[Review] Sony Xperia XA1: X-ceeding My X-pectations

 

Striking the Right Balance

The Xperia XA1 was introduced during MWC 2017 and it does live up to its name as a great mid-range device. At first glance, it does share the same design concept as many other previous Sony Xperia devices. However, it’s metallic unibody design gives it a great look while still looking good in your hand. Its 5-inch display screen is also bezel-less so you can get more out of the device when it comes to gaming or even video streaming at 720p.

Better than its Predecessor

When I had the Xperia XA, I was critical about it. However, I have now eaten humble pie as the XA1 is a great resurrection of the XA series. Sporting similar specs and design, the stark contrast between the two is the Mediatek Helio P20 processor, which trumps the former quite admirably. With 3GB of RAM to boot, daily usage of the Xperia XA1 gave me a much smoother and quicker overall performance as compared to the Xperia XA.

Everything Looks Better in Slow-Mo

One thing that Sony has always done well is its cameras, but it took a step back with the Xperia XA. For the XA1, it seems that Sony has finally come to its senses and brought out an impressive range of features for the camera with an affordable price to boot. Its 23-megapixel with Exmor RS sensor brought out some pretty impressive shots, whether it’s during the day or not. It also comes with object tracking and a smile shutter paired with a quick autofocus so you will never miss capturing your target. The 8-megapixel front-facing comes with a 23mm wide-angle lens so taking selfies and wefies just got a lot better.

Highlights

1 – Making your Life a little bit Better
Powered with Android Nougat, the XA1 is capable of learning and understanding your daily usage patterns and will craft out a detailed plan for you and your daily activities, making your day that much better.

2 – Lasting Much Longer
Another disappointing feature of the XA was its mediocre battery life. The XA1 however, comes with a much better battery life and even quick charging capabilities.

3 – Better in the Long Run
The XA1 also comes with Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology, which can monitor the condition of your battery while charging and will adjust your battery charging patterns so it will not die so quickly on you, giving you more time with it.

 

Specs

Price: RM1,199
Dimensions (WxHxD): 8x145x67mm
Weight: 143g
Display: 5” IPS LCD
Memory: 3GB RAM
Storage: 32GB (microSD upgrade to 256GB)
Graphics: Mali-T880MP2
Processor: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Octa-core processor
Operating System: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Ports: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2

Benchmark Scores

AnTuTu 3D Benchmark – 57,364
3DMark Sling Shot – 671

Scores

Value – 8
Performance – 9
Features – 10
Design – 8
Usability – 9
Total – 8.8

Verdict: A much better version than its predecessor, the Xperia XA1 is a great mid-range device that deserves more credit than it’s due.

Byline: Teh Wi-Liam

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