Sony is trying something new this 2017. We earlier reported that the company is no longer selling “premium standard” smartphones, namely the Xperia X line. They will, instead, focus on its midrange and flagship series. One of their midrange offering is the Sony Xperia XA1. It ain’t cheap but if you are looking for something classy, this phone might pick your interest. Let’s unbox it and give Sony a chance on your wishlist.
Sony Xperia XA1:
- Octa Core Mediatek Helio P20 processor
- Mali T880MP2
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 23 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF, laser autofocus, LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- 2,300 mAh battery with fast battery charging
- Android 7.0 Nougat
What’s inside the box?
- Sony Xperia XA1 in pink
- USB Type C cable
- Wall adapter
Well, when we first saw the Sony Xperia XA1, our reaction is “its pink!”. The pink is more like a rose gold and it looks so good. Even if we are guys, it is nice to flaunt a pink phone actually. One nice thing we also noticed is it has a dedicated camera button. Sony is the only manufacturer who still puts a dedicated shutter button on a phone. Kudos Sony!
The Xperia XA1 is like any Sony smartphone we’ve seen – a rectangular piece of device. There are no bezels on the sides which we like but top and bottom chin are very thick. We think it is more for aesthetics purposes and we totally understand why Sony designed it this way. It looks longer than usual and it feels like holding a bigger phone. Lastly, a word of caution – the Xperia XA1 is not water proof.
Ports and buttons check
- Top – noise cancelling micrphone and 3.5mm audio jack
- Bottom – USB Type C port and speaker
- Left – Dual SIM card trays and dedicated microSD card slot
- Right – Power button, volume rocker and dedicated camera button
One cool move Sony has done is to put a 23 megapixel camera on the Xperia XA1. This is the same camera sensor from its recent flagships the Xperia Z5 and Xperia XZ. So expect great photos from the device. Here, check out some of our first photos. All photos are taken on Super Auto Mode.
In recent years, Sony was the first to tone down its custom skin on top of Android.by eliminating bloatware and redundant apps. Between big smartphone brands like Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei etc, it was Sony who has the closest Android feel and the first to get Android updates. Its 2016 flagship, the Xperia XZ got the Android 7.0 Nougat update on January 2017 while the Samsung Galaxy S7 got it in March and Huawei P9 in February.
This is a beautiful phone really. It looks classy and standout when putting it on a table. Software is clean and simple and lastly, the camera is great. Our only concern is the battery but we have to test it on our full review. Stay tuned!