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
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.
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
|Announced||February 27, 2017|
|Status||Coming | Announced (No price details)|
|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|
|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|
|Dimensions||145 * 67 * 8 mm|
|Build||Metal Unibody Design.|
|Colours||White, Black, Gold & Pink|
|Display Type||IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen|
|Resolution||720 * 1280 pixels|
|Pixel Density||~294 ppi pixel density|
|Protection||> 9H Scratch-resistant glass|
|Features||~70.9% screen-to-body ratio|
|f/2.0 aperture, Exmos RS sensor, 1/2.3″ sensor size|
|1080p HDR Video|
|PDAF, Hybrid AF, SteadyShot, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama|
|Yes, LED flash (Primary)|
|Autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, 1/4″ sensor size, 1080p video recording|
|Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)|
|64-bit MediaTek Helio P20|
|GPU||ARM Mali T880|
|Expandable up to 256 GB (microSD) [dedicated]|
|Accelerometer, Proximity, Light|
|Yes, Bluetooth v4.2|
|Bluetooth Profiles||A2DP, LE, aptX|
|Wi-Fi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct|
|USB Type||Yes; v2.0 Type-C reversible connector | USB Host|
|USB On-the-Go (OTG)||Yes|
|GPS||Yes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS|
|Yes (MediaTek Pump Express+ 2.0)|
|Standby||Up to 466 hours|
|Talk Time||Up to 284 minutes|
|SMS||Yes (threaded view)|
|Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP|
|Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC|
|Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player|
|Yes, FM radio No|
|Yes, 3.5mm Jack|
|– 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.