Sony Xperia XA1 review

Sony Xperia XA1 review


The Sony Xperia XA1 is Sony’s first stab at manufacturing a phone with an almost borderless screen and it is paired up with a powerful 23MP camera.


Here is our Sony Xperia XA1 review.




As we have already mentioned, the 5” HD display sprawls across the full width of the phone’s body. Made from Corning Gorilla Glass and with curved edges that have a smooth feel, the display is a joy to use, as you swipe on or off of the display.


The aluminium body receives a dose of precision finishing that creates Sony’s shiny Surface Loop design, seen on both the top and bottom of the phone. Being aluminium and with a more compact design compared to some phones, the Sony Xperia XA1 weighs in at just 143g.


This Sony mobile will be offered in Gold, White, Pink and Black, catering to all tastes.




Performance is delivered by a fast 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor and this has plenty of punch for gaming, streaming or browsing the web. Sony has pre-loaded its Smart Cleaner software and this will keep performance top-notch by deactivating unused apps and through clearing the cache.


There is a pretty standard offering of 32GB of internal memory and there is a microSD card, for just in case you need to boost the memory further down the line. If you transfer over your music files or like to stream music, then you will be delighted to find Clear Audio+ with xLoud sound enhancements.


Sony Xperia XA1


The battery isn’t one of the largest but then again, it is only needed to power a 5” display. The 2,300mAh capacity battery is recharged with Qnovo Adaptive Charging and this extends the life of the battery by monitoring and adjusting the current, as needed.


STAMINA mode can be used when extreme standby times are needed and the Sony Xperia XA1 supports MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0 charging, although you will need to buy the charger as an accessory, to take advantage of this.




The 23MP camera is probably the highest definition that you will find in any camera phone. There is a Quick Launch & Capture feature, enabling you to capture an image in under a second and 5x Clear Image Zoom, where zooming in doesn’t lose a bucket load of focus.


SteadyShot aids video recording, particularly if you are recording while moving yourself. The selfie camera has an 8MP resolution and a simple palm gesture starts the countdown timer, aiding in the capturing of more natural looking self portraits.




The Sony Xperia XA1 runs Google’s Android Nougat operating system but the overall experience offers a little more. Xperia Actions learn your behaviour to, for example, mute notifications when you go to sleep or download and then afterwards delete offline maps and translations, when you take a trip abroad.
Sony has also pre-loaded its own homemade apps, of which there are many, and these includes Spotify, Sound Photo, News and What’s New.


Verdict: If you can wait a few weeks and want a borderless display, then the Xperia XA1 is a good choice for you. All-in-all, the phone looks as good as the pictures it photographs.


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