Sony Xperia XA Ultra hands on

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra hands on

Sony's goes big once more

Sony’s next big smartphone has landed – the Xperia XA Ultra. And when we say big, we mean BIG. With a 6-inch Full HD display and 16MP front-facing camera, this smartphone is set to impress.

Design and display

The headline with the XA Ultra is always going to be its massive display, but unlike previous large-screened Xperias, this one stretches completely from edge to edge. It’s bright, powerful and looks really refreshing without the usual bezel on either side.

On the build front, there’s a strong metal border surrounding the handset, with glass panels on the front and back. And because it’s so thin – at just 8.4mm – it’s not as much of a handful as you’d expect.

Camera

The awesome 16MP selfie lens we mentioned earlier also comes with its own LED flash and optical image stabilisation, which is going to be a real hit with Snapchat fans. This means you’re not only going to get brighter and more colourful photos, but you won’t have to compromise on quality either.

There hasn’t been any slacking round the back either, with an even more powerful 21.5MP lens as the main camera. With this you can shoot Full HD video, and take advantage of all of Sony’s great photography apps, like Timeshift Burst – to slow down sections of your videos, and Augmented Reality – to bring moving, magical creatures into your shots.

Performance

With such a big frame, there needs to be a lot of power under the hood to keep things moving smoothly. And thankfully, Sony knows it. A 2.0GHz octa-core processor will make small work of your biggest, most demanding apps. And if that’s not enough 3GB RAM will help spread the load so the phone doesn’t get too hot.

There’s 16GB of memory inside the XA Ultra, but if you feel like that won’t be enough, simply add a microSD card of up to 256GB for more.

Want to make it yours? The Sony Xperia XA Ultra will be available to order from Carphone Warehouse very soon.

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