side bezels. The top and bottom bezels are somehow reduced, too. Hardware changes include a new placement of the fingerprint scanner — it’s now located at the back.


Sony Xperia XA2

Both the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra are powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor. The XA2 has 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage, while the XA2 Ultra gets 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. They two support storage expansion via a microSD card if more space is needed. Both phones boot Android 8.0 Oreo with a few customization from Sony.

What differentiates the two is their size. The regular XA2 has a 5.2-inch display, while the XA2 Ultra has a bigger 6-inch screen, but both sport a Full HD resolution. Battery capacities on each phone are also different at 3300mAh and 3580mAh, respectively. The phones support Qnovo Adaptive Charging for faster battery top-up.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Since the phones are selfie-centric, their front cameras are quite special. A single 8-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera is on board the XA2 for better group shots. The XA2 Ultra, on the other hand, gets two front cameras with 16- and 8-megapixel sensors. The XA2 Ultra also has optical image stabilization for its front camera (specifically the 16-megapixel shooter) and a dedicated front LED flash. Both handsets sport 23-megapixel rear cameras which are capable of 4K and 120fps slow-mo videos.

The Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra will come out sometime in February 2018. The XA2 will be available in silver, black, blue, and pink, while the XA2 Ultra will come in silver, black, blue, and gold. Pricing is yet to be announced.

CES 2018

Podcast Episode 1: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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LG’s InstaView ThinQ is one smart fridge

This is the future

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The future of smart appliances is upon us.

LG has not only dared to venture into connected kitchen technology, they’ve taken it a step further with their newest smart appliances. We got to see all this at CES.


The InstaView ThinQ is the fridge of the future. It’s equipped with the smart voice assistant Alexa which means you will be able to talk to it — the better to figure out what you want to eat! Not only that, it will suggest recipes depending on what food items you have stored. The best part is that it can be connected to your phone and all your other smart appliances for a seamless everyday home experience.

SEE ALSO: LG builds a smart kitchen that ‘talks’ to you and your home

SEE ALSO: Lessons from household appliances

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Best of CES 2018: Project Linda, Smart Display, and more!

From prototypes to full-fledged products

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CES 2018 gave us a glance at all the wonderful consumer tech that’s in store for us — not just this year, but for the years to come. The show had tons of products, almost too many to count, so we came up with this video compiling the most interesting gadgets that caught our attention.

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