Sony has just launched the much anticipated Sony Xperia XA Ultra, which will be the replacement for the Xperia C5 Ultra.
The latter has been a hugely successful device and Sony has not tried to mend the overall elements in the search for a better phone. Rather, the Japanese giant has only tweaked certain elements of the phone and it comes in a new fresh format.
The biggest improvement on the Sony Xperia XA Ultra compared to previous generation phablets from the company is the design, which eliminates almost any bezel in the sides. The 6-inch display comes with full HD resolution. The edge-to-edge display means that the phone is more compact even with this large display.
The phone comes with android 6.0.1 marshmallow out of the box. Things cannot get any better in this regard. In order to run this operating system in a smooth manner, Sony goes for the Mediatek Helio P10 chipset. It also helps keep the costs down, especially in comparison with going for an extensive chipset from the snapdragon line up. It is supported by 3 GB of RAM, which may be a welcome addition even in this segment.
Internal storage is probably the biggest disappointment on the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. Just 16 GB is offered as a standard on the device, which seems paltry in this day and age. Even though the phone can support additional storage using memory cards, Sony could have offered the Xperia XA Ultra with 32 GB of storage as well.
In terms of the rear camera, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra employs the tried and trusted 21.5-megapixel camera seen in a number of models from the company. It is supported by the usual fare of hybrid autofocus technology and LED flash. The talking point, though, is the front camera, which has a whopping 16-megapixel sensor. This could make it the Sony Xperia XA Ultra as the ultimate device for selfie lovers. Aside from a huge sensor, the front camera also comes with support for gestures.
Given the 6 inch display size, the 2700 mAh battery seems tiny to handle the company’s claims of a two-day battery life. However, turbocharging is provided and one can get up to 5.5 hours of usage in just 10 minutes. The turbocharger, though, is not part of the package and will have to be purchased separately. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra will be available from July.