Review Sony Xperia XA1: From state – in the middle class
Sony is synonymous with high Japanese quality. And product requirements of the company: she sets the bar for the entire market must comply. This year at the exhibition MWC Sony pleased of the fresh flagship Xperia XZ Premium, which was awarded the title of best smartphone of the event (and we are already preparing a review of this model). Showed also update last year’s budget Xperia Sony XA – XA1. Along with the modernization of the gadget is safely moved into the middle class. Among the new products the manufacturer is the model. And you know, it is possible that it is something steeper than the flagship, such as Z Play Moto better Moto Z, Lenovo Plus 2 Phab – Phab Lenovo 2 Pro and 3 ASUS ZenFone – ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The price is so right! Well, we bring to your attention a detailed review Sony Xperia XA1.
- The package
- Design and ergonomics
- Colors models
- Hardware base. Smartphone work
- Operating system and shell
- The battery and work offline
- Main technical characteristics
Recommend: Video review smartphone Sony Xperia XA1
- USB cable
- user manual
Headset isn’t included. However, it is not minus: cheaper options that are usually offered when buying a smartphone, to put it mildly, not comme Il faut. It is better to choose something worthwhile, even if you are not the most demanding music lover.
Design and ergonomics
In comparison with model-the predecessor of the Xperia XA, the novelty is more “angular”. This, incidentally, is typical for the more expensive models Sony Xperia X and Xperia XZ 2016.
At first glance not a smartphone you will immediately notice how he has a thin side frames around a 5-inch screen. It even seems that the screen goes to the edges, whereas above and below space is not just a lot, a lot. Something like a man with a long face, high forehead and expressive chin.
Top Sony Xperia XA1 managed to fit a logo, and the front camera lens, light sensor and proximity, and the indicator alerts. The latter, incidentally, almost impossible to see in working condition.
But under the screen is blank: the control buttons in a virtual device. On the edge of the front panel, both top and bottom, there is a symmetrical lattice outdoor speaker and microphone.
On the right marginalia of the apparatus is detected by a separate shutter key of the camera. And is the signature feature of many of the gadgets of the manufacturer, beginning, perhaps, with the k750i. Also on the right there are volume buttons and power/lock.
The upper and lower ends of the Sony Xperia XA1 completely flat. The smartphone can even put them on a “soldier” if the surface is smooth.
At the top the manufacturer has provided a 3.5-millimeter audio Jack for headphones and microphone noise reduction. From below, he arranged the USB Type-C port and speaker.
It is worth to mention that the USB Type-C today there are all modern devices “Sony”. In General, the new standard is accepted unconditionally.
As for the materials of the case, it seems that it is metal. But it is not. In the model, plastic coupled with aluminum inserts. To the touch they are practically the same. And looks Sony Xperia XA1 solid – much more expensive than it cost.
Smartphone, thanks to its compact size, perfectly fits in your hand. And to any point five inch screen is easy to reach.
The only thing not liked is the lack of fingerprint scanner. In the yard, comrades, 2017, and many have already got used to such way of protection of the smartphone. Otherwise, the gadget is very good. He meets the famous Japanese quality.
All nice and discreet. Classic black and white color scheme.
For fashionistas is a noble gold. Well, pink of course, and Sony Xperia XA1 it is close to powdery. In like new tone – Bronze Pink – released flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium. It’s insanely beautiful option for girls, no worse than the Lime Gold last year’s budget model Xperia XA. But Huawei, for example, likes more bright colors. New for Mate 9 – red agate and blue Topaz. And spring update Apple bright – red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Fire!
The screen of Sony Xperia XA1
As for HD resolutions, by today’s standards, of course, modestly: “the average temperature in the hospital” is Full HD, ie 1920×1080 pixels. Display smartphone picture does not hurt the eyes. Impact high-quality IPS-matrix with luscious color reproduction (but Super AMOLED is different) and excellent viewing angles.
Reaches maximum brightness of 440 CD/m2, minimum – 30 CD/m2 (for dark, even a bit garish). The contrast is about 600:1.
By default, the screen shows openly warm image with a color temperature of 6000K. Color can be configured using the settings (Display – white Balance).
Hardware base. Smartphone work
On Board the Japs is eight-processor MediaTek Helio P20, made on 16-nanometer technology. And that’s progress, because Sony Xperia XA – Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10.
One half of the cores Cortex-A53 taps 2.3 GHz, the other is 1.6 GHz. In charge of graphics is Mali-T860MP2 – Mali-T880MP2.
In addition, the novelty has increased the amount of RAM. Now it is not 2 GB, and 3. And permanent memory was two times more 32 GB. Of them are available at 22.3 GB. It is possible to extend reserves of up to 256 GB with microSD card. Great that it has a separate slot.
Performance Sony Xperia XA1 enough for all everyday tasks, except heavy games are not for this device.
Media device speaker, on the bottom face, has a good stock volume. Even on high the sound remains clear. Respect for the implemented technologies of xLOUD and ClearAudio+.
But the undoubted advantage of the gadget is to support the audio profile A2DP and aptX – lossless tracks when using bluetooth headphones preserve sound purity. You can listen to music and the old-fashioned way, that is, in wired headphones. There is FM radio.
As for wireless interfaces, supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC. Both SIM cards in the networks are stable.
Operating system and shell
It is possible to change themes, icons, splash screens and color scheme of the system. Also you can now swipe left to right to trigger the voice assistant. Swipe down the home screen displays a search for installed software. More – displays a list of recommended apps. With settings it can be removed.
Turn the smartphone 90 degrees and he transformirovalsya in a cool cameraphone, with a 23-megapixel sensor Sony Exmor RS (f/2.0). The Sony Xperia XA rear camera 13-megapixel and without laser autofocus.
Start shooting simplifies physical button with a double tap. She quickly turns on the camera when locked and unlocked the screen.
Photo quality is decent, especially with good shooting conditions, sufficient lighting. The pictures are sharp and saturated.
For macro photography, the smartphone is not necessary, since the minimum object distance is about 20 inches. But when shooting at close range automatically turns on the Macro mode. The result is a detailed foreground and blurred back as in a good SLR camera.
Work HDR delicate. Mode shows the texture of the bright sky and the detail in the shadows without turning the frame into impressionist painting – the same Claude Monet. It, by the way, is often confused with another artist of the same genre – with Edouard Manet: also born in Paris and is also a bearded man (today was definitely a spell would).
The camera is functional. There are several modes which can be selected by swipe. The main one is the “superior auto”. It explores movement, lighting, and other settings. And this mode is sufficient for most cases.
Not forgotten, and a manual mode in which an opportunity to play with the settings. But it is not for the lazy. Interesting and such an additional shooting mode, as art, flaunt a large number of filters.
In Timeshift burst mode continuous shooting continuous. At the time of descent is formed by a collection of adjacent frames (before and after clicking). Of these, the user can choose the best.
Sound photo the is done with sound recording. It turns out a photo with a short audio – file *.mpo.
Frontalka in vosmimegapikselnaya camera. Aperture – f/2.0.
Kinda different augmented reality effects. About them in smartphones we learned at the beginning of the Xperia line. New model they are supported, too. The company store Sony you can download a broader range of effects.
The battery and work offline
Under the rear panel of the smartphone was a place for the battery capacity of 2300 mAh. Compared with the model-predecessor capacity is not increased. But the screen resolution remained the same, not the beyond 4K as the flagship. And the size has not changed. And the battery is mostly spent on feeding the screen.
With the autonomy of the gadget is all right, like last year’s model. This is usually about two days without contact with the socket, for Android background is very good.
HD video gadget continuously plays about 7.5 hours, and the hours of play in World of Tanks takes about 20% of its charge.
To improve autonomy has corporate power saving mode STAMINA, able to prolong the lifetime of the smartphone away from an outlet for 2-3 hours, with no appreciable loss of functionality. But in the Ultra STAMINA mode is the “clipped” to a minimum.
Provided for for new and proprietary charging technology Qnovo Adaptive Charging, able, first, to quickly charge the battery, secondly, to optimize the flow of energy, thereby prolonging its service life.
- stand case SCSG30 for comfortable viewing videos
- Bluetooth headset with speaker SBH56 for hands-free and clear selfie
- Bluetooth stereo headset SBH54
- cable USB Type-C UCB20 two-way connectors
- the fast charger UCH12W
- charging dock DK60 with USB connector Type-C
- “smart” headphones helper Sony Xperia Ear and not only.
Main technical specifications of Sony Xperia XA1
|Model||Sony Xperia Dual XA1|
|Screen||matrix LCD IPS, 5,0″, 1280×720 resolution (~294 PPI)|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 (Nougat)|
|Processor||OCTA core Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 (4×2.3 GHz + 4×1.6 GHz)|
|Permanent memory||32 GB + microSD up to 256 GB|
|The main camera||23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm equivalent, and an LED flash, laser and phase detection autofocus, optical stabilizer, video recording 1080p@30fps|
|Front camera||8 MP, f/2.0, 23mm, autofocus|
|Battery||Capacity 2300 mAh, non-removable, supports quick charge 2.0 MediaTek PumpExpress and Qnovo Adaptive Charging|
|Interfaces||USB 2.0 (Type-C) and 3.5 mm audio Jack|
|Wireless technology||4.2 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Miracast, NFC, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS|
|High speed data transfer||GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G)/UMTS HSPA (3G)/LTE (4G) Cat4/Cat6|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM|
|Case dimensions||145,0×67,0×8.0 mm|
|Available colors||Black, White, Gold and Pink|
|Protection from water and dust||Missing|
|Features||Support for two SIM-cards, proprietary battery saving mode STAMINA stereo recording, Bluetooth wireless technology 4.2, aptX/A2DP|
Sony Xperia XA1 makes a good impression. And it’s not budget-how there Xperia XA, though that is good too. Recognizable design, excellent build quality and metal inserts, IPS screen diagonal and a reasonable good camera, decent hardware and autonomy for which the manufacturer will not blush – the Xperia XA1 has everything to become a bestseller. The device also supports codecs that allows you to listen to lossless formats via Bluetooth. And it really distinguishes the gadget from the competition.
The manufacturer consistently eliminated sore spots last year’s model, improved device. He added oleophobic coating on the screen, more modern CPU and more RAM (by the way, as in the case of a six-inch Sony Xperia Ultra XA1), modified the camera a little changed the design… And it turned out great mobile-middling – Sony Xperia XA1.
The model is available in range of colors. Choose the one that like. And pleasant user experience.
- Dvuhtonnoy (there odnosima version)
- The choice of colors
- Compactness, ergonomics and visibility
- Quality materials
- Nice looking five-inch IPS-display with oleophobic coating
- Support aptX
- A decent hardware base
- The possibility of expanding the internal memory up to 256 GB through microSD cards (single slot)
- Good fotosmoralo (almost.)
- NFC support
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) with a proprietary launcher
- Good battery life, support corporate power saving mode STAMINA and charging technology Qnovo Adaptive Charging
What’s not to like in the Sony Xperia XA1:
- The lack of a fingerprint scanner
- Non-removable battery
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