This is the last of X line which is ready to buy. It is a gigantic 6-inch display smartphone which is encased in a metal frame with a pronounced high-resolution selfie camera with flash and featuring some pretty decent hardware underneath. The device comes with the best selfie camera.
The device is built on the principals of the Sony’s rectangular gigantic design. The phone is protected by a solid metal frame. The Ultra typically weighs around 202grams. With almost a floating display combined with very slim bezels.
The rest of the phone is made out of the polycarbonate on the right Sony has cleverly positioned the volume rocker and the power key both which are easily accessible even when you are holding this monster in a single hand. The front glass is rounded at the edges giving the premium quality look. This combines with the amazingly thin size bezels. To the real boast of the phone look. There is no fingerprint sensor available. But we get the Sony’s two-step traditional camera button.
The dimensions of the device are 164 x 79 x 8.4 mm. The device comes in exciting colors such as White, Graphite Black, and Lime Gold. Coming to the placements the device is provided with a USB port at the bottom and the headphone jack at the top. The volume and the power button on the right like usual.
The Sony XA ultra comes with a 6-inch display with a pixel resolution of 1080 x 1920 which is a full HD resolution. The screen to body ratio of the device is 76.6%. The device bears a pixel density of 367ppi. Supports up to 4 fingers multi-touch. The scratch-resistant glass is available.
The Ultra’s key feature is the 1080p screen on a 6-inch display. The 1080 resolution is perfectly sharp even at this diagonal. The maximum brightness is quite high, the contrast ratio is good. The viewing angles and the outdoor visibility is very good. The brightness is good outdoors but the color calibration is seriously not good enough.
Sony Xperia XA Ultra is available in single and dual sim variant. It comes with a 6.0-inch display. The device is packed with an Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor along with the Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset.
The device runs on MaliT860MP2. It runs on Android v6.0.1 version marshmallow and planning upgrade to Nougat v7.0. Consisting of 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory expandable through micro SD slot up to 256GB for loading videos, music and much more. Having primary camera of 21.5MP camera with f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash. Provided with 1/2.4" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama features.
It has 16MP front camera availing f/2.0, 1/2.6" sensor size, autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1080p. Stereo speakers are available. Sensors such as Accelerometer, proximity, compass given for the flexible performance. The battery capacity is 2700mAh which is of the non-removable kind. Which gives a standby time around558hrs on 2G and 708hrs on 3G.
The best thing about this device is the phone provides one handed operating mode and you can easily activate with simply swiping up from the bottom right corner of the screen. The interface can be moved or enlarged depending on the size you want. The other hardware we have to discuss is the selfie camera. The front camera has unusually high resolution and a large sensor. There are optical image stabilization and front facing flash.
The Xperia XA ultra comes with the Android 6 marshmallow software. It has a close resemblance to the pure android with the few Sony’s own touches. You also get the full load of the multimedia apps like video, album and play station. There is also Sony’s Xperia themes. The chipset works well bit the Galaxy A9 and Mi Max is bearing a faster chipset. The narrow bezels look good while gaming.
The graphic performance isn’t too high either, however, the phone performs without issues in the real world never skipping a beat. Large phones usually have the big battery and great battery life. Unfortunately, Sony ultra has either, built in battery is not very impressive of the capacity. The Antutu score of the device is 48979.
Sony has put two serious camera sensors inside the Xperia XA ultra. On the back, there is a 21MP camera and on the front and optically stabilized 16MP selfie snapper both have LED flashes and use large sensors. The main camera is one of the best we have seen from the Sony. The large resolution stills are contrasting and have loads of detail. Everything is sharp from edge to edge and there is no sign of softness anywhere in any frame. On the negative white balance is a bit of warmer than it needs to be and there is a visible noise even in good light.
The 16MP selfies are probably the most detailed we have seen from a phone. There is HDR for the front camera which helps even out the exposure and even in really low light front facing camera can rely on its LED flash.
The best mode is the fill light mode which produces a very good lit image. As the normal flash mode is too harsh. The front facing camera has optical stabilization and it does manage t smooth out the video. It works nicely for the walk type shooting. Video on both cameras is limited to the only 1080p but the footage itself is great. The main camera doesn’t have optical stabilization, though.
The Sony Xperia XA ultra has a great screen. Great cameras and it is one of the few handsome 6 inches out there. And is reasonable in every other aspect. We were disappointed with the battery life and the benchmarks performance. It lacks a fingerprint scanner that is a negative point. But it has many best things like pin size bezels and best in class selfies. The price range of the device is Rs 25000/- to Rs 27000/-(It also varies according to the variants you prefer)