Our Opinion

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is a significantly better phone than the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra!

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Excellence Score
32.5
41.7
Value for Money Score
62.7
63.2
Price ₹ 17,991 onwards ₹ 22,400 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features N/A N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P20Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio P20Ranked #32 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880MP2 Mali-T880MP2
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 23.0 MP 23.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1/2.3" Sensor Size, SteadyShot, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/smile Detection, HDR, Panorama F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Hybrid Autfocus, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Recording in Video, Video HDR, SteadyShot
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Length, Autofocus, 1/4" Sensor Size, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Length, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Autofocus, LED Flash, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.7 mm 8.1 mm
Weight 189 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3430 mAh 2700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 658 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 708 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A 13.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 12.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0 Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Classy metal-slab Sony design
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Decent display with excellent numbers for brightness and contrast
  • Vanilla Android UI with the most subtle of Sony customizations will please purists, and keeps things nice and simple
  • Good performance, backed by the Helio P20 (comparable to other mid-range chipsets - Exynos 7870, Snapdragon 625 or Kirin 658)
  • Decent 23MP rear camera - delivers reasonable detail, pleasing colors and wide dynamic range
  • The 8MP front-facing shooter is decent too - it captures nicely detailed selfies with decent dynamic range and true to life skin tones
  • Good single loudspeaker - pumps out more than enough decibels
  • Great battery life - one of the best in this price bracket - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Very good build quality and a premium feel in the hand - even though it's a mid range device, it could pass for a flagship Xperia
  • This is also a classic Sony design, and one that very much stands out from the crowd of standard gray rectangles (for better or worse)
  • Very good, gigantic, edge to edge, 6-inch display - high maximum brightness and contrast, good outdoor legibility, and good color accuracy - the Xperia XA1 Ultra is tailor-made for the YouTube-watching, selfie-snapping, Insta-sharing crowd that have the phone in their hands all day
  • Close-to-stock Android interface, with added (and useful) stamina-branded battery-saving modes, and Sony's own multimedia apps
  • Good performance, backed by the efficient Helio P20 chip (comparable to phones powered by the Snapdragon 625)
  • Decent rear camera - good with details and dynamic range
  • Good selfie camera - again captures lot of detail, has wide dynamic range and renders accurate colors, plus it's got the flash to (just barely) rescue shots in extremely low light
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Good audio quality via audio jack too
  • Solid, consistent battery life - lasts a day of moderate use - even though the battery capacity is not on the high end of the spectrum, the excellent efficiency comes courtesy of the efficient Helio P20 chipset, and the light skin
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The display is decent but sunlight legibility and color rendition could have been better
  • Video recording performance of the camera is not the best - detail is on the low side, and there is no support for 4K videos
  • The fact remains that phones this big remain a niche for now, and are certainly unwieldy to carry around - it is mainly targeted at a certain subset of users who want a device geared towards multimedia with decent cameras
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Performance is good, but in terms of raw power, a step behind the best performing phones in this price bracket, which have a Snapdragon 820 processor or similar
  • Mediocre video output from the primary camera - soft and lacking in detail - and no 4K video recording support either
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