Sony un­veils the Xpe­ria XA Ul­tra, a head-turn­ing An­droid phone

Fiji Sun - - Techworld -

The new Sony Xpe­ria XA Ul­tra an­swers the call for a Sony smart­phone that re­ally shakes up the for­mula.

It’s among the lat­est from the Ja­panese pow­er­house and fea­tures a near bezel-free, six­inch dis­play pump­ing out a vi­brant FHD res­o­lu­tion.

If you’re used to the com­pany’s Z-series of Xpe­ria phones, the XA Ul­tra brings some fresh ideas to the ta­ble. We’ve al­ready touched on one of them, the edge-to-edge screen. Sim­i­lar to how Dell built a 13-inch screen into an 11-inch chas­sis with the XPS 13, Sony has per­formed a sim­i­lar feat of engi­neer­ing prow­ess with the XA Ul­tra by cram­ming a six inch screen into a form fac­tor that would usu­ally stock a 5.5-inch dis­play. Next up, the cam­eras aim to de­liver promis­ing re­sults. The rear-fac­ing cam­era has a 21.5MP sen­sor and a 1/2.4 aper­ture Ex­mor RS sen­sor. Dur­ing our test­ing, the pic­tures we snapped looked quite al­right. Un­like most other phones, Sony’s lat­est stun­ner puts as much fo­cus on the front-fac­ing snap­per as it does with the rear. You’ll find a 16MP Ex­mor RS sen­sor that is ca­pa­ble of shoot­ing a wide an­gle selfie and fea­tures op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion (OIS.) To round things out, the Sony Xpe­ria XA Ul­tra packs in a Me­di­atek He­lio P10 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of in­ter­nal stor­age back­ing it up. Thank­fully, the XA Ul­tra fea­tures a mi­croSD card to ex­pand your stor­age hori­zon, but at the time of writ­ing, Sony told us that you won’t be able to in­stall apps on re­mov­able me­dia. The Sony Xpe­ria XA Ul­tra is set to re­lease in July if you’re in the UK and (fin­gers crossed) some­time this year in the US.

If you aren’t a fan of the white model shown in our hands-on pho­tos, you’ll also be able to choose be­tween black and lime gold seen above.

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