IFA 2017 | Sony Xperia XA1 Plus now official
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In addition to the new Xperia XZ1 flagships, Sony also revealed a mid-range smartphone that offers a large battery and the same 23 MP camera as the Xperia Z5. Unfortunately, it uses a weaker (and also cheaper) processor made by MediaTek and does not come with Android O.
The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus comes as an upgrade to the Xperia XA1 that arrived earlier this year. The 5.5-inch full HD display comes with an impressive 100% sRGB color gamut value. Beneath it, there is a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor with four 2.3 GHz cores and four 1.6 GHz ones, accompanied by 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage (microSD support is also present). Some sources claim this handset only has 3 GB of memory, but Sony's press release clearly says 4 GB RAM.
The main camera uses a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, 24 mm wide-angle lens with f/2.0 and promises a launch time of just 0.6 seconds. It has hybrid autofocus, 5X Clear Image Zoom, anti-shaking, and Steadyshot. The front camera has 8 MP and comes with these two video/image stabilization capabilities as well and features 23 mm wide-angle lens with f/2.0 aperture.
Powered by a 3,430 mAh battery with Qnovo adaptive charging, Stamina Mode, and Quick charging Pump Express+ 2.0, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus also offers advanced audio features such as SmartAmp, Clear Audio Plus, and aptX support. The operating system on board is Android Nougat.
The color choices available at launch will be white, black and gold. Sony's Xperia XA1 Plus is scheduled to hit the market in October for a price of US$379.99.