MWC 2017 packs a lot of new smartphones and other devices during the course of the event but there’s nothing else that capture more my heart but the Xperia XA1. Yes, Sony unveiled the next generation Xperia XA series and unsurprisingly adds a “1” moniker that separates itself from its predecessor.
It starts of with the familiar looking design with a seemingly edge-to-edge, virtually bezel less display. the Xperia XA1 has 5-inch HD display with 1920 x 720p resolutions. It comes with an internal upgrades as one should expect for a new model. Inside ticks a Octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor and a Mali-T880MP2 GPU. It speeds with 3GB of RAM and has a 32GB of onboard storage which can be expanded with microSD cards of up to 256GB in capacity.
Besides the thin display, the Xperia XA is also known for its imaging capabilities and making it into 2017’s model is a 23 Megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture and 24mm wide-angle lens, then there’s the Hybrid AutoFocus which is a combination of Phase Detection AF and laser AF, a 5x Clear Image Zoom and features SteadyShot. On the front is the same faithful 8 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture. 23mm lens and also features AutoFocus. Both cameras though only takes 1080p videos so if you’re looking for 4K capabilities, you might want to other devices that Sony has in store.
The new handset runs on Android N or Android 7.0 to be precise but one might turn us off would be the battery, Sony employs the same 2300 mAh embedded battery however it supports Qnovo Adaptive Charging and MediaTek’s PumpExpress 2.0 fast-charging capabilities through USB-C. Thankfully it comes with Stamina Mode which stays there in the system to help conserve your battery.
Xperia XA1 Ultra
A truly multimedia device, the Xperia XA1 Ultra packs a multiple persona that adapts to every user’s needs. It comes with the same thin bezel display, so thin that it seems to be barely there. It also has a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on top of the screen which it houses its large 6-inch IPS display with a full-HD 1080p resolutions. It runs on the same MediaTek Helio P20 chip as its smaller sibling together with Mali-T880MP2 GPU onboard. It has a fairly bigger RAM at 4GB and a choice between 32GB or 64GB of storage plus a microSD card support of up to 256GB.
What really is captivating about the Xperia XA1 Ultra is its imaging capabilities, it comes to replace what the Xperia C has in the past, the Xperia XA1 Ultra is also centered towards the Selfie generation. With that, the Xperia XA1 Ultra has a Selfie or Self-Portrait front camera withits 16 Megapixel sensor and a dedicated LED flash. It has a1/2.6″ Exmor R for mobile sensor and comes with f/2.0 Aperture, there’s also an Optical Image Stabilization (IOS) for the front cam. On the back, there’s a 23 Megapixel sensor much like the Xperia XA1 has. It features an f/2.0 Aperture, 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens, Hybrid AF, LED flash and5x Clear Image Zoom.
So what else do you get with the XA1 Ultra, It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and it has a 2700 mAh which is something not too impressive for a device of this size. Charging is handled by USB-C and comes with Adaptive Charging capabilities and is equipped with MediaTek’s PumpExpress 2.0 fast-charging.
Both Devices are to be expected by early summer and will be available in White, Black, Gold and a special Pink variant in selected regions. Prices are yet to be disclosed and might just be on par with the current Xperia XA models.