On the 17th May, Sony issued a press release announcing that the Sony Xperia XA Ultra would be released in certain markets around the globe, from July.
Since this date, Sony has now added the Sony Xperia XA Ultra to their UK mobile phone website and listed it as coming soon. So, it looks like the UK will be lucky enough to get this smartphone and it is definitely one that consumers are going to want to snap up.
The Sony Xperia X series has, for now, replaced the Xperia Z series of smartphones and currently consists of the Xperia XA, X and X Performance.
The Xperia XA is the entry level device, with the Xperia X being the standard model with balanced pricing and specs. The Xperia X Performance gives the ultimate experience and boasts a 5” display, 23MP main camera and 13MP selfie camera.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra isn’t going to be the new X Performance but it is the first of the X Series to directly target a certain segment of the market. Touted to ‘Create the perfect nighttime selfie’, Sony gives us the most powerful selfie camera yet.
The selfie/front facing camera has a 16MP resolution, which is 3MP more than the X Performance, and super low-light capabilities are given through Sony’s low-light sensor, which gives sharp, bright and blur-free results.
A smart selfie flash illuminates faces naturally and more people can get into the shot with an 88-degree wide angle lens. The selfie camera on the Xperia XA Ultra also has HDR to capture detail in both light and dark areas of the scene, Optical Image Stabilisation to reduce the effects of hand shake and Hand Shutter, which is the selfie gesture used to start the countdown timer.
Although Sony has designed the Xperia XA Ultra to capture the imagination of the selfie addict, the rest of the features and specs are well up to par.
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The border-less 6” Full HD display is much bigger than that seen on the X Performance and at the edges the glass curves as it meets a razor thin metal surround. To improve the user experience, there is a One-Handed Operation Mode and Super Vivid Mode for use under sunlight.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra will run on Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system and have an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, Clear Bass, X-Loud and 21.5MP main camera with 5x Clear Image Zoom.
The large display is paired with clever technologies to ensure that the typical user can still get two days use from one charge. Qnovo adaptive charging technology is also built in and this protects the lifetime of the battery, making sure that usage times do not decrease over time.
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The Sony Xperia XA Ultra should be a success. The 16MP selfie camera will catch the attention of prospective buyers and there is nothing lacking in the spec sheet to deter them, once captivated.
Written by: Michael Brown