Sony Xperia XA Ultra review

XA Ultra marks the spot

Great Value

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Considering its relatively low $300 (£299), the Sony Xperia XA Ultra is a rather brazen phone for being mid-range. It’s powerful enough to handle everyday tasks and its looks show that you’re definitely getting your dollar’s worth here in that regard.

Although this phone is short on surprises, the competent front-facing camera feels like a unique trait, and one that we hope comes back in the future. You’d think this sort of feature would be a better fit in Sony’s flagship product, but it’s good to see the company innovating in the mid-range sector.

Who's this for?

For people who want an unlocked phone that places the emphasis on the selfie cam. The bezel-light design is ideal for those who want their phone to strike up conversation.

Should you buy it?

If you’re in need of a solid performer that won’t break the bank, and you don’t mind the palm-stretching build of the XA Ultra, then yes.

There are faster, more feature-rich phones out there coming in at the $400 price point, but Sony’s mid-range offers a nearly bulletproof value for those on a tight budget. 

Sure, the lack of waterproofing and fingerprint sensors are noticeable exclusions, but considering the impending update to Android Nougat and its killer selfie cam, Sony fans (and general smartphone users alike) have little reason to resist this one.

Cameron Faulkner

Cameron is a writer at The Verge, focused on reviews, deals coverage, and news. He wrote for magazines and websites such as The Verge, TechRadar, Practical Photoshop, Polygon, Eater and Al Bawaba.