Sony Xperia XA Ultra review
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra has an infinity-feel 6” display that is as close to borderless as anything we have seen yet. This very large viewing area stretches from edge-to-edge and offers a Full HD resolution.
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The curved glass ends pleasingly as the finger glides smoothly off the side. Under bright daylight, Super Vivid Mode can be used to read messages, view photos or watch videos.
The 6” display has a premium metal surround and to complete the look, the Graphite Black, Lime Gold and White versions of the Xperia XA Ultra, each have their own colour-matched lock screens.
This Sony phone isn’t light at 202g, which is purely a reflection of its size, but it is relatively thin at 8.4mm. Combine this with the special One-handed Operation Mode and the Xperia XA Ultra still proves to be practical.
Phone Set Up
The Introduction to Xperia widget makes it really easy to migrate content from an old phone. In addition to this the Introduction to Xperia feature will sync accounts such as Chrome, social networks and email clients.
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The internal 16GB memory gives the owner a usable 10GB of space, once the pre-loaded apps and OS are taken into account. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra also has a 200GB microSD card slot, for those who need an ultra memory.
Google’s latest Android Marshmallow operating system is on board and this is coupled up with 4G internet access and a MediaTek MT6755 64-bit octa-core processor with 3GB RAM.
This gives the Sony Xperia XA Ultra a solid foundation of Google apps blended with eight core performance. Google’s apps include, but aren’t limited to, Maps, Voice Search, Now on Tap and Google Cast.
Sony has added to the mix with a series of apps that encourage mobile engagement. The Video & TV SideView app turns the phone into a remote control with TV guide, while the News Suite brings a tailored news viewing experience.
Further pre-loaded sony apps includes Music, Camera, Album, Movie Creator, Track ID, What’s New, Weather and Spotify. Sony has also added its own series of sound enhancements with Clear Audio+, Clear Bass, Clear Phase and X-Loud giving a supreme experience.
Camera & Video
High resolution selfies
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra has an ultra-impressive 16MP selfie camera with super low-light capabilities. The Smart Selfie flash produces natural illumination for your face, while Optical Image Stabilisation compensates for hand shake when capturing photos and videos.
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The Hand Shutter feature allows a hand gesture to be used to start the shutter’s countdown timer and the wide angle 88 degrees lens caters to group shots.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra has an equally impressive 21.5MP main camera. The camera can be launched in just a fraction of a second and 5x Clear Image Zoom and Auto-Scene Recognition make it easy to get clear results every time.
Two days battery
The 2,700mAh battery will give the typical user up to two days of use and for extreme situations, the user can turn on STAMINA Mode. If rapid charging is desired, then it is possible to buy the Quick Charger UCH12, which in just 10 minutes can give 5.5 hours of use.
Qnovo adaptive charge technology is on board and this protects the life of the battery. In fact it can double the battery lifespan, by constantly monitoring and adjusting the charging currents.
Final thoughts: The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is a good fit for those who want a big screen but don’t want to quite venture down the tablet route. In addition to this, it has one of, if not the highest, selfie camera resolutions.
Written by: Michael Brown