Sony Xperia XA Ultra announced: a titanic selfie machine


Sony announced an enormous smartphone this week, the Xperia XA Ultra. The self-described ‘stylish selfie-cam masterpiece’ does have some impressive specifications, as it comes with a massive six inch 1080p display and a powerful 16-megapixel front-facing camera with flash and optical image stablisation. If you ever tire of selfies, there’s also a 21.5-megapixel rear camera with hybrid autofocus.

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No Quick Charge 3.0 on Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge or Xperia X Performance


Qualcomm announced the Quick Charge 3.0 standard last year, billing it as ‘next-generation fast charging technology’. The new standard is 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0, and offers support for a more granular range of voltages from 3.6V all the way to 20V.

The only problem is that the new standard isn’t being added to new flagships — out of the ‘big three’ flagship phones announced in 2016, only one has Quick Charge 3.0 support, the LG G5. The other two — the Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge and Sony Xperia X Performance — don’t support the standard, despite coming with Qualcomm chipsets that are compatible with Quick Charge 3.0.

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