Phone photography has evolved over the years, and it’s funny to think back that at a certain stage of that evolution I used to make fun of selfie-taking teens. I didn’t get the hang of it till I was given a selfie stick as a present. At that point, it crossed my mind, that if people were already building accessories for it, taking selfies as a thing was not going anywhere soon. That’s probably Sony’s line of thought too with the just announced Sony Xperia XA Ultra.
The Xperia XA Ultra is said to sport a giant 16MP front camera in addition to a very large 21.5MP rear camera to meet your creativity with quality.
Just in case it hasn’t dawned on you yet, that’s roughly trice the megapixels on todays flagships—the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7 which both sit at 5 megapixels in front and 12 at the rear.
While the number of megapixels isn’t necessarily an indicator of how decent the resulting shots are, the Xperia XA is impressive first for being able to cram that many in one small device, and also having Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) on both cameras.
Beyond the cameras, the device also features a 6-inch IPS LCD display, a Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 processor with an Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, 3GB RAM, a 2700mAh non-removable battery and 16GB internal storage that’s expandable via microSD.
On the software side, the device is expected to launch with Android 6.0.1.
There’s no word on release date, price, or other specs, but I am really curious to find out how this device will do with photography.