Sony intros the Xperia XA Ultra: a large Android Marshmallow phone with a 16 MP selfie camera

Sony intros the Xperia XA Ultra: a large Android Marshmallow phone with a 16 MP selfie camera
Sony today unveiled a brand new Android smartphone: the Xperia XA Ultra, which becomes the fourth handset in the company's Xperia X series (also including the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA).

The Xperia XA Ultra is the same device that we previously saw presented (unofficially) as the Xperia C6 Ultra. As its name suggests, the XA Ultra is a larger version of the Xperia XA, having a relatively similar design - including an edge-to-edge display. Of course, since this is a bigger device, the display is also bigger than on the regular XA: it's a 6-inch panel with 1080 x 1920 pixels.

One of the highlight features of the Sony Xperia XA Ultra is its 16 MP front-facing camera with LED flash and OIS (optical image stabilization), which should let you take high quality selfies. The handset also packs a 21.5 MP rear camera, but it seems that this one doesn't have OIS - thus, the recently released HTC 10 may remain the only smartphone to offer OIS on both the front, and rear cameras.

We've yet to see the Xperia XA Ultra on any of Sony's websites, so its full list of specs is currently missing. Anyhow, the new device runs Android Marshmallow, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor (aka Helio P10), further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a quick-charging battery that can last up to two days on a single charge.

Sony plans to release the Xperia XA Ultra starting July, but only select markets will get the phone (at the moment, we don't know if the US is among them). Pricing details haven't been revealed. How much would you be willing to pay for this new Xperia?

 
source: Sony (Twitter)

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45 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I wanted a x performance ultra not a s**tty XA ultra...... Wouldnhave been a greater note 6 competitor if it was a high end phones.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The specs on that MediaTek processor are not bad. It is a 64 bit processor with 8 cortex-A53 cores. It's GPU has a pretty good rating with full HD at 60 frames per second. Plus it has LTE cat 6 support. http://mediatek-helio.com/p10/

22. fiji.siv

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

"not bad" and "pretty good" sounds consistent with a Sony Mobile marketing campaign.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5562; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its a decent mid range SoC If Sony prices this at $250 or below, then this phone would be a pretty good But knowing Sony, its probably going to be $300 or more IMO all $300+ phones should have at least the SD650 or Helio X20

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not even out and you are already labeling it sh^tty. Although I understand your desire for high end large Sony phone you should remember that not everyone can buy a high end phone. This looks like an awesome mid-high range phone. If they price it competitively like they did with their C5 Ultra then Sony may have a winner here.

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

this is a mid range phone for those who want it stop bitching, no one ever release phones just for YOUR NEED

31. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I agree with you, they would have made it SD820 4K Screen 5000mAh Battery - With Quick Cahring 3 USB Type C This would be an instant hit and would have racked up sales for Sony..

34. rkoforever90

Posts: 405; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I don't think so then why z5 premium is a big failure ? Just because phone comes with X amount ram and N amount cpu cores doesn't mean people will buy it. A crappie phone can sell well with some good marketing and competitive pricing

42. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Premium and Ultra are of not same size... Look at the battery that i mentioned.... As you said, a crappie phone can sell with good marketing, i would like to give me an example and how that phone is crappie? If you think people are still the same as 2010, then wake up, senario has changed a lot from them,many people are using smartphones now and many know what they are spending money on... What is there in other phones that sell well not there in sony phones? Everything, then why would they wait for sony, they would buy anything else, inorder to grab the sales from other OEMS sony has to offere something new and people long for... Just imagine 5000mAh battery on your device.... you dont need to plug in your phone for a whole day...

46. rkoforever90

Posts: 405; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

No matter whatever phone Sony comes with it will be a flop I had xperia z2 hands down it was the best phone released in 2014. Unfortunately that device also turned out to be a flop. Sony has to do something with marketing

44. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Me too. If they just bumped up the specs like at least 32 GB storage and 4000 maH battery I would probably buy if it works on AT&T.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That width is pretty darn close to some phones with 5.5" screens, nice job Sony.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Come on, Sony. Xperia X Premium.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

*mediatek...

5. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Now waiting for Compact.

35. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

You mean X mini

6. Marslander

Posts: 159; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I'm not sure what the point is of putting OIS on the front-facing camera, but not the rear one.

8. ajith25

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 07, 2016

using a better processor would've been better.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This MediaTek P10 processor is clocked at 2ghz with 8 64 bit cores. The GPU is clocked at 700 MHz and can deliver 60 fps at 1920x1080 resolution. It's not as good as the latest Snapdragon 820. However it's not bad either. MediaTek use to compare their processors to the high end processors. However this P10 is definitely on the high end of the mid range processors. It's not a flagship processor. http://mediatek-helio.com/p10/

29. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

It's not meant to be as fast as the snapdragon 820. The CPU has the potential due to all 8 cores clocked at 2.0 but the GPU is only an mp4. Imagine what a mali-t880m12 paired with this thing could do? But sadly no one uses the t880mp12 other than Samsung for the s7.

32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

60fps in normal usage I.e. Going around menus etc No way near 60fps in demanding games

9. Marslander

Posts: 159; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Doesn't seem to have a fingerprint sensor either. There are some mid-range phones have fingerprint sensors now, I'm not sure why Sony didn't feel they needed to implement one.

10. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Sony's phones just continue to disappoint.

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

damn.. its real.. and the full line will be like Xperia X, Xperia X Ultra, Xperia X Compact, Xperia X Premium, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra, Xperia XA Compact, Xperia XA Premium, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X Performance Ultra, Xperia X Performance Compact, Xperia X Performance Premium.. its even more confusing than galaxy line.. and maybe next year it'll be like Xperia X2, Xperia X2 Ultra, Xperia X2 Compact, Xperia X2 Premium, Xperia X2A, Xperia X2A Ultra, Xperia X2A Compact, Xperia X2A Premium, Xperia X2 Performance, Xperia X2 Performance Ultra, Xperia X2 Performance Compact, Xperia X2 Performance Premium..

36. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

May be i think they will use X ultra 2017 instaed of X2 ultra

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Another bad Sony phone.

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I never knew Sony gave you their smartphones before release day.

41. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

He can't say anything about look

15. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Sony should just die. Jusy quit trying. Oh wait, they are not even trying anymore.

27. pascaleandrei

Posts: 4; Member since: May 16, 2016

Why die? With less manufactures (and Sony is one of the best), the prices will increase.

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