Thursday, 13 April 2017

Sony Xperia XA1

Sony Xperia XA1
 Sony unveiled some of it's smartphones at MWC this year that includes two Z series smartphones and two A series smartphones. Sony earlier launched XZs smartphone in India which is the first smartphone to have Snapdragon 835 chipset and is priced at 49990 INR. And now it's time for a mid ranger that is Sony Xperia XA1. Sony has launched Sony Xperia XA1 smartphone in India this week in mid range segment. The phone is priced at 19990 INR. At MWC this year Sony also unveiled a smartphone along Sony Xperia XA1 that is Xperia XA1 Ultra which is having a massive screen size of 6 inch. But this time, Sony didn't mention anything about the bigger sibling of the smartphone. So without wasting further time let's discuss some of the specs of the phone.
Size: 5 icnh
Display: IPS LCD type display
Resolution: 1080*1920 pixels
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
Weight: 143 grams
SIM: Dual Sim (Nano)
Processor: Mediatek Helio P20 chipset
GPU: Mali-T880MP2
Operating System: Android Nougat, v7.0
Primary: 23MP with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser  autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.3" sensor size
Video: 1080p@ 30fps
Secondary: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture and autofocus, 1/4" sensor size
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Battery: Non removable 2300 mah battery
Internal storage: 32 GB with 3GB RAM
USB: USB Type-C reversible 2.0 connector
3.5 mm jack: Yes
Micro SD: Yes dedicated slot expandable upto 256GB

 The design of the phone is more or less similar to it's predecessors. The phone is a really compact size phone with 5 inch screen size. It can easily fit in one hand and is easy to use with one hand. The phone has a thickness of 8mm and has 143 grams weight. It has full metallic body which makes the phone really premium. On front it has 5 inch IPS LCD display which has just HD resolution. The display has very thin side bezels but on bottom the bezels are quite noticeable. At this price point putting just 720p display is not good idea in a phone which costs around 20000 INR. Overall the build quality of the phone is good. The phone feels really solid in hand. Also it is a compact size phone.


 Sony Xperia XA1 is powered by Mediatek Helio P20 chipset which is successor to Helio P10 chipset. Helio P20 is based on octa core processor with four Cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 2.3 GHz and other four cortex A-53 cores cloaked at 1.6 GHz. For graphics the device is powered by MaliT880MP2 GPU. The general performance of the device will be good. There won't be any lags in normal day to day usage of the phone. But when it comes to heavy tasks like playing games, I think the device can face issues because the chipset's predecessor was also having some issues with heavy gaming. MaliT880 is somewhat week than Adreno GPU's. But there won't be any issues while playing casual games on the device. Sony should go with Snapdragon chipset for it's mid range phones they are simply better than Mediatek chipset. 

 The camera can be the strong point of the device because we usually see that Sony phones are equipped with good cameras. Also the company is touting very much about it's camera. Sony Xperia XA1 is having a 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus and LED flash. The sensor size of the camera is 1/2.3" size. It can record videos upto only Full HD at 30fps. It should also have 4K video recording just like Sony Xperia XZs. The autofocus of the phone should be really fast as it is a combination of phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus. The camera app of the phone can be opened in just 0.6 seconds. Also the shutter speed of the camera is really fast. Also the company has done something with the camera by which it can have very still shots. But the device lacks Optical Image Stabilization at this price.
The device is having a 8 MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture and autofocus. The camera of the device should be good as Sony has put many features in it's phone's camera.

Operating System

Sony Xperia XA1 comes with Android Nougat, v7.0 out of the box. It is one of the rear phones which comes with android nougat.

Battery life

Sony Xperia XA1 has just 2300 mah battery. So battery life of the device will be very basic. According to me it won't even last for a full day, there will be some need of charging the phone in between the day. 2300 mah battery is very hardly seen on any of android smartphone, because the capacity is very low. Also nowadays we usually see smartphones having batteries above 3500 mah, also these days even a phone which costs 7000 INR have a 4000 mah battery. Then how can you expect that a smartphone which costs 20000 INR have just 2300 mah battery. But to slightly suppress this problem Sony is giving Mediatek's Pump Express 2.0 charging which charges phone very fast.

Missing fingerprint sensor

Sony Xperia XA1 is missing one of the basic sensors that is fingerprint scanner which is seen in every smartphone these days. Missing fingerprint scanner at the price of 20000 INR is a little bit indigested thing because as we know that these days even budget smartphones which costs 10000 INR has this feature. So not including fingerprint scanner is not a good idea in a mid ranger phone.

Final Verdict

Sony Xperia XA1 is available to buy from offline as well as online mode. The device is priced at 19990 INR. At this price the phone is totally waste of money because this phone cuts on many features. This is having just HD display, bad GPU and small battery. At this price this isn't having fingerprint scanner. Also this device is not having very good processor, we can have much better performed device at this price. The device is only having a good design and a good camera. Also I am not so much sure about the good camera performance, I am just telling what I think by seeing the specs of the camera. So Sony Xperia XA1 at this price is not at all worth buying phone. At this price a person can simply go for phones like Xiaomi mi 5, Leeco Le max 2 and Lenovo Z2 Plus which have much better performance than this. So Sony Xperia XA1 should be totally ignored.



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