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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra: a 6-inch monster coming soon with a great camera setup

With a large 6-inch screen and a great camera setup, you can’t go wrong with Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra that will be available soon.

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Slated for a February 2018 release, it has almost been seven months since the initial release of its predecessor, the Xperia XA1 Ultra. Here’s a quick throwback to what it is all about back in last year:

  • 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~367 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • 2.5D glass
  • Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T880MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 23MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 24mm, phase detection and laser autofocus, and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 23mm, 1/2.6" sensor size, OIS, autofocus, LED flash and 1080p
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • May 2017 release date
  • 31,990 Indian Rupee or ~$499 USD price tag

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra brings back the glory for large screen devices. Huge 6-inch screen with a sexy body to boot, great hardware, amazing camera and the latest operating system combines well.

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  • 6-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~367 ppi density
  • Metal body
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 23MP primary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm, 1/2.3"), phase detection autofocus and LED flash with 120° super wide-angle
  • Dual 16MP primary camera (f/2.0, 23mm, 1/2.6", OIS, AF) + 8MP (f/2.4, 1/4") with 120° super wide-angle
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3580 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • February 2018 release date

With a month to go for the Xperia XA2 Ultra’s release in February 2018, it sure is looking for a mild upgrade.

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One thing is for sure, it will still be sporting the similar 6-inch Full HD IPS screen and no Fullview display that have been the craze for the past few months. But now there’s going to be Gorilla Glass protection in case any mishaps were to happen.

Regarding performance, you can expect the Xperia XA2 Ultra to perform well in the mid-range segment. This is because of the Snapdragon 630 chipset, good Adreno 510 graphics and 4GB RAM under its hood.

Camera-wise, a similar 23MP primary camera is expected to make a return to the fold. The camera has an Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, which combines the best camera technologies to give you better shots with total clarity. You can capture explicit photos in low light with intelligent exposure control adjusts to light levels around you, so all your photos taken in the dark are bright and vivid. It also much faster to focus, from launch to capture in just 0.6 seconds.

But a step up on its secondary camera with the dual 16MP+8MP selfie camera combination is the star of the show. We do know how highly capable are Sony’s smartphone when it comes to taking a camera, but this will be something special indeed. It will now come with Optical Image Stabilisation for sharp, bright selfies; and Night Portrait Flash for blur-free shots with natural-looking skin tones. Fit more of your friends into the frame with a super wide-angle 120° selfie camera. The hand shutter automatically detects the palm of your hand and takes your selfie, for a more natural-looking pose.

Moving on to the storage side of things, a cool 64GB of internal storage is now an option that you can choose – if budget permits for it. Either you go for 64GB or 32GB, there’s still the expansion slot that can easily add another 256GB.

Meanwhile for its battery, Xperia XA2 Ultra will be sporting a huge upgrade to 3580 mAh battery capacity. If on its predecessor you might face some issues, this time around you won’t have any trouble for it to last for a full day. Featuring Smart Stamina, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, and Battery Care technologies all work to monitor your battery’s performance so that you can stay powered up for longer.

Finally, the latest Android Oreo 8.0 is expected to be available right out of the box when it is released next month. Now that’s some good news indeed, as the latest operating system does bring about a host of new features as well as some enhancements.

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Conclusion:

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a nice upgrade to its predecessor with a better camera setup, larger battery, the latest operating system and an option for more storage. That should be enough for existing users to upgrade.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is expected to be released in February 2018, and there will be a variety of colours to choose from: Silver, Black, Blue and Gold. However, there’s no confirmation on its price as of now.

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