Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, by Sony

- Analysis by Christelle Nina


The supersized XA1 Ultra sports an equally-bulked up selfie camera. Instead of an 8-megapixel front shooter like the XA1, it opts for a 16-megapixel sensor , making it one of the leaders (as of March 2017) in terms of raw megapixels across all phones. Similarly, the camera nestled on its rear boasts 23-megapixels , one of the highest we've seen as of this article's writing.

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In the hardware front, Sony has chosen to equip the XA1 Ultra with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor, which runs at an adequately-enticing clock speed of 2.3GHz . Its 4GB RAM is also a pro for a mid-range device, and coupled with 64GB of internal storage (although a 32GB variant is also available), memory-churning users would likely not have any problems with this smartphone.

One rather alarming aspect that may trouble prospective buyers is its battery. With only 2700mAh of power , it's easy to see how this relatively-small amount of juice can present shortcomings, especially in consideration of the XA1 Ultra's large display. As expected, Sony has tried to offset this apparent shortcoming by giving the device several longevity-enhancing features like a STAMINA mode, quick charging via MediaTek Pump Express Plus 2.0, and Qnovo Adaptive Charging . Nevertheless, the reality that the XA1 Ultra offers one of the least powerful batteries among recent mid-range phones can't be overlooked.

We now delve deeper into its physical pros and cons. Supplementary to the fact that this phone features a large (even for a phablet) 6-inch display, another potential deal-maker is its screen assuming an edge-to-edge curved design , which gives the smartphone a premium look. On the other hand, it's a comparatively-thick smartphone at 8.1mm . The absence of a fingerprint scanner , which is increasingly becoming a staple even in mid-tier models, can also be a cause for concern.

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The XA1 Ultra is evidently a steal in terms of camera specs and a strong contender in light of its processing features. Targeted towards the multimedia-conscious market, this pros and cons review show that it might not be the best smartphone for power-guzzling or security-sensitive users.

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** This phone is also known as: Sony Xperia Ultra XA1


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