Sony Xperia XA1 and L1 are launching in the US next month
by Florin Troaca / Apr 24, 2017, 11:55 AM
Unlike the XZs, which is a high-end, pricey product, both the Xperia XA1 and Xperia L1 are mid-range handset, thus they won't be too expensive.
The Xperia L1 can already be ordered from Amazon for $199.99 (see the first source links below), though it won't start shipping before early May. As for the Xperia XA1, this will be released on May 1 for $299.99, and it's going to be sold via Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Fry's, and other known retailers. Both handsets run Android 7 Nougat out of the box, and will be offered unlocked - they're compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, but not with Verizon and Sprint.
Sporting a 5.5-inch 720p display, the Xperia L1 is larger than the Xperia XA1, as this has a 5-inch 720p screen. However, the XA1 is better equipped, featuring an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage space. The L1 only offers a quad-core MediaTek MT6737T processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space.
So, do you plan to buy any of Sony's new mid-range smartphones anytime soon?
black, white, pink), Sony via PhoneScoop
- Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor MediaTek Helio P20, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
- Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 2300 mAh(10.116h 3G talk time)
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Helio P20 and 720p display for $300? Sony must be kidding.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 12:38 PM 1
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Actually, that's not a bad price. I think a lot of people are underrating the phone because they assume that the P20 chipset is just some cheap Asian processor that can't compete with other phones around the same price, but it actually matches and sometimes beats the Snapdragon 625 in comparison tests. If you compare the Sony XA1 to a device like the Moto G Plus which retails for $230, you will see that the processor performs very much the same as the Snapdragon 625, the Sony has 1GB more memory, has a much better camera, and more internal storage (32 GB vs 16 GB). So, really, the pricing of this phone is very much in line with what other devices at the same price are offering. And compared to how Sony used to price their devices, I would say this is more of a bargain. Sony devices should be on any person's list who is wanting a midrange smartphone, it's when you go to a higher price point or lower price point that Sony loses out.
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 3:34 PM 2
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wonderful. but as much as I like Sony, and the thousands of dollars that I have spent on their products over the years, Sony's cavalier way of handling their entry into mobile phones into the USA baffles me. No LTE band 30, And Sony insist that the phone is compatible with AT&T. If the phone does not have LTE 30, then it is not fully compatible with AT&T. AT&T is broadcasting on band 30, currently, right now. No, it is not fully compatible: AT&T have been using band 30 for 18 months. How can a company like Sony miss something like that!? I'm ready to buy that expensive, fancy one,(ZX?) but without band 30, how can the niche market to which that phone is directed justify the money?
posted on Apr 24, 2017, 12:42 PM 0
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OK this is a niche phone. This is not aimed at most techies or power users, and those are likely the people bashing it here. I have been really wanting a mid-level phone that is 5" or less for quite some time. I do not care about a full HD or QHD screen on a phone. I use my phone for texting, calls, quick email checks, and a few apps only - I prefer using a laptop to a phone, and I hate on-screen keyboards. So other than the Moto G5 Plus at 5.2" this is really the only option, and I have grown to love the physical camera shutter button that Sony phones have. Once you think of this as a niche product, it becomes a decent value.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 1:37 AM 0
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It's not even a decent value compared to Sony's own product line. You can buy a Xperia X for $270 new, and the X has a better screen and processor, not to mention a FP scanner if you don't mind a little tinkering. The XA1 at a higher price has no value at all really.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 8:54 AM 0
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