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The Sony Xperia XA1 is a slightly better phone than the Sony Xperia XA Dual, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Sony Xperia XA1!

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Excellence Score
18.9
23.0
Value for Money Score
49.7
59.2
Price ₹ 12,490 onwards ₹ 12,340 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2016 Apr, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 7.0 NougatLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, BRAVIA Engine 2, Super Vivid Mode N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10Ranked #53 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T860MP2 Mali-T880MP2
RAM 2 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 13.0MP 23.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Exmor RS Sensor, Quick Launch, Hybrid Auto-Focus<0.15 s, HDR Photo, 5X Clear Image Zoom, Auto Scene Recognition F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, SteadyShot, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Exmor R Sensor, Auto-Focus, Wide-angle lens (88 degrees), Low-light photography, HDR Photo, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 23mm Focal Lenght, Autofocus, 1/4" Sensor Size, SteadyShot, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 200 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 8 mm
Weight 137 gm 143 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh 2300 mAh
Battery Standby 466 hrs 560 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) 466 hrs 603 hrs
Battery Talktime 11.33 hrs 11.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G) 10.00 hrs 10.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Pump Express+ 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor
Other Features DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration; Video & TV Side View; Movie Creator; Track ID; What's New; Weather; Spotify; News (Socialife) Fast Battery Charging (Pump Express+ 2.0); NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • High quality build
  • Beautiful, elegant design, with an excellent metal frame and polycarbonate sides
  • Excellent overall ergonomics - all its proportions (width, thickness, weight) are just right, with the front and back neatly curving into the sides
  • The slimmest 5-inch phone to date
  • Sony's UI is clean and elegant and the themes are a fun way to spruce it up
  • Sony's bespoke media apps are a welcome addition to the package
  • Solid, all-round performance from the chipset in daily tasks
  • Decent screen with good colors, and contrast
  • Both the front and back cameras deliver decent quality and produce sharp images with plenty of dynamic range
  • Video recording quality is decent too
  • Good audio quality
  • Fast charging support on the battery
  • Nice, understated looks and premium build quality
  • Decent display - above average brightness and reasonably sharp
  • The user experience is typical Xperia - near-stock Android with extensive theming support and a few added features like the Stamina battery saving modes
  • Sony's multimedia apps are especially good - TrackID nicely complements the FM radio
  • The Helio P20 chipset is a snappy performer in both CPU and GPU-intense tasks - its performance is on par with the likes of Snapdragon 625, Exynos 7880 and Kirin 658 and it's also nicely power efficient in comparison to the Helio P10
  • Good 23MP primary camera - colors are accurate, dynamic range is adequately wide, and detail levels are good
  • The 8MP front-facing camera is decent too, as long as light conditions are good
  • The single loudspeaker is decent though could have been louder
  • Good all-day battery life
  • The narrow body aids adds comfort in single-handed use
  • The taller body aspect ratio feels especially nice when you are holding the phone to your ear
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Display could have had better resolution
  • Although day-to-day performance is decent, but heavier tasks/games make the phone stutter
  • The camera is a bit slow, especially in the HDR mode
  • Average loudspeaker
  • Average battery life
  • The phone is a grease magnet
  • The massive chin and forehead design may not be everyone's cup of tea
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • The 1080p video recording quality is pretty average - videos turn out quite soft and noisy
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