Sony has just unveiled their latest smartphone, and it’s huge. It’s called the Xperia XA Ultra, and it’s got a massive 6-inch display. Personally, I think that’s a bit too big for a smartphone, but I suppose there’s a market for “phablet” lovers.
Other specs include a 1080p Full HD resolution on that 6-inch screen, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 16GB of storage which is expandable via microSD card up to an extra 200GB, dual-SIM card support, a 2700mAh battery (which is a bit small for such a big phone and is definitely not like the recently announced Xiaomi MI Max which has a 4,850mAh cell) which Sony claims will get you through two full days of use, a Exmor RS’ 21.5MP rear camera with quick launch capabilities, HDR, low-light photography, and hybrid auto-focus, a generous 16MP wide angle front camera to “Raise your selfie game” with OIS and Smart Selfie flash, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Cleary, this is a pretty powerful smartphone and is more on the flagship end of the spectrum however will probably be considered a mid-range device.
When you pick up your Xperia XA Ultra, color options will be White, Graphite Black and Lime Gold. The device will be available in July and will cost…something (it’s not confirmed yet, in other words).
Here’s Sony’s full press release on the Xperia XA Ultra:
Create the Perfect Night-time Selfie with the New Sony Xperia XA Ultra
London, 17th May 2016, Sony Mobile Communications today announced a new addition to the revamped Xperia X series with the stylish selfie-cam masterpiece, Xperia XA Ultra. With its large 6” screen, 16MP front camera, low-light sensor, up to two days battery life* and stylish thin design with borderless screen it is a fantastic mid-range smartphone for your every need.
Boasting an advanced selfie cam, you can create the perfect pose day or night, made possible by its 16MP front camera and Sony’s renowned low-light sensors. Sony camera technology used in Xperia XA Ultra helps you achieve sharp, bright, blur-free shots every time, it features a smart selfie flash to naturally illuminate your face for night scene selfies plus Optical Image Stabilisation to counter hand shake for both photos and videos. Taking your selfie is made even easier with the Hand Shutter feature, just raise a hand and the shutter timer will start to count down, leaving you time to make the perfect pout and strike a pose. Capturing the perfect spontaneous shot is also possible with the super-fast main camera featuring 21.5 megapixels, Hybrid Autofocus and quick launch and capture so you can go from standby to capture in a fraction of a second.
Fitting beautifully in your hand, the infinity-feel borderless 6-inch Full HD display with curved glass is encased by a metal surround that creates a seamless feel in your hand. Despite the large screen its razor thin design and One-handed Operation Mode means you can still use it comfortably in one hand.
Xperia XA Ultra might have a big, bright display, but that doesn’t compromise the Sony battery standard. You still get up to 2-days of battery life* from a single charge, leaving you more time to chat, snap and watch. Need a quick battery top-up? Use XA Ultra together with Quick Charger UCH12 ** and get 5.5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. Additionally, with integrated Qnovo adaptive charging technology the lifetime of your battery is extended so over time you get much more use out of your device.
Xperia XA Ultra is available in Graphite Black, White, or stunning Lime Gold from July in selected markets (please check with you local operators and retailers). A choice of stylish covers are available to complement and protect Xperia XA Ultra, including Style Cover Flip which offers an auto on/off for the screen when opening and closing the case in corresponding colours.
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