The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is a mid-range smartphone launched by Sony in May 2016.
As is usually the case with a Sony Xperia X handset, the Xperia phablet is a photography focused device. This surprise release by Sony has met with a positive response among the masses, and has some strikingly different features when compared to the Z series. Yet in many ways, the gadget appears to be very similar to the Sony Xperia XA launched earlier. Available for sale in three color options, the manufacturer claims its nano single SIM Xperia XA Ultra to be a stylish selfie-cam masterpiece.
Design, Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
Sporting super thin or razor-thin bezels, at first glance the Sony Xperia XA Ultra makes you think that the device is completely bezel free. Although not very sleek, the phablet is pretty thin enough for a device of its size and has dimensions of 164.20 x 79.40 x 8.40 mm. It is not too bulky either and weighs 190g. As for the body material used, the phablet does not house a full metal body. But, the metal casing surrounding the handset gives the Xperia XA Ultra a classy look. Also, the device stays firm in your hand without slipping through. However, unlike other Xperia gadgets, this Sony offering is not waterproof. Integrating a svelte-build, the XA Ultra can be comfortably operated with just one hand.
Screen Display, Pixel Resolution and Pixel Density
Finding its place among the phablet category, the Sony handset depicts a large screen. The 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen features the typical 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with a 367ppi pixel density. The device is primarily known for its edge-to-edge display, which is what makes it stand out from its Xperia XA counterpart. Another highlight is that the nearly borderless screen has curved glass edges for better display effects.With the IPS LCD display technology, wide viewing angles are a sure bet. Also, the big screen adds pleasure to your gaming, browsing, movie watching and reading experiences.
Rear and Front Cameras
Stellar cameras are what the Sony Xperia XA Ultra terms the cameras in this phablet to be. Neither the rear nor the front camera will let you down with their promising outputs. Selfie lovers will definitely enjoy taking more and more shots. The phablet is built with a flash based 21.5MP camera using an Exmor RS sensor with 1/24.4 aperture. This shooter is mainly noted for its hybrid autofocus and quick launch features apart from other excellent capture functionalities like HDR and 5x clear image zoom.The Sony phablet is primarily noted for its 16MP front snapper that makes use of an Exmor R sensor and a front-faciing LED flash. The noteworthy feature of this camera is its ability to support optical image stabilization. This assures you of excellent quality video chats and selfies in case of both normal and lowlighting. Gesture shutter is an innovative attribute of the front shooter.
Hardware, Memory and Software
The phablet does not appear to let you down in this regard. Under its hood, the Xperia XA Ultra comes witha built in MediaTek Helio P10 chipset. The device also comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM for internal storage. With 3GB RAM, the XA Ultra offers a smooth and seamless experience. With memory expansion of up to 200GB using external sources, you get virtually almost unlimited storage. Sony does not let you down on the operating system either. The handset comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow preinstalled that is the current version of Android. Marshmallow has various interesting updates over the previous versions of Android and you can take advantage of these features with the Sony Xperia XAUltra.
The Xperia phablet comes with a 2,700 mAh Li-ion battery that is removable. While the battery appears to be really small for such a large size device, the Full HD display helps in reducing power consumption. However, according to the manufacturer, a fully charged battery offers two days battery life with a single charge. In other words, you can use your gadget non-stop for two days after you have charged it once. Also, as the battery supports quick charging technology, you can use the quick charger (that must be bought a separate accessory) and charge the phablet for 10 minutes to give you 5.5 hours of use.