Xperia XA1 Plus brings bigger battery and fingerprint sensor to Sony’s mid-range

by XB on 31st August 2017

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia XA series

Sony announced the Xperia XA1 Plus mid-ranger at IFA earlier today, a 5.5-inch FHD device that will sit between the 5-inch Xperia XA1 and 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra. Despite the familiarity of the ‘XA1’ family name, the XA1 Plus is positioned differently to its other family members.

First of all, the Xperia XA1 Plus is the only device in the XA1 range to feature a fingerprint sensor, which has a side-mounted power button as in all other Xperia devices. Secondly, the Xperia XA1 Plus welcomes a much bigger 3430mAh battery, significantly larger than the 6-inch XA1 Ultra with its 2700mAh battery.

Thirdly, less emphasis is placed on front camera duties with the Xperia XA1 Plus featuring an 8MP selfie snapper, similar to the XA1, but less powerful compared to the 16MP camera of the XA1 Ultra. The Xperia XA1 Plus has a 23MP 1/2.3-inch rear camera sensor with bright F2.0 lens.

The Xperia XA1 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-C. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus has dimensions of 155 x 75 x 8.7mm and weighs 190 grams.

Sony’s design includes aluminium sides and a matte finish, giving the handset a premium look. The Xperia XA1 Plus will be available in three colours including Gold, Blue and Black. Sony hasn’t given an explicit launch date but says the handset will launch from Autumn 2017.

Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • Shehab Skull

    where is the device that was having a fingerprint on the back ?!!

  • Moisés

    Maybe it was just a prototype.

  • LazAndKor

    Hmmmm. When the XA1 and XA1 ultra got released and people asked why no fingerprint sensor, Sony said that it couldn’t fit due to the screen not having side bezels. Now though they managed it. Could this be a test so when they release the redesigned Xperias with less bezzels, they will have a side mounted fingerprint sensor and not one at the back?

  • rygarto

    Have I been out of touch with Sony too long, or is the fingerprint sensor STILL going to be disabled in the US?

  • Petrohead

    It’ll stay disabled in US Firmware because HP own the patent for “fingerprint sensor in a power button” and Sony don’t wish to pay royalties. It’s been the same story for a long time now.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    As you said it’s just disabled, flash a global ftf file with the official flashtool from Sony and you will activate the sensor again :)

  • alishayzadag

    Why this has a bezel less design despite the fingerprint sensor? Sony, explain your excuse now!

  • ew210

    HP doesn’t own shit . don’t spread naive rumors .

  • Ming William Lee

    Again this is an ODM device not done by Sony. Therefore expect better camera optimization, less side bezel, and yep, less support and updates.

  • If you look carefully, it’s not bezel-less on the sides like XA1.

  • If you look carefully, it’s not bezel-less on the sides like the XA1.

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Still way smaller than the ones found on the flagships.
    Also worth asking about the increase of battery for the mid ranger but decrease for the main flagship.

  • iia3ezu

    You know, Sony Mobile, if you trim those bezels, the weight of the 6-inch phone can be reduced by a LOT. Refer to the LG V30.

    Such thick bezels in 2017 are only acceptable if 1) There is a physical button and/or fingerprint reader on the bottom bezels 2) There are stereo front-facing speakers.

    Also, because it’s Sony, expect mid-range specs** at a mid-high range price.

    (** Anything Mediatek is low range to me my opinion.)

  • skrug

    It’s 0.1″ less wide compared to XZ1

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  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    in china. u can buy same spec as XA1 plus with L1 price.

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  • hansip

    if only XZ1 come with 3000mah with body styling of XA1 Plus. That would be phenomenal. Wonder why Sony did this XA1 Plus with better design and bigger battery than XZ1.

  • Petrohead

    You just proved your own point. The patent was filed by HP staff. It’s far more simple to give the “nutshell” information than to explain the entire situation, because if you really care, you’ll check for yourself.

  • hansip

    because the loop surface is rounder this time, but tbh i love this approach, where with XZ the loop started from the edge of the display but in the end makes it harder to find screen protector. with XZ1 unfortunately the side bezels are left flat, giving the impression of large side bezels. whereas the XA1 Plus has rounded edge like XZ but the screen stops just before the body starts curving to the rear.

  • JevyJav

    I thought apple owned the patent?

  • Gesh Grant

    I think this device will be the strongest sony mid-ranger for sometime, it’s only going to be 349,- in Holland, which is even cheaper than XA1 Ultra. Helio P20 chipset is equal or slightly faster than SD625, and already performs efficient in the XA1 phones with modest battery sizes, I think it will be an absolute trail-blazer with the large battery in the Plus.

  • Petrohead

    Nope, you can look at the patent link if you like.

  • ew210

    you didn’t actually READ IT from the top to bottom , if you had then you would know it has no relation at all to fingerprint scanner on xperia phones …

  • rygarto

    That’s not going to help Sony get regular customers, though…

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Blame the american patent system then…. You think Sony want to pay millions to HP just because they have patent on fingerprint sensor in the power button in the US? :p

  • mynameissomeone

    it’s funny that i think this one looks better than the z5 premium or xz1

  • Stephen

    I don’t understand then why they won’t just stick a 625 in …?

  • Gesh Grant

    It’s more expensive, and because it’s older probably harder to come by in large numbers as well, as it has already been replaced by the SD626 which itself is due to be replaced by the upcoming SD630. The Helio P20 is a much newer chip in that regard and thus more future proof.

  • dbjungle

    Front camera is a problem. Sony loves to gimp their phones. I also agree with using a SD 625 instead of MediaTek. Performance wise MediaTek is mostly fine, however I owned an Xperia M5 and getting updates was a huge issue. Lets hope Project Treble can take care of this.

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