Earlier this month, Sony launched its flagship phone, the Xperia XZs in India. Today, the Japanese company has silently launched the Sony Xperia XA1, a new mid-range smartphone that was unveiled alongside the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XA 1 Ultra at the MWC 2017 in February. The company, however, did not launch the XA1 Ultra in India.
The phone is priced at Rs. 19,990 and packs in decent specifications for the asking price tag. The XA1 rocks a 5-inch HD screen, which is unusual for the price tag, but several other phones such as Oppo F1s, Vivo V5 also offer an HD screen and are placed in the similar price range. The display on the XA1 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology.
Sony has gone with a MediaTek Helio P20 chipset, which is an octa-core chip with all the eight cores clocked at 2.3GHz. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage, which is further expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot.
In terms of camera, the XA1 has a 23MP primary camera with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, LED flash, and laser autofocus. Up front, there’s an 8MP camera that can capture wide-angle shots. Both the primary and front-facing camera are capable of recording 1080p videos.
The Xperia XA1 comes with a slew of connectivity options such as 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The phone boots Android Nougat based Xperia UI on top. It also has a fingerprint scanner embedded into the power button.
However, the major letdown with the Xperia XA1 is its battery capacity as Sony has managed to pack just 2300mAh cell, which is nowhere near the battery sizes used in current generation smartphones. The phone has support for Sony’s in-house adaptive charging technology.
The phone is already available for purchase across the country via all Sony retail stores and other major electronic stores. What do you think of the Sony Xperia XA1 pricing? Will you get one at that price? Let us know in the comments section below.
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