Sony Xperia XA1
Sony Xperia XA1

Sony unveiled its first flagship smartphone in 2017, the Sony Xperia XA1 alongside a bigger variant, the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra at the Mobile World Congress event which was concluded towards the end of February.

The Sony Xperia XA1 succeeds the Xperia XA which was launched as Sony’s flagship smartphone of 2016. The new XA1 comes with a more recent Android OS and a more powerful processor.

Sony Xperia XA1 Specifications, Review and Highlights

Sony Xperia XA1 Design

Display & Design

The Sony Xperia XA1 comes with the same 5-inch HD display present in its predecessor, but this one is protected with a scratch-resistant 9H glass. The XA1’s display, however comes with something different; Sony’s Image Enhance Technology which does exactly what its name implies. The phone has the square shape and metal design characteristic to Sony smartphones.

Storage & Processor

Under the hood, the Sony Xperia XA1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor with eight cores and a speed of 2.3GHz, and a Mali T880 GPU handles the phone’s graphics.

In terms of memory, the XA1 has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card slot.

Camera

Here is where the spotlight lies in the Sony Xperia XA1. The phone sports a 23MP camera which uses an Exmos RS sensor, has a f/2.0 aperture, Hybrid Autofocus and SteadyShot technology, and is accompanied by a LED flash at the rear.

There’s also an 8MP camera with autofocus at the front for taking selfies.

Battery & Connectivity

Like the Xperia XA, the Sony Xperia XA1 packs a 2300mAh battery, but this one comes with MediaTek’s Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging technology which is equivalent to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

The smartphone comes in Single and Dual Nano SIM slot variants, both with support for 4G LTE networks. It also supports NFC technology.

Software & Hardware

Surprisingly, the Sony Xperia XA1 doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box

Sony Xperia XA1 Full Phone Specifications

Sony Xperia XA1

General

Device BrandSony
ModelXperia XA1
AnnouncedFebruary 27, 2017
Released
StatusComing | Announced (No price details)

Network

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G NetworkLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM TypeNano SIM
SIM CountDual SIM / Single SIM

Data

2GGPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3GUp to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4GUp to 300/50 Mbps
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web BrowserYes, HTML5

Design

TypeSmartphone
Dimensions145 * 67 * 8 mm
Weight143g
BuildMetal Unibody Design.
ColoursWhite, Black, Gold & Pink

Display

Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size5 inches
Resolution720 * 1280 pixels
Colors16M colors
Pixel Density~294 ppi pixel density
Touch ScreenYes
Protection> 9H Scratch-resistant glass
Features~70.9% screen-to-body ratio
Secondary DisplayNo

Camera

23MP
f/2.0 aperture, Exmos RS sensor, 1/2.3″ sensor size
Yes
1080p HDR Video
PDAF, Hybrid AF, SteadyShot, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Yes, LED flash (Primary)
8MP
Autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, 1/4″ sensor size, 1080p video recording

Software

Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
n/a
Yes
SkypeYes
WhatsappYes
FacebookYes
YoutubeYes

Hardware

64-bit MediaTek Helio P20
CPUOcta-Core 2.3GHz
GPUARM Mali T880
3GB RAM
Internal Storage32GB
Expandable up to 256 GB (microSD) [dedicated]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
Controls

Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.2
Bluetooth ProfilesA2DP, LE, aptX
InfraredNo
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi HotspotYes
USB TypeYes; v2.0 Type-C reversible connector | USB Host
USB On-the-Go (OTG)Yes
GPSYes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS
NFCYes
HDMIn/a
No
Yes (MediaTek Pump Express+ 2.0)

Battery

Battery TypeLi-Ion
Capacity2300mAh
PlacementNon-removable
StandbyUp to 466 hours
Talk TimeUp to 284 minutes
Music Play

Messaging

SMSYes (threaded view)
MMSYes
EmailYes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IMYes

Media

Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
n/a
Yes, FM radio No
Vibration, Ringtones
MP3, WAV
Yes
Yes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of Sony Xperia XA1

The Xperia XA1 comes in Gold, Pink, White and Black colour versions and would be available for purchase from Spring 2017.  We don’t have the price details of the smartphone yet.


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