Sony Xperia XA1 review
On the plus side there is a borderless design and a very high resolution camera, while on the negative side there is no fingerprint sensor or 4K video recording. Are the payoffs worth it? Well that is up to you.
As we have just mentioned, the Sony Xperia XA1 has a borderless design with almost no bezel at the sides of the full-width 5” HD display, which is made from one piece of curved Corning Gorilla Glass.
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The Xperia XA1 has Sony’s more curvaceous Surface Loop design and this has precision cut edges on the aluminium sides. The use of aluminium makes this Sony phone very light at 143g.
There is a choice of four colours and these are white, gold, pink and black. The colour is continuous, from front to back, and the lock screen and theme is colour-matched to that of the phone.
Phone Set Up
The Sony Xperia XA1 has plenty of internal memory for transferring content over from an old smartphone or iPhone. Of the 32GB memory, 22GB is free to the user and this can, if needed, be bolstered by inserting an up to 256GB microSD memory card.
The high-end performance is driven by a MediaTek Helio P20 2.3GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. The performance is maintained into the future with a Smart Cleaner that clears the cache and deactivates apps that you don’t use.
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The Sony Xperia XA1 also learns and adapts to your habits to give a more personal everyday experience. This includes Xperia Actions that can, for example, turn off audible notifications when you are asleep. Xperia Tips will also prompt you with ways that you can get more out of the phone.
Apps and OS
Sony has added its series of home grown apps that give a more unique and less stock experience. The apps includes Music, Album, Video, Movie Creator, Spotify, News, What’s New, Sound Photo and AR effect.
In addition to this, the Sony Xperia XA1 brings xLoud and Clear Audio+, along with Google’s Android Nougat operating system.
Camera & Video
The 23MP camera captures exceptional results through its use of Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile sensor and f2.0 aperture. The basically means that there are more pixels and more light hitting the sensor.
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The camera on the Xperia XA1 launches in less than a second with Quick Launch & Capture and there is a fast and accurate autofocus. Because the camera resolution is so high, you can enjoy 5x Clear Image Zoom, while SteadyShot enables video recording while on the move.
8MP selfie photography
The 8MP selfie camera has a 23mm wide-angle lens for group selfies. The selfie camera also recognises the palm of your hand, enabling a simple gesture to activate the shutter.
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
The Sony Xperia XA1 uses Qnovo Adaptive Charging to monitor the battery’s conditions, such as pressure and temperature, to ensure that it has a longer life.
The 2,300mAh battery has a smaller capacity, compared to some of its competitors. It does however have a very good Stamina Mode, USB Type-C charging and support for quick charging with MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0.
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Written by: Michael Brown