Sony Xperia XA1

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Sony Xperia XA1 (G3121)
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“Is one trump card enough for the Sony XA1?”


Sony Xperia XA1 review: is one trump card enough for the Sony XA1? In addition to the large top-of-the-range devices, Sony has for some time now been offering more compact designs and more affordable models. One of the latest devices in this segment is the Xperia XA1. Moreover, the XA1 is equipped with the 23 megapixel camera from Sony that we encountered earlier in much more expensive models. To be able to realise this for the price of the XA1, you would expect that other parts would have to be cut back. Still, the camera has, among other things, an 8 megapixel selfie camera, octacore processor with 3 GB working memory and is equipped with 32 GB of storage memory. However, a fingerprint sensor is missing and the screen has a 720p resolution.

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Sony Xperia XA1 product details

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a not so expensive phone but still with a top camera. All this is a typical Sony housing without any noteworthy screen bezels. It not only makes it attractive, but also quite handy. Despite the fact that this is a rather nice summary of the XA1, we will go into all the functions in more detail below.

High quality Exmor RS camera

In terms of cameras, Sony is the purveyor of many other manufacturers. That is because the Sony cameras are so good. The best cameras can of course be found in the best and therefore also the most expensive Sony phones. The Xperia XA1 is a welcome exception. For a slightly more pleasant price, you still have the best camera that Sony has to offer. In this case, an Exmor RS camera of 23 megapixels and with an f/2.0 lens. This should result in sharp shots, rich in detail and sufficiently exposed even in twilight. Focusing is extra fast due to the so-called hybrid autofocus, and starting up the camera within a second is also fast. The impressive camera setup continues at the front. There we find an 8 megapixel camera, also of the Exmor RS type. Interestingly, Sony uses the same 23 millimeter wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0. This allows you to take photos that a whole group of people will watch out for. Even when the sun has already set or indoors, photos are still well exposed thanks to the strong lens.

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Fairly borderless screen

Of course, all this has to be in a nice jacket. Sony has done its best on a housing with clean lines and thin screen edges. The latter means that it is not unnecessarily large. This is not that big, because the screen has a diameter of 5 inches. At the time of his announcement, that wasn't that big anymore. So assume a relatively compact phone. The screen has an HD resolution and therefore the screen is less sharp than a phone with a Full HD screen. The pixel density of the XA1 is just under 300, so you can still recognize individual pixels at close range. At normal distances, however, images are sharp and text will not appear frayed. Sony has also neatly rounded off the edges of the Xperia XA1, making the camera more comfortable to handle. Sony still uses a fingerprint scanner in the edges, but we do not find this on the Xperia XA1. You will have to choose a password, pincode or pattern to secure your device.

Main Sony Xperia XA1 specifications

  • 23 Exmor RS camera with bright F/2.0 lens
  • High resolution 8 megapixel selfiecam with exactly the same lens
  • 32GB storage memory, expandable up to 256GB
  • Category 4 LTE/4G for extra fast mobile internet
  • Compact borderless IPS screen of 5.0-inch large
  • Relatively powerful MediaTek processor of which one half is at 2.3 and the other at 1.6 GHz
  • Spectacular RAM (3 GB) at this price

Maximum battery saving

In order to save costs Sony has made purchases from the Chinese MediaTek. That company supplies the processor of the XA1. We are very happy with that because the choice fell on the MediaTek Helio P20. This is a fairly powerful processor that has no less than 8 different cores. It ensures that the Sony XA1 opens apps smoothly and doesn't feel slow. Sony adds its own Smart Cleaner app that cleans unnecessary or unused apps to save space. Fewer unnecessary apps also means that the battery lasts longer. Sony does all its best in this area thanks to the special STAMINA mode that handles the battery efficiently. When the battery is empty in the end, it can be charged extra quickly thanks to the built-in quick charge technology. On top of that, Sony ensures that charging is done in such a way that the battery lasts longer, thanks to Qnovo Adaptive Charging. So even after a year of use, your battery should still be in top condition.

Pro and cons Sony Xperia XA1

  • Affordable phone with excellent camera
  • Attractive borderless design
  • Selfie camera also performs well in the dark
  • Reasonably powerful processor for this price
  • No built-in fingerprint scanner

Most important Sony Xperia XA1 specifications

Dimensions 145 x 67 x 8 mm
Weight 143 grams
Item ID G3121
EAN code 7311271588955, 7311271583707, 7311271583691, 7311271583684, 7311271583677, 7311271579687, 7311271579502, 7311271579427, 7311271578277, 7311271578062, 5413729231412
Operating system
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Color display 5.0 inch, IPS
Camera 23 MP
Processor 1.6 GHz, 2.3 GHz, MediaTek helio P20, octa core
Secondary camera 8 MP
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 3 GB (Size (RAM)), 32 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 2300 mAh
Fast charging

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Sony announces the Xperia XA1; a stylish midranger with excellent cameras. 23MP rear and 8MP selfiecam

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Android7.0 (Nougat)8.0 (Oreo)
Color display5.0 inch, IPS5.0 inch, AMOLED
Camera23 MP12.2 MP
Processor1.6 GHz, 2.3 GHz, MediaTek helio P20, octa core1.9 GHz, 2.35 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa core
Secondary camera8 MP8 MP
4G (LTE)
Internal memory3 GB (Size (RAM)), 32 GB (Storage)4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 64 GB (Storage)
Battery2300 mAh2700 mAh
Fast charging

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