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Sony Xperia XA Ultra - Raise Your Selfie Game

Sony Xperia XA Ultra - Raise Your Selfie Game
Gaining incredible popularity over a very short time-span, selfies created what can only be described as a microculture. Social networks and similar websites amassed an unprecedented number of users thanks to our desire to photograph every single event and object in our lives. Even special accessories such as the selfie stick were invented to aid our cause. It’s no surprise than to see smartphone companies shift focus towards better photography, especially using the front camera sensor. Sony’s latest Xperia XA Ultra explores uncharted territory using a 16-megapixel front camera and 6-inch display.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra


Used extensively over the years, Sony’s rectangular design never seems to get old. Using only minor cosmetic changes, designers maintain tradition and the iconic design that makes their devices instantly recognizable. Some users will undoubtedly grow tired of the same design lines, but we don’t see a valid reason for altering it. Using a combination of metal and polycarbonate, Xperia XA Ultra is meticulously put together. There aren’t any panel gaps and the aluminium frame provides outstanding structural rigidity. One tiny detail that will undoubtedly fascinate you is the almost complete lack of screen bezels on the side. The bezel is razor thin giving one the impression that the screen is somehow floating in mid-air. Even flagships are struggling to keep a lid on bezel size, but not Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra. Measuring in at 164 x 79 x 8.4 mm and weighing 202 grams, XA Ultra has similar footprint to other phablets on the market.

 

Sony Xperia XA Ultra

 


The best thing on any phablet is naturally the screen because gaining just a fraction of an inch makes life much easier. Whether you’re doing work on the go or trying to relax with a nice movie, both tasks favour a bigger screen. By having more space, one is able to see more numbers on a spreadsheet or have better gaming experience on the go. There is nothing worse than having your fingers obscure the screen during gaming. The panel on this smartphone stretches across 6-inches and produces 1080 x 1920 pixels for a total density of 367ppi. Even though the pixels are stretched across a large area, we didn’t notice any pixelation. Brightness and viewing angles were on point and our only remark was that the colours are on the cooler side. Thankfully the hues can be adjusted within the settings.

 

Sony Xperia XA Ultra


Mediatek’s hardware offers superb performance on budget so we were excited to see their octa-core Helio P10 CPU used here. Supported by Mali-T860MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM, performance is skilfully balanced throughout a wide variety of tasks. Gaming and other intensive tasks did not display any signs of lag while simple web browsing was handled with ease. Sony’s user interface experienced a slight transformation becoming significantly more welcoming in the process. We used to be inundated with bloatware, however the number of their proprietary apps has been reduced to a more manageable level. Some bloatware can still be found, but users shouldn’t have any problems erasing it. Mid-range devices usually feature around 16GB of internal storage and Xperia XA Ultra falls into that category. If you feel like that’s too cosy, the memory can be expanded by an additional 256GB using a microSD card. During our tests we managed to squeeze anywhere from 7 to 8 hours of battery life from a fairly modest 2700 mAh battery; a respectable performance within the segment.

 

Sony Xperia XA Ultra


Setting Xperia XA Ultra apart from its competition is the 16-megapixel front camera featuring LED flash and optical image stabilization. OIS is usually reserved for main camera sensors and most low-end devices don’t have it at all. The technology assists users in taking blur-free images, something that is definitely an issue with most selfies. Bigger lens and more megapixels translate into vastly more detail than your average snapper, allowing you to have pristine video conversations among other things.

Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra sets out to bring better imaging to users that are fond of selfies, but it’s far from being just a selfie phone. Thanks to balanced internals and a huge 6-inch screen, XA Ultra is an entertainment champion. Phablets aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you don’t mind the slightly larger dimensions, definitely give it a closer look!


Buy Sony Xperia XA Ultra here

 

 

 


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