Sony Xperia XA has been launched in India that was showcased at the MCW 2016 held earlier this year along with Xperia X, XA and X Performance. The device is priced at Rs.29, 990 and will be available in Graphite Black, White and Lime Gold color variants. Sony is also offering a free content worth more than Rs. 2,000 for the purchase of this handset and also a free three months subscription worth Rs. 299 a Kindle with Free e-book worth Rs. 1,000 and Hungama play with three months subscription. This device can be considered as the elder brother of Xperia XA and will be available across all the major electronic stores in India and also in Sony centers.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 Helio Octa-core processor with a clocking speed of 2 GHz coupled with 3 GB of RAM instead of a 2 GB RAM as it was in Xperia XA. The Onboard storage on both the devices is same where the major improvements can be seen in the camera and battery department with an extended screen size of 6.0 inches. There is a 2700 mAh battery under the hood to power the device and it comes with a metallic design to a elegant feel to it.
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The device comes with a 6.0 inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD capacitive touch screen display giving a pixel density of 367 ppi and the screen to body ratio is 76.6%.
Yes, the device comes with a quick charger and also supports quick charging and gives 5.5 hours of battery life in 10 minutes of charging helps the device to charge quickly and saves lot of time to its users when needed.
The Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with a whopping 21.5MP rear camera with hybrid autofocus and a 16MP camera along with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on the front, and both the front and rear cameras are accompanied with LED flash.
To insert the SIM card on your device, remove the SIM card tray from the left edge and place the SIM cards on their respective ports as instructed. Now push back the tray to its position, and restart the device to activate the SIM card.
It is a dual SIM smartphone and supports dual standby. The SIM card supported by the device is Nano SIM card with 4G connectivity. It comes with a hybrid SIM card slot where you can either insert the SIM card or expand the storage on your device up to 256 GB.
Sharing of the Data Network can be done using the tethering or hotspot option available in the settings section on your device. To share the data network, open the settings and tap on more in wireless& networks. In the new window, tap on Tethering & portable hotspot and toggle the off button beside Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings to enable them on your device.
There are two ways in which you can capture the screenshot on Sony Xperia XA Ultra.
Method 1: This is the general method of capture where you need to press the power button along with the volume down button to capture the screenshot on your device.
Method 2: In this method you need to press the power button until the power options appear on the screen. Further, you need to tap on take a screenshot. The screenshot is captured and saved to the gallery on your device.
Android Updates help in fixing the bugs on your device and help in enhancing the performance of your smartphone. To check for Android Updates on your device, you need to open the settings from the app drawer and click on About Phone. Further, tap on Software Update, the device checks for updated and if there is no new update then a message stating your device is up to date is displayed on your screen.
To install an external app with apk, open the settings and tap on Security. In the new window, tap on the Unknown sources option and click on the OK button in the pop-up to enable them on your device. Now you can install any number of apps with an external apk of that app on your device without any interruption.
To customize the quick settings in the notification panel, open the notification panel and click on the edit button. Further, touch and hold to re-arrange the quick settings icons and click on the close button.
The device comes with two types of power saving modes, i.e., Stamina Mode and Ultra Stamina Mode. To use this on your device, open the Settings and tap on the battery in the device section. Further tap on the Ultra Stamina saving mode and click on the activate button to use the power saving mode. In a similar way, you can also activate the Stamina mode on your device.
The device comes with sensors like Acceleration, Game Rotation Vector, Geomagnetic vector, Gravity, Gyroscope, Gyroscope Uncalibrated, Light Sensor, Linear Acceleration, Magnetic Field, Magnetic Field Uncalibrated, Orientation, Pressure, Proximity, Rotation Vector, Step Counter, Significant Motion and Step Detector are the sensors that are available on the device that help in automating your smartphone.
No there are no LED notification lights available on the device.
To use the screen pinning feature on your device, open the Settings and tap on Lock screen & security. In the new window, head over to the advanced section and tap on screen pinning. Further, toggle the off button adjacent to the screen pin option to enable that on your device. Now you can pin any of the application on your home screen by tapping on the pin button for the app that you want to pin to the recent menu.
The device comes with Xperia Longue, Music, Lifelog, Movie Creator, Sketch, Track ID, few bloatware and all the google related apps pre-installed on your device.
There is no such option available on the device using which you can move apps from internal to external storage on your device.
The device comes with bloatware applications like Clean Master, Asphalt Nitro, Modern Combat 5, AVG protection, Hungama play and Amazon Kindle are the bloatware applications that comes pre-installed.
No, the bloatware apps cannot be removed from your device, but you can disable them if you don’t want them to appear on your home screen. To disable the apps on your device, open the Settings and tap on Apps. In the list of apps, tap on the app that you want to disable and click on the disable button in the app info window to remove the app from your device.
The device comes with 16 GB of internal storage, and around 11 GB of free space is available for the end user, and rest of the space is occupied by pre-installed apps and the system OS.
The device comes with 3 GB of RAM, and around 1.4 GB of free RAM is available when no apps are running on the device.
Yes, the device does support the USB OTG connectivity on it and helps in transferring the files from device to drive and vice-versa.
The device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The company has not given any word on the further updates and looking at its specifications we can expect the handsets to get the updates.
Yes, the device does support the NFC connectivity on it.
The device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 2G/3G/4G Network, GPRS, Edge, GPS, and NFC are the connectivity options available on your device.
To change the theme on your device, open the Settings and tap on Themes option in Themes & Wallpaper section. In the new window, you will find the list of theme where you need to tap on any of the themes that you want to use and click on the paint button and tap on the ok button in the pop-up to apply the theme on your device. Additional themes can be downloaded by tapping on Get More Themes option which will redirect you to the Xperia Them Store.
Developer option will be helpful if you want to become an Android developer and build applications using your smartphone. To enable that on your device, open the Settings and tap on security. In the new window, tap on about phone and click on the Build number option for about 7-8 times to enable the developer option.
Lifelog option is used to calculate the fitness by counting the footsteps, calories burned, shows the heart rate and also shows the activities done on your smartphone like texting using the camera app, listening music, etc. This application is to track the overall activities performed using this smartphone. To use this application, you need to sign up using your Google account to keep the track the data where you need to submit the details like weight, height to start your life log.
Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes with a default movie creator option which is used to create highlight movie of the selected images and video on your smartphone. To use this on your device, open the movie creator application and tap on Create button. Further, you need tap on select photos and videos and choose the images that you want them to appear in the highlights movie and click on create button. The video will be automatically generated and must be imported if you want to save the video on your device.
Resetting your smartphone will help in removing the data from your device and make the device fresh for use. To reset your smartphone, open the settings and tap on Backup & reset option in the accounts & services section. Further, tap on Backup & reset. In the new window, tap on Factory Data Reset and click on phone reset option which is at the bottom of the screen. Make sure all the date is backed up to the account
These were few tips and tricks of Sony Xperia XA Ultra that can b useful if you are planning to get this device and if you have any more queries, do drop a comment below, and we will get back to it.