Sony’s well-priced selfie snapping mid-ranger

The Sunday Independent - - SUNDAY MAGAZINE -

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.

Handy hand­ful

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.

Stay­ing power

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.

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