Fans of crystal-clear selfies, capable of picking out every single grizzly spot and dimple, may have found their next smartphone. Sony's enormous new 6in smartphone, the Xperia XA Ultra, packs an absurdly high-spec 16 megapixel front camera and comes complete with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and low-light sensors.
With a not-too-shabby 21.5 megapixel Exmor RS rear camera (complete with Hybrid Autofocus) and an edge-to-edge, curved 6in full HD, Bravia-powered screen also thrown into the mix.
Available in black, white and lime gold, the XA Ultra takes a lot of the features from its smaller brother – the Xperia XA – and stretches the design to appeal to phablet lovers.
With an impressive camera-suite on paper – complete with gesture controls – and a larger screen, the mid-range Android handset could prove a big hit with Netflix and YouTube-loving, selfie-tacking millennials on a budget.
While the lack of waterproofing and USB-C will disappoint some, the XA Ultra does support quick charging and Sony claims the phone offers up to two days of battery life. As for the internals, the XA Ultra opts for a decidedly average CPU – a MT6755 MediaTek octa-core chip – and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage clocks in at 16GB, although this can be expanded up to 200GB, via a microSD card slot.
There is currently no pricing information, or confirmation of its regional availability, however SlashGear is reporting that the Xperia XA Ultra will reach stores in July.
The Xperia XA Ultra follows hot on the heels of Xiaomi's equally gargantuan offering, the Mi Max, leaving us to wonder whether phablets are back in vogue in the smartphone market.
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