After one week of using the device (dual sim model G3112) I have to say that my expectations are met without any (major) compromise.
Pros: understated looks, 2-day battery life, decent display, very useful camera, snappy overall performance.
Cons: fiddly trusted face smart unlock, tiny mono speaker, painfully slow charging (with packed charger), sony bloatware, late security patch updates (still on August 1).
This phone is a secondary one, used for travelling purposes mainly. So light to medium use, no gaming, lots of photo taking, navigating, media streaming, blogging, all with minimal google services dependence. If your use case is anything like mine then an XA1 could be the right pick at 220-240 euro point. There are cheaper offerings out there but warranty (2-yr carry in) and support (Oreo guaranteed) provided by sony is worth the premium imho.
1. got my phone repaired for screen issue last month and running smooth now. only problem problem is the backside finishing not done well as there is gap seen in the backside which can be disappeared by slight push but the result is temporary. now using a safety casing to hide this, that also hides XA1's beautiful outlook. :/
2. updated my XA1 to recent OS update and found strange bug. everytime restarted my phone and found font size changed. this is weird... anyone facing the same ? :(
Sent my XA1 for repair 5 weeks ago for touch screen issue, last i heard (few days ago) they were waiting on parts. Seems a lot of people having touch screen problems. Probs skip sony for a while after this one.
Anonymous, 17 Nov 2017Touch screen problem is evidently seen on color black units. Suppliers recommend to return the... moreThe black color was distributed more than the others, so it's not a criteria about these issues. It's about Mediatek and it's kernel adaptation that Sony did it badly wrong in its firmware distribution, but only for a specific set of XA1 devices.
shawon, 18 Nov 2017Which one is good xa1 ultra or xa1 plusUltra is better if the size it's not a problem for you.
leo R, 18 Nov 2017Buy A5(2017). It has no such issues and it is simply brilliant.Cannot be compared A5 with XA1 regarding camera. XA1 rocks! A5 has overall other problems appearing in time (battery, cpu and ram usage and slowness) not to mention it's much more expensive than XA1. XA1 has louder speakers and more natural screen colors than the bluish tint of A5. I know what I am talking about!
Saiju , 19 Nov 2017Selfi cam is not good It's amazing! It allows manual controls like iso and shutter! Use different camera app!
noh eul, 17 Nov 2017i updated my xa1 nov. 6 android patch level, with build number 40.0.a.6.162. and the touchscre... moreIf you did the upgrade in the first place, then there was the first problem. Nougat upgrades mess up some devices. Don't upgrade in any way, it works perfect with factory system version.
shawon, 18 Nov 2017Which one is good xa1 ultra or xa1 plusXa1 plus no brainer.
Nick, 10 Nov 2017Very disappointed by this phone. First ever sony phone that was defective. The screen issue o... moreMaybe you should try to send it again to another service centre, mine had exactly the problems you faced, barely a month and the screen becomes unresponsive, When I sent mine in it had a dent on the top left side (yes i accidently dropped it one day) but they still accepted the unit nontheless,it took them a month to get the screen replaced, though I wouldn't complain since they also fixed the dent without extra charges.
As of now it works like a charm..
noh eul, 17 Nov 2017i updated my xa1 nov. 6 android patch level, with build number 40.0.a.6.162. and the touchscre... moreTouch screen problem is evidently seen on color black units. Suppliers recommend to return the item immediately for a software fix.
Sonyuser85, 13 Nov 2017Not all devices are bad, problems appeared by latest system updates. Oreo update surely will s... morei updated my xa1 nov. 6 android patch level, with build number 40.0.a.6.162. and the touchscreen issue not fixed. IMO this is not software issue it`s a hardware issue to be recall all the xa1 unit. NO MORE SONY PHONE
Anonymous, 12 Nov 2017This phone is a total failure. DO NOT buy it! Heard so much about the problems with the keyboa... moreNot all devices are bad, problems appeared by latest system updates. Oreo update surely will solve problems. For now latest updates are not ok with some devices. Not updated can prove itself among best touch screens available on market in this price range of devices.
Also XA had the same problems even not worst and updating to Nougat solved the touch issues. In this case factory Nougat is better than upgraded Nougat. Oreo surely will be better.
I have XA1 and it's ten times better than XA. It's the best upgrade of Z3+ but a cheaper one.
So do not upgrade it until Oreo! Keep it at 7 (40.0.A.5.66).