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Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra price and release date

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Besides the top-shelf XZ Premium and XZs phones, Sony unveiled the mid-range Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra today, marking a full crop of spring handset covering the gamut of big to small screens and high-end to entry level chipset and RAM combos. The XA1 is the most humble of the new quartet, with a 5" HD display, octa-core MediaTek processor, and 3 GB RAM. It does throw in a 23 MP camera and 8 MP frontal shooters, though, as well as fast charging.

The XA1 Ultra is a different beast altogether, and when we say beast, we mean the 6" 1080p display. It's quite a big handset that is powered by a powerful octa-core MediaTek P20 processor, coupled with 4 GB RAM. To the 23 MP camera from the XA1 Sony added optical stabilization for the Ultra, and upgraded the selfie shooter to a 16 MP sensor. The XA1 Ultra also comes with a larger, 2700mAh battery, which might sound small for a 6-incher, but Sony has a way with screen power draw that squeezes two day of battery life even from sub-3000 mAh juicers, so hopefully this will be the case with the new phones. 

As for their price and release date, the smaller XA1 will be available April 26th for $299.99, while the XA1 Ultra won't appear until the summer for a price that is yet to be disclosed. Given the MediaTek processors, though, these two are likely to be destined for the Asian market.

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Sony Xperia XA1 specs
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P20 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra specs
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  • Display 6.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera) 16 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio P20 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo

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