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Sony Xperia XA Ultra phablet now official

Sony Xperia XA Ultra phablet now official
Sony Xperia XA Ultra phablet now official
The 6-inch phablet ships with a Helio P10 SoC and a powerful wide-angle 16 MP front-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization and HDR.

Sony has announced via Twitter the newest member of the Xperia X family called the Xperia XA Ultra. The phablet would have been called the Xperia C6 Ultra under Sony's old naming convention, but recent sources claim that the manufacturer will be streamlining all Xperia devices with the X branding instead for simplicity.

The phablet will have the following core specifications:

  • 6-inch FHD (367 PPI) display
  • MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 SoC
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 16 GB eMMC w/ MicroSD support
  • 21.5 MP rear + 16 MP front cameras
  • Android 6.0

It's worth noting that the rear camera uses a hybrid autofocus system while the front camera includes both Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) functionality. Though this makes the Xperia XA Ultra one of the few smartphones to carry OIS on the front-facing camera, its rear camera will lack the feature. This is compared to the HTC 10, which has OIS for all of its cameras. Thus, Sony is focusing more on better selfie images with this particular phablet.

Other details like WLAN, LTE bands, and battery capacity are unknown. Nonetheless, Sony is promising a 2-day talk time battery life. The phablet will be available this July in just a few regions only with White, Black, and Gold color options.



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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-05-19 (Update: 2016-05-19)