The Sony Xperia XA1 is one of our favorite midrangers from this year. But if you want more screen space and the convenience of fingerprint unlocking, consider its larger stablemate, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus.
It will be available in the Philippines through Sony’s official retail partners nationwide from November 10 for P16,990 or roughly $331. Which is surprisingly agreeable, considering the Japanese firm’s rich history of overshooting the price of their smartphones at launch.
The Sony Xperia Xa1 Plus’ price is surprisingly agreeable, considering the Japanese firm’s history of overshooting the SRP of their smartphones at launch.
This is, of course, a welcome development; consumers win when a competent Xperia phone goes neck and neck with its Chinese rivals.
As for internal hardware, expect an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor — the same fast and efficient processor inside the Xperia XA1 — paired with up to 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. There’s a dedicated slot for an SD card, so you won’t have to compromise on the functionality of that extra SIM slot.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus official introduction video
The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus’ LCD screen measures 5.5 inches, has almost zero bezels on the sides, and runs at 1080p, while the rear- and front-facing cameras are equipped with 8- and 23-megapixel sensors. Both have a decent aperture of f/2.0, as well as auto-focus, though the back camera is slightly quicker to snap photos.
Larger than usual, the fixed battery is rated at 3,430mAh. Even better, the phone will ship with Android Nougat on tap, but will be updated to the latest Android Oreo software in the near future.
The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus will come in four matte finishes: black, blue, gold, and pink.
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