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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra vs Moto X4: A competition to be best mid-ranger

25 January 2018 5

The competition at the flagship level is too high but that doesn't mean mid-ranger don't have to face fierce competition from the smartphones of their range. The mid-range segment is even tougher than the flagships as there are tons of options available in the mid-range segment. The fierce competition and an abundant number of devices also make it hard for buyers to decide which smartphone is better in what aspects.

The mid-range segment is mostly preferred by those who are unable to grab the flagship due to higher pricing but they want a solid mid-range to be their daily driver. Sony, HTC, and Samsung kicked off the year with new mid-rangers but all these devices fall into the different category. For instance, the Galaxy A8 Plus is most expensive amongst all whereas the U11 EYEs is the cheapest option.

Sony announced XA1 series successor XA2 and XA2 Ultra at this year CES show. The device is indeed solid options. Like always, we always put new smartphones in comparison with their competitors. We already put XA2 and XA2 Ultra in head to head comparison with a number of devices, Today we will put the larger sibling XA2 Ultra in a tough competition with the Motorola's latest Moto X4. The Moto X4 is indeed one of the finest mid-range phone in the market which will well appreciate all over the world. The XA2 Ultra will have to beat Moto X4 in order to become the latest best option in the market.

We are hopeful our detailed comparison will certainly help you better decide whether you should go for the Moto X4 or the XA2 Ultra and also which device is better in what aspects.

80 x 163 x 9.5 mm
6 inches - 1920x1080 px
73.5 x 148.35 x 7.99 mm
5.2 inches - 1920x1080 px
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Design

Ahead of Xperia XA2 launch, we heard rumors that Sony has plans to launch new mid-rangers with the completely revamped design but unfortunately, that's not the case here. The Xperia XA2 Ultra retains the Sony traditional design with few refinements. These refinements didn't overhaul the design instead the overall feel isn't much different. Although Sony shrunk the bezels from top and bottom still the device isn't completely bezel-less like most of latest smartphones. For sure this aspect of design will disappoint many Sony fans who were waiting for a refreshing change in design this year.

A new addition is the inclusion of fingerprint scanner at a conventional place rather under the power button on the edge. The fingerprint scanner is now on the rear side below the camera module. Like most of the Sony devices, the XA2 features a metal chassis but it comes with plastic rear which slightly deters the overall premium feel. The Xperia XA2 Ultra dimensions are 163 x 80 x 9.5 mm and it weighs 221g. The XA2 Ultra is available in four striking colors including gold, black, silver and blue.

On the other hand, the Moto X4 also comes with a traditional design language. The chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The glass-metal sandwich design looks quite luring but at the same time, its rear attracts fingerprints. The dual snappers are adorning the rear side, the sensors are slightly bumped outside. Though the design is stylish still it isn't classy for other Moto X lineup devices.

In case if you are amongst those who drop their smartphones more often they should grab XA2 Ultra because of its rugged nature. The aluminum chassis with plastic cover makes the XA2 Ultra more prone to damages as opposed to Moto X4's glass rear. The Moto X4 dimensions are 148.4 x 73.4 x 8 mm and it weighs 163g. The Moto X4 is IP68 certified device which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas that's not the case with the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra as it doesn't possess any IP-ratings.

The XA2 Ultra design is more durable but at the same time, Moto takes lead with its looks and IP-ratings. In this category both the devices are equally good.

Display

In terms of the display both the devices fall in the different category with few aspects which are common in both the devices. The common aspect is both have IPS LCD display screens with Full HD screens. The XA2 Ultra features a 6.0-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 and the pixels density is 367 pixels-per-inch. On the other hand, the Moto X4 comes with a 5.2-inches display with Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Its aspect ratio is also 16:9 with a pixel density of 424 pixels-per-inch.

So if you like large display devices for sure the XA2 Ultra will lure you but its pixels density is significantly lower than Moto X4. The Moto X4 display is sharper with higher pixels-per-inch. The XA2 is not only larger but also heavier than Moto X4 which means handling of both the devices is quite different.

Hardware

As far as hardware is a concern both the devices in the same mid-range category. Both have enough powerful hardware under the hood to be your daily driver. The overall performance of both the devices is pretty many same thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 SoC. The performance of this chipset was thoroughly examined when we previewed it. The chipset performs great in normal routine tasks but if you are an avid gamer or want to perform tasks which require heavy CPU usage, you might have to look some other option with better configuration. However, the performance will be good for casual gamers who don't play heavy UI games for hours.

Both the device's base variant has 32GB native storage whereas the top-tier variant comes with 64GB native storage. The 64GB variant of Moto X4 isn't available in many regions as it is the international variant from the company. The storage on both the devices is further expandable via MicroSD card. The Moto X4 base variant has 3GB RAM whereas the top-tier variant has 4GB RAM, the XA2 Ultra have 4GB RAM.

The latest Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC is on board for connectivity. The best thing is despite the fact when most of the OEMs are ditching the headphone jack, both the devices come with 3.5mm jack. More storage and RAM certainly helps the Sony to take lead in this section.

Specs Xperia XA2 Ultra Moto X4
Display 6.0-inches 5.2-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixls 1920 x 1080 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 630 Snapdragon 630
RAM 4GB 3/4GB
Storage 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 23MP 16MP+8MP
Front camera 16MPM+8MP 16MP
Battery 3,580mAh 3,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings None IP68
Software Android Oreo Android Oreo rolled out
3.5mm headphone Yes Yes
Camera

The Moto X4 is adorned with dual rear snappers. The primary sensor is 16MP whereas the secondary sensor is 8MP. Both the sensors jointly produces awesome results and brings the much-loved bokeh effect. You can use the secondary sensor as a wide-angle lens by activating the wide-angle mode. The Moto X4 rear sensors results are good until the light conditions are good. As soon as the light conditions worse the image quality suffers badly. Another issue is lag in shutter which sometimes results in average shots.

The front-facing camera on the Moto X4 is a 16MP module with an LED flashlight. Despite the fact, the pixel count is high still the results are not top-notch. Thanks to flash it snaps better than average images in most of the scenarios. Sony Xperia lineup smartphones are always highly prided due to their cameras and the latest XA2 is not an exception.

The primary rear snapper remains 23MP like the last year but it comes with doubled ISO of 12,800 which ensures better photography even in low-light conditions. Like most of the latest mid-rangers, the Xperia XA2 Ultra is featuring dual cameras. The primary snapper is 16MP whereas the secondary snapper is 8MP. The secondary sensor is actually the wide-angle lens to capture awesome group selfies. The shutter lag is much better than Moto X4 and also if you switch between the two lenses the lag is quite minimal. A slow sync flash feature is introduced to ensure better light even in low-lit conditions.

As far as slow-motion videography is a concern the XA2 Ultra can capture 2160 pixels video at 30 frames per second whereas the Moto X4 can capture 2160 pixels at 30 fps as well as 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. This section is lead by XA2 Ultra due to its fast shutter and solid selfie cameras.

Battery life

The battery life for sure won't be an issue for owners of both devices as both have powerful battery cells under the hood. The Moto X4 is lit up by a 3,000mAh battery cell which is enough to keep its lights on for a whole long day even on heavy usage. The Moto X4 comes with TurboPower Fast charging tech which quickly recharges battery in no time. According to Motorola, the Moto X4 can be charged from O to 85% in just 40 minutes which is worth commendable.

This year apart from cameras, Sony paid special attention to the camera cells of their mid-rangers. The XA2 Ultra comes with a monster battery cell of 3,580mAh. It not ends with the day with heavy usage but also provide juice for next day as well. It supports Qualcomm's Quick charge 3.0 which means you don't have to wait more than 90 minutes to completely recharge the device. In this section, Xperia XA2 is the winner due to its gigantic battery cell.

Software

The Moto X4 is announced in two variants on the basis of software. The normal variant has a custom version of Android whereas the second variant is Android One model with stock Android OS. Under the Android One program, the Moto X4 receives latest Android OS updates and latest security patches directly from Google. This version doesn't have any bloatware loaded so you can enjoy the stock Android flavor on a mid-range smartphone.

The regular version of Moto X4 custom OS isn't much deviated from the stock instead the bloatware level is quite low. It comes with Amazon Alexa on board as AI Assistant. It was pre-installed with Android Nougat but the company kicked off rolling Android Oreo since December.

The XA2 Ultra is pre-installed with Android Oreo straight out of the box and the good thing is you don't have to wait for a new update anytime soon. It comes with bloatware apps, through Sony tried to make sure bloatware apps are less still they are higher than Moto X4. The Moto X4 takes lead in this section due to slick, fast UI and also software optimization is better. Last but not the least Android One option makes it a dream device for those looking for stock Android OS.

Price and Availability

The Moto X4 is widely available in most of the regions for quite some time. The Android One variant is available for $324. The custom variant is available from a number of retailers across the globe at a price tag of $350. If you don't have issues with ads and offers you can grab the device for the Amazon Prime members at just $280. So you save bucks if you can bear continuous ads and stuff from Amazon.

The Xperia XA2 Ultra price details are still in dark. The XA2 Ultra is rumored to cost $400 which is somewhat similar to the original pricing of Moto X4. Also, it is still not confirmed who will be offering XA2 Ultra but the device is expected to be available from major e-retailers. The Sony Xperia devices have few compatibility issues in the US with the carriers whereas Moto X4 doesn't have any such problem, So this round is in favor of Moto X4.

Conclusion:

The Xperia XA2 and Moto X4 are bringing a lot of features which for sure will be loved by customers looking to grab a new mid-ranger. The Xperia XA2 Ultra is indeed a worthy contender to look forward in the mid-range segment, it is strong enough to challenge the existing big players including the Moto X4. Apart from the low price tag, there is a number of aspects to grab the Moto X4. The smaller display with higher pixels density could be one of the reasons to grab the Moto X4 in favor of Xperia XA2 Ultra.

At the moment the XA2 Ultra is offering better value for the money. Do share your thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Xperia XA2 Ultra vs Moto X4 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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