Sony has confirmed the existence of the new Sony Xperia XA Ultra, a much needed rework for Sony smartphones.
The new XA ultra is a distinctly striking device with a display that’s near bezel-less. The edge-to-edge screen measures at a whopping 6-inches, with FHD resolutions. The near bezel-free design is quite familiar to those who know of the Oppo R7, which also sports a square frame with barely any bezels. A more familiar phone that the XA Ultra reminds us, of is the Galaxy S7 Edge, which of course also has the end-to-end screen.
Samsung’s S7 Edge was a 5.5-inch phablet but it got away with awkward one-hand use (for most) due to the screen curving. The XA Ultra is sticking with a flat screen and Sony has engineered well by sticking a 6-inch display into a body that would usually support a 5.5-inch display.
With Sony devices we usually look at the camera first, but the striking screen took centre stage this time round. Still, the camera on a Sony flagship device is always something to consider, especially with the reputable Sony Exmor lens featuring in their flagships.
The XA Ultra will have a 1/2.4 aperture Exmor RS sensor on a 21.5-megapixel rear-facing camera. It seems Sony aren’t going for the less is more approach, as rivalling manufacturer have. The selfie shooter on front has got some serious attention with a 16-megapixel, Exmor RS sensor. It’s also capable of wide angle shots and optical image stabilisation.
Sony has gone for an octa-core Mediatek Helio P10 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (oh God). Thankfully the XA Ultra supports expandable microSD cards.
We can expect a UK release in July with a US release on the cards but yet to be confirmed. The Xperia XA Ultra will come in white, black and lime gold. Expect a full review from us soon.
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