Sony launches its mid-range smartphone, Xperia XA1 Ultra, in India

Sony India has unveiled the mid-range model in its refreshed “X” series, the Xperia XA1 Ultra. The Xperia XA1 Ultra features edge-to-edge, borderless design with diamond cut-like finish on top and bottom, along with aluminum sides.

XA1 Ultra also includes Xperia Actions that aims to learn your usage patterns to simplify your daily life by suggesting customizable settings and personalized recommendations.

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Display: 6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) | Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Processor: 2.3 GHz GHz MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core 64-bit | Mali T880 GPU
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB; expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
  • Rear Camera: 23 MP with LED flash | 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor | Hybrid Autofocus | f/2.0 aperture
  • Front Camera: 16 MP with selfie flash | 1/2.6″ Exmor R sensor | f/2.0 aperture | OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Dimensions: 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 188g
  • Battery: 2,700 mAh | Qnovo Adaptive Charging | Quick Charging (MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0)

Available in three color variants – Black, White, and Gold – the Xperia XA1 Ultra is already available in all Sony Center and major electronic stores across India at a price of ₹29,990 ($465).

While a Quick Charger (UCH12) worth ₹1,490 is already bundled in the box, you can also get ₹1,000 off on Style Cover Stand (SCSG40) on purchase of the XA1 Ultra.

What are your thoughts on this new mid-range smartphone from Sony, and would you like to pick one up? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

2 Reasons to Wait or the PS5 and 3 Reasons Not To

2 Reasons to Wait or the PS5 and 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Should you buy the PS4 in 2017 or wait for the PS5? We’ll walk through what you need to know before you make the decision to buy a new console this year or wait for the PlayStation 5 and new features.

It’s easy to get sucked into waiting for the next big thing, like the PS5, and there are some good reasons to wait, but for most shoppers, there is not enough concrete information to wait for the PS5.

The PS4 is just over three years old and the PS4 Pro is approaching a year old as Microsoft ramps up efforts with the Xbox One X this fall. This is as close to a new Microsoft console as we’ve seen in several years and is generating interest in what Sony will do. Sony delivers an incredible selection of exclusive games and owns a lot of market share, leaving a lot of consumers looking for the PlayStation 5.

When speaking about the PS4 and PS4 Pro games at E3 2017 Shawn Layden, the head Sony Interactive Entertainment in North America, confirmed that the is a PlayStation 5 coming, or at least a new PS5 like device. Layden told that the PS4 will run all PS4 Pro games, but when questioned he said there will probably be some games that only work on a new device. The article is translated from German and Layden never specifically mentions the PS5 by name, but it’s clear Sony is working on the new PlayStation.

With all of this in mind, this is why you should wait for the PS5, and why you should go ahead and buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro right now.

Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

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Wait if you Already Own the PS4 or Xbox One

Perhaps the best reason to wait for the PS5 is that you already own the Xbox One or the PS4. 

If you fall into this category you already have access to the most popular games and you will for years to come. Sony already confirmed that the PS4 Pro games will look better on the PS4 Pro, but won't be exclusive to the newer model. If you own the Xbox One, you're in the same boat, as all games will work on the Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, with only graphical differences. 

These consoles are very capable and have a long life left when it comes to games, accessories, updates and app support. Sony and third parties typically support the old console for at least two years after the new model comes out, so you'll be able to play all the games up through the PS5 release date. 

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2 Reasons to Wait or the PS5 and 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Deal: Sony Xperia XA Ultra can now be yours for $199.99

The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is currently on sale. B&H Photo is offering a $60 discount on the device, bringing the price down to $199.99. It is unlocked and comes in either Graphite Black or Lime Gold. The white color option isn’t part of the deal, as it still retails for $259.99.

You can also get the Xperia XA Ultra from Amazon for the same price, but only if you are a Prime member. However, the deal there is only available on the Graphite Black version.

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As a refresher, the smartphone was announced back in May 2016. It’s aimed at big device lovers, as it features a 6-inch display with Full HD resolution. You’ll find the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset under the hood as well as 3 GB of RAM. There’s only 16 GB of storage available, but you can expand it for an additional 256 GB with a microSD card.

The Xperia XA Ultra is equipped with a 21.5 MP primary camera with an f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, and LED flash. There’s also a selfie snapper on board that has a 16 MP sensor. Other things worth mentioning are a 2,700 mAh battery, a dedicated camera button on the right side, and Android Marshmallow, which you can upgrade to Nougat.

Those of you interested can get the Sony Xperia XA Ultra from B&H or Amazon by clicking a button below.

The deals are available for a limited amount of time, although the retailers didn’t specify when exactly will they end.