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Sony Xperia XA1



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In a nutshell

  • 5-inch HD display
  • 23MP camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Available in Black, Pink and Gold

What Carphone Warehouse says

What Carphone Say

“It’s rare that you’d find big specs like this on a compact smartphone – perfect if you want the flagship experience on a smaller scale.”

What Users Say

4.2 based on

  • Operating System

    Android Nougat (7.0)

  • Battery

    Up to 10 hours talktime

  • Camera

    23 Megapixels

  • Storage

    Available in 32GB

  • Display

    5 inches

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Design and display

High definition screen

The Sony Xperia XA1 is fronted by a 5-inch HD display, stretching right up to the rounded edges of the handset.


It’s bright and clear showing off every detail of your photos and videos, and makes for the perfect handheld movie theatre when using the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime. 

Premium design

The XA1’s compact design makes it simple to hold and use in just one hand, and it’ll fit nicely in your pocket. 


Seriously impressive sensor

A 23MP camera is on board to make sure can always get the best photos and videos. And with a large f/2.0 aperture, letting in loads of light, getting great shots at night is a breeze too. 

Perfect selfies

The 23mm wide-angle front-facing lens lets you get the whole gang in the frame. And at 8MP, all your photos will look pin sharp. 

Under the hood

Smooth user experience

The XA1 has an octa-core processor on the inside, which will make sure you won’t be slowed down while using big mobile games or streaming films online. It’s backed up by 3GB RAM, and there’s 32GB of internal storage as standard. 

Smart battery

A 2,300mAh battery will keep you powered up all day long, but if you do find yourself nearing the red, you can turn on Sony’s STAMINA Mode. It limits some of the more power-hungry parts of the XA1, to keep you going for longer. 



The box contains

  • Device
  • User manual
  • SIM card removal tool
  • USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide


  • Specification

  • Body

    • Nano

  • Dimensions

    • 145 x 67 x 8 mm

    • 143 grams

  • Calls & Messages

    • Quad band

  • Operating System

    • Android

    • Android Nougat (7.0)

  • Apps

    • Play store

  • Battery

    • USB Type-C

    • 2300 mAh

    • 10 hours

    • 603 hours

  • Special Features

  • Connectivity

  • Camera

    • LED

    • 1080p @30fps

    • 8 megapixels

    • 23 megapixels

  • Storage

    • MicroSD

    • 256 GB

    • 32 GB

  • Music and entertainment

  • Processor

    • Octa

    • Octa-core, Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20

    • 2.3 GHz

    • 3 GB

    • 2.3 GHz

  • Display

    • Full HD

    • 294 ppi

    • 720 x 1280p

    • IPS LCD

    • 5 inches


Sony Xperia XA1 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 198.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from FAULTY PHONE PLEASE READ I purchased this phone in September 2018. The Phone worked fine until it stopped charging in December 2018. I sent it back to Sony, but the fault was in the charging port (they sent me a photo with a cut right through the middle of the charging port inside the phone), something I must have done they told me. Basically they offered me - pay £50 for the repair. - trade in the 2 month old phone for a £20.00 discount on another Sony device. It may be that I wake in the middle of the night, walk to the kitchen with my phone and stab the charging port with a fork. If that is the case, I apologise to Sony. However with my options above, I opted to have Sony repair the phone, and I reluctantly paid the £50 bill. Fast forward two months to the 1st March 2019. I wake up and the phone does not charge. The same phone Sony 2 months earlier 'repaired'. It goes without saying, I have taken great care when charging my phone. The charging port all looks in one piece. After the hassle I have had with Sony, and this phone, I have requested a refund. Something I will unlikely get. They will likely reply asking me to send the phone to them to diagnose. To go without a phone for 2 weeks again, and for them to charge me for another repair, which they will likely do, I really do not have the time for this carry on. Although I am interested to see what excuse they come out with this time, it's just not worth the hassle for me. Avoid Avoid Avoid. Thanks for reading, John
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fantastic phone - when it works This phone is a joy to use - brilliant UI, great camera, snappy chipset that allows seamless navigation and multiple apps to be used at once - so what's the problem? Well, my phone repeatedly switched itself off and would not reboot with the power button - it needed the charger to be plugged in before it would work. I sent it back to Sony (twice) and they told me there was nothing wrong with it. If you search the web for XA1 won't turn on you will see that it is a common problem for this phone. Sony just fob you off till it is out of warranty. It's a real shame as it is an amazing phone but I will not buy Sony product again after their terrible customer service.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Touch screen failure Touch screen glitchy very soon after purchase, almost unusable shortly after that without the aid of Back Button app to replace the down, home & back swipe functions. Yes I could have sent the phone back to Sony but the moment you scratch it or mark it in any way your warranty is worthless so I didn't bother. I would not recommend a Sony phone based on my experience & it seems the screens are now well know for being faulty.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very nice design, but the content could be better I bought this phone in August after my old iphone finally gave up on life. I was very happy with moving to android and google/android made the move very easy (can't say the same about apple!). the phone is gorgeous and looks much more expensive than it is (in pink). to be honest i bought it because of the design and on that front it was great. when it comes to contents, it is less impressive. i haven't experienced the dreaded screen issue but it was lagging sometimes, and sometimes the screen froze (2-3 months in). The speaker is not the loudest either, which is not great if you like listening to podcasts and multitasking around the house. the camera makes everything look unnaturally smooth, as if i put a matte foundation and fixing spray on the whole world around me. the camera was also really slow and i often missed interesting moments. it also was blurry unless i held my hand very still for 3-4 seconds. given that the camera was supposed to be a high point, i wasn't too impressed. the battery life was good, it easily survived a full working day of moderate use (it was especially good at conserving energy when it played audio). the screen quality is quite good too. the worst thing about this phone is that when i bought it it was overpriced for what it was - most competitors offered the same thing for 30-40 quid less. At the moment that is not an issue as it rightly went down in price. it is still absolutely gorgeous but if it is not a factor for you there are better alternatives on the market. My phone actually suffered quite serious water damage (my own fault), so now i am considering either buying the same one again or getting a moto g6 play or honor 9 lite.
Date published: 2018-11-26
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