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Sony expands its X series smartphone portfolio with the official announcement of the Xperia XA Ultra phablet, that holds a massive 6-inch display with 1080p resolution. While you may think that the screen is the main highlight of the device, the real selling point is its front-facing selfie camera that now not only holds a 16MP sensor, but also comes with Optical Image Stabilization.
Many of Sony’s flagship smartphones lacked the goodness of OIS, in favor of other camera technologies such as their speedy Hybrid autofocus. Sony also says that the front camera is meant for low-light selfie photography, so it’s a possibility that Sony has implemented a fast lens atop the 16MP sensor. However, there is still no mention of the aperture rating. The front camera also offers wide-angle shots.
Looking at the back, the main camera features a 21.5MP camera sensor with HDR photo mode and Hybrid AF performance. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 out of the box and powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor with 3GB RAM. Internal storage only includes 16GB, but with MicroSD expansion support. The battery, however, is just 2700 mAh, which is quite a disappointment, considering the fact it’s a massive 6-inch phablet. The Xperia XA Ultra is 8.4mm thick, and weighs about 190g.
The Xperia XA Ultra is not waterproof.
We have yet to see the availability and pricing of the Sony Xperia XA Ultra in the Middle East. Available colors include white, black, and lime gold. There will be Single SIM, and Dual SIM versions as well.