I just visited Canada and got the XA1 for $320 CAD, it's my first midrange android purchase ever and my first Sony phone because the USA and Caribbean do not retail Sony at all. My previous 3 android phones were lower-end budget ones under $100 USD.
I'm really loving the a XA1 it's certainly many levels above my old budget phones, very sleek design, it has good processing power and battery life, great sound and call quality, strong network signal and the camera is excellent, but in a low-light environment the superior-auto mode is terrible, you will have to play with the manual mode to get a good photo at night.
I've had it for nearly a month and have no issues at all with the touchscreen like others have reported here, mine was purchased in Canada from Freedom Mobile, maybe some defective ones were issued to other countries?
The XA was riddled with faults, like pressing screen mainly at bottom of device often distorted the screen. Also, some had screen alignment incorrectly against thin metal bezel. The XA1 I'm using here seems perfect, no touch screen issues, as spoken of. It is absolutely superb, bright screen, not too cold this time, speaker still a little weak, but loud enough. It's a fast enough device too, little lag, and having no issues with either its cat 6 WiFi or 4g or switching between. Cameras fantastic for a midrange device, both the 23mp, which does excellent night time shots, but manual mode best for that. The selfie camera, with auto focus etc, is brilliant. It's actually hard to beat this phone, regardless of price. Compact, powerful enough, bright screen, loud through earphones, and fun to use. Highly recommend.
TwisterDrew, 24 Aug 2017Failure Model. Pathetic. The screen turns out to be irresponsive - Service center repaired ... moreSame thing happened to my phone. They said it'll take 2 weeks but i have no hopes that it's going to get ok! Worst decision in my life to buy this phone! Sony Sucks!
Pathetic. The screen turns out to be irresponsive - Service center repaired it by replacing the screen with a BRAND NEW SCREEN - This screen worked for first one or two weeks and the problem repeated again - Surrendered the device to Service center again - Better buy a Chinese model instead of this! Sony's quality has long gone. It is not living up to its name.
Anonymous, 18 Aug 2017I will pass on this. In fact, I'm done with Sony. It's obvious their main priority is Playstat... moreLol, they also a whole lot of profit from the mirrorless camera and the smartphone camera sensors department, my friend.
My brand new XA1 seem to have developed a very serious & annoying bug. When transitioning from wifi or airplane mode to mobile data (4G) the phone seem to either take too long to reestablish/find the network or the network part just stopped working despite my area having 3out of 4 signal bars. I noticed apps such as Youtube, BBC News, Instagram and SpeedTest all refused to load content saying "Retry" and "No Internet Connection available". My Moto G4 and Nokia 6 did not have the same bug. Anyone else have experienced this?
Affordable but because Non-removable battery I'm stay from this one , want to buy vivo y53 same problem too as though the creator of both phones it's the same person
Esso, 15 Aug 2017It happened with me also I just bought it 2 months ago and the notification bar at the top and... moreWe all have the same issues about its unresponsive touch on some side of screen. Mine's touch also doesn't respond on upper left side of screen, so I only slide down on upper right side to see the notif bar. I hope it's only about the software so it can be updated next time.
AnonD-243573, 19 Aug 2017Nougat 7.0 at the moment but not to worry sony is doing fast upgrades. I thought that screen w... moreI am reserving all judgement on my XA1 after a few days (or after a week) but my intial impression is the performance is great, camera is above average but could be better with colour reproduction & low-light capability, speakers are meh but "average" and battery life is I dunno yet until i finish this 1 week "cycle" as the Qnovo would have gotten used to my everyday tasks, etc.
xXENDER FREAKXx, 13 Aug 2017Get the high-end flagships man, don't get the mid-end flagships. Ok, give me 700 EUR and I will go for a flagship. Simple as that. And when I accidentally break my phone next year, no problem, you can give me another 1300 EUR (that will be the price of iPhone 8 with 128GB).
AnonD-692907, 18 Aug 2017i like this phone's style and design. i am gona take this phone. but can anyone tell me how's ... moreSpeed is good enough. No lags whatsoever. I do not play 3D games but if I would phone would do great as it has a 720p screen. Battery could be bigger but due to extremely well balanced OS and marvelous processor it produces above average numbers. Stand by time is fabulous. These middle class processors (P20, S625, Kirin 655) are extremely useful and practical: they have enough power for just every task, they are not to expensive and they have splendid power efficiency (due to not having a power hungry clusters and enormous graphic processors that eat battery life).
Gino76, 18 Aug 2017I finally got myself an XA1 from Amazon - delivery is tomorrow. Chose the phone for its price ... moreNougat 7.0 at the moment but not to worry sony is doing fast upgrades. I thought that screen would be bad but no, is actually pritty good and I never opted for higher resolution. Battery life is great: actually same numbers as samsung S7 and S8. That is due to fabulous processor: P20 is not just cheap is actually on pair with S625. Camera is awesome. It can't get any better in modern phones. Not until sony decides to manufacture bigger sensors (we had bigger sensors in past in couple of Nokias). If you want to have better photos you will have to go for camera with huge 1" sensors, like sony RX100. The speaker... Average. I had a HTC M9 before and no phone can match those speakers.
Anonymous, 18 Aug 2017I will pass on this. In fact, I'm done with Sony. It's obvious their main priority is Playstat... moreKhm, also camera department is making profit. Almost 80% of all camera sensors are made by sony. Sony was always a bit to expensive and customers went for samsung instead. But with this phone (XA1) price and specs are on sony's side and it sells really well.
AnonD-687027, 18 Aug 2017Between sony XA1 and huawei p10 lite which is bestHi, I own xperia, great phone. P10 Lite also, same class, similar price. In my country sony is a bit cheaper. Both phones have processors with similar performance although xperia is better because of lower screen resolution. Huawei has bigger screen which might be important when deciding. Sony has better camera. Sony has also cleaner GUI (OS). In the end it comes to design: you should check both phones how they feel in hand and pick one.
AnonD-682508, 15 Aug 2017Better dont buy it.. Yes, I am the one facing XA1 major issue which some area of screen not ... moreAgree with you as it happened to me too! Exactly after 2 weeks the touchscreen problem it occurred again. Ffs
Touch issues at first, but when I use it normally for few weeks, it's gradually disappear. Battery 2300Mah, is okay, I can make it past 1 day 15 hours, with only watching videos and some messaging. Display colour is kinda off, need to set in Displays>Color Calibration. This phone may not be the best, but it's actually okay to use everyday. Not so much function like the Oppo or Xiaomi. (Not too much bloatware like Samsung :)
I finally got myself an XA1 from Amazon - delivery is tomorrow. Chose the phone for its price and design. But can anyone here tell me of Nougat 7.1.1 is available now? I heard speakers are "meh" and "tinny" but are they not any bad than what people are actually saying? How's the low-light photos? Any sign of app reloading when doing multitasking? On an "average" use (very subjective i know but for arguments sake let's assume all of us are using our phones in average usage) does the battery lasts well late in the evening with that 720p screen?