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Sony Xperia Z5 drops down to $500 in the US

The Tokyo-headquartered technology giant on Tuesday announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Sony Xperia XA Ultra, promising to be the "master of selfies" under any situation.

The breakthrough model comes on the heels of Sony Mobile Communications' recent announcement of the appointment of Jason Smith as its new vice-president for the Middle East and Africa.

One of the main feature of Xperia XA Ultra is that it processes a front 16-megapixel secondary camera. Furthermore, it is enhanced with optical image stabilization (OIS) technology and light-emitting diode (LED) flash.

It comes with massive 6-inch edge-to-edge 1080p full HD display with a pixel density of 367ppi.

- an Exynos 8890 Octa chipset, a quad-core Mongoose CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and a quad-core Cortex A53 CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, a Mali-T880 MP12 graphics card and 4GB of RAM.

The XA Ultra is something different, not just because of its size-Sony has generally shied away from the phablet craze-but because of its focus on front-facing photography. Speaking of the release date, Sony Canada has revealed that it will also be availing the Xperia XA Ultra to the country during this summer.

We went hands on with all three 5-inch Xperia Xs during Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and found the X Performance and X to be the more premium and capable of the bunch, while the XA was an affordable but midrange device. For its front camera, it packs an impressive 16-megapixel low-light sensor snapper.

The XA Ultra also houses a 2,700mAh battery, which Sony claims can last up to two days on a single charge under normal use. Usually, smartphones with large displays come with at least a 4000 mAh battery.

Further details on pricing, local availability and colour variants will be announced in the coming weeks. The Sony Xperia X smartphone is listed on the e-commerce website at EUR 599 (roughly Rs 45,000), while the Xperia XA and the Xperia X Perfromance is listed for EUR 299 (roughly Rs 22,500) and EUR 699 (roughly Rs 52,800). Sony hasn't specified the markets in which its new device will be made available.