Sony’s well-priced selfie snapping mid-ranger
AMID the slew of fancy flagship smartphones that have made their debut in recent weeks, some deserving but under-hyped devices have slipped on to the local market largely under the radar. One of them is the Sony’s Xperia XA2 Ultra, a mid-range phone with selfie-snapping superpowers to rival handsets twice its price.
I got the chance to spend a couple of weeks with this phone recently and returned it to the manufacturer a lot more impressed than I expected to be.
Make no mistake, this Sony’s a handful, but then you’d expect that given the word “Ultra” in its name.
The 6-inch full HD 1080p screen, while not up to the retina-searing standards of ultra-HD displays from the likes of Samsung, is plenty clear and bright enough for playing games and watching videos.
The prominent forehead and chin give it a decidedly dated look in this era of shrunken bezels, but I found them rather handy for holding the device while using it in landscape mode without obscuring the screen with your fingers and thumb.
A big, bright screen can drain a phone’s battery faster than a credit card balance on Black Friday, but I was pleasantly surprised with the XA2 Ultra’s staying power. It easily lasted a full day and well into the night under pretty hard use, thanks to the 3580mAh battery. While there’s no wireless charging, the phone supports fast charging, but you’ll need to buy the quick charger separately, which is a bit of a disappointment.