Sony’s follow-up to last year’s Xperia XA smartphones are coming this spring.
The Sony Xperia XA1 is a 5 inch phone with a 720p display, a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, and a 23MP camera, while the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is a 6 inch model with a 1080p screen and the same CPU and rear camera.
Both phones will ship with Android Nougat software, and both feature Sony enhancements including stamina mode (to give you longer battery life by automatically managing power settings), Qnovo Adaptive Charging (to give you more charge cycles and keep your battery working properly longer), and Xperia Actions, which suggests customizable settings based on your habits (like adjusting screen brightness at bedtime).
Both phones also have Sony Exmor RS 23 megapixel cameras with hybrid autofocus and 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lenses.
But while the 5 inch Xperia XA1 has an 8MP front-facing camera (with autofocus), the 6 inch Xperia XA1 Ultra has a 16MP front camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, and a 23mm wide-angle lens.
The 5 inch model also has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the larger phone has 4GB of RAM and support for up to 64GB of storage. Both have microSD card slots that can support up to 256GB.
The Xperia XA1 has a 2,300 mAh battery, while the Xperia XA Ultra has a 2,700 mAh battery.
While those seem kind of small by modern smartphone standards, Sony has a track record of providing surprisingly good battery life in its phones, so I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions until real-world tests start to appear.