Sony Xperia XA1 review: Square one

06 May 2017
The Sony Xperia XA was our unlikely favorite of the last season's Xperia X-series. A year later, some things have changed. The XA1 comes with upgraded internals and the once flagship-only 23MP camera...

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  • Anonymous

AnonD-523334, 06 May 2017I'm OK with the "brick design. But what's the point of sell... moreThe point of this phone is actually decent specs for the price. And using one is fast and fluid with 3 gig ram and 720p screen,which looks fine to me at 5 inches. People expect too much for mid range or budget phones these days. It is not a bad phone it's your pathetic opinion

  • AnonD-523334

I'm OK with the "brick design. But what's the point of selling this phone? Hah? totally imbalanced one. A camera from Z5. .. Good. a processor no one gives sh**. If only camera is the reason, I'd buy a Z5c. Looks more brick, but more classy.
The remaining specs are crap. All of my friends who bought phones in last one year have redmi note 3 (10000 rs. Sd652+3gb +32gb) redmi note 4 (13000 rs. Sd625+4gb+64gb), or a oneplus 3T (30000Rs. Sd821 +6gb +64gb) . And this, likely 25000 +. Yes, camera on these phones isn't as good, but that does not mean price should be three times the phone with same specs and a bad camera.
All I want to say is that Sony should stop competing in midrange segment coz this segment is highly price sensitive.
Simply make the excellent and most top tier phone and stop cutting corners in it. Ask for $900 but throw 2gb more ram, and improve on the long lasting weaknesses like bad image processing and Louder and clearer sound.

vrvly, 06 May 2017Still able to see grass/sky-noise. Would rather go for blur... moreF1.6?
You serious? F1.7 is already causing Samsung phones to have the tendency of paler colors, only lit by oversaturation.
I'd even take F1.8 but larger sensor and about 16mp resolution for that

Right now the XZs and XZ Premium are very close to that, but alot are still to be desired

  • Sean

Cassy O, 06 May 2017The ugliest phone i've ever seen!Your opinion but I have played with one of these and it's very sleek and nice looking in person. I got a gold one arriving tomorrow. There are uglier phones out there and this is NOT ugly

  • AnonD-481725

For the sake of God! 72h endurance rate battery from 2300mah battery (0_0)

Still able to see grass/sky-noise. Would rather go for blurry shot without that. Well, grass wont be back, it was destroyed too much. Good thing they went for 19Mp. Now if only added f1.6 .

  • AnonD-481725

AnonD-664474, 06 May 201772h Endurance Rating for 2,300mAh battery with a 16nm proce... moreWhere did you read 72h endurance rate?? Not available in the specifications sheet.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-664474, 06 May 201772h Endurance Rating for 2,300mAh battery with a 16nm proce... moreFew would care about the battery life of this.
Most would just pay attention to what they see this phone: bezel.

  • AnonD-664474

72h Endurance Rating for 2,300mAh battery with a 16nm processor?

Damn, another proof that endurance doesn't rely on battery capacity alone.
Where are you now, those people b*tch*ng the XA1 to have terrible battery life?

  • AnonD-635604

I want this phone.But I had the Galaxy A5 2017 (more expensive than Xperia XA1) because I want fingerprint scanner and water resistant body.I wish the Xperia XA2 might have 4K video capability camera,fingerprint scanner (maybe,but if the fingerprint scanner on the side,it will have side bezels) and water resistant body (Xperia M5 has 4K video and water resistance body).I should buy the Xperia Z5(because all I need is in it) over the Galaxy A5 2017,but it's too late :(

  • Anonymous

best battery ever

  • AnonD-632062

Cassy O, 06 May 2017The ugliest phone i've ever seen!You seem unsettled, Director Kre.......
Oh, you've reverted to original name, I see! :P

  • AnonD-632062

Many aspects of the XA1 don't really sound inspiring, but then again it's a decidedly mid-range smartphone.

You gotta love Sony's multimedia package (Album, Music, Video & FM Radio). Good camera too. After years of complaining about Sony's poor camera software, they have finally acted on the feedback and results are there for all to see.

Now, I just hope GSMA will also act on our feedback, and give us the older-style full screen image viewer for a proper viewing pleasure.

The ugliest phone i've ever seen!

  • Anonymous

Who will win the competition of big bezel award?

  • Nas

This or a3 2017???

  • AnonD-481725

The best smartphone in its range, fabulous camera, cheers.
Between, first XD