Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

Sony Xperia XA Ultra is the hero of our today’s review. This 6-inch phablet was made official last May and brings with it a front camera with the exceptional resolution for quality, equal to a 16-megapixel definition and that gives the best as sensitive to low light, focus and stability. At least that is declared on paper because the test would not let us ever so amaze, but do not overdo it too much with the spoilers. Very well, however, the battery, with a range that even comes to a day and a half. The design is borderless precisely with a frontal space devoted primarily to the screen, with a thin board. We discover more of this terminal with all our impressions.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

Design Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony Xperia XA Ultra is really huge: a screen 6 inches is felt, but nothing to do with his ancestor Sony Xperia Z Ultra that was objectively abnormal and exaggerated, because here the design is more polished and borderless, and the handle more secure and comfortable. Use it in a hand is only possible with software gimmicks, however, and those with small hands will have problems. However, the aesthetic leaves very nice premiums feel. The opposite is of course dominated by the eye of 16-megapixel front cameras, close with the flash, sensors and LEDs in the upper left corner; higher up the elegant speaker receiver. Top side with a 3.5mm jack; Left with SIM slot and microSD; Right barbell, on/off/ standby button and camera; underside with microUSB and speaker. The back shows the rear camera and flash. In the purchase package: headphones, power adapter of 1.5A and cable Micro USB.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

 

Specifications Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Technical sheet for Sony Xperia XA Ultra includes the presence of a huge LCD screen 6 inches diagonally with a Full HD 1920 × 1080 pixels resolution and a density of 367 ppi, there is an octa-core processor mounted on SoC MediaTek Helio P10 with 3GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory expandable. The cameras have a 1/2.4″ 21 megapixel with selective focus hybrid and single flash on the back and on the front just 16 megapixels with flash and optical image stabilizer for unmatched selfies. Complete the picture GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE connection, a 2700mAh battery and operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow. High ranking also the main camera 21.5 megapixels super-fast with Hybrid autofocus. The battery is 2700mAh with autonomy for two days and rapid charging via Quick Charger UCH12 to 5.5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. Here is the list with an easy to read view mirror:

  • Operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 6-inch display with LCD panel Full HD 1920 × 1080 pixels (367 ppi)
  • Octa-core processor MediaTek Helio P10
  • 3GB of RAM and internal memory expandable to 16GB
  • Camera on the back with a sensor 1/2.4″21 megapixels with selective focus and hybrid single flash
  • 16-megapixel camera on the front with flash and optical image stabilizer
  • 2,700 mAh battery

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

 

Camera Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony Xperia XA Ultra is voted to selfies to obtain self-portraits of quality in all lighting conditions, both day and night thanks to the ability to avoid any jitter due to the component OIS – Optical Image Stabilization. The functionality Hand Shutter starts the timer by raising their hands, for a very practical gesture. Ok, but how you take pictures? No denying it, the disappointment at the first photo was a lot, because we have not found one that was the extraordinary promise.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

We can list many smartphones with less striking numbers for the front sensor, but they behave much better: Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, Huawei P9, even Honor 5C has convinced us most.

And the rear camera? Mounting a sensor to 21.5 megapixels in 4: 3 Exmor RS with size 1/2.4 inch. In practice, it works well during the day if you do not hurry to take because first of all does not start to skyrocket and second autofocus takes some time for reflection that is not compatible with those who want to immortalize the moment in the true sense of the word. At night we did not, too much noise.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

Performance Sony Xperia XA Ultra

The MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 3GB of RAM accompanying do well their work without any special or lag times of uncertainty. When you open the games that are a bit ‘standard, ie Real Racing 3 and Asphalt 8, we find positive 33″and 19″. In the AnTuTu benchmark reaches a respectable 49000 points. Warmers? Yes, but not excessively and only when it is at most, but the multitasking supports it. The battery is a note more than positive, because even if the paper is poor (2700mAh) easily exceeds the day of stress with even more than 4 hours of use screen; in short, a counterpoint to the front camera. The Sony interface is rich and customizable; there is the FM radio and the inevitable native compatibility with PlayStation. Excellent photo gallery. The display is a Full HD with a density of not so exaggerated, but well balanced.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review

Conclusions

PROS: surprisingly long battery autonomy; clear display in all lighting conditions; MicroSD memory expansion; handsome processor; ergonomic despite the large size

CONS: front camera not as great as to expectations; rear camera mediocre; heavy (200 grams); no fingerprint sensor; underpowered speaker; not particularly oleophobic screen.

Overall it is a good phablet XXL although the disappointment of a front camera promises as amazing and yet without any particular performance is difficult to overcome. Paradoxically, it is recommended to those who want a great smartphone that is reliable and fast with apps and games, but that is not so interested in photography.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra: 6-inch phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera, review was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Woldemar Brown

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