The Sony Xperia range is about to receive a brand new collection of phones such as the XZ2 which is the company’s brand new flagship device but the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is the plus-size phone that will replace your Samsung Galaxy S9+ or even your iPhone Plus models. Its massive 6-inch display and 16MP front-facing camera with a LED flash make it a unique device on the market.

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Here’s what we thought about the new Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Tech-Specs

  • Weight: 221g
  • Dimensions: 163 x 80 x 9.5mm
  • OS: Android 8 Oreo
  • Screen Size: 6-inches
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • CPU: Snapdragon 630
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 32GB expandable
  • Battery: 3,580mAh
  • Rear Camera: 23MP
  • Front Camera: 16MP + 8MP with LED flash

Sony Xperia XA2 ReviewAs you can see from the specs above, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra packs quite a punch. Its larger battery is to make up for its larger screen. The cameras on the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra are its biggest selling point.

Design

We have expressed our frustration with the design of the Xperia phones for a while now and the Xperia XA2 Ultra, unfortunately, has the same issue. Its box-like shell feels bulky. The only big draw for us in terms of its design is the display which reaches from edge to edge and looks great on the device. However, we still do have the bezels on the top and the bottom. With the large camera sensors on the top, there was no compromising this but we do feel that the bottom could have been trimmed down a bit. Sony Xperia XA2 ReviewOn the back of the device, you will find the fingerprint sensor which has been moved away from the right-hand side. While many might find it hard to reach this sensor due to the sheer size of the phone, once you get used to its position it gets easier. The phone is metal all around which gives it a nice heavy and sturdy feel. While that is the case, the metal does make it slippery and we recommend a case from day one.

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra has a headphone jack at the top and at the bottom a USB Type-C charging port for easier cable management and of course faster charging. You lock the device using a circle button on the side of it which acts as the dedicated lock button for the phone. There is also the camera button which is found on most Xperia phones these days, and we love it. It makes taking images so much easier.Sony Xperia XA2 ReviewThen we have the display which is the device’s selling point. This 6-inch screen is 1920×1080 which is not bad at all. While it is only FHD, image quality looks great and daily use such as video content and gaming was crisp and clear. Yes, there are better displays on the market but the Sony XA2 Ultra works well and looks good.

Don’t expect anything fancy in terms of HDR, OLED, AMOLED or even a higher refresh rate because this is a box-standard full HD LCD IPS display. The screen does look bigger thanks to the lack of edges on the left and right and we loved this about the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. It allows for a greater viewing angle.

Sony Xperia XA2 Review

Performance

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra has a fantastic battery. We have not experienced a battery life so great since the iPhone 6 Plus. Standby time and daily use lasted longer than we expected and the 3,580mAh makes the world of difference. Even with excessive use, we were able to get a full day out of a single charge. It just goes to show how much difference a bigger battery makes on a mobile device. The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra managed everything we threw at it during the day and the battery life was pretty impressive. The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra also charges at a rapid rate with just 30 minutes of charging lasting a good few hours. Of course, it also supports fast-charge, which requires the purchasing of a special charger. Like most Android devices, it too comes with a Stamina Mode that lets you keep the bare minimum use of the phone open while saving battery life.

Sony Xperia XA2 Review

Performance on the device itself was great without lag or slowing down between apps. Overall use of the Sony Xperia ZA2 Ultra was great and we were impressed by just how much it can have going on at one time. The Xperia-skinned Android UI is the what we expected from a Sony device and it too does its job. Android Oreo is a great operating system and the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra makes sure to use every aspect of it to its fullest potential.

Camera

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra has quite an array of different cameras on the device.  Let’s start with the 23MP rear camera on the Sony Xperia XA2. It is great and works well in good light. The video recording is a bit shaky, but picture quality is superb. However, the same cannot be said when you use the device in low light. It is not terrible, but this is weak compared to the likes of the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. It also takes a bit longer to take dark photos as the processor tries to clean it up. A lot of phones have this issue and it is a given.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

As for the front-facing camera, one of them is an 8MP Super-Wide lens that allows for a super-wide selfie shot. There is nothing worse than trying to cram the whole world into your selfie and this lens helps eliminate the issue. The other lens is a 16MP lens which again results in fantastic shots. This is all then made a lot prettier thanks to the LED flash that is able to brighten up every selfie. It might not be the smartest way to get the job done but it works.

 

Verdict

For R7,000 you cannot go wrong with the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. It is a large and in charge device with a great screen, great cameras and powerful internals. There is no doubt that this device has more than what you need from a smartphone. While its design may feel clunky, it gets its job done.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Review
Great displayFantastic battery lifeSmooth performance
Clunky design
80%Great