• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 6-inch Full HD
  • System on Chip: Snapdragon 630
  • Connectivity: WiFi Miracast, Bluetooth 5.0, Google Cast, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB internal storage + 256GB microSD
  • Operating System: Android Oreo
  • Camera: 23-megapixel (Rear), 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel (Front)
  • Dimensions: 163 x 80 x 9.5 mm
  • Weight: 221g
  • Pros:
  • Capable of taking great pictures
  • Massive 6-inch display
  • Cons:
  • Dated design

Ultra-fied Experience

The XA2 Ultra is one of Sony’s latest smartphone to come out from CES2018 and we managed to get an early review.

Sony decided to keep the same curved metal design and maintained the huge chin for the top and bottom of the XA2 Ultra. With it being a fully metal body design, it is nice to hold, but is on the slippery side, so make sure you have a good grip on the device! Also, Sony switched it up and placed the rear camera and the fingerprint sensor in the middle of the device, offering easy device unlock. The usual buttons can be found on the side of the device, and Sony continued with the trend of having a dedicated shutter button on the device for all your capture needs.

Speaking of cameras, the XA2 Ultra is equipped with a beefy 23-megapixel f/2.0 rear camera, so your pictures will look crisp and clear. With the help of the shutter button, you can also easily snap away while holding the phone with two hands. Of course, the ability to capture great selfies is important to many as well. Thus, Sony gave the XA2 Ultra a dual front camera setup of 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel, with the 16-megapixel front shooter equipped with Optical Image Stabiliser to keep images clear and reduce shaky footage.

The device is zippy, especially considering it’s only using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and 4GB of RAM. It can’t compete with other devices that are pricier, but you can still game, perform your social media tasks and so on with no issues. With the 3,580 mAh battery, it can last you a whole day if you space out your usage. And with USB-C, you can Quick Charge your device, granting you hours of usage with just minutes of charge.

When it comes to audio as well, it is equipped with a myriad of technology and software that will offer you a rich sound experience. Overall as a mid-range phone, it does what it set out to do, well and in some cases, better than its counterparts.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great entry from Sony that keeps the other competitors on their toes, but still lacks the extra pizazz that other devices provide.sony-xperia-600x500

(previously published in issue February)