While attending the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Sony did not just unveil the high-end Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs, but the Japanese tech giant also unveiled the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra.
While the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a completely new model, the Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are buildups from last year’s revelations. The two Xperia XA1 phones are midrange offerings, just like last year’s Xperia XA and XA Ultra.
Where the Sony Xperia XA1 is smaller, the Xperia XA1 Ultra, as the name suggests, is larger in size. The former is just 8mm thick and has a 5-inch display screen, but the resolution hasn’t been stepped up from 2016, remaining at 720p. Under the hood, there’s a MediaTek Helio P20 processor running the show. This SoC is clocked at a speed of 2.3GHz and is paired with a RAM of 3GB and expandable storage of 32GB.
As for the camera, the back has a 23MP snapper while the front comes in with an 8MP shooter for selfies. To keep the phone alive is a 2300mAh battery that is recharged via a USB-C port. Software-wise, Android 7.0 Nougat is installed out of the box.
Coming to the Xperia XA1 Ultra, the phablet comes with a massive 6-inch display screen with a Full HD resolution, but keeps the same Helio P20 processor alongside 3GB RAM. Even though there’s still 32GB of expandable storage, buying the XA1 Ultra will present you with a chance to choose from two variants as there’s also a 64GB model. The battery is not so impressive for a 6-inch device, which is just 2700mAh, but the USB-C port is there for connectivity purposes. Camera-wise, the back of the Xperia XA1 Ultra comes with the same 23MP shooter on the back like its counterpart, but the selfie snapper gets better with it 16MP lens.
To get your hands on the Sony Xperia XA1, you’ll have to part with $299 and this starts from April 26. As for the Xperia XA1 Ultra, Sony will confirm the price and release date at a later time, but you can expect it somewhere in the summer.
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