sony xperia xa1 plus hands -on Review

Intro

It’s rather easy to get brushed up away by all the Snapdragon 835 beasts of the day. It’s simply the means IFA goes. However while the XZ1 and also XZ1 Compact are soaking up all the limelight at the Sony cubicle, there is another beginner in the firm’s rankings. One that is truthfully most likely to market in better quantity than its fancy siblings, considering that it is suggested to more fill the mid-range Xperia XA1 line.

Truthfully, the XA1 And also came as anything but a surprise. At least right component, that is. With the XA1 sporting a 5-inch panel and also the XA1 Ultra, a 6-inch one, it was basically an issue of time prior to the popular 5.5-inch base got covered too.

Sony Xperia XA1 And also key functions

Join us on the adhering to web page for our first hands-on perceptions.

Sony Xperia XA1 And also hands-on

In more ways than one, the XA1 Plus ports right into location amid its 2 sibling. Its 155 x 75 x 8.7 mm, 189 gram body is almost identical in shape, products and also building.

Unlike the brand-new XZ1 set, there is no fancy new unibody building and construction here, just the tried, real as well as distinctive Sony appearance. That implies aluminum sides and also a plastic back – not exactly stylish by today’s requirements, yet arguably much more resilient and also scuff-resistant than a metal and also glass configuration.

The additionally indicates no need for odd antenna line designs and also workarounds to suit radio signal. So a more consistent finish all over. The back of the XA1 Plus is especially clean – just a camera as well as a solitary LED setup, together with a logo.

The rest of the controls are all in place also – 3.5 mm jack on the top, single speaker (no stereo below) and Type-C port under. When it comes to the right-hand side, there is a quantity rocker and Sony’s trademark video camera shutter key, both easily located and also spaced out. Oh as well as, surprise, surprise, Sony’s tiny rounded power switch has actually been switched for its various other standard control – the bigger, comfier as well as a lot more practical finger print visitor combination.

A somewhat shocking action, because both the XA1 and XA1 Ultra do not have a finger print visitor, but a reward for users nonetheless. Well, kind of. There is still the entire United States legal challenge bordering Sony finger print tech, so consumers there won’t obtain the extra function. On a side note, Sony hinted that the Americas will likely get a 3GB version of the mobile phone as well, which is simply rubbing salt in the wound.

But even if you live across the ocean, where you ought to be able to obtain the full 4GB RAM as well as finger print visitor experience, there is another universally shared problem, supposedly stemming from the bugger power switch. It is sort of the elephant in the area we have been staying clear of thus far – the XA1 And also has plenty of side bezels around its 5.5-inch panel. An area where the XA1 and XA1 Ultra have little to none lost room.

Sony declares it was necessitated by the bigger power switch, which could very well hold true. Is it a justifiable trade-off, nevertheless, is a whole various question and also one you need to determine for yourself.

All that aside, you still obtain a respectable 5.5-inch, FullHD panel on the XA1 And also, a minimum of at first glance, that is. We will have a less subjective viewpoint on the issue in the full review. Sony appears confident enough in advertising and marketing 100% sRGB protection. As well as bezeless design or otherwise, you still obtain a scratch-resistant surface area on the entire front of the unit. No Gorilla Glass branding or anything similar, however a pledge of H9 nontheless. Because the whole area is level, you can also conveniently fit a glass display protector, if that is your thing.

As for other specifications go, it’s thankfully not all bezel-full displays and also prospective RAM downgrades. One clear upgrade over the existing XA1 and also XA1 Ultra pair is the notably larger 3,430 mAh battery. Endurance mode, Qnovo adaptive charging as well as Pump Express+ 2.0 fast billing are all component of the mix as well. Here’s wishing the 16nm Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 chipset can make good sufficient use all the additional juice to cover the fairly ordinary battery endurance we measured on the remainder of the Xperia XA1 lineup.

And also just in instance you were wondering, yes, this chipset is shared by all three devices therefore are some other specs, like NFC and Bluetooth 4.2, with aptX and also LE assistance, to name a few. The very same chooses the cam setup – 23MP, 1/2.3″, Exmor RS sensing unit, behind an f/2.0 lens, full with phase detection hybrid autofocus. Not as well shabby, especially when backed up by excellent Sony cam attributes, like Superior Auto setting and Steadyshot.

Sony opted for some conserving on the selfie side of things, borrowing the 8MP, 1/4″, f/2.0 snapper from the XA1, instead of the much nicer 16MP one on the XA1 Ultra. Having OIS on the front would certainly have been a good touch. However, so the exact same chooses the bezeless appearance, we discussed earlier.

Certain, everything comes down to individual preference and how much value you subjectively position on the finger print visitor, but we simply can not aid however really feel the XA1 Plus would have been a great deal even more smashing in any of its 4 tones (Black, Blue, Pink as well as Gold) if Sony had actually stuck with the currently established XA1 appearance.

Network
  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps or LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, August
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, October
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 155 x 75 x 8.7 mm (6.10 x 2.95 x 0.34 in)
  • Weight: 189 g (6.67 oz)
  • Build: Aluminum frame, plastic back
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display
  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~71.7% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Platform
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 (16 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-T880MP2
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Internal: 32 GB, 3/4 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Single: 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.3″, PDAF
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps, HDR
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 8 MP, f/2.0, 23mm (wide), 1/4″, AF
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes
  • – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Yes
  • Radio: FM radio
  • 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – Fast battery charging (Pump Express+ 2.0)
    – Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
    – MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
    – Document viewer
    – Photo/video editor
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3430 mAh battery
  • Misc
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Pink, Gold
  • Price: About 270 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1303 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1198Basemark X: 9543
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 1572 (nominal), 2.93 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 88dB / Noise 77dB / Ring 84dB
  • Audio quality: Noise -90.6dB / Crosstalk -83.5dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 102h
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