Sony's new Xperia XA Ultra: Six-inch Android phablet with 16-megapixel selfie camera

Sony has released the Xperia XA Ultra Android phablet for people who love taking selfies.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

Sony's Xperia XA Ultra (pictured above) is the larger sibling to the Xperia XA, featuring the same edge-to-edge screen and super-thin frame.

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Sony has launched the Xperia XA Ultra, a mid-range six-inch screen phablet with a whopping 16-megapixel selfie camera.

Xperia XA Ultra is the larger sibling to the Xperia XA, featuring the same edge-to-edge screen and super-thin frame to make the most of the device's six-inch full HD display, while making it easier to hold.

The other standout feature is the phablet's 16-megapixel selfie camera, which features a flash, optical-image stabilization, wide-angle, autofocus, and low-light photography assistance, all in aid of improving selfie pictures taken at night.

As noted by ZDNet's sister site CNET, Sony has included number of tweaks to improve selfies. First, a selfie-timer in the top corner of the screen encourages people to look at the lens rather than themselves when taking pictures.

It also offers a night-portrait mode that blends an image with the flash on with an image with the flash off to provide an evenly-lit foreground and background.

The main camera has a 21.5-megapixel sensor with hybrid auto-focus object tracking to assist when taking snaps of a moving object.

The Xperia XA Ultra comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage, although Sony notes its firmware takes up 6GB of space.

The microSD slot supports up to 200GB additional storage. It ships with Android M and features a 64-bit octal core processor from MediaTek and 2,700mAh battery.

The smartphone weighs 202 grams with 164mm x 79mm x 8.4mm dimensions. It will be available in white, black and gold.

Sony has not yet revealed pricing details or dates for its availability, though it will be a global release.

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