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Sony launches Xperia XA1 in Australia



$399 buys you Sony's latest budget phone outright.

Sony drew headlines back at Mobile World Congress 2017 with the impressive Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone, but it wasn't the only handset it showed off at the mobile trade show. The less heavily hyped Sony Xperia XA1 was also announced back in February, filling a needed slot in Sony's budget range.

Sony has today launched the XA1 into the Australian marketplace, selling for $399 outright. That puts it directly in the path of other slightly-above-budget-range handsets such as the impressive Motorola Moto G5 Plus. So what does Sony bring to the low cost mix?

Predictably it’s a camera play, with the XA1 sporting a 23MP f/2.0 rear camera with hybrid autofocus. On the front lurks an 8MP front camera with the ability to capture selfies by waving in front of it.

Display resolution on the Xperia XA1’s 5 inch screen isn’t spectacularly high at 720p. Likewise its processing ambitions are modest with a MediaTek helio P20 octa-core processor onboard alongside 3GB of RAM. While the XA1 is built as a dual SIM model for selected markets, Australia won’t be one of them, with the phone only featuring a single SIM slot locally.

The Xperia XA1 is available to buy today from Sony Online for $399 outright, as well as in JB Hi-Fi stores.

Sony Xperia XA1 Specifications

SoftwareAndroid 7.0
Front Camera8MP
Rear Camera23MP
ProcessorMediatek MT6757 Helio P20
Size145 x 67 x 8 mm

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