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Sony Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on

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Sony’s back in the mid-range field and ready to take on some stiff competition in the higher end of that category. The Xperia XA1 Plus has been announced alongside their latest flagships. Retailing for $379.99, we take a first look at whether the device itself is premium for a mid-range, or just the price.

Design and Display

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on
The Xperia XA1 Plus is a hybrid of sorts between the XA and XA Ultra. In fact, the 1080p screen size is smack-dab in the middle of the two, sized at 5.5 inches and delivering 403 pixels per inch. Keeping in the trend of its predecessors, the Plus also sports a near bezel-less design – at least on the sides. The face of the phone still shows quite a bit of forehead and chin. Aluminum composes the sides and covers the back, while glass overlays the entire face. It’s a device with a good in-hand feel, albeit a bit tall and very familiar.

Interface and Performance

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on
Sony’s well known for its reliability in receiving and providing updates for their phones. Unfortunately, this phone won’t ship with Oreo as the XZ1 will, but instead Nougat. Hopefully an update for Oreo will come to the Xperia XA1 quickly, but we don’t anticipate this affecting the phones performance all that much. The XA1 runs on the octa-core MediaTek P20 processor paired with 3 gigabytes of RAM, up to 32 gigabytes of storage, and a 3430-milliamp battery. All this translates to smooth general performance, though gaming will likely be less than optimal. We’re hopeful for battery life, but we’ll have to see how Sony’s implementation of the P20 (and all the XA1’s components) pans out over time.


Sony Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on
Sony really hopes to create separation with its camera, though. A 23-megapixel f/2.0 sensor teams up with Sony’s typically impressive image processing technology, allowing for quick snaps in .6 seconds, as well as Steady Shot stabilization, 6400 ISO in camera, and 3200 in video. The front-facer packs 8-megapixels with the same aperture, HDR, 3200 ISO, steadyshot, and a wide-angle lens to top things off nicely. Some of Sony’s chops in audio technology also are displayed one the Xperia XA1, specifically, ClearAudio+ and stereo recording, meant to give users decent sound quality to listen, and to record.


While the Xperia XA1 plus carries a near $400 price tag, it aims to give you near flagship-level optics. How well this is executed remains to be seen, as well as consumers’ willingness to drop the extra cash for Sony’s photo-shooting abilities, more than anything else. At the end of the day, though, it seems a solid phone, but will really need to wow if it intends to steal customers from the burgeoning, value-packed mid-range field.

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posted on 03 Sep 2017, 21:34 3

1. kent-gaga (Posts: 591; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

I feel like the writer is confused between the XA, XA Ultra, XA1, XA1 Ultra and the new XA1 Plus?

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 00:07 5

2. droggo (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jul 2017)

writers here are always confused as they are high 24/7

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 06:57

7. medtxa (Posts: 1374; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

Sony is the one who high. After they troll people with the same phone design forever now they try to put the same name to all of their (same)phones.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 02:05

3. Hallyu (Posts: 724; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)

Disgusting phone. I'll put it in fire.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 02:28 1

4. AlphaMale (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 May 2017)

Finally they put the iconic fingerprint sensor on their mid-range phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 03:26 1

5. nebula (Posts: 1002; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

Funny ussualy us price goes more or less dollar for pound but in this case xa1 was available for £199. UK giffgaff. Seems pretty decent price.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 03:30

6. phichart (Posts: 322; Member since: 03 May 2014)

very ugly phone

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 10:39

8. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 59; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

Hold the phone (no pun intended). Sony said their flagships could not have thin side bezels because of the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Then HOW IN THE WORLD were they able to put it on this phone with nearly bezeless sides.

posted on 04 Sep 2017, 13:47

9. TheOneSilveriusXZP (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)

I quite forgot how to explain it , but here i can get my best shot . Well , it's because 1.) XA1 Plus has a 2.5D curved glass sides non edge-to-edge display on , unlike the XA1 and XA1 Ultra which have 2.5D curved glass sides but with edge-to-edge display . 2.) For XA1 Plus , although it looks like bezel-less just like other XA and L1 , it doesn't look like bezel-less purely 100% , due the construction chassis body was taken from XZ , not XA . 3.) Fingerprint sensor on Sony devices needs at least a bezels to put a room for it . XA1 and XA1 Ultra doesn't have a room for it , so Sony decided to put the iconic circual power button from original Xperia Z . In other hand , XA1 Plus , which i already explained above , has room for it despite the look just like XA series . So fingerprint sensor can be implied to the XA1 Plus .

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