Sony unveils “super mid-range” smartphones Xperia XA1 and XA1 ultra

- Adrian Ungureanu

Sony Mobile unveiled at MWC 2017 two new “super mid-range models” in its refreshed “X” series, Xperia XA1 and its big brother Xperia XA1 Ultra that feature a beautiful borderless design to make the most of the edge-to-edge screen, cameras that are worthy of a high-end premium status and octa-core processors.

Both models get a rear camera that offers 23MP high resolution with a large 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor, bright F2.0 lens and superior lowlight capability. You’re guaranteed a superfast journey from launch to capture in 0.6s and incredibly fast and accurate Hybrid Autofocus, so even the most spontaneous moments are always in focus.

Front cameras are the backbone of the selfie world and the 8MP, 23mm wide-angle lens on Xperia XA1 will let you capture all the action even in a group selfie without missing anyone out. The XA1 Ultra features a 16MP front camera with Optical Image Stabilizer to eliminate the effects of handshake and improve low-light selfies, plus a smart selfie flash to naturally illuminate your face. Both models allow you to capture the perfect selfie easily with just a wave via the ‘Hand Shutter’ camera feature.

The edge-to-edge HD (720p) 5” screen on XA1 and Full HD (1080p) 6” screen on XA1 Ultra are supported by display technologies to deliver a crisp, sharp viewing experience.

With their power-efficient MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processors you get a quick and smooth experience, whether you browse the web, watch a video or play your favourite game. The XA1 model is equipped with 3 GB RAM and 32 internal storage. The XA1 Ultra model has 4GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB versions of internal storage.

Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra will roll out from Spring 2017 with Android Nougat at launch and come in a choice of contemporary finishes; White, Black, Pink and Gold. Both models have matching Style Cover Stands available in White and Black along with a range of complementary accessories.  Unfortunately Sony‘s official press release didn’t revealed the prices for the XA1 Ultra, but the Xperia XA1 is scheduled to reach stores in April 26 for a price of $300.