Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Launches in US for $399

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Launches in US for $399

Back in February, Sony announced a pair of "super mid-range" phones - the XA1 and XA1 Ultra. Both phones are powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor and have a nearly-identical design. The XA1 arrived in the United States in May, costing $299 (approx Rs15000). Now the XA1 Ultra has arrived stateside for a hundred dollars more.


Sony XA1 Ultra Features:

  • The XA1 Ultra shares the XA1's Helio P20 processor and design, but the similarities end there.
  • It has 64GB of internal storage
  • Sony XA1 Ultra has got 4GB of RAM
  • A 6" 1080p screen
  • A microSD card slot
  • dual SIM card slots.
  • The Ultra also has a 23MP back camera (f/2.0 aperture, 24mm) with phase detection and auto-focus, and a 16MP (f/2.0, 23mm) front camera.


Comparison with Moto G5 Plus:

  • It's hard for me to say definitively if this phone is a good value or not.
  • The 64GB Moto G5 Plus is $100 less, with the same 1080p screen (though the G5's screen is smaller) and 4GB of RAM.
  • However, the XA1 Ultra has better cameras and includes NFC support.
  • But the Moto G5 Plus works on both GSM and CDMA carriers and has a fingerprint sensor, whereas the XA1 Ultra does not.


Price and Availability:

  • You can pick one up from Best Buy in black, white, pink, and gold.
  • Regardless of which hue you choose, you'll need to shell out $399.99 (approx Rs.24000) for an unlocked unit that will work with GSM-based carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile only (and the MVNOs that use their networks of course).

Feel free to debate about this phone in the comments section!!

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