While Xperia A1 and A1 Ultra sport 5 inch and 6-inch display respectively; the all new XA1 Plus is a mid way option with a 5.5 inch display.
Design– Sony has been keeping the design same for the devices for almost 5 years. It’s become so monotonous that nobody can ever differentiate Sony smartphones by a mere look.
The XA1 Plus is no special case this time as well! It flaunts the same boxy form factor with flat back and rectangular design.
The front sports a 5.5 inch Full HD display (1920*1080) pixels, protected by Corning gorilla glass. The sides are made of metal while the back is made of plastic.
The front still has large top and bottom bezels. Interestingly, Sony has been defending themselves by making the stereo front facing speakers their main excuse. Sadly, the XA1 Plus doesn’t really sport this feature as well.
It is difficult to differentiate one Sony from other by a mere glance, they all look the same.
Instead, it’s Sony’s first smartphone after a long time to feature the speaker at the bottom beside the USB Type-C port.
Thankfully, it does retain the side mounted fingerprint sensor. The XA1 Plus measures 8.7 mm in thickness and weighs approx 190g; which is slightly on the bulkier side.
Performance– The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 Processor (Quad Core 2.3 GHz + Quad Core 1.6 GHz) coupled with Mali T880 MP2 GPU. It comes with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. Like most of the Sony phones; the XA1 Plus also sports storage expansion of upto 256GB with the help of micro SD cards.
OS – The Xperia XA1 Plus runs on Android Nougat out of the box; whereas Sony is offering latest Android O on XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.
The sound quality is always enhanced in the Sony phones and the XA1 Plus also comes with SmartAmp & Clear Audio+ to make sure Audiophiles love the new XA1 Plus.
Camera – Unlike other OEMs; Sony is yet to have a dual camera set-up across its lineup. Since the flagship variants (XZ1 and XZ1 compact) do not have one, it is understood that the mid-ranger XA1 Plus surely does not fit the bill as well.
Although camera seems to be promising, at least on paper.
The XA1 Plus flaunts a 23 MP sensor at the back with f/2.0 aperture and is 24mm wide angled.
The camera can capture low-light images at an ISO of 3200.
Whereas the front features an 8MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 and 23mm wide angled lens.
Battery – Powering the device is a massive 3430 mAh battery pack. Interestingly, it’s bigger than the 2700 mAh battery found inside the XZ1. It also supports Qnovo adaptive charging with Pump Express+ 2.0 Quick charge. Now that is a mouthful for just a speedy charging facility.
Connectivity – It also features most of the basic connectivity options like Bluetooth v4.2, VoLTE, NFC etc.
Release date and Price – The phone is expected to be released sometime in Autumn 2017 and will be available in Black, Blue, Gold and Pink; depending on the region.
Pricing is yet to be disclosed and judging by the release of A1 and A1 Ultra in India; there’s a higher possibility of XA1 Plus to be released as well.
Key Specs For Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Smartphone
- Processor – Mediatek Helio P20 Octa-Core Processor Clocked at 2.3 GHz.
- GPU – ARM Mali-T880 MP2.
- RAM – 4 GB RAM
- Display: 5.5-inch 16:9 HD Display with (1920*1080)Pixels resolution and 401 PPI.
- Corning Gorilla Glass Protection, tri luminous & mobile X-Reality engine.
- Storage – 32 GB of internal storage, expandable upto 256 GB, Hybrid Sim Slot.
- Rear Dual: 23 MP Rear camera, F/2.0 aperture, 24 mm wide.
- Front: 8 MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 and 23 mm wide
- Battery: 3,430 mAh with Qnovo technology and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.
- Operating System: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with the Sony custom UI.
- Thickness – 8.7 mm
- Weight: 190 grams
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth v4.2, VoLTE, NFC
- Sound – SmartAmp & Clear Audio+.
- Colors – Blue, Golden and Black
- Fingerprint Scanner at the side of the device.
- Price – $450 or Rs. 30,000 (expected)