Welcome to the 2017 Sony Xperia XA1 review. Low to mid range smartphones don’t get much popular coverage because there’s usually nothing special about them and there’s little publicity due as they don’t represent the aspirations of the company. They also make a higher profit margin due to lower end technology that they made with. However make no mistake, the mid-range class for 2017 represent great value in terms of function for your money. They do everything higher end phones do albeit at a second or two slower. The Sony Xperia XA1 is priced under $400 but loser to $350 AUD at the time of this post.
In terms of construction and design the Sony XA1 features a mix of metal and plastic. It’s box like design is timeless and well put together with no visible flaws. The fact the Sony have stuck with the same design philosophy is brave yet admirable as it is clearly one of the best looking mid-range phones on sale in 2017. It also gets bonus points for not looking like an iPhone. The XA1 looks and feels better than our current favorite mid-ranger the Motorola G5 Plus which is like a tank in comparison.
In terms of hardware the Sony Xperia XA1 has a number of features that make it standout in the mid range class. It has a great camera specs with 23MP on the rear and 8Mp on the front and the quality of the pictures are better than any we’ve seen in the mid range class. A separate camera button is a great feature to take advantage of the very good camera. The Sony also packs a very good set of audio controls including equalization and DAC effects. It nice to see that Sony has kept true to it’s former music history. The XA1 CPU is the latest Mediatek Octa-core CPU with a fast x4 2.3GHZ and x4 1.6 Ghz and comes with 3GB RAM, up to 32Gig and decent separate graphics GPU, so it’s fast and furious for a mid-range. It also comes with quick charging which is rare in the price range. The only feature missing is a fingerprint reader.
The screen resolution is 720P which is virtually the same as the iPhone and on the XA1 it does look good and comes with adjustable RGB if you really want to adjust it. We find reviewers on smart phones saying screen is bad because the compare to RGB chart and saying a phone is bad because of it – which we think it is a little stupid. Our eyes are not RGB compliant people and you really need to judge how a screen looks based your eyes not some chart. Many also complain that the XA1 only has a 720P screen yet the same don’t complain that the iPhone 6 in particular is not even 720P!
We liked the Sony Xperia XA1 it looks good in the hand and works well. If you can’t afford to buy or don’t want the latest top range smartphone the XA1 is a great choice as it will do everything that you want. Those into Instagram and Snapchat will love the quality camera for the price. Note that unlike other reviews we don’t compare everything to the top range phones especially when it comes to camera quality and features as they are priced at less than half the price of top range phone you should expect less! As mid-range phone the Xperia XA1 is one of the best mid range phones you can buy at the moment. Yes it is better than the Motorola G5 Plus because it looks better and works just as well. Although the XA1 is priced under $400 we feel the $350 price tag would make these phone had to pass up.
- Sony Xperia XA1
Quad-band GSM – All
Tri-band 3G – All
Tri-band 4G – All
- L145 x W667 x D8 mm
- Weight 143 grams
(XA) 5 inch 1280 x 720 IPS
23MP auto-focus LED Flash
2nd forward facing video call camera 8MP
- Video Camera
1080P HD 30FPS main video camera
Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth V4
Octa-core 2.3 GHz Mediatek
Dual Core Mali GPU
3 Gig RAM
Up to 32 Gig for user
Up to 256 Gig micro-SD expansion
A-GPS, Compass, Accelerometer,Proximity, Ambient Light
Sony Clear Audio system
FM Radio with RDS
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Li-Po 2300 mAh battery
Up to 22 Days Standby
Up to 17 hours Talk Time
- Price history
Sony Xperia XA1 priced under $400 AUD September 2017
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra prices under $500 September 2017