Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review
Dual selfie camera
Our Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review finds a smartphone designed for selfies and enjoying all manner of media on a very big screen. This review follows the Sony Xperia XA2 review, a phone of which is cheaper due to only having a single selfie camera.
A huge display designed for movies and gaming
The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra undeniably has a massive display that is designed to thrill when playing movies or running games. The 6” edge-to-edge display has Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and this makes full use of a wide range of colours and fine detail.
The edge-to-edge design makes it far easier to hold and you can even run the phone in a special one-handed mini display mode. The display has a beautiful curved surface made from extra-tough Corning Gorilla Glass.
Quality design and performance
The high quality design includes a metallic back panel, coloured in either Silver, Gold, Blue or Black. The Xperia XA2 Ultra does sit at the heavier end of the scale at 221g and there is a good thickness of 9.5mm, to get hold of.
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Performance is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB RAM. This is plenty powerful enough for any type of gameplay, multitasking or internet browsing.
Phone Set Up
Sony has opted to move the fingerprint sensor onto the back of the phone (previously built into the power key). This makes a lot of sense and the new positioning feels far more natural.
The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra will go on sale with two internal memory options (32GB or 64GB). You could probably go for the lower memory option and save some money. Extra memory can then be added with the use of a up to 256GB microSD card or by using an online Cloud service.
Google and Sony apps
The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra runs on Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. This means that you get great pre-loaded apps such as the Google Assistant, Chrome, Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Duo.
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Sony also pre-loads a few useful apps of its own and these include Xperia Tips and Actions, Music, Album, Video, AR effect, Xperia Lounge and Movie Creator. You’ll love the Sony apps if you haven’t had a Sony phone before, because they have a unique look and feel about them.
When listening to music, Sony’s know how is put to good use with its Smart Amplifier technology, Clear Bass and ClearAudio+ software. These fine tune the experience with clear highs and a deep distortion free bass.
Camera & Video
Dual selfie camera
The big draw of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is its dual selfie camera. With this, it is less about bokeh blurred background effects and more about image quality and usefulness, under any circumstance.
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The 16MP lens and image sensor is set up for low light. With this, sharper and brighter photos are much easier to capture with built in optical image stabilisation and intelligent exposure control, which adjusts automatically to the surrounding light levels.
The 8MP lens has a 120o super wide angle lens for taking group selfies. Selfie perfection is also aided by a Night Portrait Flash that ensures natural skin tones are captured and a Hand Shutter gesture.
23MP main camera
The Xperia XA2 Ultra has one of the highest resolution cameras to be found in any camera phone. There are plenty of camera features and these include Quick Launch and Capture (0.5 seconds), 5x Clear Image Zoom, SteadyShot, slow motion video recording at 120 frames per second, stereo audio recording and 4K video recording at 4x the resolution of Full HD.
The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra ensures that there is plenty of battery charge for using that big 6” display. The 3,580mAh battery is protected during charging by smart charging technologies.
Qnovo Adaptive Charging adjusts the charge to prevent battery damage and Battery Care only charges the last 10% of the battery, just before you wake, which again extends battery life through the future years.
A Smart STAMINA Mode will get you out of any low battery situations. If you buy a quick charger, then you can recharge the phone in record time with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
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Written by: Michael Brown