The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra succeeds the Xperia XA Ultra in 2016. Sony unveiled this new version at the MWC 2017, where the brand has renewed its range of smartphones “Xperia X” premium with three models: Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XZ.
The Xperia XA1 Ultra retains the mid-range format and positioning with a strong appetite for photography, both for traditional snapshots and for selfies. Changes have also been made to the platform.
23-megapixel photo sensor and stabilized webcam
The first change made to the XA1 Ultra vis-à-vis the XA Ultra is its main photosensor. However, unlike the Xperia XA1 where the new photosensor is radically different from that of the XA, that of the XA1 Ultra is less impressive, because the XA Ultra was already a specialist in photography. Sony makes a simple evolution here, from the 21.5-megapixel sensor to the 23-megapixel model already crossed in Sony’s high-end terminals.
This component is associated with a brighter 24 mm optics since it opens at f / 2.0 (against f / 2.2), hybrid autofocus (phase detection and laser) and a dual-tone flash. Still no optical stabilizer. Unlike the Xperia XA1 and XA Ultra, the sensor definition is not constrained to video, since it can record sequences in 4K or HDR.
MediaTek Helio P20 Chipset and 4GB RAM
The second change is the chipset and memory. The MediaTek Helio P10 XA Ultra is replaced by the Helio P20, its successor. Here the Cortex-A53 is clocked at 2.3 GHz for the fastest and 1.6 GHz for the most economical. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T880 MP2.
The chipset is associated with 4 GB of RAM (instead of 3 GB) and 32 GB of internal storage (instead of 16 GB), always expandable by microSDXC. Connections and connections have changed slightly: WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, NFC, GPS, LTE category 4, USB 2.0 type-C. The set works with Android 7.0 Nougat and the overlay Sony.
2700 mAh battery and full HD screen
The rest is unchanged. The battery, compatible Pump Express +, retains its capacity of 2700 mAh. The IPS screen keeps its size (6 inches), its resolution (1080p) and therefore its resolution (367 pixels per inch). It is still protected by Corning’s Gorilla scratch-resistant glass. The webcam remains a 16-megapixel model with 23mm lens opening at f / 2.0, standard autofocus and front flash. The optical stabilizer is always relevant here.
The set is stored in an aluminum frame measuring 8.1 mm thick. The dimensions of the mobile evolve very little vis-à-vis the XA Ultra (slightly higher and slightly thinner). However, the latest model benefits from the design language of the models presented at the end of 2016, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, with straighter edges and a more rectangular shell. The Xperia XA1 Ultra weighs 188 grams. It comes in four colors: white, black, gold and pink.