Sony has today heralded the beginning of the launch of their new range of X series handsets announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, bringing the Xperia XA1 to Australia from today.

The Xperia XA1 is Sony’s mid-range play with Sony notably updating the camera on-board to include the massive 23MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS sensor with f/2.0 aperture previously seen on their flagship Xperia Z5 handset. Sony has also included an 8MP sensor on the front of the phone which includes a 23mm wide-angle lens to ensure you capture all the details in those all important selfies. The camera also includes a wave gesture called ‘Hand Shutter’ allowing you to wave to capture a selfie.

The phone brings Sony’s new “seamless loop” surface design, which offers a continuous curve around the sides of the phone and gives the effect of almost no side bezel. When the phone is held, the curved design gives a borderless, full-width viewing of the 5″ HD (720P) display.

The phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek helio P20 (MT6757) SoC, with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with a microSD card slot) and a 2,300 mAh battery powering the lot. The phone will come with Android 7.0 installed on the device, with Sony’s UI overlaid on top, there’s a few smart functions built in there including Xperia Actions, a new addition to the latest Xperia range which aims to learn users’ usage patterns by suggesting customisable settings and personalised recommendations.

Full specs for the Xperia XA1 can be seen here:

Key Specifications:Sony Xperia XA1
Release dateTBC
Screen size5.0-inch
Screen technology
Resolution1,280 x 720
Rear camera23MP
Front camera8MP
ChipsetMediaTek MT6757
Core config
  • 4 x 2.3GHz
  • 4 x 1.6GHz
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Battery2,300 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 7.0
Vendor skinXperia UI
Dimensions145 x 67 x 8mm
  • Black
  • White
  • Pink
  • Gold

Availability for the Xperia XA1 is through Sony themselves and JB Hi-Fi where it will be available for $399, JB Hi-Fi have opted for the black model while Sony will offer the Black and White colour options on their website both online and in-store. Sony is also offering a range of cases, as well as a Fast Charger, which supports their Qnovo adaptive charging as an option through their website.

Carriers / Retailers Price Colour Accessories
JB Hi-Fi AUD $399 Black N/A
Sony AUD $399 Black and White Style Cover Stand – $59.00
Fast Charger – $49.00
Source: Sony.
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    The Moto G5 Plus is the one to get at this price point, that’s for sure.


    This would have been a brilliant phone if only it had a fingerprint reader.