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Sony Xperia XA1 - Unlocked Smartphone - 32GB - Black (US Warranty)
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- 5” borderless display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and curved glass edges
- 1/2.3” 23 MP main camera with updated Sony Exmor RS image sensor, Hybrid Autofocus, 0.6 second quick capture, and a camera shutter button with Quick Launch. 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens and ISO6400 support. Sony SteadyShot video stabilization
- 1/4" 8 MP front-facing camera equipped with Sony Exmor R sensor and ISO 3203
- MediaTek helio P20 64-bit Octa-core processor with 4G LTE Cat 6 support. 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory storage3 with microSD expansion slot2 supporting up to 256GB memory
- Unlocked and compatible with GSM/LTE carriers utilizing GSM network such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, Simple Mobile, Bright spot, and others
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23MP Camera With Sony Technology
The Xperia XA1 has a 23 MP main camera with updated Sony Exmor RS image sensor for high-resolution photos, Hybrid Autofocus, 0.6 second quick capture, and a camera shutter button with Quick Launch to quickly capture blur-free photos. 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens and ISO6400 support for low-light pictures. Stable video capture with Sony SteadyShot.
Hybrid Autofocus And Quick Capture
The Xperia XA1 has Hybrid Autofocus to keep your subject blur free, even when moving. With a dedicated camera shutter button with Quick Launch taking photos is easier and faster.
8MP Front-Facing Camera
The Xperia XA1's front-facing camera has a wide-angle lens and a hand shutter to trigger the perfect selfie.
5” borderless display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and curved glass edges.
Fast Processor Running Android Nougat
MediaTek helio P20 64-bit Octa-core processor (Quad 2.3GHz+Quad 1.6GHz, 900MHz GPU) with 4G LTE Cat 6 support. 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory storage with microSD expansion slot supporting up to 256GB memory. Runs on the Android 7.0 operating system and compatible with Bluetooth 4.2. Utilizes Type C USB cable.
Warranty and Xperia Care
Have peace of mind when you purchase your phone. With a 1-year manufacturer warranty, an online support community, and over the phone customer care.
Unlocked Phone; Flexibility to Choose
Switch between compatible carriers without the hassle of contracts. Without carrier bloatware you have additional storage space on your phone for more of what you want.
|L1||XA1||XA1 Ultra||XZs||XZ Premium|
|Display||5.5“ HD (1280x720)||5” HD (1280x720) / Corning Gorilla Glass / Image Enhance Technology||6“ Full HD (1920x1080) / Corning Gorilla Glass / Image Enhance Technology||5.2“ Full HD (1920x1080) / Trilumios Display / X-Reality / Corning Gorilla Glass||5.5" 4K HDR (2160x3840) / Trilumios Display / X-Reality / Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Main Camera||13MP / 3x Clear Image Zoom||23MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Hybrid Auto-Focus||23MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Hybrid Auto-Focus||19MP Motion Eye / Sony Exmor RS Stacked Sensor / 960 fps super slow motion / Predictive Capture||19MP Motion Eye / Sony Exmor RS Stacked Sensor / 960 fps super slow motion / Predictive Capture|
|Front Camera||5MP||8MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor||16MP / Sony Exmor RS Sensor / Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)||13MP / Sony Exmor R Sensor / Steady Shot||13MP / Sony Exmor R Sensor / Steady Shot|
|Sound||xLOUD / Clear Audio+||xLOUD / Clear Audio+||xLOUD / Clear Audio+ / SmartAmp||Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC||Hi-Res Audio / Stereo Speakers / Digital Noise Canceling / DSEE HX, LDAC, AHC|
|Android Version / Nano SIM||7.0 – Nougat / Nano Sim||7.0 – Nougat / Nano Sim||7.0 – Nougat / Nano Sim||7.1 – Nougat / Dual Nano Sim||7.1 – Nougat / Dual Nano Sim|
|Processor / GPU / Storage||Mediatek MT6737T Quad-Core / / Mali 720-MP2 450MHz / 2GB RAM / 16GB Flash memory / Up to 256 GB microSD card||Mediatek MT6757 2.3 GHz Octa Core 64bit / Mali-T880 MP2 / 3GB RAM / 32GB Flash memory / Up to 256 GB microSD card||Mediatek MT6757 2.3 GHz Octa Core 64bit / Mali-T880 MP2 / 4GB RAM 32GB Flash memory Up to 256 GB microSD card||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2x 2.2GHz, 2x 1.6GHz / Qualcomm Adreno 530 / 4GB RAM / 64GB Flash memory / Single Sim and up to 256GB microSD card||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2x 2.45 GHz / 1.9 GHz / Qualcomm Adreno 540 / 4GB RAM / 64GB Flash memory / Single Sim and up to 256GB microSD card|
|Battery Capacity / Charging||2620mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / Type C USB Charging||2300mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / Quick Charge Compatible / Type C USB Charging||2700mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / Quick Charger Compatible / Type C USB Charging||2900mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included / Type C USB Charging||3230mAh / QNOVO Adaptive Charging / QC3.0 Quick Charger Included / Type C USB Charging|
|Finger Print Sensor||No||No||No||Not Supported||Not Supported|
|Size / Weight / Water Resistance||5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3 in / 6.7 oz / No||5.7 x 2.6 x 0.3 in / 5.0 oz / No||6.5 x 3.1 x 0.3 in / 6.6 oz / No||5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in / 5.8 oz / Yes IP68||6.1 x 3.0 x 0.3 in / 6.8 oz / Yes IP68|
|Networks||LTE:2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 28 / HSPA:1, 2, 4, 5, 8 / GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900||LTE:2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 28, 29, 66 / HSPA:1, 2, 4, 5, 8 / GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900||LTE:2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 28, 66 / HSPA:1, 2, 4, 5, 8 / GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900||LTE:1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,17,19,20,26,28,29,32,38,39,40,41 / HSPA:1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 / GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900||LTE:1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,17,19,20,26,28,29,32,38,39,40,41 / HSPA:1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19 / GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900|
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|Camera Description||23.0||21 MP||23.0||20.0||13.0||19.0|
|Screen Size||5||6 in||6 in||5.2||5.5||5.5|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 5.7 x 0.3 in||0.33 x 3.1 x 6.5 in||3.1 x 6.4 x 0.31 in||2.8 x 5.7 x 0.3 in||2.9 x 5.9 x 0.34 in||2.8 x 6.1 x 0.3 in|
|Item Weight||4.96 ounces||7.04 ounces||6.56 ounces||5.68 ounces||6.56 ounces||0.88 lb|
|Operating System||Android N||Android 6.0.1||Android N||Android N||Android N||Android N|
Xperia XA1 comes with a powerful camera and many advanced features that suit your style, design, and social media sensibilities. With its eye-catching borderless 5-inch display, smooth curved glass edges, and thin frame, Xperia XA1 slips easily into your pocket, just like its predecessor, the Xperia XA. New and improved for Xperia XA1 is a powerful 23MP main camera (previously found only on Sony’s flagship smartphones), which features an updated Exmor RS image sensor, camera shutter button with Quick Launch, and a 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. Xperia XA1’s performance has been upgraded with the power-efficient MediaTek helio P20 64-bit Octa-core processor that is perfect for demanding video and gaming apps. The device also features smart battery solutions, including STAMINA Mode and QNovo Adaptive Charging. Stylish, powerful, and loaded with Sony’s flagship camera technology, Xperia XA1 delivers on your social media needs while allowing you to capture and share all your favorite moments.
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But things have been looking down for Microsoft's mobile ambitions of late, and I've been looking for an Android phone that would give me something close. The Sony XA1 wound up being my choice, based on design, value for the dollar, the claimed camera prowess, and dedicated shutter button.
So how has the XA1 lived up to my expectations? In short, quite well, allowing for a few imperfections.
DESIGN and HARDWARE
My oh my, this is a pretty phone. The front is covered by a single sheet of Gorilla Glass. The screen is nearly bezel-less on the sides - not quite the effect of the new Samsung handsets, but quite close. The top and bottom do have quite tall bezels, but the effect is to make the phone tall and svelte-feeling. The back is a poly-carbonate with a metallic texture. The top and bottom edges, as well as the camera, feature a very understated chrome accent.
The IPS-LCD, 5" diagonal screen is 720p. This is a sacrifice to keep the price down, but to my mind it ends up not being much of one. The contrast level is reasonable punchy, with dark blacks and bright whites. At normal reading distances, I cannot see any jagged edges, and I have good vision. It is easy to read in most sunny conditions. It's not a premium screen by any stretch, but it looks good. Personally, I'll take increased battery life and decreased CPU load over a higher-res screen.
The mono speaker at bottom is mediocre - but the headphone jack will give you the ability to supplement a great pair of headphones (none are included). USB-C is the connection for data and charging, and it is fast, functional and clicky-firm.
All in all, if you show this to friends and ask them to guess how much it cost, I think most will overshoot the XA1's price. It looks really luxurious.
This is my number one priority in a smartphone. Sony has included the 23-megapixel Xmor RS sensor that formerly graced its 2015 flagship phone, the Xperia Z5. The back-side illuminated sensor is sized at 1/2.3”, and receives light through a f/2.0 aperture 24mm lens. These specs are comparable or superior to most flagships on the market in 2017, which is a big deal for such an inexpensive phone. If the sensor performs as well as it is specced, this makes the XA1 a real bargain for someone who prioritizes imaging over other features (which I do).
All told, I would say that this sensor does mostly live up to the billing. In good lighting conditions, it wasn't far off in quality from my Lumia 950 (which launched for $549 18 months ago) and regularly equaled my wife's iPhone 7 ($649). Color is excellent, and detail is quite good. Low light performance is fairly good but not class-leading, though it is competitive with most of the mid-range competition. Attached you will see some sample shots I took (check the comments for an imgur link to full-sized snaps). 5x digital "Clear Zoom" is a hyped feature - predictably, it looks like garbage, as it does on any other smart phone. There is also the typical aggressive Sony edge enhancement when shooting in "Superior Auto" mode. This is attenuated somewhat in Manual mode, but not entirely. I wish Sony would ditch the edge enhancement completely, or at least allow RAW shooting. The single LED flash is OK as a last resort, but is not powerful enough to provide fill lighting when shooting subjects illuminated from the rear (as on a sunny day when the subjects are in the shade). At the end of the day, no camera, not the iPhone 7-plus, not the Samsung Galaxy S8, not even my beloved Lumia 1020, can equal the optics of a dedicated mirrorless or DSLR camera. But the XA1 is good to excellent for impromptu snaps, social media sharing, and macro photography, especially shooting in manual mode.
The Helios P20 CPU provides smooth, stutter-free performance. I suffered no lags on regular tasks like Facebook, Messenger, web browsing, or light game playing (e.g. Threes). App switching and dismissal was buttery smooth. Heat generation is minimal. I was very pleasantly surprised, coming from a series of phones that use the Qualcomm Snapdragon series of CPUs. The 3gb of RAM probably helps, too, especially in crunching the numbers on the large camera sensor. Basically, I'd say this CPU/RAM solution equals or beats any 600-series Snapdragon.
Battery life was quite good, probably owing to the lower-res screen and less power-hungry CPU. I just completed a long 14 hour day of heavy use with web browsing, photography, emailing, and text messaging - the battery is just under 50%. A day and a half should be easily reachable with medium use. The phone uses very little juice in standby - probably only 1-2% per hour.
Sony has shipped this phone with a lightly skinned version of Android 7.0 Nougat. While the Sony skin is inoffensive and is quite close to "stock," I ended up going with the Square Home 2 launcher (pictured) to give me a more Windows 10-style feel. The phone handles this launcher like a champ, and I have noticed no increased battery drain. Manufacturer-installed software included a few Sony programs for Music, Photos, TV Schedules and the like, and all can be easily bypassed for other defaults if you don't like them.
The value for the money is pretty high here. You're getting above average for the price range camera performance and 3gb of RAM with otherwise mid-range internals. Android performance is snappier than many mid-range competitors. The build quality looks more expensive than it is. What are you giving up? There is no fingerprint scanner, you're not getting the "brand name" Snapdragon CPU, and the screen is less than 1080p. Since these are not high priorities for me, I find the value proposition here to be quite a good one.
So the XA1 has some very nice aspects, a few sacrifices and no glaring issues. As such, I think 4 stars is a good rating. I don't think anyone who ponies up the asking price will feel cheated.
So I gave it another try and got me this one. This phone has eliminated all my issues! Looks gorgeous, good screen size, good storage size, speed is amazing, battery lasts for days and everything else in between.
Great phone, would not trade it for any other.
First of all the phone looks very elegant and at first glance looks like it should be priced way above the current asking. Functionally it's great, I have not ran into any slow downs or hiccups. Setting it up was a snap and I had no problems throwing in a sim card from ATT and a micro SD for more storage and using it immediately.
The screen itself has great contrast and can easily be used in direct sunlight. The built in speaker leaves something to be desired when listening to music but the built in headphone jack makes up for it, the built in speaker works great for speaker calls and general use.
As far as the camera goes It's incredibly quick from time it takes to press the dedicated camera button to when the shutter snaps. Automatic setting take great pictures and it has many manual settings in case you want to get fancy.
The XA1 is a gorgeous phone. The screen looks amazing, despite the 720p resolution. The Sony UI overlay is simple and looks great. Build quality is absolutely stunning. By far the best feature of the XA1 is the camera - which is the same as that in the last-gen Z5 series (which got an 87 camera score on DxOmark.com). It launches extremely fast, and the focus / snap is by far the quickest of any phone I've ever used. My absolute favorite feature of this, and all Sony phones, is the physical camera shutter button. It makes it so much easier to take great pics, by pressing half way to focus, then the rest of the way to snap the pic. The pics themselves are very good. Low-light pictures are better than my past phones (LG G3, Xperia Z3 Compact) but still not perfect. I wish Sony would add OIS to all their phones - it would make the camera perfect. The other XA1 features are pretty standard, I'd say. I have had no problems with reception or use of the actual phone.
Who would like this phone? If you want a mid-range, "smaller" phone with a great camera, look no further. I am very happy with my purchase after a week of use. There will be haters who are appalled at its less-than-flagship screen and processor. If you want those things, get yourself a XZs for $600.
Note: I bought mine from a competitor due to promotional financing.