How big is too big, really? After seeing phablets as large as 6.8 inches in screen size, anything around 5.5 inches is beginning to feel normal. We’re now taking a look at the Xperia XA Ultra, which is Sony’s largest midranger this year, sitting in what we feel is a comfortable 6 inches.
Supersized smartphones have been landing in our office non-stop in the past month, and the Xperia XA Ultra is the latest one to receive our unboxing treatment. If you recall, Sony is touting this phablet as its selfie powerhouse. With a 16-megapixel sensor, LED flash, and optical image stabilization in front (yes, on the front camera!), we agree wholeheartedly.
Squeeze in an equally capable 21.5-megapixel camera with hybrid autofocus at the back and a near borderless display, and we have one of the more alluring options for selfie lovers.
We don’t want to spoil the rest of the Xperia XA Ultra’s distinctive features, so we’ll leave it up to you to watch the embedded video and see if it matches your own unique needs.
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Razer Phone 2 Hands-on
A pocketable gaming rig with flagship features
Razer has improved last year’s model, and from the looks of it, we might just have a phone that not only gamers would want to use. This is our Razer Phone 2 hands-on.
Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Not only for gamers
All glass, all power
Last year, Razer — the company known for gaming notebooks and peripherals — released a smartphone designed specifically for gamers, with features like loud front-firing stereo speakers, a brilliant display with fast refresh rates, and all the power to run your favorite games.
And just like that the gaming smartphone category was born.
This year, new competitors like the ASUS ROG Phone and ZTE Nubia Red Magic have cropped up. But Razer is back with an update! And from the looks of it, we might just have a phone that not only gamers would want to use.
At first glance, the Razer Phone 2 looks very much like last year’s model. It’s the same size, has the same boxy shape, and the same front-firing speakers on both its forehead and chin.
But turn it around and you’ll know it’s completely different. The 12-megapixel dual-camera setup (one has a 2x telephoto lens) is in a new place, and the back is now glass instead of aluminum.
In my briefing with Razer, I was told the decision on glass was to enable faster connectivity speeds — Gigabit LTE, to be exact — and to enable wireless charging.
Plus, they sell this wireless charging stand separately with cool RGB lighting underneath!
But you know what’s really cool? The Razer logo on the phone’s back lights up. Not just with Razer’s signature green, but any color of the rainbow! All of which can be managed with an app.
One thing that was really important to Razer this time around was to build not just a gaming phone, but also a flagship phone. So this year, they set out to improve the Razer Phone 2’s cameras.
The phone has got new Sony image sensors and better post-processing software, which are supposed to improve photo quality that, they say, should be able to compete with other flagships.
The camera app too has been updated — made simpler and easier to use. And for those who like it, there’s even beauty mode on the front-facing 8-megapixel camera.
Of course, all of what makes the Razer Phone 2 a great gaming phone is here.
The screen’s refresh rate is still a crazy 120Hz, but the panel has been improved further with even better dynamic range, whether you’re watching YouTube, an HDR movie on Netflix, or playing PUBG, which runs great on this device as can be expected from its pretty specced-up configuration.
This includes a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of memory, 64GB of expandable storage, and a hefty 4000mAh battery. All these power what you see on the 5.7-inch IGZO LCD and its 1440p resolution. Keeping everything cool is Razer’s vapor chamber cooling system.
So, is the Razer Phone 2 your GadgetMatch? Of course, you’ll have to wait till we finish our full review to find out whether or not the Razer Phone 2 lives up to its hype. But from the limited time that I had with the device, I think it has plenty of potential.
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