Sony Xperia XA Ultra review: Lord of the selfies

GSMArena team, 20 July 2016.

Performance

The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is powered by the MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10. That's the same chipset that is inside the 5" XA, but you get an extra gig of RAM - 3GB total. The extra gig made switching between apps smoother (the XA was already pretty snappy).

The processor in the XA Ultra is an octa-core Cortex-A53 clocked at a high 2GHz. There are no high-powered cores here like in some Snapdragon 6xx or Kirin chipsets. The GPU is a dual-core Mali-T860.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra review

Overall performance hasn't improved greatly since the Xperia C5 Ultra, which had a similar MediaTek chipset. The Oppo R7 Plus and Motorola Moto X Play, which use a Snapdragon 615 chipset, perform about the same too. The Samsung Galaxy A8 has the same chipset but gets slightly ahead of the Xperia. The Xiaomi Mi Max with the newer Snapdragon 650 performs much better.

Basemark OS 2.0

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1362
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    1089
  • Sony Xperia XA
    1013
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    987
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    968
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    931
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    809

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    74488
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    50109
  • Sony Xperia XA
    47170

The GPU was great for the 720p screen of the 5" XA, but the Xperia XA Ultra has a 1080p screen and a Mali-T860MP2 doesn't quite cut it. It's faster than C5 Ultra's GPU, but at 1080p resolution, it only manages about 50% of the frame rate of the Adreno 510 in the Mi Max.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    13
  • Sony Xperia XA
    7.2
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    7.2
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    6
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    6
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    5.8

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XA
    15
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    14
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    7.5
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    6.4
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    6.3
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    6.1

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    9.4
  • Sony Xperia XA
    4.8
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    4.7
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.9

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XA
    11
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    9.4
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    5.1
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    3.1

Basemark shows similar scores between the two XA phones, but that's because the benchmark considers off-screen performance.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    15487
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    8838
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    6754
  • Sony Xperia XA
    6420
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    5695
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    5349
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    5032

Basemark X (medium)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    27070
  • Sony Xperia XA
    14635
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    14360

Games can still render at 720p resolution like they do on the 5" XA (and miss out on XA Ultra's sharper screen) or render at full 1080p, but with reduced graphic effects.

Either way, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra handles apps and daily tasks smoothly, but it isn't the phone for serious gaming.

Reader comments

  • Disappointing Sony

****Dont buy this phone**** software issues Has wifi errors on purchase and sony not offering support

  • AnonD-724747

No spare parts after 2 years from released date. Not worth repairing as the spare parts were too expensive. It can costs you more than buying a new phone.

  • Jackson poo

Are ia problem with storg still with android 7.0?? Sony x a ultra or Huawei GR 5?? Wich one is better