Sony Xperia XA1 and L1 are launching in the US next month

Sony Xperia XA1 and L1 are launching in the US next month
Not long after Sony released the Xperia XZs in the US, the company is now getting ready to start selling other two new smartphones stateside - the Xperia XA1 and Xperia L1.

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?

sources: Amazon (Xperia L1 in black, white, pink), Sony via PhoneScoop

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Xperia XA1
  • 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)
Xperia L1
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1450 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(11.53h 3G talk time)

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10 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Helio P20 and 720p display for $300? Sony must be kidding.

5. Hama22

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Oh come on I`m not sayin it`s th best value for money out there, but u r just pointing the weak spots out and u know it, how about the positive things about the phone?

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

2. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

And the biggest bezel award goes to "Drum role please"....Sony's ugly @$$ phones

3. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

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?

8. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Sony just said that their phones are compatible with GSM carriers, that's it.

4. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'll wait for reviews to see if the XA1 is better at battery life over the original one...

6. RoBear

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

Not sure why you'd buy the XA1 for $300 when you can get the Xperia X for $270. Plus you can flash the UK firmware and activate the FP sensor. This pricing doesn't make any sense.

9. tx2ma

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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.

10. RoBear

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 23, 2015

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.

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