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Sony Xperia XA (2017): price, release date, specs, features

Update: New images and technical specs leaked

It's only two weeks until MWC 2017 in Barcelona and Sony is expected to introduce the successor to the Xperia X and Xperia XA smartphones. Here's everything we know so far about the forthcoming Xperia devices' price, release date, specs and features. The latest leaks to emerge include some new images showing the Xperia XA (2017) and further details on the massively upgraded specs.

Sony Xperia Xperia XA (2017): price and release date

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which is due to take place at the end of February 2017, is the most likely candidate for a release date. Sony usually presents its new smartphones at this event and all indicators are pointing to the release of the new Xperia smartphones.

When the devices will actually be released and at what price are both still open questions. A source at Android Headlines has indicated the Xperia XA (2017) is expected to cost around $320 when it is released and is tipped to be first released into the Chinese market sometime this year.

Sony Xperia Xperia XA (2017): technical specifications

In recent days what appear to be the first images of the new Xperia device have surfaced, along with some information on the technical specifications. 

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The latest leaks include new pictures and further info on the technical specifications. / © KKJ.CN

These screenshots indicate that the new Xperia will come with Android 7.0 Nougat already pre-installed on the devices, though Sony will still install its own custom user interface. Until recently, there hasn't been much in the way of details on the techn specs on the forthcoming Xperia device, but it's expected to be powered by the 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processeor and the larger variant of the smartphone could include up to 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage.

There's also a chance that the Sony Xperia XA may include a 23 MP camera on the back and also a 16 MP camera specifically for selfies on the front.

The model numbers for both devices, G3112 and G3121, have already appeared on a Russian database outlining encryption technologies for the Eurasian Economic Commission. XperiaBlog writes that the letter G is likely to refer to the 2017 generation, because Sony used an E as a character identifier in 2015, while in 2016 it was an F.

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Here is the Russian leak identifying the new Sony Xperia. / © mobiltelefon.ru

Sources: XperiaBlog.net,  Android Headlines, mobiltelefon

Sony Xperia XA (2017): design

The first pictures of the Xperia XA (2017) emerged on Twitter late last year, which provided some early insight into what we could expect.

XperiaBlog discovered that the Xperia XA (2017) will come equipped with a 720 x 1,280 HD display. There is a strong possibility that it will also come with a 4K display, implying that Sony is considering following a similar path to its competitors by moving into virtual reality. If that is the case, there is a strong chance Sony may launch a VR headset so users can get the full benefit out of that 4K display. 

Sources: XperiaBlog.net, MobiPicker, Twitter

Are you excited about what Sony will present at the MWC? Which new features, in your opinion, should Sony introduce? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Why?can"t Sony realise that the looks of there phones are not tempting buyers to give there phones a chance,the Bezels on the Top & Bottom of there phones are not offering more of a screen on there phones and that is what people want in the modern times,nearly every Sony phone looks the same why can"t they change it on there suppose to be Premium phones,Sony might have got a good name for themselves with there cameras,but there speakers are sometimes weak,Sony needs to change something quick or they will trailing more behind the others

  • something like price is the thing to watch out.....in indian market last year they sold XA at 19k but phone was nt even compitable with 11k phones.

  • If it's not Verizon compatible......

  • ljhaye 3 months ago Link to comment

    Fun fact: Sony made nearly half as much operating profit ($36m) selling 3.5m smartphones as Samsung ($87m) did from selling 77m.

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