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Mid-range Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launches in the US, fans of large bezels rejoice

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Mid-range Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launches in the US, fans of large bezels rejoice


Shortly after releasing the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact in the US, Sony is now bringing another new (but cheaper) smartphone stateside. We're talking about the Xperia XA1 Plus, a mid-range handset with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and an unmistakable Sony design - large top and bottom bezels included. 

 

As of today, the unlocked Sony Xperia XA1 Plus can be pre-ordered through Amazon, which acts as one of Sony's official US distribution channels. The new smartphone is offered for $379.99 (in gold, black, or blue), comes with US warranty, and will be shipped on October 23. Like most unlocked Sony handsets, this one isn't compatible with Verizon and Sprint, but you can use it on any GSM/LTE network, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, and so on.  

 

Powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is made out of aluminum and glass, featuring a 23 MP rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage space, and a quite large 3430 mAh battery. While the device has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its side power button, this is disabled in the US. Thanks, Sony! Anyhow, you can take a closer look at the new phone by checking out our Xperia XA1 Plus hands-on from last month - video included.

 

Unlike the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, which run Android 8 Oreo out of the box, the XA1 Plus comes with Android 7 Nougat pre-installed. Of course, Sony will update the handset to Oreo, but we don't know if it's going to do it before the end of 2017 (probably not). So, anyone here planning to buy this new Xperia? 



source: Amazon 

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