Sony is building on the launch of three mid-range Xperia X series phones at MWC with a new model, the Xperia XA Ultra. As the name would lead you to believe, this is a big phone, with a 6-inch display that is dramatically larger than the 5-inch display of the standard XA though it retains the same looks as its smaller sibling.
That 6-inch display is still just 1920x1080 resolution, which will still be respectable but won't touch the QHD offerings out there on other big displays. Despite the big screen Sony is still claiming its usual "two days" of battery from the 2700 mAh battery. It's powered by a MediaTek MT6755 processor and 3GB of RAM, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There's 16GB of storage, with a microSD card slot offering 200GB of expansion.
Though it's easy to focus on the huge display, Sony is positioning the XA Ultra has a selfie-focused device, with some huge upgrades to the front-facing camera. The front-facer received a boost to 16MP, up from 8MP on the standard XA, and it also incorporates OIS (optical image stabilization) and a selfie flash. Thankfully, it also keeps the rear camera intact at a full 21.5MP for the majority of your photos.
The Xperia XA Ultra is set to hit "select markets" starting in July, coming in black, white and "lime gold" color variants. We'll have a better idea of specific launch plans as we get closer to that time frame, but right now it's a safe bet to look at where the current Xperia X and XA are available for a glimpse of where the XA Ultra will be available.
Create the Perfect Night-time Selfie with the New Sony Xperia XA Ultra
- Become the master of selfies with the 16MP front camera with super low-light capabilities for any situation
- See more clearly with a super narrow smartphone thanks to a stunning borderless 6inch display
- Stay powered for longer with up to two days battery life*
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 the 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.