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. 

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

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Display

Size

5.2 inches
5.2 inches
5.0 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
S-LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

71.51 %
70.01 %
70.87 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

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

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
32GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2500 mAh
2300 mAh

Charging

Fast charging
Fast charging
MediaTek Pump Express

Talk time

 
 
11.30 hours
the average is 17 h (1016 min)

Stand-by time

 
 
23.3 days (560 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

16.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
15.21 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
10.12 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
25.1 days (603 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)

Talk time (4G)

 
15 hours
 

Stand-by time (4G)

 
17.8 days (428 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)
23.8 days (572 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)

Internet use

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

Music playback

53.00 hours
 
55.32 hours

Video playback

19.00 hours
 
7.35 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
16 MP (OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
23 MP (Laser and PDAF)

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing
EIS, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

16 MP
16 MP
8 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

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)
5.71 x 2.64 x 0.31 inches (145 x 67 x 8 mm)

Weight

5.61 oz (159.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.11 oz (145.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 g)
5.04 oz (143.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (176 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
 

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 440
$ 299

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Xperia XA1
  • 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
Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • 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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