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Sony Xperia XA1 arriving in Europe on April 10, it's cheaper than expected

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra and Xperia XA1

When Sony unveiled the Xperia XA1 last month at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Japanese company said the smartphone would hit the shelves on April 26 for $299.99. It also suggested its bigger brother, the Xperia XA1 Ultra, would arrive this summer for a slightly higher price.

However, it looks like European retailers have been able to secure Xperia XA1 stocks much earlier than expected. UK-based retailer Clove has just confirmed Sony's mid-range Android smartphone will start shipping on April 10, more than two weeks earlier than the forecasts.

Clove is now taking pre-orders for the Xperia XA1, which costs £229 ($280). The smartphone is available in four different colors: Black, Gold, Pink, and White.

The smartphone that ships with Android 7.0 Nougat on board is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable memory.

One of the phone's main selling points is the 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor. Also, the Xperia XA1 mid-range smartphone comes with an additional 8-megapixel selfie camera and a decent 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution.

Its bigger brother has a larger 6-inch full HD (1080p) display and a better 16-megapixel camera on the front. The Xperia XA1 Ultra is equipped with the same MediaTek chip but packs 4GB RAM, so we're also expecting the phone to cost more. It's unclear whether or not this one will be available in Europe.

source: Clove

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posted on 13 Mar 2017, 02:38

1. ibend (Posts: 6633; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

$280 for Helio-P20?
why not SD625 :-/

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 03:47 3

4. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2939; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

You want Qualcomm monopoly to worsen?

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 04:16 2

5. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

P20 is not that bad. Only Muricans prefer Qualcomm coz racist.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 05:51 1

6. medtxa (Posts: 1325; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)

what even worse is the hd screen.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 15:49

8. Genza (Posts: 576; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

Medtxa i know you don't like Sony but if you want to say something bad should say something that makes sense like talking $h!!t about the bezels or something because at 294ppi the HD screen on XA1 maybe not the sharpest around but is not going to make the content look bad unless you plan to use it as VR.

The good things with lower resolution screen is more power efficient and can improve performance.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 15:21

7. Genza (Posts: 576; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)

Maybe because the Helio P20 is not only cheaper than SD625 but also can record and play up to 4K video @30fps, support Full HD display @60fps, LPDDR4, up to 24MP.

For $280 you not only get Helio P20 but also 1/2.3" and 3GB of RAM.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 02:47

2. redmd (Posts: 1355; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

The new xperia models took all the side bezels and placed them on top and bottom. Great design choice.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 03:00 1

3. nh1402 (Posts: 122; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

Like no other phone this year, Sony have dual front facing speakers. The top and bottom bezels are justified and definitely worth it. They have had (and therefore also had rather big top and bottom bezels) dual front facing speakers for years.

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