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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra First Impressions

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Sony has officially brought the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra last month and there are significant upgrades to be seen here.

The company has been on the safe side for years now as it retains its same good old design language for its midrange offering. Good to know that we have a unit here for review. Is buying this Sony a good option? Let’s find out!

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra specs

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdraogn 630 processor
  • Adreno 510 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory expandable via microSD up 256GB
  • 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 23 megapixel rear facing camera (f/2.0 aperture) with PDAF and LED flash (f/2.0 aperture)
  • 16MP (f/2.0 aperture, OIS) + 8 MP (f/24 aperture) front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,580 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Price: P22,990
  • Status: Available at Sony stores and retailers

HARDWARE

If you’ve used a Sony Xperia XA Ultra or even last year’s Xperia XA1 Ultra, nothing has changed in terms of design. The only design change here is the addition of a fingerprint scanner located at the back.

  • Top – Noise cancelling microphone and 3.5mm audio jack
  • Bottom – microphone, USB Type C port, speaker
  • Right – SIM card/microSD card tray
  • Left – power button and volume rockers
  • Back – rear camera with flash, fingerprint scanner
  • Front – 6-inch display, dual selfie cameras with flash, sensors, earpiece

Since there is no significant change in design, same design problems exists like the bulky build and the heft. But here’s the thing. There is a market for this kind of boxy design. Most our guy friends are really digging this design but hated by our girl friends. This may be the reason why Sony has not changed the design since the first generation. We could only wish they adopt to 18:9 display for better multimedia use.

SOFTWARE

What we love most about Sony smartphones is the software – one of the first to get updates even timely major Android updates and a very smooth software experience. We only had a day of use so its too early to tell. But so far, we still see the usual Sony UI which is very close to stock Android. There are less bloatwares and there are just pre-installed Sony apps here like the Play Station app.

CAMERA

We took some of our first shots from this device and they look very good. There’s a 23 megapixel rear facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. At the front we have a dual camera set up – a 16 megapixel normal lens and an 8 megapixel wide angle lens. Here check out some of the photos. All are taken in auto settings.

 

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We think its a love and hate affair for the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. First, the design is kinda old but some people still love the boxy look. Next we love the software and so far the camera seems to be very promising. We will reserve our final judgement for the full review. But if you can’t wait for it and you want to buy one already, we give our two thumbs up!

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