Anonymous, 09 Feb 2018Isn't a8 cheaper than xa2 ultra?. The guys at Sony gave enough guts to price a mtk 6737 device... moreXA2 Ultra is 450, A8 is 500, A8+ which is the direct 6inch screen contender here is 550...
So no, A8s are not cheaper, but more expensive.
Anonymous, 09 Feb 2018Isn't a8 cheaper than xa2 ultra?. The guys at Sony gave enough guts to price a mtk 6737 device... moreBased on the country. Over here in Singapore XPERIA XA2 ULTRA is the better deal currently
Sonyuser85, 08 Feb 2018Battery backup and price will make the true differences between XA2 ultra and A8. For now Sony... moreWhile XA2 ultra win for battery, Honor View 10 win all other aspects for the same price. A8 is overprice and doesnt even come close.
xXENDER FREAKXx, 08 Feb 2018Both of these mid-end smartphones are sure competitive, hence it is based on what the person r... moreIsn't a8 cheaper than xa2 ultra?. The guys at Sony gave enough guts to price a mtk 6737 device at 300 USD in India. To think what would they do with SD 630... I'm expecting no less than 550 for this in India
xXENDER FREAKXx, 08 Feb 2018Both of these mid-end smartphones are sure competitive, hence it is based on what the person r... moreBattery backup and price will make the true differences between XA2 ultra and A8. For now Sony is a winner.
xXENDER FREAKXx, 08 Feb 2018That is indeed true, even this XPERIA XA2 ULTRA takes much better photos than my XPERIA XZ eve... moreIts camera true quality comes at 8-12 mp. 23 is mostly marketing or a level of processing that is not to be desired. I've noticed that, mostly at Snapdragon motherboards.
vrvly, 08 Feb 2018Deluxe I couldn't find here in tool, XZ was flagship, but from same brand and same sensor, wit... moreThat is indeed true, even this XPERIA XA2 ULTRA takes much better photos than my XPERIA XZ even though both have 23MP cameras
The 630 is I think the highest spec Snapdragon in current use that is immune to both Spectre and Meltdown, which may matter to some people. If you want an 800 series CPU, probably need to wait till 2019 when the hardware fixes should be available.
Also, Sony colour balance is surely adjustable?
sony a2 ultra -- mostly available only with 32GB total internal memory --only 25gb avaiable -NOT ENOUGH ..sony accessories not available --as always with sony - zero almost aftersales service ..no sony service centers ..sony fanboys stop wardances ..get real ..
simple choices== samsung or google for android OR rob a bank and buy latest apple iphone x .. ok !
Hayaan Mo Sila, 08 Feb 2018Oh well. I don't see them actually confirming that their amplifier used for testing is not fau... moreIt is usually the other way, but looks like the testing equipment isn't doing its job perfectly either. I remember seeing the View 10 review before they updated the audio quality test results and it was really horrible. So maybe even this phone could actually have good enough audio quality with an amp, but let's see if they're going to re-test this one too.
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2018They re-did the tests on that Huawei View 10 and mentioned the test equipment being faulty.
... moreOh well. I don't see them actually confirming that their amplifier used for testing is not faulty.
There is no way external amplifier could be worse than the standalone jack. It's usually the other way round.
Anonymous, 08 Feb 2018You can compare with XZ, XA1, zenfone 3 deluxe.. All 23 tooDeluxe I couldn't find here in tool, XZ was flagship, but from same brand and same sensor, with new midrange having better output...
Hayaan Mo Sila, 08 Feb 2018Same poor audio quality through external amplifier is not just on Sony phones. Look at the Mi ... moreThey re-did the tests on that Huawei View 10 and mentioned the test equipment being faulty.
"Updated 05 Feb: We've identified an issue with our test unit and redid it. The text below has been updated to reflect the final performance.
The Huawei View 10 had excellent readings in the active external amplifier part of our test. Loud and free of distortion accurate its output is as good as they come."
In case the issue is the Sony phone, then they really have to work on fixing it. Nobody could enjoy listening to music on their headphones if the audio quality really is as tested. That's basically the same level of quality as those 50 dollar replica phones from China.
I complained about the audio testing and also sent an email to them. No response and comment here also disappeared. Let's see whether this comment survives.
TheGoldenMellifluous, 08 Feb 2018I do get your point about XA2 series . But at least XA2 series has 4K video recording and acco... moreBoth of these mid-end smartphones are sure competitive, hence it is based on what the person really needs. Their performance is also on par, except if the person needs 4K recording on the smartphone, XPERIA XA2 ULTRA is the way to go, or maybe other better alternatives, if the person wants IP68 rating, he'll probably go for the GALAXY A8 2018. Was expecting to have both 4K recording and IP68 rating at the same time, but nonetheless in my opinion 4K recording is more important than the waterproof rating, and it is glad to see Sony bringing 4K recording to the mid-end too. Not trying to say that GALAXY A8 2018 is a bad smartphone though, it is as good as the XPERIA XA2 ULTRA, but is just slightly overpriced without 4K recording, but when the prices drop, the GALAXY A8 2018 will be a good deal to consider for mid-end flagships