Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

Brittany A. Roston - Apr 24, 2017, 2:55 pm CDT
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Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be available in the United States starting on May 1, but ahead of that launch date comes preorders through a couple online retailers. The Xperia XA1 will be offered in a few colors — white, black, pink and gold — and will be sold unlocked for use at any supported carrier. This handset features an edge-to-edge 5-inch display, a fairly substantial 23-megapixel rear camera, and (much) more.

If you’ve used any of Sony’s recent Xperia handsets, you’ll have a good idea about the XA1’s design. Aside from the rectangular shape, the XA1 has very slim bezels thanks to its edge-to-edge 720p edge-to-edge 5-inch display, which itself is coupled with Image Enhance Technology. Under the hood lies a MediaTek helio P20 octa-core 64-bit processor and 3GB of RAM.

While the phone contains 32GB of storage, the XA1 is also expandable via microSD by up to 256GB. While the display’s resolution leaves something to be desired, the cameras were given a nice focus thanks to the inclusion of a 23-megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.3-inch Exmor R for mobile image sensor. The camera boasts Hybrid Autofocus, Sony’s SteadyShot tech, as well as 4x Clear Image Zoom. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, is 8-megapixel with a 1/4″ Exmor R for mobile image sensor and an f/2.0 lens.

Other features include Bluetooth 4.2 alongside support for xLOUD, Clear Audio+ and Stereo Recording. There’s an internal 2300mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging and STAMINA Mode. Sony says the XA1 will be offered with Android Nougat version 7.1.1 for $299.99 USD. Preorders are available now through Amazon and Best Buy.


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