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Sony Xperia XA1

Specifications

Sony Xperia XA1
Sony Xperia XA1 (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, IPS, scratch-resistant glass (> 9H), glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 16.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 256 GB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, compass, proximity, USB Type C, OTG
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B2/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20); bandwidth (download/​upload): 300Mbps/​50Mbps (LTE); SAR rates: 0.57W/​kg (head), 1.79W/​kg (body), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 145 x 67 ( = 0.31 x 5.71 x 2.64 in)
Battery
8.7 Wh, 2300 mAh Lithium-Ion, Quick Charging (MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0), Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 11 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 10 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 600 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 560 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 23 MPix 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor, hybrid autofocus, ISO6400, 24mm wide angle, F2.0, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 1/4" Exmor R for mobile sensor, ISO 3200, 23mm wide angle, F2.0, contrast AF, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker in the lower edte, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, USB charger, USB cable, headset, PlayStation, What's New, Designs, AVG Protection, Xperia Lounge, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
143 g ( = 5.04 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 49 g ( = 1.73 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
269 ($260) Euro

 

Average Score: 71.87% - average
Average of 35 scores (from 77 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 69%, features: 72%, display: 71% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Sony Xperia XA1

83.6% Sony Xperia XA1 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Unique mid-range. Xperia XA1 is the name of Sony's mid-range smartphone this year. With high-resolution cameras and an extravagant design, it definitely has what it takes to be a crowd-pleaser. But can the SoC deliver enough power? And what about battery life? We will answer these and other questions in the test.
SONY XPERIA XA1 Review – 23MP Back Camera Lens
Source: Phone World English
SONY XPERIA XA1, a mid-range device available with satisfactory features in very economical price. As we all know SONY is back in Pakistan with its new devices and the competition is very tough these days because already some companies are doing very well. The weak part of SONY XPERIA XA1 is its multi-touch support and battery else it has performed well in every section.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/04/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 quick review – the 8-core elegant camera phone
Source: Laptop Media English
It’s no lie that Android OS underwent a complete metamorphosis compared to what it was a few years ago. With the mobile chip development allowing budget 8-core configurations we see extremely stable smartphones at a relatively low price. Mobile photography has also undergone development and Sony Xperia XA1 is an example. At a time when more and more companies are retreating from the high number of pixels at the expense of their size, Sony just adds a larger sensor – 1 / 2.3 “, and again has a 23 MP main camera. It did well in good light conditions and didn’t disappoint when we took the smartphone for a late night walk along the beautiful central street of Plovdiv.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/11/2017
80% Sony Xperia XA1 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Xperia XA1 is a pretty neat upgrade to last year’s Xperia XA. Its camera has been given a serious shot in the arm, making it one of the best — if not most consistent — smartphone snappers at the price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony Xperia XA1 Review: A Step in the Right Direction
Source: Unbox English
Compared to last year’s offering, the Sony Xperia XA1 is definitely a significant step up. All the hardware the Japanese brand has put under hood definitely made a big impact on the device in terms of performance and the camera on this phone definitely gets a big ‘ol thumbs up. The problem here is that the competition in this segment is extremely tough and, at Php 14,99o, many may look to other brands that look better on paper at this price point. If you’re looking for a phone with a sweet camera at around the Php 15k price point though, you might want to have a look at the Sony Xperia XA1.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/03/2017
50% Sony Xperia XA1 Review: Camera-focused budget phone that doesn’t stand out
Source: Mobile Syrup English
Ultimately, the fact that this phone's value hinges on the camera experience makes it less valuable in my eyes, since its impressive specs don't provide a performance much above average.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 50%
60% Sony Xperia XA1 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If having the best possible smartphone camera for the money is a priority, then the XA1 is a no-brainer. You’ll have to put up with a slightly fiddly manual camera mode and deal with the HDR-hating Auto mode – plus, be wary of its slow launch times. But if you can look past all that, there’s no better phone for the money.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 50% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Sony Xperia XA1 budget phone hits Aussie stores today
Source: Gadgetguy English
That 23 megapixel rear camera is 24mm equivalent wide angle and uses an f/2.0 lens and (of course) a Sony Exmore sensor. Video resolution isn’t mentioned so I’d guess that it’s full HD. The front camera is an 8MP f/2.0 unit.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/16/2017
70% Sony Xperia XA1 Review
Source: Phone Arena English
The Xperia XA1 is a fine upgrade over its XA predecessor, with a better camera, faster chipset, USB-C and more memory. Moreover, Sony's aging polycarbonate brick design is actually becoming fresh again in this day and age of glass or metal handsets with rounded corners.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Sony Xperia XA1 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
Sony’s Xperia XA1 is a significant improvement over last year’s Xperia XA and a strong rival to the likes of the Moto G5 and Lenovo P2. That gorgeous design has been further refined for an attractive and easy-to-handle device, while the upgraded performance and longer battery life make for a much more satisfying user experience. Only the lack of Full HD visuals and a fingerprint sensor are worth griping about.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Sony Xperia XA1 Unboxing, Quick Review: More RAM, More Megapixels
Source: Unbox English
That’s pretty much it for this unboxing and quick review for the Xperia XA1. Sony Philippines should be sending us a retail unit soon, so do check back for its full review. The Sony Xperia XA1 is priced at Php 14,990.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/09/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 review
Source: GSM Arena English
The Xperia XA1 is another of those Sony products that get a 1 suffix for the second generation, making it difficult to count the iterations as the years go by. But hey, who cares about last year?
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/06/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 review - Surprisingly improved camera-centric smartphone for the masses
Source: Tech Nave English
From what the Xperia XA1 offers, this phone is pretty good for users who are on a tight budget and love taking photos. This is because the camera has been greatly improved from its predecessor, while the 5x Clear Image Zoom is also a useful feature to have, not to mention the compact build hides fairly good battery life. Moreover, the PlayStation apps that are pre-installed inside are nice to have too especially if you're a PS gamer. It takes a bit of time to charge up though (two and a half hours, more or less).
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Trusted Reviews English
We gave the original Xperia XA a 3/5 score, and the follow-up looks to be going along a similar path. It looks quite nice, has an interesting camera and there should be plenty of power, but that screen just isn’t up to scratch.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/27/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers
Source: Pocket Lint English
Sony's Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra might not be flagship devices, but their edge-to-edge displays are great. So much so that we'd love to have seen them on both the Xperia XZs and the Xperia XZ Premium. Just imagine how fabulous a 4K HDR edge-to-edge display could be.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra Hands-on: A look at Sony’s mid-range phones
Source: Mobile Syrup English
If last year’s rollout is any indication, only certain carriers will choose to take these two phones on. The Xperia ZX Premium and Xperia ZXs will get more attention from the Big 3, whereas flanker brands and regional providers are more likely to look at these mid-range devices.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra hands-on!
Source: Android Authority English
In terms of release and pricing, Sony has announced that the XA1 will begin to go on sale on May 1, 2017 through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and much more, for the price of $299.99. That’s not too shabby when you think about it, but we’re curious to see where they place the XA1 Ultra later on in late spring. We’re hoping to see it under $500 at the very least, just because anything more than that, it’ll be competing against other giants in the premium space.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 02/25/2017

Foreign Reviews

82% Wie schlägt sich die Mittelklasse mit 23-MP-Kamera?
Source: Smart Web German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% features: 84% display: 79%
Top Allrounder für unter 300 EUR?
Source: Area DVD German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/08/2017
80% Sony Xperia XA1 viel Kamera fürs Geld
Source: PCtipp.ch German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
88% Sony Xperia XA1 im Test: Randloses Display, Abzüge bei Low-Light-Fotos
Source: Teltarif German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 98% display: 70% mobility: 50%
79% Sonys Mittelklasse
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 87% features: 71% display: 84% mobility: 81%
Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/11/2017
Schöner Look und nichts dahinter?
Source: n-tv German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/04/2017
Qualitäts-Kampf um die Einsteiger
Source: Blick German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2017
73% Sony Xperia XA1 Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 73%
82% Sony Xperia XA1 die leistungsstarke Mittelklasse
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% display: 82% mobility: 83%
Sony Xperia Xa1 Und XA1 Ultra
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/27/2017
79% Sony Xperia XA1, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
70% Análisis del Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
75% Sony Xperia XA1: Análisis, experiencia de uso y opinión
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Prueba Sony Xperia XA1: un gama media con poco bisel y más pantalla
Source: Zona Movilidad Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Nice design; good display; decent performance; support USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/14/2017
Sony Xperia XA1, lo hemos probado
Source: Tuexperto Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Nice design; good cameras; decent hardware. Negative: Low autonomy; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/12/2017
Análise Sony Xperia XA1 o telefone simples e compacto
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; nice design; long battery life; good price; nice performance. Negative: Poor cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 [Análise / Review]
Source: Canaltech Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good ergonomy; nice performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 e Xperia XA1 Ultra: Gama média de luxo ?
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Nice design; good performance; decent cameras. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/06/2017
74% Recensione Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 70% features: 75% display: 70% mobility: 65% workmanship: 85%
71% Recensione Sony Xperia Xa1 – Differenziarsi Con Stile
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 64% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 75%
70% Recensione Sony Xperia XA1: fascia media elegante con tanti ma
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 68% features: 72% display: 72% mobility: 68% ergonomy: 86%
69% Recensione Sony Xperia XA1: equilibrato in tutto meno che nel prezzo
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 69%
60% Sony Xperia XA1 Recensione: Ben Fatto Ma No Grazie
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
69% Recensione Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 69% price: 60% features: 75% display: 75% mobility: 65% ergonomy: 80%
71% Recensione Sony Xperia XA1
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/02/2017
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 65% features: 75% display: 70% mobility: 65% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
Smartphone Sony Xperia Xa1 - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/21/2017
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Xperia XA1 E Xperia XA1 Ultra Recensione: Due Potenti Di Fascia Media
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017
70% Sony Xperia XA1 review: eigenzinnige midranger
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Sony Xperia XA1 review
Source: Nieuwe Mobiel.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Long battery life; good cameras. Negative: Poor display; no fingerprint sensor; many bloatwares.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/03/2017
Review: Sony Xperia XA1 (Android Smartphone)
Source: GadgetGear.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; stylish design; nice display. Negative: No fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/22/2017
Sony Xperia XA1: eerste indruk
Source: Consumentenbond Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice display; decent cameras; good hardware. Negative: Low autonomy; average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2017
76% Test Sony Xperia XA1, Un Smartphone Avec Un Capteur De 23 Mégapixels : Fiche Technique, Prix Et Date De Sortie
Source: Hitek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 80% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80%
73% Test Du Sony Xperia Xa1 : Le Style Ne Suffit Pas
Source: Fredzone French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 73% price: 90% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
60% Test Du Sony Xperia XA1 : Bien Essayé Mais Non Merci
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Test Du Sony Xperia Xa1 : Sony Peut-Il Réinventer Le Milieu De Gamme ?
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
Prise En Main Des Sony Xperia Xa1 Et Xa1 Ultra : Deux Milieux De Gamme Convaincants
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Large screen; high autonomy; compact size.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/27/2017
68% [Recenzja] Sony Xperia XA1 – godny następca i godny uwagi
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 70% display: 40% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
68% Sony Xperia Xa1 – Test Średniaka Ze Smukłymi Ramkami
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/12/2017
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
Test, recenzja, opinia – Sony Xperia XA1 (G3121) – średniak, który udał się (tylko) fotograficznie i muzycznie
Source: 90 Sekund Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Good cameras; nice performance. Negative: No fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/26/2017
69% Sony Xperia XA1 incelemesi
Source: Log TR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 69%
Sony Xperia XA1 incelemesi
Source: Teknokulis TR→EN
Positive: Fast system; good cameras. Negative: Poor display; no fingerprint scanner.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2017
78% Смартфон Sony Xperia XA1: Обзор
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/09/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 74% display: 80% mobility: 56%
Смартфон Sony Xperia XA1: Обзор
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Positive: Compact size; good cameras; nice performance. Negative: Unsupport waterproof.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2017
Sony Xperia XA1: kvalitní střední třída bez bočních rámečků (recenze)
Source: CNews.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Support USB-C; nice display; decent performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/11/2017
Xperia XA1 - smartphone tầm trung với camera cao cấp
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; excellent cameras; good price; nice performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2017
Đánh giá Sony Xperia XA1: camera tốt nhất tầm giá, pin không yếu nữa
Source: VNReview VN→EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice performance; decent cameras; long battery life; good price. Negative: Poor display; no fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/21/2017
Đánh giá Sony Xperia XA1: camera tốt hơn cả Xperia Z5
Source: Tinh Te VN→EN
Positive: Excellent cameras; beautiful design; great built quality; decent hardware; fast fingerprint sensor; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/14/2017
Mở hộp Sony Xperia XA1: Đẹp nhất phân khúc tầm trung
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful hardware; fast system; excellent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/07/2017
Sony mang camera cao cấp 23 MP vào điện thoại tầm trung
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Excellent cameras; good price; nice design; long battery life; quick charge; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/05/2017
Sony Xperia XA1 giá 6,5 triệu, lên kệ ít ngày tới
Source: Zing VN→EN
Positive: Good price; premium design; excellent caemras; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/26/2017
Đánh giá chi tiết Xperia XA1: Thanh chocolate ngọt ngào phân khúc tầm trung
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Elegant design; nice performance; good rear camera. Negative: Short battery life; plastic case; poor front camera; no fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/26/2017
Trên tay Xperia XA1 đầu tiên tại Việt Nam: Đậm nam tính, đẹp tuyệt mĩ
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; nice display; good cameras; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/20/2017
Trên tay Sony XA1 và XA1 Ultra: nhiều tính năng cao cấp giá tầm trung
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good price; impressive design; compact size; decent cameras.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/28/2017
Ревю на Sony Xperia XA1 – 8-ядреният елегантен камерафон
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high performance; excellent cameras; good cooling system. Negative: Low autonomy; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2017
Ревю на Sony Xperia XA1 – 8-ядреният елегантен камерафон
Source: Smartphone.bg BU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent cameras; good cooling system. Negative: Poor display; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2017
Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Mobility.bg BU→EN
Positive: Slim size; nice design; good cameras. Negative: Poor display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2017
45% Test Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 45%
67% Sony Xperia XA1 test – stilren og enkel mellemklassetelefon
Source: Mere Mobil.dk DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 67%
76% Test af Sony Xperia XA1: Èn vigtig opdatering
Source: Mobil DK DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 76% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
70% Test: Sony Xperia XA1
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%

Comment

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Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a mid-range smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen, with an ever-so-slight curve giving it a nice look. It has a quite striking design and it is very pocketable. In the year of bezel minimalism, Sony's phones look especially out of the loop and the XA1 is no exception. The 5-inch screen is framed between the huge top and bottom bezel areas, making the Sony as tall as the Honour 8 or Galaxy A5. As for color options, it is available in White, Black, Gold, and Pink. The color is continuous on front and back. The phone still comes with on-screen keys, doesn't have front-firing stereo speakers as the lower slit is simply a microphone. The sole speaker is situated at the bottom. Despite this, the phone has a pleasantly distinct and elegant look to it. The Xperia XA1 is narrow enough to be comfortable for one-handed operation and feels sturdy in the palm. In fact, it is solid despite the all-plastic construction. Being a pocketable phone, the Xperia XA1 does not offer a huge screen. It features a 5-inch LCD with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels, but an HD screen is sufficient in view of its diagonal. The display is bright enough and with low screen reflectance to seem perfectly legible under direct sunlight too.

There are other areas that seem a lot more positive, notably the camera. On the back of the Sony Xperia XA1 is the same camera that just 18 months ago sat on the brand’s flagship Xperia Z5. It is a 23 MP 1/2.3 inch sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. On the front, there is an 8 MP sensor, but it lacks the optical image stabilization and the flash of its bigger brother. The hand shutter automatically detects the palm of the user’s hand and takes a selfie. Under the hood, the processor comes from MediaTek, which is a supplier that is becoming more and more tied to mid-range devices. It is the latest octa-core Helio P20, which is a power-efficient processor. In addition, there are 3 GB of RAM and a decent 32 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD. As for graphics, it has the ARM Mali-T880 graphics subsystem which is OEM and dual-core. The Xperia XA1 ships with Android 7.0 Nougat along with Sony’s skin that has steadily improved over the years. There are lots of Sony’s own media apps installed, but they are mostly quite well-designed. For the battery, it features a 2,300 mAh battery that Sony claims will last all day, which should be true considering the low-resolution screen. It will charge up via USB-C, just like all of Sony’s other phones.

Press Review by Capuchino Saber

According to Pocket-Lint Sony also marked the dead of Z line with the launch of the new series of smartphones, the X series, which was announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2016. Developed from its predecessor, the Sony Xperia XA with the edge-to-edge display, the Xperia XA1 is considered to “prove to be more cost effective without sacrificing the charm with Sony’s design” (page AndroidAuthority). Sony improved the Xperia XA1 with an interesting camera, superior audio and visual technology and near bezel-less display. Yet, there are still some minor, unexpected weaknesses.

Design

The Sony Xperia XA1, as commented on page GSMArena, measures 145 x 67 x 8.0 mm, which is a little larger than the predecessor in all three dimensions. Moreover, the 1.4 mm increase in height may be small, but is really unnecessary. Also, according to page MobileSyrup, the reviewer complained that in any case, the design philosophy wasn’t all that different: “The slimmer look at 2.64 inches wide is pretty much the same, yet for some reasons, we initially felt like it had shed a few millimeters along the edge”. “It has a quite striking design and it’s very pocketable, but it’s not quite as enticing as it was 12 months ago” (page TrustedReviews). In another point of view, Pocket-Lint remarked that the rear of the Xperia XA1 was a lot less fussy than the Xperia XZ and XZs, however, with one sheet of metal rather than the combination of textures offered on the flagship devices for a much more fluid finish. Page AndroidAuthority showed a plus point for this device: “When it comes to being pocketable, the XA1 is one of the few higher caliber phones in the market that can be handled with a single hand - allowing your thumb to easily encompass all corners without too much stretching” whereas TrustedReviews supposed that the lack of a fingerprint scanner was a shame, especially as lots of competing phones have that now. Otherwise, the reviewer of page TechNave said that his favourite design aspect from the XA was still there as well, which was the 2 mm thin bezel on both sides making it look good, but he still thought the bottom space was a waste of space.

Display

The phone is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display which makes for a pixel density of 294 ppi. This is not cutting edge, but decently sharp nonetheless. “Under a microscope, you’ll see a conventional RGB arrangement with equal number of subpixels for each primary color”, said GSMArena. Nevertheless, as a remark from TrustedReviews, the screen hasn’t been updated and it’s still stuck at 720p, which seems a bit meager for a 5-inch panel in 2017. It’s fine to look at from a distance, but get a bit closer and jagged icons are clearly visible. “The panel lacks vibrancy and just seems a bit dull” (TrustedReviews). On the contrary, Pocket-Lint gave their positive opinion as with the original XA, the XA1’s display seems to do well enough despite its being a lower resolution than the likes of the Xperia XZs. Despite that, the reviewer of AndroidAuthority stated that they couldn’t deny that the XA1’s huge bezel above and below look lovely, especially on the XA1 ultra and its ginormous 6.0 inch 1080p display: “It’s roomy to say the least, but unfortunately for the XA1, it’s stepped down to a 5.0 inch 720p screen”. In the tests of GSMArena, the Xperia XA1 returned slightly higher number for maximum brightness than its predecessor, and only a bit lower than the flagship XZs.

User Interface (Software)

Regarding page GSMArena, the Xperia XA1 is running Android 7.0 Nougat at launch, so it’s not as up to date as the XZs and its version 7.1.1 by the time the review written on this page. Therefore, we would be hard-pressed to tell the difference, though, as Sony’s customizations are both very light and consistent between devices and OS versions. The Sony Xperia XA1, following an evaluation of TrustedReviews, ships with Android 7.0 Nougat along with Sony’s skin that has steadily improved over the years: “There are lots of Sony’s media apps installed, but they’re mostly quite well-designed. However, a nice touch is that Google Now sits on the left-most homescreen, as it does on Pixel and Nexus devices”. Besides, GSMArena complained that the homescreen appears unchanged from the rest of the X series: “This includes the swipe down gesture: it shows a screen of the apps you use the most, along with recommendations for new apps to install”. This page also added: “The traditional app drawer is present, and you’ll find a number of proprietary apps pre-installed”. Moreover, themes are available that can customize the look and sound of the Xperia XA1. Some themes are even interactive with their wallpapers reacting to your touches.

Performance

As shown on page TrustedReviews, the processor, in fact, comes from MediaTek - a supplier that’s becoming more and more tied to mid-range devices - and it’s the latest Helio P20. In the Pocket-Lint’s perspective, the hardware specs are pretty good, considering the fact that this is a mid-range device. The phone comes with 32 GB of internal memory that can be expanded via micro-SD. A 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor handles all the basic stuff nicely from what we’ve seen so far, as a comment on page AndroidAuthority. TechNave ran the AnTuTu benchmark test and got a score of 59460, which is mid-range. Regarding a review from GSMArena, the Helio P20 is built on a 16 nm process, while the 28 nm process was used for the Helio P10. They evaluated it as a really modern midrange chipset with great power efficiency. “Overall, we can’t say we have any grounds to complain about the XA1’s performance - quite the opposite. The Xperia and its Helio P20 chip were in the upper half of the charts in most instances and showed particular promise in graphics department thanks to Sony’s conservative choice of 720p display resolution”, GSMArena gave their conclusion about the Xperia XA1’s performance.

Connectivity

Talking about the connectivity, “The Sony Xperia XA1 comes in single and dual SIM flavors. Ours is the single SIM version, so we can’t comment on how the dual SIM one handles the two cards. Cat.6 LTE is supported by the Helio P20’s modem for download speeds of up to 300Mbps”, said GSMArena. In addition, Pocket-Lint remarked that there was no mention of waterproofing either, but the rest of the overall designs is familiar and up-to-date with USB Type-C over the Micro-USB at the bottom, a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the top, camera launcher button on the right-hand side and a micro-SD and SIM slot covered by a flap on the left. Also, the reviewer from GSMArena left his comment: “Peripherals can be connected via the USB-C port, but it only adheres to USB 2.0, so transfer speeds are limited to 480Mbps. There’s a good old 3.5 mm jack for attaching headphones too”.

Camera

What is supposed to be significantly different is the rear camera according to MobileSyrup: “The 23-megapixel 1/2.3 Exmor RS image sensor is a lot like the one used in past devices, like the Xperia Z5 and Z5 compact”. A remark from page TrustedReviews noted that on the back of the Xperia XA1, there is the same camera that just 18 months ago sat on the brand’s flagship Xperia Z5. And on the front, we have got an 8-megapixel sensor, but it lacks the optical image stabilization and flash of its bigger brother XA1 Ultra. Meanwhile, the reviewer of Pocket-Lint considered the Xperia XA1 mid-range handsets: “Unfortunately, they don’t get the latest and greatest when it comes to Sony’s camera features. That means that while you won’t get the new Motion Eye camera with its super slow motion video feature that has been introduced on the Xperia XZ and XZ Premium”. As a plus point from AndroidAuthority, with the slap 23 MP 1/2.3 inch Exmor sensors of the Xperia XA1, they evaluated that this device was pegged for their low light performance. Sony is so confident about the performance of its new camera that they are promising stellar quality at ISO 6400. Finally for this part, TechNave showed their opinion that the 5x Clear Image Zoom was the only thing that’s new from the phone: “Basically, it allows you to zoom in 5x more and still have a solid image after that. However, zooming into 5x is a bit tedious because it’s not a smooth process when you want it”.

Battery

Sadly, “The Xperia XA1 keeps the predecessor’s battery capacity, so it packs 2300mAh worth of juice, which is not a lot by any measure” (quoted from GSMArena). Also from this page, “But it’s not the battery capacity that matters as the power efficiency of the chipset is paramount to the smartphone battery life”. Similarly, page MobileSyrup also thought that the 2300mAh battery was the same size, but it was unclear if a newer processor might have positively affected how long it lasted per charge. Showing a little worry about the battery life of the Xperia XA1, TrustedReviews said: “Sony claims that Sony Xperia XA1’s battery will last all day, which should be true considering the low-resolution screen, but I’ll have to test it further to see if it lives up to those claims”. Particularly, Sony Xperia XA1 got 72 hours endurance rating from page GSMArena, whose 3G talk time was 15 hours and 41 minutes, web browsing was 10 hours and 6 minutes, while video playback was 9 hours and 39 minutes. Coincidentally, as much as the Xperia XZ got recently thanks to Sony for improving battery performance across the entire portfolio this year and thanks to MediaTek for finally improving the power efficiency of its chipset.

Verdict

“To be honest, we were skeptical at first of the Xperia XA1 - a boxy device, trying to ride the compact train, and its major upgrade is the power-efficiency chipset and a camera we’ve been less than thrilled with on the previous occasions. Looks like Sony has got things right in the midrange, again” (GSMArena). Although the manufacturer, Sony, did not improve the Xperia XA1 as user expected, this device still has its advantages, for example, 3 GB of RAM, the beefy 23-megapixel camera, the new CPU (MediaTek Helio P20) as well as USB Type-C. However, there are some apparent flaws which could make user feel dissatisfied, such as: 5-inch 720p display, smallish battery capacity, or no fingerprint sensor. Therefore, TrustedReviews gave the original Xperia XA 3/5 score, and the follow-up XA1 looks to be going alone the similar path: “It looks quite nice, has an interesting camera and there should be plenty of power, but that screen just isn’t up to scratch”. Lastly, “Considering they are mid-range devices, the Xperia XA1 shows a lot of promise on paper. They are definitely up there with the most exciting Xperia devices in Sony’s portfolio, mainly thanks to offering something a bit different”, concluded Pocket-Lint.

ARM Mali-T880 MP2: Mobile graphics solution for tablets and smartphones, which can be found in ARM SoCs (for mostly Android based devices). The Mali-T880 can be built with 1 to 16 clusters, where the MP2 version features 2 clusters/cores. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Helio P20 MT6757: ARM based octa core SoC (8x ARM Cortex-A53) clocked at up to 2.3 GHz. The chip also includes a Cat.6 LTE modem.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.


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Stefan Hinum, 2017-03-11 (Update: 2017-03-11)