Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is bigger and badder

The new midrange phone expands on the Xperia XA2 released earlier this year.

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Sony just took the wraps off of its new Sony Xperia XA2 Plus phone.

The phone is a follow-up to the midrange Sony Xperia XA2 and Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra released earlier this year. As the name implies, the 6-inch Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is larger than the Xperia XA2, but the same size as the Xperia XA2 Ultra.

Watch this: Hands-on with the Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

But the Xperia XA2 Plus stands out because of its 18:9 aspect ratio and slightly thinner bezels, giving the midrange Sony phone a similar look to high-end flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2 XL.

The phone also includes Sony's High-Resolution Audio tech, which (according to the company) makes audio sound clearer with and without headphones.

Other Xperia XA2 Plus specs include:

  • 1080p resolution display
  • Aluminum frame
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • 23-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel wide-angle front camera
  • 3,580 mAh battery
  • Snapdragon 630 chip
  • Android 8.0 Oreo

Sony says the phone will release in late August. The Sony Xperia XA2 costs $350, £299 or AU$369, while the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra costs $450, £349 or AU$499. So you can expect the Xperia XA2 Plus to be somewhere in that ballpark.