I have been contemplating whether to get this or the J7 Pro or J7 Plus of Samsung. I decided to get this one and it's a GOOD decision. I just bought this phone last week and everyone who is complaining about the battery, Sony's Qnovo technology is awesome. I don't turn off my mobile data every time I go out since I have unlimited data plan and my usual activity would be an hour of browsing, an hour or two of messaging, streaming videos and music for an average of 2 hours (overall about 4-5 hours of use with about 5 hours idle) and guess what, from 70% charge and after 10 hours of no charging, I went home with 30% battery left on the phone and streamed videos for another 1.5 hours before it reached 15%. Charging is indeed fast, only 30 minutes or less to reach 50%. Screen size is awesome for watching videos and playing games. My only complain about this phone is that the screen or display makes everything looked a bit washed out or too much exposure but that's okay with me. Yes it is big to fit in a small pocket but I don't mind. I also don't care that it does not have fingerprint sensor. I've been using my Xperia Z2 for more than 3 years and I survived not having a fingerprint sensor. I can easily use this phone with one hand even though it actually has an option for one-hand use and I am not a tall or huge person at all. 4gb RAM, 64gb ROM, great battery performance, 23mp rear cam, 16mp front cam for less than 400 euros, octa core processor and upgrade-able to Oreo, dual SIM slots with dedicated micro SD slot. Plus this is SONY not just any brand. Good camera and speakers. Not AWESOME but GOOD for its price! I'll be honest and say that my Z2 has better camera but hey, it's technically a more expensive and premium phone even though it's older. This is a GREAT deal! Plus mine came with a 2 year warranty that includes accidental damage. If you want a smaller, cheaper phone, go for the XA1. I've tried it from my colleague who owns one and it's also AWESOME for its price.
I need your opinion users. I want to replace my phone c5 ultra to XA1 ultra.. so should I replace it? I have doubt about battery life of this phone why only 2700 MAH battery with this beautiful device with huge 6 inches display. and also no finger sensor.
Rosh, 15 Oct 2017Wow! Thank you for a very thorough review. I had the same thoughts as you. Quality has a price... moreAll he was saying was true.I own my Xperia XA1 Ultra almost 3 months and it was awesome in terms of quality, appearance and most of all the battery life.Good job Sony.
After nexus looks bad. Camera sucks gps too. Has good battery fits my needs, but for price... I dont know is it worth it
Stoffelmiguel, 10 Oct 2017Im really surprised with the battery performance. I've owned it for 4 months now and have to s... moreMan. I was going to read more reviews, as I am looking forward to buy one. But I quit reading now after your review. Thanks. Made me so much more committed to it.
i chosen this mobile phone to buy but after 2 days its started to hang, volumes are not working and pictures are not shown and im so very very disappointed about this expirience
Stoffelmiguel, 10 Oct 2017Im really surprised with the battery performance. I've owned it for 4 months now and have to s... moreWow! Thank you for a very thorough review. I had the same thoughts as you. Quality has a price, that's why I love Sony Xperia! They dont compromise their quality.
Stoffelmiguel, 10 Oct 2017Im really surprised with the battery performance. I've owned it for 4 months now and have to s... moreBro I really like this mid range smart phone
I have an question GTA San Andreas will play on this device smoothly
XA1 ULTRA. 😍
Amazing camera, great sound, and battery is OK. I'm a heavy user, so I can get only 20hrs max battery life. Except this, everything is amazing in XA1 ULTRA.
chris, 13 Oct 2017Its just LG v10 or xa1 ultra for me...if I'm to choose between fingerprint scanner or bootloop... moreXA1 plus is a very good phone in terms of price and performance. It has everything you want in a smartphone.
Ali Bashir, 12 Oct 2017The lack of the fingerprint scanner is no issue for you? Close your eyes and go for the xa1 ultra. Its just LG v10 or xa1 ultra for me...if I'm to choose between fingerprint scanner or bootloop issues I'll go for non bootloop issue. If I'm to choose between xa1 ultra or xa1 plus then definitely xa1 plus for me because of the FPS and better battery life. But its not available for purchase yet in our country.
As simple as that.
And I never said that I don't need a fingerprint scanner.
I was torn between XA1 ultra and XA1 plus, tried both the phones at a store and ended up buying the XA1 plus both are good phones but ultra being too big, also fingerprint sensor and bigger battery was also a plus point. Got the blue color which looks stunning although the phone weighs about 190 gms but doesn't feel heavy at all, camera is really good and touch is highly responsive. Got Sony stereo headphones free with the phone alonwith the normal headphones in the box, all in all a great phone.
chris, 11 Oct 2017Yeah fingerprint scanner is one advantage but i can live without it if xa1 ultra is better tha... moreThe lack of the fingerprint scanner is no issue for you? Close your eyes and go for the xa1 ultra.
Ali Bashir, 10 Oct 2017Xa1 ultra in all aspects, but it doesn't have fingerprint scanner, keep in mind the LG V10 won... moreYeah fingerprint scanner is one advantage but i can live without it if xa1 ultra is better than lg v10. By the way some people complain about the battery on how fast it drains on xa1 ultra, but then I saw on YouTube someone replacing the battery (not in a convenient way) has anyone tried replacing one?
Chris, 10 Oct 2017Im torn between lg V10 and xa1 ultra. Please help me guysXa1 ultra in all aspects, but it doesn't have fingerprint scanner, keep in mind the LG V10 won't get software updates anymore while the Xa1 ultra does.
Im really surprised with the battery performance. I've owned it for 4 months now and have to say that, although we're not talking about something spectacular (the battery is really small with only 2700mah), I'd never think in my best hopes that it'd last so long with such a massive screen.
I'd say that the duration of the battery was my biggest concern when I bought it and that concern is now vanished. I'm a youtube addict and I play a lot of demanding games. It behaves really well. So far I haven't found a game that runs slow and I've been pushing it with Asphalt 8 or Gods of Rome, for instance, and it behaves wonderfully.
Also, the advantage of this small (yet really surprising) battery is that the phone is super elegant, even with the massive screen. I like my phones big, so I dont mind the size (and the screen/body ratio is really good, too). For its size, it's super light and so so thin... Also, another surprise was how comfortable it is in your hand. If you're busy and can only use one hand, no problem!: it contains an option for one hand usage in which you can reduce the screen size, also "pushing" it either to the left or the right hand side of the actual display. That way, you now have created through software an emulated (roughly) 5" screen - or maybe even a bit smaller than that - that you can now fully and easily control with just one hand. It's a great solution for someone with small hands such as mine.
But the actually spectacular feature is full on, full-brightness and super-vivid options enabled display. If you have everything on and at its max, the visualization of a film is just outstanding. Also, you'd need this kind of beautiful colours and light to fully appreciate the tremendous quality of both cameras. Yes, I've mentioned both because finally I own a smartphone that didn't cost 1000 euros in which the selfie photos are something to actually look at without ever realizing that the responsibility lies on the front camera. This is a powerful and detailed induced little devil, the front camera. Yes, at night the front flash helps a lot, even though I was so surprised by the quality of the photos when any of the 2 cameras is used with low light or even outside in the dark, at night time.
On the low side, I have to mention the fact that it only has one loudspeaker, which is a disappointment for all the 80's Sony Walkman fanatics like me. Come on, a brand like Sony, that people link so much to music, should have included a 2nd speaker for stereo sound. Without that, in my opinion, it's loud enough, but it loses quality if you spike the volume up, which is a shame... however, I do recognize that I always use earphones. And, in the rare occasions in which I actually use it to play music aloud, there's always bluetooth and my faithful JBL Speaker nearby,.. (Noone really uses his smartphone to play music aloud, come on, even if it contains 2, 3 or 20 speakers.)
Yep, the lack of a fingerprint sensor is also on the down side but, honestly, it's one of those things that I can perfectly live without. I've had it and ended up, with my previous phone, replacing it by usage of the old-fashioned 4 digit pin code...
How expensive is it to make a phone water proof? That would also be a nice touch that I think that the Plus will have,.
However, as said, the screen size is of major importance to me. I wouldn't want a screen any bigger than 6" but 5,5" is really not enough for me and the usage I give it, with mainly games and youtube (apart from the skype calls that are spectacular on both the sending and the receiving sides - with this front camera you better make sure there are no boogers inside your nose and you've washed your teeth after dinner before you decide to video call your girl because this unbelievable 16 MP camera will definitely catch them!!! On the other hand, you're actually holding a phone but in those times you really forget about that because it feels that you're actually in front of a tablet or small laptop, screen wise.
I strongly recommend this phone for everyone that is looking for a big screen. The moment you look and grab the phone you fall in love (the design, feel and weight are flawless, to me, at least...). If you have any doubts regarding the machine under the hood I have to repeat myself: no game, so far, has pushed it beyond the point in which lagging is noticeable. Everything so far has been fluid and fast (maybe someone could suggest some heavy games on the hardware so that I can try them out and then post the results). Battery wise, expect no miracles but I do place it considerably above the usual autonomy of large smartphones, especially because I can usually go for the heavy games and, basically, if after a good 3 hours of play I see that I've used too much battery, then, as long as I have more than 5 per cent of battery, I can always activate the ultra stamina mode. It reboots the system and squeezes a few good hours out of those last 5-10% of battery. This is a real battery indicator, by the way, in which, after 4 months in which I haven't respected the most healthy battery charging procedures, the last 10% of battery will last you the same amount of time as the first (between the 90-100% - everyone had a phone that after a couple of months would switch itself off a few seconds after it got to 3 or 4%!!! or an iphone, in which the last 20% lasted as much as the first 2%!!!!)
Anyway, on the market right now, I don't think you can find such a strong 6" device - I believe they call them phablets - with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM an octacore processor with very interesting speed values (finally Meadiatek made it fast and reliable for gaming), the unique numbers and quality associated to both cameras - of course, especially the front one - , the surprising autonomy of such a light and elegance-allowing battery, the love inducing design (by the way, I'm a man, Portuguese, and I bought the Gold one, for the first time in my life, because it's freakin' beautiful!!!) at this price and with such a strong brand associated. This is merely my opinion, so... just think that I've been using GSM arena for years now and this is the first time I'm writing and look at the size of this tech love letter to my phone. Only a really goood device could cause something like this to happen!
Go for it, trust me. Unless you want smaller. Or really expensive. Or..,. ugly. Or a chinese unpronounciable brand that advertises the RAM, the ROM, the 234 processors and billions of MAH of battery but then, when you get them, dont last as long, dont offer the same type of guarantee, dont perform as well as a real phone with not so impressive features but real ones, made out of real components from real brands.
Quality has a price. I had an Oukitel K-6000 pro. Nothing bad to say about it. Really. But there's also nothing spectacular. putting them face to face on paper, there really isnt much of a difference between the XA1 Ultra and the chinese one. However, on a real face to face, I can play Asphalt 8 on the Oukitel. As long as I keep my hands off the back after 10 mins of gameplay, or I'll burn myself. And after a couple of months it starts lagging and lagging and lagging...
You can't, of course, compare a 130 euro phone with another that is more recent and costed me 370 on the month of its release. But what I mean is that feature wise, they do seem similar on paper. That's why I say now: beware of this unbelievable chinese deals in which it seems that you can buy almost a flagship phone for 150 euros or less. That's impossible. Usually the phone won't last you more than 2 months until something happens (nothing tragic, just small things but annoying things - with lagging on top of my list, right next to the almost dangerous heating problems and battery issues)
I love Sony ever since they made their first Feature-loaded Z. It was spectacular with features like the water proof that noone had seen before on a flagship, apart, of course, from the record breaking cameras it had and the battery, that was stupidly strong for the time.
This XA1-Ultra is a mid-range phone that surely, to me, feels like it's really grasping on the flagship terrain. Especially when you compare it with some flagships after a good couple of months of intense and irresponsible usage. It's elegant, slim and light and big. And it's exactly like I wanted it to be.
Cheers guys, and enjoy it.
Ali Bashir, 09 Oct 2017Definitely xa1 ultra, but keep in mind it doesn't have fingerprint scanner. Great, thank you!