The Sony Xperia XA1 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017, where Sony has renewed its range of “Xperia X,” a symbol of its new exclusive premium strategy. Three models have been made official: Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XZ.
The Xperia XA1 is a logical successor to the Xperia XA 2016. It retains the format and mid-range positioning but making some changes to the datasheet. Changes that focus on the platform, but not only.
The first major change to the XA1 and the XA is its main photosensor. While the XA was not a specialist in photography as was its phablet (the XA Ultra), the XA1 also takes this role by benefiting from the 23-megapixel sensor developed by Sony. This same sensor fitted all Sony high-end models since the end of 2015 (with the Xperia Z5 family) until the end of 2016 (with the Xperia XZ).
This sensor is associated with a 24 mm optics always opening to f / 2.0, hybrid autofocus (phase detection and laser) and a dual-tone flash. Although theoretically, the sensor can take videos in 4K, it is here bridged in Full HD HDR at 30 frames per second, certainly because of the embedded chipset.
A new platform and more memory
The second, less impressive change is chipset and memory. The XA MediaTek Helio P10 is replaced by the Helio P20, its successor. Here the Cortex-A53 is clocked at 2.3 GHz for the fastest and 1.6 GHz for the most economical. The GPU is an ARM Mali-T880 MP2.
The chipset is associated with 3 GB of RAM (instead of 2 GB) and 32 GB of internal storage (instead of 16 GB), always expandable by microSDXC. Connections and connections have changed slightly: WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, NFC, GPS, LTE category 4, USB 2.0 type-C. The set works with Android 7.0 Nougat and the overlay Sony.
5-inch screen and 2300 mAh battery
The rest is unchanged. The battery, compatible Pump Express +, retains its capacity of 2300 mAh. The IPS screen keeps its size (5 inches), its definition (720p) and therefore its resolution (294 pixels per inch). It is still protected by Corning’s Gorilla scratch-resistant glass. The webcam remains an 8 megapixel model with 23 mm lens opening at f / 2.0 and standard autofocus.
The set is stored in an aluminum frame measuring 8 mm thick. The dimensions of the mobile evolve very little vis-à-vis the XA. However, the latest model benefits from the design language of the models presented at the end of 2016, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, with straighter edges and a more rectangular shell. The Xperia XA1 weighs 143 grams. It comes in four colors: white, black, gold and pink.