Our Opinion

The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 16GB is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 16GB  Sony Xperia XA Ultra 
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Excellence Score
23.2
23.9
Value for Money Score
66.2
46.6
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 21,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2016 Jul, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatExpected update to 8.0 Oreo Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatNo more updates expected
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)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass Display IPS LCD, Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Super Vivid Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.6 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Exynos 7870Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T830MP2 Mali-T860MP2
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 21.5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR 1/2.4" sensor size, Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Quick launch and capture, Hybrid Auto-Focus, HDR photo, 5x Clear Image Zoom, Auto-Scene Recognition, Low-light photography
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/1.9 Aperture 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Smart Selfie flash, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Auto-Focus, Wide angle lens (88 degree), Low-light photography, HDR photo, Auto-Scene Recognition
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 200 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 mm 8.4 mm
Weight 167 gm 202 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 2700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 21.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (3G): 12 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi): 16 hrs, Video Playback Time (Hours): 14 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Hours): 84 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features S Bike Mode; ANT+ Support; FM Recording DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Video & TV Side View; Movie Creator; Track ID; What's New; Weather; Spotify; News (Socialife)
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Full metal unibody design, and good build quality
  • Rounded sides make it comfortable to hold
  • The fingerprint scanner is generally quick and easy to use
  • Very good display - bright and vivid with decent sunlight legibility - great for watching videos and games
  • Samsung's UI over Android 6.0 is neat and simple while adding a number of additional features like one-handed operation mode, smart alert makes the phone vibrate when you pick it up to notify you about missed calls and messages, easy mute, S bike mode, Ultra data saving mode, and locking/privacy options
  • Decent all-round performance - handles almost everything you throw at it - including games, and multi-tasking
  • Decent rear and front cameras under daylight conditions - most of the shots taken by the smartphone have decent colours and are crisp - and the handset is able to lock focus quickly
  • Video recording quality is decent too and audio is also crisp
  • Decent loudspeaker output
  • Good call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Decent battery life - lasts a day with moderate use
  • High quality, premium design, with a metal frame
  • Slim body
  • Well built
  • Useful one-handed mode
  • Beautiful, large display with good brightness levels, contrast, and viewing angles
  • Sony's UI over Android is pretty nice
  • Sony's multimedia apps are better than their stock Android equivalents
  • Good speed/performance in regular use
  • Excellent primary camera with good quality stills and video
  • Excellent selfie camera - offers high-quality stills and videos, great dynamic range, especially with HDR
  • Loudspeaker is loud, and offers good quality
  • Good audio quality via headphones too
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The fingerprint scanner works well mostly, but can be iffy at times
  • Tends to crash/heat-up occasionally when put under stress
  • Low light camera performance could have been better
  • Lacks support for quick charging (which is present in some of its competitors)
  • Lacks ambient light sensor, gyroscope and magnetic sensor
  • The phone is also on the heavy side, and can put some strain on your hand after prolonged use
  • Average gaming performance
  • HDR image processing by the camera is on the slow side
  • Battery life is decent, but could have been better
  • Large size phones such as the XA Ultra are of course not the easiest to carry around or handle (it's subjective - some people love large devices like these, and others don't)
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