Sony Xperia XA1 Plus was made official in October this year and in fact, some current owners of the phone have had the luxury of using it for a little over a month now.
During this period, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus has received two software updates that mostly installed performance enhancements, bug fixes and stability improvements. However, one thing that has left some owners of the phone disturbed is the lack of OS upgrades.
At launch, the Xperia XA1 Plus was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This was a rather not-so-welcomed move by fans given the phone was unveiled alongside other Android Oreo-powered devices in the shape of Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. While we can argue that the XZ1 pair is high-end, it still makes no sense to unveil a device running an older OS and immediately schedule an upgrade to a new OS that is already available. This is the exact thing that is happening to the XA1 Plus handset.
Apparently, the phone won’t be updated to any other version of Android Nougat, including the newest of all, v7.1.2. Instead, the company says that the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus will be updated directly to Android Oreo, which is not bad at all. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the update will start rolling out to the budget phone, but it’s possible this could happen in Q1 2018.
The Xperia XA1 Plus is scheduled to take Android 8.0 right after Android version 7.0.
However, I cannot give you an exact date for when this will happen, as its availability depends on the market and operators.
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— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) December 1, 2017
In addition to shipping with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus also features a 5.5-inch 1080p display screen, an Helio P20 processor mated with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, a 23MP camera on the back, an 8MP lens on the front, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a decent 3430mAh battery unit that is rechargeable via the latest USB-C connectivity standard.