Sony Xperia XA1 – Review


The Sony’s 2017 next-generation Xperia XA1 budget smartphone, receives important processor advancement “Mediatek Helio P20”, additionally the chip will have octa-cores “8x ARM Cortex-A53”, which will countenance the device to run all the high-end games at an unbelievable pace. So, it will unquestionably be a great device for the hardcore gamers. Moreover, the nearer processor will guarantee that you will never face any sheathing issue.

Sony has managed to deliver a great successor in the Xperia XA1. Sony downsize the storage from 64GB to 32GB, and the design changes make the device feel premium. Battery life remains 2300mAh, and the camera is also better than what we saw last year. In short, this is the phone to beat in the budget segment.

Model Sony Xperia XA [2016] Sony Xperia XA1 [2017]
Display 5 inch 5 inch
Resolution 720 X 1080 HD 720 X 1080 HD
Processor MediaTek Helio P10 MediaTek Helio P20
Clock speed 300Mhz – 2000Mhz 247Mhz – 2340Mhz
Cores 8 Cores 8 Cores
Graphics Mali-T860MP2 Mali-T880MP2
Memory 64GB 32GB
Android version 6.0.1 7

The Xperia XA1 features a hybrid SIM tray, so you can either use two SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one microSD card.

At the bottom, the device packs in a single speaker and USB2.0 TYPC-C for fast charging.

Audio Settings:

You can enable ClearAudio+ feature.

  • Enable ClearAudio+ will disable all functions of sound effects

ClearAudio+ is a special sound field that detects a music tract that the user is currently playing, then selects the best sound field to deliver the best possible sound listening experience. Hence, you may hear a different sound effect whenever a tract with a different audio format is played.

The Xperia XA1 has a Sony Exmor RS IMX300 23MP main camera with an f/2.0 aperture, which upgraded from the IMX258 13MP, f/2.0 camera of the Xperia XA. Both models have phase detection autofocus and LED.

Camera resolution settings
I highly recommend configuring camera settings to 20MP (16:9) aspect ratio. You will spot the difference between 23MP (4:3) and 20MP (16:9) below.

Notice: Manual mode not available on Xperia XA1

Daylight Photoshoot – Auto mode 20 Megapixels 16:9

Night Photoshoot – Auto mode 20 Megapixels 16:9

Video Test – Daylight

1080P video stabilizer – HDR Enable

Video Test – Night

1080P video stabilizer – HDR Enable


Performance Benchmark

We will be testing the performance of the two devices Xperia XZ and Xperia XA1.

Model Sony Xperia XZ Sony Xperia XA1
Display 5.2 inch 5 inch
Resolution 1080 x 1920 FHD 720 X 1080 HD
Processor Snapdragon 820 MediaTek P20
Clock speed 300Mhz – 2150Mhz 245Mhz – 2300Mhz
Cores 4 Cores 8 Cores
Graphics Snapdragon Adreno 530 Mali-T880MP2
Memory 64GB 32GB
Android version 7 7

PCMark for Android

PCMark for Android introduces a fresh approach to benchmarking smartphones and tablets. It measures the performance and battery life of the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. And its tests are based on common, everyday tasks instead of abstract algorithms.

3DMark for Android
3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional-grade tool available to home users for free.

AnTuTu Bechmark

AnTuTu Benchmark is a comprehensive Android Benchmarking application. It includes “Memory Performance”, “CPU Integer Performance”, “CPU Floating Point Performance”, “2D and 3D Graphics Performance”, “SD card read-write speed”, “Database IO” performance testing.

AS SD Benchmark

Use A1 SD Benchmark your phone & tablet SD card, RAM and memory, to test IO read / write speed (Quick, Long, Random I/O and Accurate) and check media performance.

Vellamo Benchmark

Vellamo is designed to be an accurate, easy-to-use suite of system-level benchmarks for devices based on Android 4.0 forward. In Vellamo we want to enable performance enthusiasts to really understand their system, and how it compares to other systems, and our mission has just begun. Vellamo began as a mobile web benchmarking tool that today has expanded to include three primary Chapters. The Browser Chapter evaluates mobile web browser performance, the Multicore Chapter measures the synergy of multiple CPU cores, and the Metal Chapter measures the single core CPU subsystem performance of mobile processors.


Geekbench 4 includes updated CPU tests that model real-world tasks and applications. These tests are designed to quickly and accurately measure mobile CPU performance. Every Geekbench 4 CPU test is multi-core aware, allowing Geekbench 4 to measure the full potential of your device’s CPU.

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