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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra: Hands On Overview, Expected India Launch And Price

Sony launched the new Xperia XA1 Ultra at MWC 2017. This smartphone boasts a very good set of specifications. It comes with a border-less edge to edge display which gives you feel of a bezeless display. This smartphone sports a solid 21 MP rear camera and a 8 MP front camera. This smartphone falls in phablet category due to its bigger 6 inch display. Specification wise, this phablet stands somewhere between a mid-range and a high-end segment smartphone.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Specifications

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Photo Gallery

Physical Overview

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Talking about build, it a very premium looking device with a very nice design. The display is almost bezel-less on the two sides and back is matte finished. Overall this is a very good looking smartphone and will impress you in terms of overall design & build.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Above the display, you will find an 16 MP front camera, Sony branding, ambient light sensor and a LED flash. On the top you will find an earpiece.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Below the display, there is absolutely nothing apart from a  speaker.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

On the right side, you will find the volume up/down button, a circular power button and a camera shutter button.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

On the left, there’s a SIM card slot and the micro SD card slot.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

On the top part, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and a secondary microphone.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

On the bottom, there’s a type C USB and a primary microphone.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra


Back part is pretty minimalist. There’s a 23MP rear camera, LED flash, NFC, and a XPERIA branding in the center.


Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra sports a massive 6 inch IPS LCD display. The display has got a full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution with a pixel density of ~367ppi. The glass on the display is a scracth resistant display and comes with a 76.1% of screen to body ration.

This display is a border-less edge to edge display which looks amazing. There’s barely any noticeable bezel on the sides although top and bottom part are quite big.


Xperia XA1 Ultra is powered by a Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chip-set paired with Mali T880MP2 GPU. It is an octa-core chip-set with four 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and four 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. It has got 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable via micro-SD card slot.

Camera Overview

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

It sports a 23 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 24mm, PDAF, auto-focus and LED flash. Front is equipped with an 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 23 mm, OIS, Auto focus, and LED flash. Both can shoot up to full-HD (1080p) videos. The camera features include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama.

Price and Availability

The company hasn’t revealed the price and anything about it’s availability yet. However we expect Sony to launch this device in India by March or April. Talking about it’s pricing, we expect this device to be priced somewhere around Rs. 30,000 or maybe more than that. This device will be available in Black, White, Gold, and Pink color options.


Overall this device is a good for the people looking for a phablet smartphone with good sets of camera but Sony has compromised in some fields like battery, chip-set. Considering it’s a 6 inch smartphone, 2700 mAh battery is definitely very low and a Snapdragon chip-set would have been better to see. However  the design and build of this phone is really amazing, this phone looks very premium and the border-less display is like icing on the cake. Although the price of this smartphone will decide how worth this device is.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.