Vodafone has added a new, medium range smartphone to its prepaid line of mobile devices with the Sony Xperia XA for $199.

The Xperia XA is more a medium range device and it certainly does look good based on the pictures both on the Vodafone website but also the Sony website too. Looking at the spec run sheet, given the price point the Xperia XA has been placed at, it could certainly be a whole lot worse.

So here is what you get spec wise with Sony Xperia XA:

Key Specifications:Sony Xperia XA
Release dateFebruary 2016
Screen size5.0-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCD
Resolution1,280 x 720
Rear camera13MP
Front camera8MP
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P10
Core config2.0 GHz x 8
MicroSDYes, up to 200GB
Battery2,300 mAh
Battery removable
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 6.0.1
Vendor skinXperia UI
Dimensions143.6 x 66.8 x 7.9 mm
  • White
  • Graphite Black
  • Lime Gold
  • Rose Gold

It is a little sad that the Xperia XA does only come with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and it is unsure if or when the Xperia XA will get an upgrade to Android 7.0 (Nougat).

The Sony Xperia XA is available to purchase through your local Vodafone store for $199. The Xperia XA is locked to the Vodafone network, so if you would like it to be unlocked, fees apply and it would be worth checking with Vodafone on how much this unlocking fee would be.

Source: Vodafone Pre-Paid - Sony Xperia XA.
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is the unlocking fee free ?


The article above is pretty clear that a cost is involved!

If you have had it less than 6 months, it’s $50.

If you have had the phone more than 6 months it’s $25

So basically if you wanted to walk in there today, pick one up and use it on Telstra, you’ll need to pay $199 store, then head to vodafone’s unlocking tool page and pay another $50 for the unlock code.

That’s still cheaper than the phones go for on ebay. This is a great deal.


That is exactly what I had intended to do but got the shock of my life when I entered the imei number in the Vodafone unlock portal and it gave me the unlock code for free! So I’ve debranded it and loaded the generic firmware.