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Check out my first 24 hours Hands-On with Sony’s Xperia XA1 Ultra the big brother of the Xperia XA1

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Sony isn’t the brand that stands out from many others, however, one thing is very clear, the Sony Xperia lovers will definitely go GAGA for this smartphone. Sony isn’t here to re-invent the wheel, they strive to bring a product that the general consumer is looking for. This isn’t a device that aimed at the tech-savvy, the gamer or developer it’s meant to be an everyday device for everyone that just wants a smartphone with some kicks.

Let’s go over a few things that I like and a few things that I’m not keen on. I’m going to start with the screen size which bolsters a nice 6-inch display at 1080P. Some may argue that it should have been QHD, however, I disagree.

I’m going flippy gaga on the MediaTek Helio P20 Octa Core 64bit (Quad Core 2.3GHz + Quad Core 1.6GHz) since it’s using a lot less power and with a battery that’s set at 2700 mAh with QNOVO technology, it shows. I’ve got way more juice than I thought and in my previous review of the Xperia XA1 I was getting crazy on screen time and latest for a full day of usage.


I haven’t played with the camera enough on the Ultra, however, if it’s at the same level as the Xperia XA1 then I may have mix feelings.

I can tell you that the mono speaker at the bottom is still a bad idea and the front facing speaker for notification is awesome. They should have attempted to insert better speakers for the front and use them as the main for everything.

I would have liked to see the device come in 64GB / 128GB format, however, Sony has opted for a 32GB / 64GB version with a micro SD card. I still wouldn’t know what to do with 32GB of storage myself personally.



2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (G3212, G3226)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – G3221, G3212
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – G3223
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) – G3221, G3212
LTE band 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 28(700), 29(700), 66(1700/2100) – G3223
LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – G3226
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps


PLATFORM OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T880MP2
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.0 inches (~76.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 4 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass (> 9H)


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB
Internal 32 GB, 4 GB RAM – G3221, G3223
32 GB (G3212)/ 64 GB(G3226), 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash
Features 1/2.3″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], stereo sound rec., HDR
Secondary 16 MP, f/2.0, 23mm, 1/2.6″ sensor size, OIS, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 658 h (2G) / Up to 708 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h (2G) / Up to 12 h (3G)
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE
Radio FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host

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