The solid mid-range phone from Sony, the Sony Xperia XA1, is now on sale at Amazon for a pretty stunning price. Right now you can pick up the XA1 in black for just $180. That is a savings of $119 off the normal $299 price, or 40% off depending on how you want to look at it. The best part is, this is the US warranty backed variant of the phone, not the International version that often goes on sale at Amazon.
The Sony Xperia XA1 made its debut in May of last year and earlier this year it, along with most of the rest of the Sony 2017 phone lineup, was updated to Android Oreo. Sony, for their part, does a pretty solid job of getting updates out to their various phones.
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Good news this morning for those of you own an unlocked Sony Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus, or XA1 Ultra. Your update to Android Oreo is rolling out today. The update for each of the phones comes in at about 900MB so you will want to download it via WiFi and make sure that you have at least 80% battery life if you aren’t plugged in charging.
All three of the Sony Xperia XA1 phones are getting the same firmware update which is build 48.1.A.0.116. Along with the update to Oreo, you will also have the February Android Security Update included.
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The new Sony Xperia XA1, which was announced back in February at Mobile World Congress, is now available to pre-order. The XA1 will be $299 and you can place your order over at Amazon. The phone won’t ship until May 1st and you won’t be charged until it does ship. But for a Sony device at this price point and an impressive 23MP camera, they are likely going to sell well. The 5″ phone has Full HD resolution at 1280 x 720 and is powered by the MediaTek P20 octa-core processor. That processor has four cores running at 2.3GHz and four running at 1.6GHz which should provide excellent performance. The processor is coupled with 3GB of RAM and it the phone has 32GB of internal storage. That storage can be expanded up to 256GB thanks to the MicroSD slot.
As I mentioned, the Xperia XA1 has a 23MP rear camera with hybrid autofocus and an 8MP selfie camera. Powering all of this is a 2300mAh battery with adaptive charging support.
The phone is sold unlocked and works with GSM carriers here in the United States like AT&T and T-Mobile. Unfortunately it isn’t an option for Sprint and Verizon customers as CDMA isn’t supported.
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