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
AnonD-731491, 08 Feb 2018not as ugly as lg, samsung and chinese iphone copyYou better open your eyes V30, Note8, G6 look far better than this they even have dual camera to ruin their looks
AnonD-715715, 08 Feb 2018I am a sony fan..But the truth is XA2 ultra somewhat old school outdated product.. There are ... moreI do get your point about XA2 series . But at least XA2 series has 4K video recording and according to rumours , XA2 and L2 will be the last Sony phone to combined both Loop Surface and Omni-Balance , because with new Sony flagship , Omni-Balance will be axed and Loop Surface could be redesigned again . And for 4K video recording , because even A8 and A8+ (2018) that priced higher than both XA2 siblings and even older Xperia M5 , both A8 siblings doesn't have 4K video recording which quite ashamed though for a phone price at $500 , even tho there's some paid-off features like IP68 and etc.
Make it less bezel and thin, then this would be a great phone.
Hayaan Mo Sila, 08 Feb 2018I really am suspecting that this has something to do with GSMArena's external amplifier used f... moreRecombu video sounds same bad, as if mic is too sensitive and even standard noise cancellation during recording is completely turned off, so distant sounds get too loud and distorted waay too much.
Its bad, no way around it.
They need to fix it.
Reet, 08 Feb 2018Sony should hire more physical designers... i think 50 is enough hahhaha...their phone are all... moreThey really don't need to. They have creative designers, but they need to spend more on R&D for that. I do agree, however, with the point that Sony needs to do some change in design for real sake, and I'm glad it will happen this year, at least for the flagship with 'Mirai' design replacing the old but gold OmniBalance.
Tann Hauser, 08 Feb 2018I concur, no way can it be that off the scale, and such a difference between XA2 and XA2 Ultra... moreI really am suspecting that this has something to do with GSMArena's external amplifier used for testing. I mean, Sony and Xiaomi can't be making phones with same poor audio quality, can they?
I have watched Recombu's video sample test of this and the normal XA2, as well as GSMArena samples, and to me, they sound good. Not spectacular, but nothing to complain.
Sony should hire more physical designers... i think 50 is enough hahhaha...their phone are all the same in appearance bit they have better technology like screen and camera
Great screen, Great Battery Life!
Mcallim72, 08 Feb 2018i haven't heard anyone say the want a Sony phone since 2008. Overpriced, under spec and full ... moreLol of course no one buy Sony's smartphone in 2008, they are still Sony Ericsson back then! Troll spotted, beware guys!
[deleted post]Well then, all other newly released midrangers like those mentioned as direct competitors in the conclusion must be under under specced.
Btw IMO, looking at those competitors, all looking exactly the same, XA2 Ultra shines with its distinctivness, uniqueness and classy good looks.
Mcallim72, 08 Feb 2018i haven't heard anyone say the want a Sony phone since 2008.
Overpriced, under spec and full ... moreTroll spotted!
2008 was still Sony Ericsson!
BTW never had any intrusive bloatware on a Sony phone. And their specs are one of the most complete that you can have.