Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 


launchJul, 2017

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  • 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)
  • No fingerprint scanner


  • 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)
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mediocre video output from the primary camera - soft and lacking in detail - and no 4K video recording support either


  • 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

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoNo more updates expected
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Mediatek Helio P20Ranked #82 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-T880 MP2
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 256 GB
Battery Capacity2700 mAh
Battery Standby658 hrs
Battery Standby (3G)708 hrs
Battery Talktime13.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)12.00 hrs
Fast Charging SupportYes, 10W Pump Express+ 2.0, Fast charger included
Weight188 gmMedium
Thickness8.1 mmMedium
Width79.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Primary Camera23.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 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 Camera16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 23mm Focal Length
  • 1/2.6" Sensor Size
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)
  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Full HD Video Recording
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes
  • Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0)
  • Miracast
  • Google Cast

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