Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is a decent phone which tries to pierce the mid-range market with a brand name and capable features. Priced at Rs. 16,990, it won’t attract attention with its dated design, but it can attract users with its brand name and competent performance.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus does not have any exceptional features that make it stand out in the market. However, it does deliver on the aspects required from a mid-range phone, thereby standing its ground in the mid-range competition.
Sony Xperia XA1 could be recognised as a Sony due to its similar design features. While the design may not draw eyes, the display is quite bright and ideal for movies and games. Plus, it comes with a good battery to keep the screen powered up.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus arrives with a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1080p resolution. However, the display is bright, and the colours are vibrant, making it a phone that gives you an incredible immersive experience. You can also tweak the display according to your preference.
XA1 Plus comes with a enormous battery, giving an ample 3,430 mAh juice-pack, which is an eligible juice-pack for a powerful display. It can last for more than a day with moderate to heavy use, and if necessary, light use can get it two days. Battery performance beats many top-end phones making this an excellent feature of XA1 Plus.
Xperia XA1 Plus has one of the weakest cameras, and so it should not be your primary choice. Otherwise, it has decent performance, making it a capable handset for any Sony fans. For anyone who wants a good battery powering up their device, along with an immersive experience, then Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is a good phone to buy.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is a minimalist phone which has a decent display and juiced-up battery but lags in competition when it comes to performance and camera.
Xperia A1 Plus arrives with a 5.5-inch screen offering full HD with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The 1080p display is fine, and the screen space is limited by the top and bottom bezels. The brightness is good, and the colours are punchy, but you would need to tweak the display setting for best results. The colour profile is dull, and you can change it to ‘image enhancement’ or ‘super vivid’ – while the change is not very significant, it does create a difference. Adaptive brightness is also present, but it can be a bit dim. With adaptive brightness off, you can get a fantastic brightness. The display is coated with Gorilla Glass 4 and stays scratch-free.
Looks-wise, the XA1 Plus looks almost identical to all the previous Xperia models. It has a box-like structure and feels chunkier than any other smartphones in the market. There have been some modifications to lower the blockiness, by delivering gently curved sides that give an oval shape to the bottom and top edges. However, the design makes it a sturdy phone which is quite comfortable to hold and would not slip off. The back panel is of a plastic build which is quite minimalistic and looks cheap, though the camera sits almost seamlessly with the rear panel. The screen does not curve at the sides like most flagship phone which makes it design quite poor when put in the context of the competition. However, there is the traditional headphone jack and the USB-C standard – two delightful additions on the phone.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus has a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor partnered with a Mali T880 MP2 GPU. While the GPU can handle Ultra HD, the screen is capped at 1080p making it useless. However, the GPU can pull off games with moderate graphics with ease providing a stutter-free experience. Multitasking is handled smoothly, and even intensive tasks do not result in a slowing down. However, it is a mid-tier phone equipped with mid-tier hardware and therefore, single-core benchmarks put it at a score of 836 and multi-core at a score of 3715 – both a mid-range benchmark suitable for a mid-tier phone.
The XA1 Plus has an impressive 23MP rear camera. While it may sound impressive, the camera is very slow to focus, and it could miss anything in motion. It happens with both Manual and Auto mode making the delay quite frustrating. The photos in motion look like it has a long-exposure and has been oddly processed and quite unsatisfactory. If speed is not your desire then, in proper lights, the camera does a decent job is producing good shots. However, harsh light can result in light bleed in the photos. Low-light photos are not impressive, as they lack details and has a lot of noise.
The set has an 8MP selfie camera. It is as slow as the rear camera, but the shots captured are quite decent. HDR shots may appear too strong in colour, and low-light remains a disappointment.
Xperia XA1 Plus arrives with a generous battery of 3,430 mAh, a great find in a phone of this price range. It is capable enough to power the 1080p 5.5-inch screen, and its performance can remind you for the glory days of Xperia like the Z3 Compact. Running a 90-minute HD video at full battery and Wi-Fi syncing on saw that it lost just 16% of its power – this is a great result considering iPhone 6 lost 26% and Huawei P10 lost 20%. However, it’s not the best since Samsung Galaxy A5 lost 12% and Motorola Z2 Play just 10%. On the whole, it can run through the entire day without a problem, when you put it through light and moderate tasks. Even intensive tasks can make it last for the better part of the day.
Xperia A1 looks similar to its phone and seems to be another mid-range handset. There are certain aspects of Xperia that is lovely – it has a great display, a long-lasting battery and enough power under its hood to keep its users satisfied. However, it does not come with decent cameras, and the appearance of Xperia A1 continues to be dated. It is a phone for anyone who wants a mid-range phone that works without investing much. If you are a youngster, a better choice would be the XA1 Ultra.
- Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE
- Thickness0.34 inches
- Height6.10 inches
- Weight189 g
- ColorBlack, Blue, Pink, Gold
- BuildAluminum frame, plastic back
- Width2.95 inches
- Display TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Screen Size5.5 inches
- Pixel Density401 ppi
- ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
- Display Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
- Screen to Body Ratio71.70%
- CPUOcta-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Chipset GPMediatek MT6757 Helio P20 (16 nm)
- OSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Expandable MemorymicroSD, up to 256 GB
- RAM/Internal Storage32 GB, 3/4 GB RAM
- Single Camera23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.3
- Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
- Back Camera Video1080p30fps, HDR
- Front Camera Video1080p30fps
- Single Camera8 MP, f/2.0, 23mm (wide), 1/4, AF
- HeadPhone JackYes
- Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- User ReplaceableNon-removable
- Battery Capacity3430 mAh
- ChargingFast battery charging 10W (Pump Express 2.0)
- Battery TypeLi-Ion
- USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector USB Host
- RadioFM radio
- Network SupportGSM / HSPA / LTE
- GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
- SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- SensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Announced On2017, August
- StatusAvailable. Released 2017, October
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