The mid-range Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is finally worth buying at a reduced $130 price
Xperia XA1 Plus, commercially released almost two years ago at an arguably excessive $379.99 and finally available for a reasonable $129.99 from B&H Photo Video. The 5.5-inch device is, well, abominable by 2019 standards, with insanely thick top and bottom bezels, but if you can look beneath the (fugly) surface, you'll find decent specs for a sub-$150 unlocked Android smartphone by any standards.Case in point, the mid-range
Technically, B&H has the Latin America variant of the XA1 Plus on sale today only, but if you plan to use it on a US GSM network, like AT&T or T-Mobile, you should be able to get full 4G LTE coverage without a hitch. Available in a cool trio of color options (black, blue, and gold), the handset also comes with a standard 1-year warranty.
Under the hood, you'll get a more than respectable octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor paired with 3GB RAM, as well as 32 gigs of storage space and a hefty 3,430mAh battery supporting quick charging functionality. While not entirely made from metal, the Xperia XA1 Plus does come with a robust aluminum frame, also sporting a sharp Full HD display. Its single 23 and 8MP rear and front cameras respectively are no pushovers either, both featuring wide-angle capabilities and hiding various other zoom, autofocus, and low-light improvement tricks up their sleeves. Unfortunately, the 5.5-incher still runs Android 8.0 Oreo on the software side of things. And there's no Pie update on the horizon.
Still, finding a better list of features at a similar price without committing to a specific carrier, trading something in, or signing a monthly installment plan is not easy, so if you can learn to live with a few (big) compromises, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus might be the right bargain for you.