The Xperia XA1 is already on sale in Europe, at the suggested value of $520. To find out if the device is worth that price, Awaqa has already received a unit of the device directly from Sony to do the battery, performance, camera and screen tests, ending with our final analysis.
We were sent a model in pink, but there are also options in the colors white, gold and black in the national stores. For the price of the device and its features, one of its biggest competitors should be the Moto G5 Plus, which is a little cheaper. Let’s open the box to see what to expect.
Xperia XA1: Packaging and accessories
The case of the Xperia XA1 is very simple and elegant. Follows the model of the line X 2016, more precisely of the models Xperia X and XA, both informed as in written content. The upper part has an X in water, the name of the line and the manufacturer. Underneath, the name of the model. On the sides, nothing, and behind we have some specifications of the device.
Inside the box, we find the XAI XA1, which we sent in pink – and, I might add, in a very interesting tone, seeing live – and the wall adapter, in addition to the data cable. It has no headphones, and it has no chip drawer puller.
Xperia XA1: Design
The Xperia XA1 is shaped much like the Xperia XZ, but with the back of its direct predecessor, the XA. Despite the straight edges, the device does not hurt the hand very much and is very good to hold, contrary to those who believe that only devices with curved edges and sides are comfortable.
On the right side, you will find the volume buttons, the power on / off, in round format, and one dedicated to the camera. Already on the left side, we found the chip drawer, with space for two nanoSIM, besides the microSD card slot, right in the device.
The bottom has the loudspeaker and USB Type C input, while the top features the headphone jack and microphone for noise reduction. At the back, we have the camera in the upper left corner, just above the flash. And the name Xperia.
Finally, the front. In addition to the screen, which we’ll talk about soon, you can see a sticker saying that it is a dual SIM (removable) device, the light and proximity sensor, the Sony logo and the self-camera. The voice call speaker is right on top. Already at the bottom, we have the microphone. And just.
Xperia XA1: Screen
The screen of the Xperia XA1 has 5 inches, is IPS LCD and has Gorilla Glass protection. The resolution is HD, or 720 x 1280 pixels, which gives an approximate density of 294 ppi.
The interesting thing here is to note that there are minimal edges, but only on the sides, which makes the device even narrower and, therefore, better to hold. However, both above and below the screen are edges. Too much.
Xperia XA1: Hardware
The Sony middleman comes with the MediaTek MT6757 chipset, also known as Helio P20. It is an octa-core divided into four cores of 2.3 GHz and another four with 1.6 GHz. The graphics card is the Mali-T880 MP2.
To help in performance, the device still carries 3GB of RAM, one more than one of its biggest rivals, the Moto G5 Plus. Storage space is 32GB, expandable via microSD card up to 256GB.
The rear camera of the Xperia XA1 has 23MP and aperture f / 2.0, capable of recording videos in Full HD at 30 fps. This module is the same as the Xperia Z5, Sony’s 2015 flagship, and features low-light sensitivity and a motion sensor that captures photos at 0.6s in addition to hybrid autofocus.
Already the selfie sensor has 8MP and 23mm lenses, which gives greater amplitude to take self-portraits, with a little more scenery around them – or a slightly larger group of people.
Xperia XA1: Software
The Xperia XA1 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed, and as soon as I called it already had the latest update, with the April 5 security package waiting to be installed.
The Xperia UI interface shows little change compared to pure Android and for those who already know Android Nougat on Sony devices, I did not find anything new to be able to present here.
Sony has come up with some little new features to offer battery upgrades, such as the Qnovo technology, which monitors the health of the component and adjusts the charge current to prevent the battery from losing its autonomy as the device ages.
Also present are Stamina mode and a Smart Cleaner, which forces some apps that are not in use to be stopped, improving both battery life and device performance.