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Pat On Brands Review: Sony Xperia XA1

This is the first product review here on and I would like to thank Sony for giving the platform the opportunity to review their mobile phone.

The Sony Xperia XA1 is quite a special device and for a mid-range handset, it is definitely doing the most. The device boasts a 23 MP rear camera and an 8 MP selfie camera; allowing you to take the best snaps in any event. The device also boasts a 5” full HD display screen and a 32 GB RAM, giving its competitors a run for their money.

Look and feel
In South Africa the device only comes in black, however in other parts of the world you can get the device in white, gold and pink. Therefore if you don’t like having a black this might not be the smartphone for you. What I really like about the Experia XA1 is its size, it can fit in your pocket even if you are wearing skinny jeans. It is also quite light, the device weighs 143 grams. The screens size is 5” which they could have made slightly larger, had Sony embedded the “Back, Home and Option” keys on the screen. In that way the device would feel and look bigger. The dedicated camera button on the side of devices is something special from Sony.
The Sony Xperia XA1 runs on the Android platform, version 7.0 (Nougat) which can be upgraded to Android 8.0 (Oreo) which is the latest Android version.

Battery Life
The battery life of a smartphone is probably one of the most important features I look for. According to Sony, the Xperia XA1 battery should give you up to 603 hours of standby time if you are on a 3G network and up to 10 hours of talk also on a 3G network. This is not impressive considering that other smartphones give you an average of 16 hours of talk time.

To get your hands on the Sony Xperia XA1 you have to part ways with about R6469, depending on the network you are buying it on.

Does the Sony XA1 get a Pat or a Slap?
This is quite a tricky one, because there are many factors to consider. From a camera point of view the Xperia XA1 definitely gets a Pat. However, the battery life and the price point Sony could have done better. Therefore it gets a slap. What are your thoughts? Please leave your comment below, and Also do remember to get in touch with @PatOnBrands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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