Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra hands-on

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Announced in time for CES 2018, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is one of the company's latest mid-range phones. It probably won't wow you with its design. You won't be blown by its specs sheet either. But if you're into selfies, the phone's dual selfie camera setup might spark your curiousity. 

Design and Display

In terms of design, the Xperia XA2 Ultra looks a lot like Sony devices you may have seen in the past, with its round sides and flat top and bottom. It’s a very familiar, and even tired look, but it retains its class regardless. What's new, however, is the addition of a fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone, right where the user's index finger is expected to naturally rest.

As the name implies, the Xperia XA2 Ultra carries a rather large display - one of 6 inches, to be exact. If extra-large phones are not your thing, Sony also has the 5.2-inch Xperia XA2 so you might want to check that one out as well.


Sony has chosen to go with Qualcomm's silicon for the Xperia XA2 Ultra. Inside the phone we have a Snapdragon 630, which appears to handle every-day tasks with ease, though heavy gaming could prove more challenging. The XA2 Ultra comes with 4GB of RAM as opposed to the smaller XA2 which has 3GB of the stuff.

Camera and selfies

The dual-camera arrangement at the front is a key selling factor for the Xperia XA2 Ultra. A 16MP cam with OIS is your primary selfie shooter, while a seconday 8MP camera with a 120-degree, wide-angle lens is available for those times when you need to fit more faces in the frame. On top of that, a front-facing flash could be triggered in low-light situations. There are no bokeh effects available though.

As for the regular camera at the back, Sony has picked its 23MP sensor that promises strong low-light performance. The shooter supports 4K and 120fps slow-motion videos.

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is set to launch in February of 2018, along with the Xperia XA2. Pricing for both handsets is still unknown.

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