SONY HAS UNVEILED the Xperia XA Ultra, a smartphone with a 16MP front camera that might just be the ultimate mobile for narcissists.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra’s front-facing snapper is an advanced selfie camera that can “create the perfect pose day or night”, according to the firm. This is how society crumbles. You read it here first.
Camera features include a smart selfie flash to illuminate the owner's face for night time self-snapping, and optical image stabilisation to counter shaky-handed peacocks.
The selfie cam can be controlled using gestures to activate a shutter countdown for those who like the idea of controlling gadgets like some form of futuristic robo-orchestra conductor. This allows self-important types the time to “make the perfect pout and strike a pose”. Sony’s words not ours. We couldn’t make this rubbish up.
The Xperia XA Ultra also comes with some pretty solid specs, including a hand-dwarfing 6in curved glass, edge-to-edge borderless screen with a full HD panel wrapped in a metal surround to give the device a seamless feel.
Some might grumble that a screen of this size with a resolution of 1920x1080 is lacking in the face of the 2K resolutions of Samsung’s top-end smartphones. But it’s worth noting that Sony has its Bravia TV tech to tap into, which provides impressive contrast and colours that leave some high-res screens looking a little lacklustre.
The Xperia XA Ultra uses a Mediatek Helio P10 octa-core system-on-a-chip, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which can be expanded with a microSD card. The innards seem pretty mid-range but still offer plenty of grunt.
Sony claims up to two days of battery life from a single charge of the 2,700mAh battery, while quick charging tech provides over five hours of juice from a 10-minute charge.
It’s a small battery for such a large device, and we’ll have to wait to see whether the company’s claims are grounded in fact, but going for a Full HD rather than 2K screen will go some way to reducing battery consumption.
There's an impressive-sounding 21.5MP camera on the rear of the Xperia XA Ultra with Hybrid Autofocus and quick launch and capture features. The latest addition to Sony’s Xperia line clearly has its sights set on keen smartphone photographers.
The Xperia XA Ultra will be available in the UK in July in Graphite Black, White or Lime Gold. Check back with us soon for more impressions and a review. µ
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