Sony xperia xa1 ultra


Key Specifications

16-megapixel front-facing camera with OIS and flash6-inch, 1080p displayMediaTek Helio P20 CPU23-megapixel rear camera2,700mAh battery

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra hands-on: 6 inches of selfie-loving fun

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra price: £/$TBASony Xperia XA1 Ultra release date: Q1 2017

Sony’s 2017 MWC offerings are varied lớn say the least. Bad naming conventions aside – Xperia XA1 Ultra, seriously?! – there are a number of slightly niche products being unveiled.

One such device is this outstandingly huge handset, with a whopping 6-inch display & a 16-megapixel selfie snapper with optical image stabilisation (OIS).

Having used the Nexus 6 for eight months a few years ago, I know what it’s likes to lớn hold a large phone – and the Xperia XA1 Ultra does nothing to lớn change my opinion of them. Its slightly rounded thiết kế does make it comfortable lớn hold with both hands, but with only one it becomes completely unwieldy.

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Unlike the smaller Xperia XA1 that ships with a disappointing 720p panel, the 6-inch one featured here is 1080p and it looks pretty good.

Like every panel Sony chooses, it’s bright & colourful, with enough detail lớn please pixel-peepers. 1080p is a fine resolution at 6-inches, especially considering this isn’t a high-end flagship device.

It seems that Sony is trying to separate itself in the highly contested mid-range space by kitting out its phones with impressive cameras. On the rear of this device you have the very same sensor that impressed in the Xperia Z5 a couple of years back. It has a 23-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, an f/2.0 aperture & phase-detection autofocus. My only issue with this camera is speed: it was slow with a high-end CPU, and I’m not convinced it’s going khổng lồ be any different here.

The front-facing camera is even more interesting. The 16-megapixel sensor matches the Samsung Galaxy A5 và OnePlus 3T, but goes one step further by adding OIS & a front-facing flash. Optical image stabilisation should steady those late-night, slightly fuzzy, bar snaps – always a welcome bonus.


One particularly standout spec of the Xperia XA1 Ultra is the battery. I’d expect a hulking phone such as this khổng lồ have a substantial battery, but this isn’t the case here, which is a big worry.

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The 2700mAh unit is small, especially considering the generous screen, và I have serious concerns about how long this handset will last before you need to reach for a USB Type-C charge cable. A Sony rep claimed one day of juice, but I’ll have lớn put a đánh giá sample through its paces lớn really know.

Like the Xperia XZ, the Xperia XA1 Ultra ships with game android 7.0 Nougat. Sony’s skin has improved over the years & it’s one of the cleanest, although there are a lot of Sony’s own truyền thông media apps installed. However, a nice cảm ứng is that Google Now sits on the left-most homescreen, as it does on pixel and Nexus devices. Android’s split-screen multitasking is also present và works well on a screen of this size.

Keeping the phone chugging along is a MediaTek Helio P20 CPU và 4GB of RAM, which seems bizarre. It’s nice to lớn have more RAM, but 4GB seems a little excessive on a mid-range phone. I’d have happily accepted 3GB with a bigger battery. There’s 32GB internal storage too, which can be expanded via the microSD thẻ slot.

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First Impressions

Sony should at least be given credit for trying something different, but this doesn’t feel like a phone that’s suited lớn many people. In fact, its market is probably very niche. Having a generous screen kích thước is great, but some of the other specs are a little odd. The big question is: will that tiny battery really last the day? Unfortunately, I’m not convinced.