Sony Xperia XA1 Plus leaks out, could offer long battery life

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus leaks out, could offer long battery life
Sony is seemingly getting ready to launch a new mid-range Android smartphone that's going to sit between the 5-inch Xperia XA1 and the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra (both released earlier this year). According to Russian website MobilTelefon, this new handset is called Xperia XA1 Plus, and renders of it can be seen below.

Reportedly, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and should be powered by the same processor that's found inside its slightly older brothers - a pretty capable octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 (aka MT6757). Other features will include a fingerprint scanner on the rear (embedded in the power button), a USB Type-C port, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, and a 3430 mAh battery. Interestingly, this battery would be one of the largest we've seen on a Sony smartphone. For comparison, the Xperia XA1 Ultra packs a 2700 mAh cell, while the high-end Xperia XZ Premium, which sports a 5.5-inch 4K screen, has a 3230 mAh cell inside.

On the front, the XA1 Plus seemingly has an 8 MP camera, while its rear camera is a 23 MP one. Android 7 Nougat should be on board at launch, with Android 8 Oreo probably arriving later via an update.

For now, it's not clear how much the Xperia XA1 Plus will cost, and neither if it's going to be available in North America. In any case, the handset might be officially announced tomorrow, August 31, during Sony's IFA 2017 event, possibly alongside an Xperia XZ1 and an XZ1 Compact.

source: MobilTelefon (translated)



15. pthpth

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Well... This maybe a dinosaur but a good looking dinosaur. I mean look at iPhone6, 6s and 7.. they've been doing the same designs for 3 years. Sony's design seems more redundant because their release cycle of a flagship is 6 months, which is faster than any other manufacturers. It seems like Sony is going for the traditional look with screen to body ratio, yet different being boxy and offering front stereo speakers that some consumers find very appealing. However, they need to stop cutting down too much features of their midrange devices for the price they are asking for.(also for flagship devices these-days) For this new XA1 Plus, I doubt that it will have waterproof, stereo speakers. High pixel sensor with poor processing, and the MediaTek chipsets is deal breaker also. Even though their chipset has improved significantly, for average Sony's price we'd expect Snapdragon6xx series at least. I am a Sony fan for their angular, boxy, yet minimal and sleek designs and used to great battery life(Z2 to be specific), since the Xperia X10 I've had the Arc, SL, TL, Z, P, Z2, Z3+. My favorites of all are Arc for the ergonomic design and look, and Z2 for the great battery life, performance, stereo speakers and design. I really think Z2 or Z3 finalized Sony's flagship and since then, it hasn't been much improved in most of all area. I am really disapointed to see they are messing things up from Z3+. Even with better chipsets available, they don't impress me as when Z2 used to be a daily driver. If they are keep on going for their traditional designs they must got to perfection in other key areas!

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

the mediatek processor nullifies all gains

10. monoke

Posts: 1216; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Sony: Sales numbers? .. Arghh. Numbers schlumbers! Who cares?!!.. Keep cranking out the phones people!! Move move!!

9. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

FPS is on right, not rear

8. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

The XA1 had top and bottom huge bezel and it was not equip with dual front speaker.

4. pixel_ftw

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Looking good for a mid range phone.

2. shamrock_sean

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Nothing wrong with Sony designs,I love them,people are too obsessed by bezels. I just wish Sony would stop using plastic camera lenses on their mid range and budget handsets like the XA1 & XA1 Ultra, both have plastic camera lenses that scratch easily. Seeing scratch tests on videos it wasn't a good result

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

I'm a Sony fan but for feck sake they need to update their design language.


Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

I don't understand how you can improve on the best design. A phone will always be this shape, the only things you can really change is materials, and screen to body ratio, their fingerprint sensor is the best location of any smartphone. They have dual front facing stereo speakers, which even HTC was known for has abandoned. They have the best sensors on the market at the moment, RED might change that. What they CAN improve on is their camera software.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4429; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You're joking right? This thing is a dinosaur.

13. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Sony had the waterproof design before these other flagships. It was king for the longest time. Cut those bezels while keeping dual front facing speakers and it will get back to being king. The only thing other phones had over the Sony was removable battery, however, now all flagships seem to fail at that. The V20 is the last flagship that had that feature. I hope the V30 has it but I wont hold my breath Sony 4k screen and 960FPS slow montion kills these other flagships

6. fyah_king unregistered

Top and bottom bezels are as big as the ugly iPhone 6-20.

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Sony fans don't mind bezels, they're enjoying front dual speakers.

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1491; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Have you seen samsung design from the S3 to the S8? and look at Sony design from the Original xperia Z to now? you must be blind if you think Samsung is still the same.

12. erdilmeet unregistered

It's time Sony improvises at least to differentiate as the design language is similar far too long that the only change we know are internal or small changes to the exterior. Software is good, features are nice, camera software is improving but I still feel Sony can be the best from being good! Battery life has seen a downward trend of late (Fan of Z3 Compact and it's awesome battery) so fingers crossed for a new better Sony someday!

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