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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review

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Most smartphones nowadays has 5-inch to 5.5-inch screen size which consider to be the standard specially on Asian countries due to our small hands. But if you are that type of person who wants to have a bigger phone, you might want to check out Sony smartphones. This includes the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra – a mid-range smartphone with 6-inch display size.

Big design for big moments

Made to exceed your expectations with an impressively large 6” full HD display and two high performance cameras, Xperia XA1 Ultra will make your big moments bigger and better.

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Specs:

  • 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Octa Core Mediatek Helio P20 processor
  • Mali T880MP2
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32/64GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
  • 23 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF, laser autofocus, LED flash
  • 16 megapixel front facing camera with OIS and autofocus
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,700 mAh battery with fast battery charging
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Price: P21,990
  • Status: Available at Sony stores and retailers

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

Sony Xperia smartphones are well-known for their box-type rectangular shape with zero to thin bezel on sides and thick bezel on top and bottom part. The Xperia XA1 Ultra inherited these features. But due to is 6-inch edge-to-edge display, these thick bezels on its top and bottom part looks so fine.

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On top of the display, you will see the 16 MP 1/2.6″ Exmor RS selfie shooter paired with an LED flash and the earpiece.

On the bottom part is where the microphone is placed which has a similar appearance with the earpiece. Unfortunately, it has no physical navigation buttons which is also helpful for preventing accidental button press when playing games or when holding the device in landscape position.

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On its back, is where the 23 MP 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor rear camera shooter is placed paired with a single LED flash.

DISPLAY AND MULTIMEDIA

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The Xperia XA1 Ultra has a 6-inch edge-to-edge display with almost zero bezel on its sides which is very suitable specially when it comes to multimedia and playing games. The screen is bright enough specially even under direct sunlight. And it has a unique feature called Super Vivid Mode that maximize colors when viewing photos or videos.

When it comes to multimedia, this is where the device standouts. With its 6-inch IPS LCD display, viewing of photo from multiple angles still gives you all the details. And we also had a nice experience on watching videos and movies because of its great sound quality.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

The device is running on Android Nougat 7.0 and its UI is very near to stock Android with some pre-installed apps from Sony.

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With the combination of its specifications, the device has manage to get an AnTuTu score of 62525.

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Its Octa-Core Mediatek Helio P20 processor performs pretty well. We tried to play the NBA 2K17 and we had a very smooth experience. Same experience on other games like Mobile Legends and Asphalt8. But when we tried to play the high-graphic MC Versus, the outdated processor is having a hard time and we experienced minimal to visible lags.

BATTERY LIFE

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Its 2700 mAh battery might be too small if we think of it specially for a phone with a large display. But surprisingly, it can last for two days from light-to-moderate use, and a single day even with a moderate-to-heavy usage. And if you ran out of battery life, you don’t have to worry because it has a Qnovo Adaptive Charging which help the device for quick charging.

CAMERA

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is packed with a 16 MP 1/2.6″ Exmor RS selfie shooter and a 23 MP 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor rear camera shooter.

The 16 MP selfie shooter delivers sharp photos even in low-light thanks to its Exmor RS technology. Although we have notice that its focusing time is slow compared to other existing selfie smartphones.

Its back camera performs pretty well on both light and dark environments. It can deliver sharp and vivid images. Using the Super Auto Mode can automatically detect the scene that you are shooting but it might give you problem on some situations like automatic zooming on people and locking the exposure when taking picture on a projector. So we recommend using the Manual Mode instead.

Here are sample photos taken using the Xperia XA1 Ultra:

Auto-HDR mode

Low-Light

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Front Selfie

 

VERDICT

Overall, we had a very nice experience using the device. From its hardware, design, display, camera, and battery life, these are just few things that you might like to consider if you are looking for your perfect phone. The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra has a large 6-inch display and a very nice screen-to-body ratio without being bother with its thick top and bottom bezels. It is packed with Sony sensor cameras on its front and back which are also used on other Sony flagship smartphones. Its speaker delivers great sounds which is very suitable for watching movies. While some downside that we noticed are; slow focus time on its front camera, the outdated processor, and the lack of fingerprint scanner. But never-the-less, this Sony’s mid-range smartphone with a huge 6-inch display still manage to standout.

And today, with the presence on Sony’s new flagship and mid-range smartphones, the price of the Xperia XA1 Ultra might cut down. So would you consider buying one?