Sony recently announced a new version of the X series named the Xperia XA Ultra, a phablet-sized phone that is targeting the mid-range clientele.
Sony had dropped the idea of coming in with a huge-sized phone when it announced three variants of the Xperia X series that debuted at the MWC 2016 show in Barcelona, all with a screen size of 5 inches. Last year saw a 4.6-inch Xperia Z5 Compact and a 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium released alongside the standard 5.2-inch Xperia Z5, however, this was not the case this year. The company announced Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance – all with 5-inch screen sizes.
With Sony looking to recapture its lost success in the smartphone market, the Japanese tech giant is seemingly targeting the phablet-obsessed customers with a decent device that will probably be priced decently or rather affordably.
When it comes to screen size, it has increasingly become a hard task to tell which size is the standard. Whether it is 4 inches, 5 inches or even 6 inches, it all depends on your preferences. As for the latest Sony Xperia XA Ultra, it is indeed a huge phablet with a screen size of 6 inches, larger than the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 6.
The new Sony Xperia XA Ultra is the premium version of the Xperia XA released earlier this year. The phone comes with slightly upgraded specs of the standard XA, but the most noticeable difference is the display size.
The smaller Xperia XA comes with a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display, contrary to the 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel available on the Xperia XA Ultra. However, you will find the same MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 SoC on board the two devices, however, the newer XA Ultra has a RAM of 3GB as opposed to the 2GB available on the standard XA.
It is on the camera matters where things get sweeter for the Xperia XA Ultra. The phone packs a massive 21.5MP snapper on the rear and an even better 16MP selfie sensor. We saw HTC 10 come with OIS in its selfie camera, a route that has also been taken by the XA Ultra. The selfie snapper also features an LED flash to ensure that you capture great photos even when in the dark.
Despite the fact that the Xperia XA Ultra has a seemingly poor small battery capacity of 2700mAh, Sony claims that this will be enough to take through two full days on a single charge.
As for the release date, Sony will avail this phone somewhere in July, but there are no details of the price. Speaking of the release date, Sony Canada has revealed that it will also be availing the Xperia XA Ultra to the country during this summer. But like the official release date of the phone, it is not known when exactly this device will be available for purchase in the Great White North region.