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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

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Call quality


Just like on the XA1, the XA1 Ultra’s earpiece sounds a bit hollow, which is both due to the subpar quality of the audio itself and the overall lower volume. The microphone, however, does a pretty good job at capturing one’s voice, and the built-in noise cancellation works great.

Battery

A surprisingly decent performer, considering the huge screen

On first look, the XA1 Ultra’s huge size doesn’t exactly fit its 2,700 mAh battery, but, as it turns out, the device is an absolute champ in the battery life department, as it scored an impressive 10 hours and 32 minutes in our benchmark. But it also does well in real life as well, lasting a whole day with moderately heavy usage. This can in large part be attributed to the relatively low-power helio P20 chipset found inside, as well as the lower screen resolution.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review

Conclusion


When compared side by side with its smaller sibling – the Xperia XA1 – the XA1 Ultra almost looks a bit tacky. It’s like if Sony wondered how to make a more premium-looking mid-ranger, but the only ideas they had were “make it bigger” and “put some metal on it”. And neither of these decisions do it much favor, immediately drawing attention to design problems the smaller model’s body did a much better job of hiding.

Despite that, this is a classic Sony design, and one that very much stands out from the crowd of boring gray rectangles, for better or worse. And while your mileage may vary, in our experience its monstrous size just made the XA1 Ultra unwieldy, though that should be a given to anyone in the market for a phone with such a large display.

And as for the positives, while the helio P20 chipset is far from the fastest, it will still give you a pretty good experience with minimal to no slowdowns, while also ensuring pretty good battery performance as well. The cameras, too, are okay, though they most surely don’t offer the best-in-class performance Sony claims they do.

So if you’re, for whatever reason, looking for a humongous smartphone that won’t break the bank, the XA1 Ultra is, despite its shortcomings, one of the best choices out there for you right now.

Pros

  • Great, accurate display
  • Snappy performance with next to no slowdowns
  • Near-stock Android
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • The seams around the edges aren’t great to look at
  • Cameras are nowhere near the quality Sony promises them to be
  • The earpiece is too quiet
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi)
Camera23 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek helio P20, Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4 GB RAM
Size6.50 x 3.11 x 0.32 inches
(165 x 79 x 8.1 mm)
6.63 oz  (188 g)
Battery2700 mAh, 13.27 hours talk time

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