Sony Xperia XA1 Review

Sony Xperia XA1 Review

From the last season of Xperia X-series, we found Sony Xperia XA to be unlikely favorite one. On the other hand, XZ and X proper were found to be the classic one. XA showed to have quite poor credentials than the X siblings. The introduction of Xperia XA1 is quite astonishing and a great addition to the family of Sony with the bundles of improvements revealing the best and beneficial aspects.

The new generation MediaTek chipset is available inside the Xperia XA1. The display, appearance, and features are quite desirable. For smartphone lovers, Sony Xperia A1 is a new definition of trend and style with smart features and elegant appeal.

Sony Xperia A1 Key Features

  • Display: With 5-inch display LCD, it becomes one of the most likable and popular phones of Sony.  It enjoys resolution of 1280x720px and 294ppi.
  • Body: Sony Xperia A1 has stunning aluminum frame, fabulous polycarbonate back with the scratch resistant body
  • Rear Camera: 23 megapixels type ½.3 inch sensor, 24mm equip focal length, f/2.0 aperture, single LED flash, autofocus, SteadyShot EIS, 1080p/30fps of video recording
  • Front Camera: Sleek and stylish Sony Xperia provides 8 megapixels front camera, 23mm Equiv focal length, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p/30fps video recording, autofocus
  • Misc:5mm jack, single bottom firing loudspeaker, dedicated two-stage hardware with the shutter release button
  • Connectivity: The
  • Single SIM and Dual SIM versions having model names G31211/3123/3125 and G3112/G3116 respectively. Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, GPS , WiFi a/b/g/n, GLONASS, Cat. 6 LTE with 300 Mbps/50Mbps.
  • Battery: Sony Xperia XA1 provides sealed battery of 2300mAh Li-Ion. It also features MediaTek Pump Express Plus 2.0 fast charging.
  • Memory: microSD slot up to 256GB, 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage
  • Chipset: Octa-core CPU, 16nm Mediatek Helio P20, and Mali T-880MP2 GPU
  • OS/Software: Sony Xperia XA1 lets you enjoy Android 7.0 Nougat software

Unboxing and Hardware review:

  • Unboxing:

The box of Sony Xperia is a simple white cardboard just like the box of Xperia Xs. Various amazing and exciting colors are available under the lid of the Sony Xperia XA1 box, but the dominant one is no doubt the black one. On the previous Xperias, we have not seen such marvelous explosion of the colors. New and innovative approach! Unboxing of Sony Xperia XA1 reveals the availability of a plain %V/1.5A one charger and USB-A to USB-C cable.

  • Hardware Review:

The design of Xperia XA1 is the typical design of Sony. It is one of the most prettiest Xperia which is quite stylish and attractive. Having a look on it reveals that it is a refined form that works for million of people. The Sony Xperia XA1 has quite minimal frame at the left and right, which means that there is damn little phone on the either sides of the display. In the world of infinity, business and edge to edge display, Xperia XA1 shows the actual best fitting. As the far top corner of Xperia XA1 is out of bounds, so all you need to do is that readjust the grip either a little or use both of your hands. The good thing is that you will be gripping the aluminum on the sides too…

The huge solid black strip which is located below the display is mistakenly considered to be the speaker slit. The ambient light sensor pair is present on the other side of Xperia XA1.For the innards, the narrow phone Sony Xperia XA1 has limited space for it. The Sony aesthetic for this year is the sharp corners. The Xperia badge is etched at the center of the Xperia XA1 at

the back side of it. The NFC logo is also displayed over there in order to inform you the location of the antenna.  Two stage shutter release button is available.

Display, connectivity, battery life:

  • Display:

The 5 inch LCD display of the Sony Xperia XA1 with 720p resolution is brilliant. It has no cutting edge and the 294ppi pixel density. This decently sharp smartphone provides the RGB arrangement to be conventional when viewed under the microscope. Hence, for every primary color, there is an equal number of sub-pixels. In the tests, Xperia XA1 gains a higher number in providing the optimum brightness than the predecessor. Let’s have a look at the display test.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Sony Xperia XA1 0.512 537 1049
Sony Xperia XA 0.38 523 1376
Sony Xperia XZs 0.461 564 1223
Xiaomi Mi 5 0.51 628 1227
Xiaomi Mi 5s 0.51 660 1294
Xiaomi Mi 5s (auto contrast) 0.50 635 1270
Huawei nova 0.25 385 1540
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) 0 338
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) outdoor mode 0 476
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 0.475 528 1112
Huawei Honor 8 0.34 374 1101
Huawei Honor 8 (Max auto) 0.34 395 1161


  • Connectivity:

Single and Dual SIM flavors are available in Xperia XA1. Helio P20’s modem supports Cat.6 LTE and provides efficient download speeds of about 300Mbps. No AC but Wifi a/b/g/n is supported. XA1 is not DLNA certified. NFC and FM radio receiver is available. GPS and GLONASS are present for the purpose of positioning while there is no BDS and Galileo. Through USB-C port, peripherals can be connected.

  • Battery Life:

In a smartphone of 5-5.2 inch, the battery life of 3000mAh capacity seems normal, but the Xperia XA1 has a battery of 2300mAh which is insufficient for best performance. For charging purpose, it should come with the Mediatek PUmpExpress 2.0 for providing the quick charging solution. But, unfortunately, Xperia XA1 does not support any such technology.

User interface:

Smart Lock provides the additional security feature to Xperia XA1 such as face detection. Its home screen differs from those of all other X series.It contains the swipe down gesture. The traditional app drawer feature is available. Various themes are present, which can customize the sound and appearance of Xperia XA1. There is no auto brightness toggle and smart cleaner shows efficient performance in cleaning up memory. Scheduled backups can be helpful in this regard.


Unlike XA having 2GB RAM, Sony Xperia XA1 provides a reasonable amount of RAM which is 3GB. The processor’s performance is found closer to that of Kirin 658. Overall, there is not much to complain about the performance of XA1. Improvement in performance has been seen in the latest series of Sony. Over the Helio P10, XA1 shows efficient improvement and also come with 16nm fabrication process.

Telephone, text input, loudspeaker,  other apps:

  • Telephone:

Sony Xperia XA1 supports Single SIM as well as Dual SIM. At the upper right corner, there is a shortcut which provides you quick access to the call log. One can get the call logs and use a filter to find out the incoming, outgoing and missed calls. The call log is separated from the contacts.

  • Loudspeaker:

At the first glance, it is shown from the display of phone that stereo speakers are supported in this device while these are not available there. Single firing speaker at the bottom is present.

  • Text Input:

It has default swift keyboard text input method which makes the typing experience more impressive and convenient.

Multimedia apps,  audio quality:

Multimedia apps:

Xperia XA1 has beautiful, charming and functional album app. This richest gallery app lowers down the prime photo of every month which is displayed as the double size of the other photos. Its image editor is fabulously powerful. The fun image editor ‘’sketch’’ is a creative and entertaining app. The movie creator allows you to make videos of slideshows rapidly as desired.

Audio Quality:

The Music app provides a huge variety of audio settings. One can determine the best and great audio quality, setting through ClearAudio+ feature. The volume differences across the track is normalized by the Dynamic Normalizer.


Sony Xperia XA1 features a 23-megapixel camera on its back. Sony’s latest camera UI is being used by this smartphone. The images clicked through it are sharp and have plenty of details. At the daytime, noise levels are not an issue. Almost at every time, the camera nails the white balance perfectly.  The 8MP front facing camera does not work well in low light conditions.


In the case of Sony Xperia XA1, we hereby find this smartphone … fabulous!. It is a high quality built a phone and due to the improvements in the featured in the Xperia series, it has got the maximum better performance, efficiency and features than the previous one. It might seem to be a tough sell in the world of competition with Samsung and Huawei.  Design and colors are quite eye catching. Both primary and secondary cameras, single loudspeaker and 1080p videos are in its top specialties. While the video quality is a bit disappointing.

To cut to the chase, if you want to experience Sony smartphones then Sony Xperia XA1 is a better option from several aspects.