Sony launches Xperia XA Ultra: A mid-range phone with 6" display and a 16MP front cam

Sony has just raised the bar of what mid-range phones are capable of by launching Xperia XA Ultra- a 6-inch phablet with a 16MP front camera and every other specification that you would expect from a premium phablet.

Featuring 21.5MP and 16MP cameras, Xperia XA Ultra comes with a powerful processor and battery but may disappoint when it comes to internal storage and weight.

Even though Xperia XA Ultra features the latest 64-bit octa core MediaTek MT6755 and a 3GB RAM to offer a fairly impressive performance, the internal storage of just 16GB may prove to be suffocating, especially considering that pictures taken from 21.5MP and 16MP cameras would be by no means tiny in size and resolution. However, there's a MicroSD slot in which you can add up to 200GB of additional data and if you store your pictures and media directly on the MicroSD card, there should be enough space in the phone's internal storage for your apps and other data.

The phone will run on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS which means you will get the latest security and battery saving features that Android can offer. At the same time, the phone's Dual SIM capability will let you use two SIMs at a time if you prefer using a separate number at work. The 6-inch display, among the largest in the world among smartphones, will pack a Full HD resolution on 1080p and will run on Super Vivid mode to let you watch movies and TV shows and play HD games with superior clarity and sharpness.

The rear camera in Xperia XA Ultra has the same 21.5MP resolution as the ones in Xperia X and XA phones which were launched by Sony earlier this year. The camera comes with Sony's trademark Exmor RS™
sensor, hybrid auto-focus capability, up to 5x clear image zooming and auto HDR features. The front camera, which is the main USP of Xperia XA Ultra, comes with a 16MP resolution, optical image stabilization, a wide-angle coverage of 88-degrees and features Auto focus and low-light image capturing capabilities.

Just like Xperia X and XA phones, the phone comes with a 2,700 mAh battery and other battery saving features which can make it last up to two days on a single charge under normal usage. Principle battery charging technologies in the phone include a Qnovo adaptive charging technology and STAMINA mode which automatically adjusts your settings to keep your phone active for longer. Sony are also offering a Quick Charger UCH12 accessory which can add 5.5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes of charging.

You can get your Xperia XA Ultra with a choice of Style Covers as well as colour options like Graphite Black, White and Lime Gold from July through O2 and Carphone Warehouse. Sony hasn't announced the pricing as yet, but given the company is calling it a mid-range device, we expect the phone to cost no more than £300 when released.

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