Sony introduced a new Xperia X series at the MWC 2016 event in Barcelona, Spain. The family included the base model Xperia XA, the mid-range Xperia X, and the premium X Performance.
Sometimes later, the Japanese tech giant followed these three phones with a phablet-sized handset with the name of Sony Xperia XA Ultra. As the name suggests, the device packs an ultra-huge display screen, especially when compared to the 5-inch panels that are found on the other three Xperia X family handsets.
The Xperia XA Ultra came to life in India on Tuesday, but you might not be impressed with the pricing of the device, especially when there are quite a huge range of other handsets out there with the same specs sheet but are way cheaper than the Rs 29,990 price tag of the XA Ultra. This is an equivalent of about $450, which means the phone is a high-end mid-ranger or something. To get a new Sony Xperia XA Ultra, you can visit any of Sony’s centers across the country, including its electronic stores.
From the look of things, Sony Xperia XA Ultra is a phone that is targeting a specific market – selfie lovers. Many young people today are obsessed with photography, with selfies leading the way. To make sure that it gets hold of this market, Sony packed a huge 16MP lens on the front of the phone. It gets even better as unlike many smartphone selfie cameras, the XA Ultra has optical image stabilization as well as selfie flash on board. With these two features, you are promised of the best selfie photos ever regardless of the current lighting conditions.
Even though Sony’s focus with the Xperia XA Ultra seems to be on the selfie market, it doesn’t mean the main camera is a poor one. Sony went for a huge 21MP snapper that features autofocus capabilities as well as a quick launch feature. With the latter feature, you can shoot up the snapper in a fraction of a second to capture a moment that could easily be missed when using other smartphones. Given Sony’s heroics when it comes to photography, you can expect the best from this phone’s cameras.
As for the rest of the specs sheet, you get a 6-inch Full HD display panel with 1080p resolution. Under the hood, the Xperia XA Ultra has an octa-core SoC that is clocked at a speed of 2.0GHz and is paired with a RAM of 3GB. For your storage, you only get 16GB of internal space, but this can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.
Sony might have failed on the battery end by equipping the Xperia XA Ultra with a 2700mAh battery unit, especially when the likes of Gionee M6 and M6 Plus are coming in with battery capacities of 5000mAh and 6020mAh respectively. Despite all, you get the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box as well as free content with apps such as Kindle and Sony LIV.