Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

7.7/10 AVG.
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7.7/10
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The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra currently has an Informr score of 7.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the larger variant in Sony’s latest Xperia X Series, the XA2 Ultra offers a few upgrades aimed at media lovers or those who prefer a larger phone.

While most of the specs are identical to the smaller XA2, the phone features a larger 6-inch 1080p LCD panel. Reviewers still found the panel crisp despite the size increase. The added real estate should help for those looking to enjoy movies, tv shows, or games on the go.

The processor remains the same, but the additional RAM -- 4GB -- should help to smooth out multitasking and provide more pep when launching apps.

There’s also a bigger battery rated at 3580mAh. Like with the smaller variant, reviewers had no trouble cruising through a day of light to moderate usage on a single charge.

One of the biggest differences apart from screen size is in the cameras. While the rear camera is the same 23MP option as the smaller phone, the XA2 Ultra includes a dual-lens setup on the front of the camera. The 16MP and 8MP lenses impressed reviewers, and they found them great when in low light. 

Overall, if you don’t mind the additional expense and a larger footprint, the XA2 Ultra is a worthy upgrade over the standard model. 

For more details about performance, build quality, software, and more, be sure to check out our summary for the Xperia XA2.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Techaeris

If you’re a smartphone user who sticks to the basics like web browsing, music streaming, texting, social media, and email, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a decent mid-range device which should easily cover those bases for you. Unfortunately, there are other devices on the market with better specificat...

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris
DxOMark

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra lags behind most current high-end models, but can outperform some of its mid-range rivals — for example, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus and the Motorola Moto G5S. Befitting its mid-range status, it’s distinctly mid-table — not disgracing itself, but not setting the world on fire, eit...

- Angela Nicholson, DxOMark
Gearburn

With a stellar selfie camera, a beautiful screen and a capable chipset, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a solid choice if you’re looking for a larger phone for media consumption and social media use. But its price and overall size makes it an awkward pill to swallow.

- Andy Walker, Gearburn
Digital Trends

A solid mid-range phone that’s pushed lower down the ladder because of the competition. You get good performance for the price, and day-long battery life. It also has an outdated and boring design, a mediocre camera, and the software isn’t pleasing to use.

- Christian de Looper, Digital Trends
GSM Dome

Clearly a binge watching and gaming and music machine. It’s also pretty good for video capture, but one of its core purposes, selfies were a bit below expectations. Those expectations were rather high and I expected to be blown away by the dual front camera. Not quite… However, if you’re looking for...

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia XA2 Ultra on February 16, 2018.


The Xperia XA2 Ultra price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia XA2 Ultra with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra's screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3580mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3580 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1349 minutes, 890 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XA2 Ultra Specs

Overview
Release date February 16, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.41 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3580 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 787 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 890 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 766 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1349 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 37.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver, Blue, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 8 x 0.95 cm (6.4 x 3.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 221 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 367 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Dual lens
No
Zoom
5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Slow motion recording (120fps), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Dual camera feature (8 MP 2nd camera)
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Movie Creator, AR effect, Xperia Lounge, AVG Protection PRO)
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Techaeris

A decent mid-range smartphone eclipsed by other offerings

from Techaeris

If you’re a smartphone user who sticks to the basics like web browsing, music streaming, texting, social media, and email, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a decent mid-range device which should easily cover those bases for you. Unfortunately, there are other devices on the market with better speci...More

If you’re a smartphone user who sticks to the basics like web browsing, music streaming, texting, social media, and email, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a decent mid-range device which should easily cover those bases for you. Unfortunately, there are other devices on the market with better specifications for a slightly higher price which puts the XA2 Ultra in a tough spot.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Not just for selfies

from DxOMark

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra lags behind most current high-end models, but can outperform some of its mid-range rivals — for example, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus and the Motorola Moto G5S. Befitting its mid-range status, it’s distinctly mid-table — not disgracing itself, but not setting the world on fire, either.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra lags behind most current high-end models, but can outperform some of its mid-range rivals — for example, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus and the Motorola Moto G5S. Befitting its mid-range status, it’s distinctly mid-table — not disgracing itself, but not setting the world on fire, either.

Read full review

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Gearburn

Selfie control

from Gearburn

With a stellar selfie camera, a beautiful screen and a capable chipset, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a solid choice if you’re looking for a larger phone for media consumption and social media use. But its price and overall size makes it an awkward pill to swallow.

Read full review

With a stellar selfie camera, a beautiful screen and a capable chipset, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a solid choice if you’re looking for a larger phone for media consumption and social media use. But its price and overall size makes it an awkward pill to swallow.

Read full review

Less

Digital Trends

affordable phone that looks its part

from Digital Trends

A solid mid-range phone that’s pushed lower down the ladder because of the competition. You get good performance for the price, and day-long battery life. It also has an outdated and boring design, a mediocre camera, and the software isn’t pleasing to use.

Read full review

A solid mid-range phone that’s pushed lower down the ladder because of the competition. You get good performance for the price, and day-long battery life. It also has an outdated and boring design, a mediocre camera, and the software isn’t pleasing to use.

Read full review

Less

GSM Dome

Bigger, Better, More of Everything

from GSM Dome

Clearly a binge watching and gaming and music machine. It’s also pretty good for video capture, but one of its core purposes, selfies were a bit below expectations. Those expectations were rather high and I expected to be blown away by the dual front camera. Not quite… However, if you’re lo...More

Clearly a binge watching and gaming and music machine. It’s also pretty good for video capture, but one of its core purposes, selfies were a bit below expectations. Those expectations were rather high and I expected to be blown away by the dual front camera. Not quite… However, if you’re looking for a battery close to battery phone levels, this is the device for you.

Read full review

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G Style Magazine

Makes a fine substitute for a point-and-shoot camera

from G Style Magazine

In terms of photo quality, it’s pretty good for the most part except when the lighting is really bad. This actually goes for most smartphone cameras so it’s really nothing new or surprising. The front cams also work very well for selfies and many will be happy that there is an actual flash up there to brighten up their photos.

Read full review

In terms of photo quality, it’s pretty good for the most part except when the lighting is really bad. This actually goes for most smartphone cameras so it’s really nothing new or surprising. The front cams also work very well for selfies and many will be happy that there is an actual flash up there to brighten up their photos.

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PC Magazine

Offers decent overall performance

from PC Magazine

Pairs a large 6-inch screen with impressive camera capabilities, but it lags behind the competition in terms of processing power.

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Pairs a large 6-inch screen with impressive camera capabilities, but it lags behind the competition in terms of processing power.

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Notebookcheck

Very decent handling capabilities

from Notebookcheck

May not be the most fashionable device out there and it certainly isn’t the most affordable one either, but its total package turned out to be quite impressive.

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May not be the most fashionable device out there and it certainly isn’t the most affordable one either, but its total package turned out to be quite impressive.

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G Style Magazine

A mid-ranger that doesn’t feel like one

from G Style Magazine

Overall, it’s an impressive mid-range phone. The build quality is excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find anything else in this range that looks and feels as good as this. Plus since this is an unlocked device, you’re not tied down to any carrier. Updates also come really fr...More

Overall, it’s an impressive mid-range phone. The build quality is excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find anything else in this range that looks and feels as good as this. Plus since this is an unlocked device, you’re not tied down to any carrier. Updates also come really frequently and that’s always a plus when it comes to Android devices.

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Android Authority

It’s about time

from Android Authority

Sony is taking a step in the right direction with the XA2 Ultra by updating to a more modern design, slimming down the bezels, and bringing fingerprint sensor support to the U.S. However, for a midrange phone the price is not as competitive as it should be, which could turn potential buyers away.

Read full review

Sony is taking a step in the right direction with the XA2 Ultra by updating to a more modern design, slimming down the bezels, and bringing fingerprint sensor support to the U.S. However, for a midrange phone the price is not as competitive as it should be, which could turn potential buyers away.

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