Sony unveils the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra: Stylish mid-rangers with impressive main cameras
The new high-tier Xperia XZ Premium and XZs were clearly the focal points of the presentation, but Sony also introduced the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra - two very intriguing smartphones that enhance the company's already rich mid-range lineup.
Compared to the first members of the XA line which premiered last year, the XA1 and XA1 Ultra feature improvements in four key areas: camera, SoC, system memory, and internal storage.
The main camera on the new XA models looks very promisingP20 chipset and a 23 MP main snapper, but there is a noticeable difference with the selfie cams: the XA1 features an 8 MP front camera capable of reaching a max ISO number of 3,200, while XA1 Ultra sports a 16 MP sensor that can reach an ISO number of 6,400, with the added bonus of front-facing Flash and Optical Image Stabilization.
Design-wise, the handsets mirror the Xperia XZ look quite successfully, as Sony is continuing the “unified design concept” that was introduced at MWC '16. The XA1 and XA1 Ultra respectively feature 5- and 6-inch edge-to-edge screens, which are encompassed by a sleek metal frame.
Here's a quick look at the specs highlights for the two phones:
|Sony Xperia XA1||Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra|
|Platform||Android 7 Nougat||Android 7 Nougat|
|Dimensions||145 x 67 x 8mm, 143g weight||165mm x 79mm x 8.1mm, 188g weight|
|Display||5” HD (720 x 1280)||6” Full HD (1920x1080)|
|Performance||MediaTek Helio P20 Octa Core||MediaTek Helio P20 Octa Core|
|RAM||3 GB||4 GB|
|Cameras||Main: 23 MP, 1/2.3" Exmor RS, 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens |
Front: 8MP, 1/4" Exmor R
|Main: 23 MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS, 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens |
Front: 16MP 1/2.6” Exmor RS, Flash, Optical Image Stabilization
|Battery||2300 mAh||2700 mAh|
|Storage||32 GB + microSD support||64 GB + microSD support|
You can expect the two devices to come in Black, Gold and White, although some color variations of the smaller model will be available only to certain regions.
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