Sony has launched a new smartphone in India today, called the Xperia XA1 Plus. The smartphone was first unveiled at IFA 2017 alongside the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. The smartphone in India is priced at Rs 24,990, and will be available for purchase starting tomorrow at all Sony outlets, and major retail stores. The Xperia XA1 Plus comes in three color options of black, blue and gold. Also Read - E3 2021: What is it, entire schedule, how to watch livestream for free, what to expectAlso Read - God of War Ragnarok delayed until 2022: Here's why
In terms of design, the Xperia XA1 Plus looks much like the flagship smartphone, the XZ Premium, with diamond cut chamfered edges and a metal body. The power button, placed on the right side, also doubles as a fingerprint sensor. There are two speakers placed on top and bottom of the front panel. The Xperia XA1 Plus also features Sony s Smart Cleaner, which automatically deactivates unused apps and clears the cache.
Xperia XA1 Plus specifications, features
The Xperia XA1 features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. At the heart of the smartphone runs a 64-bit MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz. In terms of memory, the smartphone comes with 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage that is further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
In the photography department, the Xperia XA1 Plus sports a 23-megapixel rear camera with Sony Exmor RS sensor of f/2.0 aperture. The camera is further equipped with hybrid autofocus, 24mm wide-angle lens, 5X clear image zoom, and steady shot. Up front, the smartphone houses an 8-megapixel Sony Exmor R sensor of f/2.0 aperture, and with 23mm wide-angle lens. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: A true premium flagship smartphone in every sense
The connectivity options available on the Xperia XA1 include dual-SIM support, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, and USB Type-C port. The smartphone is fueled by a 3,430mAh battery along with support for quick charging. The smartphone also comes with Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology for monitoring, and adjusting the charging power for a longer battery life. On the software front, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZs Review: Can this premium camera phone win back customers for Sony?
Although the Xperia XA1 Plus does offer promising features, there are smartphones at a cheaper price range with similar capabilities. Two of these include Xiaomi’s Mi A1 Android One smartphone, and the Moto G5S Plus. Taking camera as the USP, the Mi A1 and Moto G5S Plus offer a dual-camera setup at a price of Rs 14,999 and Rs 15,999 respectively.