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25 mayo, 2021

Sony started the year renewing its mid-range with the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. The first one has already passed through the Xataka Móvil analysis table and now it’s time to gut the second, the Xperia XA2 Ultra that bets on slightly fuller specs and a more generous size.

Traditionally, Sony’s Ultra series meant large displays and the Xperia XA2 Ultra follows the same vein with a six-inch diagonal panel. The terminal also follows the Omnibalance design trend that the brand had been using for so long, which still adds to its size. However, seeing that the last Xperia XZ2 debuted suit, the XA2 Ultra may well be the last of its kind when it comes to design. Let’s see what it offers us.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra, technical specifications

SONY XPERIA XA2 ULTRA

DIMENSIONS

163 x 80 x 9.5 mm

WEIGHT

221 g

DESIGN

Metal and plastic Corning Gorilla glass 4 Rear fingerprint reader

SCREEN

IPS LCD 6 inches FullHD 1,920 x 1,080, 367 dpi Body / Screen Rati 76.1%

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 630 Octa-core Cortex A53 2.2 GHz GPU Adreno 508

RAM

4GB

ABILITY

32 GB

SOFTWARE

Android 8.0 Oreo

REAR CAMERA

23 MP, 1 / 2.3 “Exmor RS sensor, Hybrid AF, ISO 12800, f / 2.0 wide angle lens, Electronic stabilizer, 4K movies, 120fps slow motion

DUAL FRONT CAMERA

Main Sensor: 16 MP, 1 / 2.6 “Exmor RS, OIS, f / 2.0 wide angle lens, ISo 6400

Secondary sensor: 8 MP 1/4 “Exmor RS, ISO 3200, f / 2.4 super wide angle lens

CONNECTIVITY

LTE Cat 12, WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, minijack, USB-C, FM radio

DRUMS

3,580 mAh Qnovo Adaptive Charging Quick Charge Quick Charge 3.0

PRICE

299 euros

Design: the problem is not the frames, but their absence

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

For years, Sony has opted for a very characteristic aesthetic that stands out for its symmetry and straight shapes and the Xperia XA2 Ultra responds to that line nicknamed Omnibalance. We have a terminal completely rectangular with very sharp corners, although the side edges have been rounded (thank goodness).

The materials used are, in order of importance, plastic, glass and metal. Metal is present in the frame that surrounds the device, but the back is covered in plastic. It is especially noticeable in the change in temperature of the material, because in terms of finishes both materials match perfectly. The glass, of course, is covering the entire front.

The design of the Xperia XA2 Ultra has very good finishes and conveys quality, but lacks ergonomics. At 221 grams and a slippery rear, the feeling of ‘I’m going to drop’ is common.

The feeling in hand is of a solid and quality design, but not exactly ergonomic. The main point that makes the XA2 Ultra an uncomfortable terminal is its weight, 221 grams no less. It is a large mobile, yes, but it is clear that they could have lightened a few grams. Here the thickness of 9.5 millimeters does not exactly help.

Continuing with the sensations, I said that the plastic on the rear has very good finishes, but it also has a problem: slippery a lot. It is a drawback that we find in many mobiles, but in the case of the Xperia XA2 Ultra it is especially uncomfortable and the feeling of ‘I am going to drop it’ is quite common. Here perhaps using a silicone sleeve is the solution.

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

But let’s talk about the frames. Ah, the bezels … A few years ago, we weren’t worried about whether the bezels surrounding the screen were more or less large, but with the growth of screens, shrinking them has become a necessary trend that goes beyond aesthetics. . We have more screen in less space, which does not hurt in mobile phones with 6-inch panels. At Sony, the frame reduction is present, but in a totally unbalanced way.

The Xperia XA2 Ultra has two huge bezels at the top and bottom. The upper one makes more sense since it contains the double front camera, the LED flash and the earpiece. The lower one makes less sense since A fingerprint reader could fit perfectly, but it is on the back. As a consequence, the mobile is almost three centimeters longer (and gains a few grams), but everything has its good side and that is that these frames come in handy when we hold it horizontally, for example when watching videos.

SONY XPERIA XA2 ULTRA

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

MOTO G6 PLUS

HUAWEI MATE 10 LITE

NOKIA 7 PLUS

SAMSUNG GALAXY A8

SCREEN

6 inch FullHD 16: 9

5.99 inches FullHD + 18: 9

5.9 inch FullHD + 18: 9

5.9 inch FullHD + 18: 9

6 inch FullHD + 18: 9

6 inch FullHD + 18: 9

FRONT PERCENTAGE

76.1%

77.4%

74.4%

76.5%

77.2%

75.5%

DIMENSIONS

163 x 80 x 9.5 mm

158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm

160 x 75.5 x 8 mm

156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5 mm

158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm

159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

WEIGHT

221 g

180 g

167 g

164 g

183 g

191 g

DRUMS

3,580 mAh

4,000 mAh

3,200 mAh

3,340 mAh

3,800 mAh

3,500 mAh

In the table you can clearly see the imbalance I was talking about. How is it possible that with those frames the XA2 Ultra has a front as used as a Huawei Mate 10 Lite or a Galaxy A8? Very easy: the top and bottom frames are huge, but the sides are practically non-existent, and here it comes the real problem with the design of this mobile: accidental touches.

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra The almost absence of side frames makes us constantly press the screen with the base of the thumb.

Sony is often associated with the antithesis of ‘all screen’, but they actually started reducing frames earlier than most, although only on the sides. The first was the Xperia XA and the trend has continued until the protagonist of this review. The problem with this detail? It is very common to press the screen with the base of the thumb and it recognizes it as a normal touch.

The real problem with the design of the Xperia XA2 Ultra is not the frames, well yes, but not the top and bottom, but the sides. The screen is so tight to the edge that it constantly registers accidental touches.

Here software could be the solution if it had been taught to differentiate what is tap and what is not, but it is not. For example, when scrolling in settings we do not go over the middle of the list without opening an option because we have accidentally clicked, if we are on the desktop to open applications, if we are browsing we click links … If the size already makes it difficult to handle one hand, accidental touches make it impossible, as well as exasperating.

Screen: size matters more if quality accompanies

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

Although the design does not follow the most current trends, the screen continues to be the absolute protagonist of the front, and not only because of size, but also because of quality. The visual experience offered by the Xperia XA2 Ultra makes the points to improve at the design level remain in the background when we are watching videos or playing games.

Watching videos or playing games on the Xperia XA2 Ultra is a joy, not only because of the size of the panel, but because of its quality.

Specifically, the panel is a 6-inch diagonal IPS and in this case we do not have an elongated format, but it maintains the 16: 9 ratio that was usual until recently. In resolution we have a FullHD that once again shows that sharpness is maintained even on large screens, and incidentally is more benevolent with energy consumption.

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

Color reproduction is good, with faithful tones that do not saturate, although if you prefer a more vivid color there are two options in Settings; the standard mode slightly raises the saturation, while the vivid mode raises the contrast also, resulting in overly vibrant colors that are far from reality.

White tends slightly to blue, but it can be adjusted manually from White Balance, although I recommend leaving it as it was since the blue tint is negligible unless we face it with another more neutral screen.

Finally, the brightness offers an acceptable level outdoors, although if we have the automatic brightness activated it resists increasing to 100% and I have sometimes ended up adjusting it manually, but it has only been on two occasions so it is not a problem either. In general, the brightness adjustment is quite accurate and fast and the same is true of tactile feedback.

Performance: fluidity and good feeling

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

On the performance side, the Xperia XA2 Ultra meets what is expected of a mid-range with its configuration, which we remember is committed to a Snapdragon 630 accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. The brain of this model is a regular in the mid-range and, once again, we have seen that it offers a good experience of use on a day-to-day basis.

The Snapdragon 630 complies in terms of fluidity and the 4 GB of RAM gives a wide sleeve to multitasking, only in very demanding apps can we notice a certain lag.

The terminal responds without problem to the usual commands in tasks such as opening the mail, browsing, taking photos, using GPS services, consulting social networks or playing games, although with very complex games graphically there is a certain slowness, the fps drops are not frequent but they do happen, where it is most noticeable is in the longer load times.

In general, the sensations have been very good throughout the test, With the exception of some moments when lag has made an appearance, but they have been few and usually associated with an app (hello, Instagram). Below we leave the usual benchmark table comparing it with other smartphones of similar configuration.

SONY XPERIA XA2 ULTRA

ASUS ZENFONE 5 LITE

MOTOROLA MOTO X4

HTC U11 LIFE

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 630

Snapdragon 625

RAM

4GB

4GB

4GB

3 GB

4GB

ANTUTU

88,246

87,293

65,597

73,378

77,221

GEEKBENCH (Single / Multi)

854 / 4,168

853 / 4,061

840 / 4,098

862 / 4,159

864 / 4,293

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

Before closing this section, we must talk about the operation of the fingerprint reader, which can be improved. Normally it recognizes us without problem although sometimes it is necessary to put the finger again to detect it, but what is constant is the slow unlocking. It is no drama but accustomed to readers in which it is to put the finger and see how the screen turns on, the moment it takes for the XA2 Ultra is quite noticeable.

Autonomy: day and a half (almost) insured

Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra

The size may be a drawback from a handling point of view, but if there is something in which large mobiles score somewhat, it is in autonomy. The truth is that seeing the size and thickness of this XA2 Ultra, it gives the feeling that a larger battery could fit, but its 3,580 mAh does quite well, …