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New leak suggests Sony H4233 will launch as the Xperia XA2 Ultra

The Sony device with model number H4233 appears to be confirmed as the new XA2 Ultra, according to documents from regulatory boards in Malaysia and Thailand.
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December 28, 2017
TL;DR
  • The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra will carry the model number H4233.
  • The device recently passed through regulatory bodies in Malaysia and Thailand.
  • It could bring a new design language as Sony looks to pivot from its OmniBalance design.

According to a new leak, we’re getting confirmation of a new Sony device. The information popped up on Slashleaks and allegedly confirms the existence of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra.

The Sony H4233 recently passed through both NBTC and SIRIM— official regulatory bodies in Thailand and Malaysia charged with overseeing telecommunication devices. On the application, Sony listed the model name “Xperia XA2 Ultra” with the H4233 model number.

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Every phone must pass through regulatory committees before they go on sale. We generally see devices hit the FCC (United States) or TENAA (China) a few weeks or months before a big launch. While they normally don’t provide a ton of information, they do confirm that the device exists. They also provide information like model numbers, supported Wi-Fi bands, and Bluetooth information.

We don’t have any specs yet, but we suspect that the Xperia XA2 Ultra will show off a new look for Sony. Its devices are well known for their OmniBalance design, but it’s getting dated. While companies like Samsung are lauded for their smartphone design, Sony just keeps pumping out the same old thing.

It seems like Sony got the message that it is time to try something different. It recently confirmed that it will bring a new design to the market and is rumored to show it off at Mobile World Congress 2018.