Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review

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The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra follows on from last years big screen hit the XA Ultra and it’s good to see Sony still aiming to offer a great large screen mobile without the large price tag usually attached to big phones.

It’s available in a range of colours, you’ll see the white version in the review video, and comes packing Android 7 at the time of review.

The XA1 Ultra is a large mobile but it’s not uncomfortably large, it fits well in the hand and isn’t too heavy.

It has a headphone jack in the top, volume rocker and power switch on the left along with a dedicated camera button.

On the bottom is the speaker and a USB-C charging port, unfortunately the XA1 Ultra doesn’t have any fast charging technology so it still take a while to charge up.

Sony have an unfortunate habit of loading their mobiles with lots of unnecessary apps and this holds true for the XA1 Ultra, such as the album app which is unlikely to be used over the excellent Google Photos.

At the time of review the XA1 Ultra was running Android 7 and it’s a nice smooth experience.  Apps open quickly, you can zip around the menus, and overall it’s a great experience.

The large 6″ screen looks great, even when out and about on a bright day, with videos and games looking really good.   There is the option to use single hand mode which shrinks the screen to a smaller size and snaps it to either the left or right of the screen so you can use it with either hand.

It’s a pity the speaker is on the bottom rather than being front facing, but it’s loud and clear so as long as your hands don’t cover there shouldn’t be a problem.

The XA1 Ultra has a 23 megapixel camera on the back and it takes some lovely photos.  As with other Sony mobiles you also get the option to play with an augmented reality app the allows you to add things like dinosaurs which you’re videoing, not terribly useful but a lot of fun!

Sony XA1 Ultra Camera Test 1 Sony XA1 Ultra Camera Test 2 Sony XA1 Ultra Camera Test 3

Mobile vloggers will appreciate the whopping 16 megapixel front facing camera.  The large screen makes it easy to see what’s going on while recording or reviewing footage on the go.

It’s a lovely looking mobile and offers a lot for those who want a large screen mobile without the large price tag.

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is available to buy from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2s2wgcy Amazon USA: http://amzn.to/2s75jQr

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Video Review


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  • 6 inch Full HD curved touchscreen display
  • 21.5 MP hybrid autofocus camera
  • 16 MP low-light selfie camera
  • 64-bit Octa-core processor
  • Android operating system

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  • Compatible with:Sony Xperia XA1; Classy pattern painted leather case will help you win in show time.Decent material and well made artwork enables snug touch, you will like how it feels in the hand or pocket.It will be a great gift for your friends or family.Kindly note it fits Sony Xperia XA1 ONLY, NOT for Sony Xperia XA.
  • Card slots offer multi-functions;Wrist strap for carrying convenience; Hidden magnetic securely keeps all your valuables in place.
  • Can folded as a kickstand to support your phone,offers hands free when video chat or film watching.
  • Precise cutouts for access to all ports, buttons, cameras, speakers, and mics.This Case fits Sony Xperia XA1 like a glove without any harms to your phone's functions or application.
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TECHGEAR [2 Pack] Screen Protectors to fit Sony Xperia XA1 [ghostSHIELD Edition] Genuine Reinforced Flexible TPU Screen Protector Guard Covers with Full Screen Coverage inc Curved Screen

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  • 2x TECHGEAR ghostSHIELD Edition clear TPU Screen Protectors with accessories and instructions sealed in quality TECHGEAR Packaging
  • FULL COVERAGE: Laser cut designed specifically to offer maximum screen coverage. Material flexibility allows total coverage even on curved devices. Helps protect the maximum surface area, with an invisible finish. (Please Note: We have purposely made these screen protectors ever so slightly smaller than the total screen size. This is to allow for easier installation)
  • These Quality TECHGEAR ghostSHIELD screen protectors are Invisible, tough, flexible, ultra clear and maintain your screen's original touchscreen sensitivity without compromising the high-definition viewing experience.
  • Dry application and easily removable with no sticky residue or marks left on screen. Custom made for your device, no further cutting is required.
  • Excellent choice of screen protection for mobile phones with curved screens, or curved edge screens. This is custom made for the Sony Xperia XA1 (Sony G3123). Will NOT fit the Sony XA, XA1 Ultra etc

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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