Review the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra



It was announced in February 2017 and recently it is now available in our country to be part of the high-end equipment catalog. Today we will present the Sony Xperia XA1 in its Ultra version.

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A smartphone aimed at those who want to be fully connected to their social networks and see everything on the big screen and of very good quality because Sony has accustomed us to offer it on their computers. All of the above is available in a very elegant and beautiful design, as well as offering a screen that has almost no bezel.

We are testing this smartphone for a while thanks to the kindness of our friends from Sony Mobile Chile who did a unit test to bring you this full review.

Here begins the review of the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra.

Author: Jonathan MunizagaPhotos: Jonathan MunizagaTrial period: September 23 – September 28


Manufacturers and models

– Sony– Xperia XA1 Ultra – G3223 – Initial state: Demo

Network and compatibility in Chile

– 3G: 850/900/1700 AWS / 1900 / 2100– 4G LTE: B2 Chile, B4 AWS, B5, Chile B7, B12, B13, B17, B28 Chile, B29, B66.– LTE 3 300/50 Mbps paint: 4G + compatible: works natively with Entel, Movistar, WOM and Claro networks


– IPS LCD – Size 6.0 inches – Full HD 1920 Γ— 1080 resolution – 367 ppi density – Protection: scratch resistant glass

Biometric sensor

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– Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 processor – 2.3 GHz quad core and 1.6GHz quad core – Mali-T880MP2 graphics processor – 4GB RAM memory – 32GB internal storage – Can be upgraded with MicroSD cards up to 256GB – 802.11 a / b / g Wi -Fi / n, 2.4 and 5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA. – Bluetooth 4.2 LE – GPS, Assisted GPS, GLONASS – NFC – FM radio with RDS – Mono speaker – USB-C type – 2,700 mAh battery – Android 7.0 Nougat operating system

The camera

– 23 MP main sensor with f / 2.0 aperture – Software stabilization – LED flash – Full HD 30 fps, HD 30 fps, SD at 30 fps – 16 MP front camera with f / 2.0 aperture, optical stabilization, autofocus, focus automatic, front full HD LED flash and video


The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra has a great design, characteristic of the Ultra series, but it stands out for the elegance it offers, apart from the bezels that we hardly see on the screen. At first glance it appears to be Sony's flagship.

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It has an aluminum rim and a semi-curved windshield that is also known as a 2.5D. This is a design that I really like, I feel even better than Xperia XZ Premium, in addition to being comfortable when I carry it in my hand.

Now, become a 6-inch smartphone, it also turns out to be quite tall and causes discomfort when carrying it in your pocket, especially if you start to climb stairs, also the back is made of ordinary plastic and does not help much with the handle. When you hold it in your hand. That will be the only negative point of the design, I like the rest.

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The dimensions are 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm and it weighs 188 grams, because you will see that it is not a heavy equipment, it is light and does not make your hands tire when you hold it for a long time. If we examine the edges and start on the left side, we find slots for the NanoSIM and MicroSD cards, while on the right side we have the volume, power and camera buttons. Finally, at the top we have the Jack 3.5 mm connector, secondary microphone, while at the bottom we will see the main microphone, the speaker and the USB Type-C port.


Now we are talking about 6-Inc Full HD IPS LCD screens that, in my opinion, offer a very good image quality, reach very high brightness levels and, in turn, produce many outstanding colors.

The definition is also impressive, even as if we were in front of a high-end smartphone screen because it looks great, as you can see below:

Among the available screen options, we will find options to adjust the brightness level, the "Smart Light Control" function that allows us to keep the screen on when we see it, we can also adjust the white balance, the font size and the interface … among other configurations.

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βœ… Very nice design elegante Elegant design with 2 semi-curved glass .5D βœ… Very good quality screen βœ… Various functions to adjust the screen

❌ Due to the size of the equipment, it may be uncomfortable to carry it in your pocket


Our protagonist has a 23-megapixel main camera with f2 / aperture 0, in addition to being accompanied by an LED flash and auto focus, electronic image stabilization and being able to record video in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second.

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But this team also stands out for the front camera, because for your selfie, you will have a 16 megapixel sensor with autofocus and OIS optical stabilization, in addition to having a front LED flash and can record video in Full HD.

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When we run the camera application, we will find the same interface that Sony applies to all its Xperia devices, which has several options and settings to get the best results when using the camera, and has a manual mode.

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We will also find three capture modes that consist of automatic mode, manual mode and video mode. Among these options, we can modify the resolution, the color settings, activate the grid, HDR mode, among other options.

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On this side, we leave you with test photos captured by our Xperia XA1 Ultra in different light conditions, with the highest available resolution and with automatic mode adjustments.


Here I leave you with a single video recorded with our protagonist in Full HD quality at 30 frames per second, so that it is the highest quality allowed by this team.

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βœ… Good morning photo quality bagus Good quality video recording βœ… Easy to use front camera app Good quality front camera with optical stabilization

❌ Night shots are a bit blurry camera Main camera doesn't focus very well on very close objects


Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra comes from the factory with an Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and adapted to Sony's patented coating, although as you will see in the screenshot, the adjustment level is quite small. The downside is that Android security patches are not updated to date at the time of the computer test, because they are updated to August, although not so seriously either.

Because the adjustment layer is minimal, it is not a heavy thing to carry into a computer processor, so the overall interface is fairly fluid. However, from time to time they can appreciate the little "jerks" in the animation. or when we scroll down the list. We will also note that some applications take time to run, but this is something that is clear from the power of its MediaTek processor, so we can say that it is something to be expected.

But the above does not mean that the computer is slow, on the contrary, it works quite well because its 4G RAM memory helps a lot to the performance of our protagonist. But the problem changes a bit when running very heavy applications, for example when I record a screen in a camcorder demo and which I will leave next, the system tends to be quite slow but only when running heavy stuff.


Here I leave you with a video where you can appreciate a lot of the operating system, some functions and how it works in general Android 7.0 Nougat

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Everything we saw before works thanks to the battery capacity. 2,700 mAh, which receives power through a USB Type-C port. Obviously, we are starting to test the autonomy of the battery using equipment as if they were our own and, therefore, we can tell you how it works with daily use.

Let's continue with the details:

App used: Twitter, Facebook, MessengerGoogle Chrome, Google Now, Apple Music, Netflix, Music, Gmail, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp … among others.
Connected clothing products: LG G Watch R
Active connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz), 4G +, Bluetooth and A-GPS
Brightness of the screen: Automatic

With the use described above, the Xperia XA1 Ultra managed to give me more autonomy 15 hours approx and 6 hours and 5 minutes the screen

βœ… Good overall performance βœ… Lightweight and easy to use customization layer βœ… Very good battery life βœ… Compatible with all Chilean networks including 4G + "Android Security Patch" updated "

❌ Bring some bloatware, but carry … ❌ Your processor sometimes feels heavy for running multiple applications and / or functions.


In multimedia matters, Sony generally offers the best for us and this time is no exception, because we will find the classic audio player, in addition to finding an FM radio tuner with RDS technology and video player. All of the above will be shown below:


On this occasion, and as expected, Sony offered us an audio player formerly known as Walkman. The interface is very acceptable and easy to use, with many options available to manage and listen to music that you have stored in the internal memory and on an external card.

We will also have the opportunity to improve the audio with classic ClearAudio +, audio optimizer and five-band equalizer with up to 9 default profiles, in addition to being able to choose the type of headphones you are using, even if only the Sony models appear.


In this section we will find an FM radio tuner so you can listen to your favorite stations available in your area. It also has RDS technology to have more information about the station being searched, as well as to find out the name of the song and the artist that is playing.


Finally, we have a player that will be responsible for playing all of our video files that we have stored on the device, which offers various playback options, including the ability to view subtitles or activate background playback.

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When connecting a wired headset, the sound quality is very good, with the lowest positions and highest views, and the good thing is the high volume force. Although this power is still limited by software, now the limit is lower and gives you more power, but it is still a bit far from the iPhone level that does not have this limit, for example.

If we use Bluetooth wireless headphones, I tell you that the audio quality is also very good, although this obviously depends on the quality of the headphones you are using. In addition, this device is compatible with the Apt-X codec for use in compatible headphones and further improves the sound quality.


Unlike its older brothers, the Xperia XA1 Ultra only has speakers located at the bottom of the computer to give you MONO sound without covering the audio or we cover it when we carry it in our hands. .

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The sound quality delivered by these speakers was quite good, highlighting the bass and treble very well, as well as offering a high volume of power. Of course, when you reach the maximum volume level, the bass will decrease to avoid distorted sound.

βœ… Good sound quality through headphones βœ… Very complete music and video player βœ… Very complete in multimedia themes egrasikan Integrate FM radio tuners with RDS utama Main speakers with good and strong sound βœ… Compatible with Apt-X codec when using headphones stereo bluetooth


Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is a smartphone that is clearly intended for people who want to connect to their social networks, enjoy their multimedia content on the big screen and the battery that will accompany them all day, in addition to having good connectivity, even with 4G +.

I really like the design, I feel very stylish and it looks like it is a Sony flagship, a very good design and I would love to see it on the Xperia XZ Premium as an example. I really like its screen, it looks great and it's something I didn't expect to be true, so the details impressed me.

The camera is normal, it does not stand out from the others that we have seen in Xperia devices with the same range, although I am impressed with the quality of the front camera, it actually has optical stabilization, autofocus and LED flash, everything necessary for selfies It works very well.

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The team's performance works quite well, but when you run a resource-consuming application this shows that the processor doesn't have enough expected power, although for everything else it works very well, especially since it has 4GB of RAM which is appreciated.

I like the others, the equipment in general is very good, a middle-class smartphone that is quite sophisticated in terms of features and functions, although the price I think should be a little lower.


Xperia XA1 Ultra is now available in the Sony Store from CLP $ 329,991 or you can also find it with Entel and WOM from CLP $ 289,990.

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