Sony's new Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra have broken cover today and they seem like two very interesting smartphones. Both the XA1 and XA1 Ultra aim to entice consumers who are looking for a more budget-friendly handset, but in order to find out if they truly are a viable option, we need to match them against phones with similar characteristics and price ranges. 

As Sony's new mid-range models differ in size, performance and price, we'll divide this comparison into two sections, starting with the smaller Xperia XA1. Let's dig in!

Sony Xperia XA1 vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs HTC U Play


First, it's worth pointing out that the Xperia XA1 has a 5-inch display, which it slightly smaller than the ones you'll find on the Galaxy A5 and HTC U Play (respectively 5.2" and 5.15"). Unfortunately, Sony has opted to stick with a 720p screen on the XA1, while the A5 and U Play boast Full HD (1080p) resolutions. Another trait of the device that doesn't inspire too much confidence is its 2300 mAh battery, although Sony is famous for providing excellent battery optimization.

However, not every characteristic of the Xperia XA1 is underwhelming. Its MediaTek Helio P20 chipset is the most powerful of the bunch, and even though more megapixels don't always guarantee the superiority of a camera, XA1's main snapper looks really good on paper. Combine that with the lowest asking price among the three, and suddenly the XA1 looks much more alluring. 

You can pick up the rest of the differences between the trio in the table below, but as the list is quite large, make sure that you don't forget to see how the XA1 Ultra fares against its competitors. 

Sony Xperia XA1 vs Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) vs HTC U Play

Display

Display size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches
5.2 inches

Resolution

720 x 1280 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9
 
 

Pixel density

294 ppi
424 ppi
428 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
S-LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

70.87 %
71.51 %
70.01 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

23 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 27 mm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Pixel size: 1 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264
 
 

Features

Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

5.71 x 2.64 x 0.31 inches (145 x 67 x 8 mm)
5.75 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches (146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm)
5.75 x 2.87 x 0.31 inches (145.99 x 72.9 x 7.99 mm)

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.61 oz (159 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.11 oz (145 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)

Materials

 
Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP 68
 

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7880
MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755

Processor

Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Mali-T880 MP2
Mali-T830 MP3
Mali-T860 MP2

RAM

3 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat)
Android (8.0 Oreo, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (7.0 Nougat), HTC Sense UI

Battery

Capacity

2300 mAh
3000 mAh
2500 mAh

Charging

MediaTek Pump Express
Yes
Yes

Talk time

11.30 hours
the average is 21 h (1250 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

23.3 days (560 hours)
the average is 21 days (493 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

10.12 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
16.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)
15.21 hours
the average is 23 h (1378 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

25.1 days (603 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)
 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 26 days (614 h)

Talk time (4G)

 
 
15 hours

Stand-by time (4G)

23.8 days (572 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)
 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 24 days (583 h)

Internet use

 
3G: 13 hours; LTE: 16 hours; Wi-Fi: 18 hours
 

Music playback

55.32 hours
53.00 hours
 

Video playback

7.35 hours
19.00 hours
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 299
 
$ 440

Related phones

Xperia XA1
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P20, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh(10.116h 3G talk time)
Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio P20, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(11.88h 3G talk time)

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2 Comments

1. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

No FP sensor on XA1,plus that 720p display. Nahhh?!

2. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The size is nice though. For me, I'm indifferent about the lack of it.

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