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 Brand Sony
Model Xperia XA1
Announced February 27, 2017
Released
Status Coming | Announced (No price details)

Network

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 GHz
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 GHz
4G Network LTE 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 Type Nano SIM
SIM Count Dual SIM / Single SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 300/50 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Smartphone
Dimensions 145 * 67 * 8 mm
Weight 143g
Build Metal Unibody Design.
Colours White, Black, Gold & Pink

Display

Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size 5 inches
Resolution 720 * 1280 pixels
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density ~294 ppi pixel density
Touch Screen Yes
Protection > 9H Scratch-resistant glass
Features ~70.9% screen-to-body ratio
Secondary Display No

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
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

64-bit MediaTek Helio P20
CPU Octa-Core 2.3GHz
GPU ARM Mali T880
3GB RAM
Internal Storage 32GB
Expandable up to 256 GB (microSD) [dedicated]
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
Controls

Connectivity

Yes, Bluetooth v4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, LE, aptX
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes; v2.0 Type-C reversible connector | USB Host
USB On-the-Go (OTG) Yes
GPS Yes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS
NFC Yes
HDMI n/a
No
Yes (MediaTek Pump Express+ 2.0)

Battery

Battery Type Li-Ion
Capacity 2300mAh
Placement Non-removable
Standby Up to 466 hours
Talk Time Up to 284 minutes
Music Play

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

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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