Sony’s Xperia XA1 is an interesting new addition to the list. Despite the fact that many smartphone manufacturers have increased the price of their handsets to cushion the fall of the Malaysian Ringgit, this year’s XA1 debuts at the same price as last year’s XA, but it comes bundling a bunch of upgraded specs.
For starters, you get a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage — upgraded across the board. Then, Sony also slapped on a new body that, despite looking rather similar to the XA, is a lot more premium-feeling.
The XA1 also sees an upgraded camera module, with a 23MP Exmor RS primary shooter with an 8MP selfie camera to boot. The handset charges via USB Type-C and has a 2,300 mAh battery. Although the screen remains an unfortunate 720p 5-inch panel, Sony also kept the bezels super slim so that lends a more 2017 vibe.
Sony Xperia XA1 — 3GB RAM/32GB storage — RM1,199
Where to buy:
Store: Authorised Sony retailers
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