Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Dependable Phone with Great Cameras

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Dependable Phone with Great Cameras

After being launched in February 2017, Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is still on the stage. The phone is equipped with a number of excellent features and great performance. As the name suggests, Xperia XA1 Ultra is an upgraded version of Xperia XA1. The difference is that the former comes with larger dimension and larger display. Some reviewers said that Xperia XA1 Ultra has a better screen-to-body ration, thus making it look more proportional and feel comfortable at hand. Despite larger dimension, it is actually slimmer than Xperia XA1. Let’s check the features out?

Key Features of Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra


Sony designed the Xperia XA1 Ultra by keeping style and comfort in mind. The smartphone comes with precision-edge detailing, 2.5-dimension glass and aluminum sides. These make the phone looks polished and sleek. Despite slightly larger dimension, Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is still comfortable at hand, thus allowing for single-hand interaction in an effortless way. The  display provides the users with high resolution images, with 1080pixels x 1920 pixels.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Dependable Phone with Great Cameras

Overall, Xperia XA1 Ultra measures 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm. Compared to Xperia XA1, it is a millimeter taller but 0.3 mm thinner and 14g lighter. Of course, this does not seem to be significant.  A 6-inch display is actually no so standard now, but some of the latest smartphone seem to make a ‘comeback’ to this size.


Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is supported by the reliable processor, namely octa-core MediaTek Helio P20. In addition, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and Android 7.0 Operating System ensures that the phone can do whatever you want in a hassle-free way. You can even expand the storage into 256 GB by using a Micro SD card slot. A non-removable battery with 2700 mAh capacity is enough for one-day use, of course. However, if you need more power, the battery comes with 2.0 fast charging system.


When it comes to camera quality, Xperia XA1 Ultra still ranks among the best. A 23-MP rear camera is certainly more than enough to obtain high-quality images, while 16-MP front shooter is great for those who love selfies. The cameras come with some additional features, such as:
  • Focal length
  • Autofocus
  • 1080/30fps video recording system
  • Single LED flash
  • Many more
Double-digit Mexapixel cameras in both sectors are guarantees for sharper images. You can take pictures of the best scenes and moments with beautiful color details under any light. You can also enable the auto-brightness feature to keep the colors in check. This makes Xperia XA1 Ultra better than Xperia XA1.

Additional Features

The phone is available in single-SIM and dual-SIM version. For connectivity, you can use USB Type C and 6LTE that is supported by Helio P20 modem. This promises faster downloads and uploads, with speed of up to 3000 megabytes per second. Other features are  GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, FM radio receiver, NFC, USB 2.0, and Wi-Fi. Furthermore, there are 3.5-mm loudspeaker jack that allows you to connect the phone with loudspeaker.

Things to Anticipate in Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

The phone has been widely reviewed. Most of the comments are positive. However, you need to anticipate few shortcomings, which you may find in this phone.

Smaller battery capacity

The phone is designed for young and active individuals. Some users find that Xperia XA1 Ultra has slightly small battery capacity. A non-removable battery with 2700 mAh capacity is also found in the Xperia XA1. Overall, the battery has lower endurance when the phone is used in an intensive way.  It survives only for 10 hours when you use if for local video playback. For web browsing, it endures about 12 hours. Furthermore, you can use it for about 13 hours to make 3G voice calls.

However, Sony actually provides you with alternative to save the battery life. Sony has installed a battery-saving feature called Stamina. The Stamina has two modes. The first is regular Stamina. Under this mode, the phone disables some features, which are not so essential, such as vibration and GPS. Disabling non-essential features will certainly save the battery life. The second is Ultra Stamina mode. With this mode, you only get access to essential elements, such as camera, contacts, clock, and text massages. 

Lack of Fingerprint Sensor

Sony only uses fingerprint sensor on few high-end phones. Lacking the features, does it mean that Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is not one of them? In fact, finger recognition technology has become a standard in the latest phone models. Even some cheaper devices have benefitted from this feature. For some users, lack of fingerprint sensor is a vital shortcoming.

Finally, by considering the advantages and disadvantages, you can make a decision wisely before bringing home one.
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Dependable Phone with Great Cameras Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Dependable Phone with Great Cameras Reviewed by Edward Dunham on June 06, 2017 Rating: 5

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