Sony Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on
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
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
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.
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.