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Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10

Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10
Sony Xperia XA1 launching on April 10
The mid-range 5-inch smartphone will be coming two weeks earlier than initially anticipated in the UK for a retail price of 229 Pounds.

Sony unveiled a small handful of new smartphones at MWC this year including the Xperia XZs, XZ Premium, XA1, and the XA1 Ultra phablet. According to, British retailer Clove has confirmed that the middle-class XA1 will begin shipping this April 10th or 11th for 229 Pounds or approximately 265 Euros or 299 USD. When compared to the original Xperia XA, the XA1 will retail for 20 USD more.

The Xperia XA1 is the successor to last year's Xperia XA. Though the 5-inch 1080p display and 2300 mAh battery remain unchanged between the two generations, Sony is promising better picture quality from the 23 MP rear camera with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The original XA launched with "just" a 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. 

Those looking for the higher-end Xperia XZ Premium will have to wait a few more months due to production issues with the Snapdragon 835. The XZ Premium was named Best New Smartphone of MWC 2017 and will feature a unique rear camera capable of shooting at up to 960 frames per second.


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Allen Ngo, 2017-03-15 (Update: 2017-03-15)