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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XA1 drops to $180 ($119 off) from Amazon, $190 from Focus Camera

The Xperia XA1 debuted back in February of 2017 as one of Sony's latest "super mid-range" phones. It's since been succeeded by the XA2, but that means that the XA1 can now be found for not a lot of money. Amazon currently has the XA1 for $180 with free one-day shipping, and Focus Camera has it for $189.99 with no tax depending on where you live.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to Xperia XA1 family

Sony is usually quick to update their phones to the latest version of Android, but like many other manufacturers, it usually leaves the budget devices for last. The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra were launched a year ago, both with MediaTek Helio P20 chips and impressive 23MP back cameras. Now the XA1, XA1 Plus, and XA1 Ultra are being updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XA1 $209 ($90 off MSRP), XA1 Ultra $279 ($120 off MSRP)

It's Sony-day at MWC today with the introduction of the new flagship XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, but if you love the company's phones and can't wait for these devices to be available and you're on a limited budget, now is a good time to take a hard look at the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. Both phones are being discounted through several retailers and are now, if you ask me, much more realistically priced.

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Xperia XA1 family's Oreo updates will ditch built-in blue light filter, meaning that zero Sony phones will come with any form of 'night mode'

These days, many manufacturers include some sort of blue light filter or "night light" in their phones' ROMs. Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and some other companies are on the list, and Sony was as well with its "Good night actions" function in Xperia Actions for phones in the XA1 family. However, following the impending Oreo updates, no Sony phone will have a built-in blue light filter.

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[Deal Alert] Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra is $299 ($100 off) at Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and others

The XA1 and XA1 Ultra were revealed back in February as a pair of 'super mid-range' phones. The XA1 Ultra finally arrived in the United States in July, for a rather-high price tag of $399. Now you can grab one for $100 off at just about everywhere the phone is sold.

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Sony announces three new Xperia phones at IFA 2017, the XZ1, XZ1 Compact, and XA1 Plus

Here at IFA 2017 in Berlin, Sony has taken the opportunity to unveil its latest flagship devices. The Xperia XZ1 and its Compact sibling are here to replace the year-old XZ and X Compact, and they offer slightly updated designs with the latest Snapdragon 835 processors, plus they'll also be among the first devices to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. The mid-range 5.5" Xperia XA1 Plus was also introduced to fill the gaping hole between the 5" XA1 and 6" XA1 Ultra.

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Sony lists the devices that will get Android Oreo 8.0

At its IFA press conference, Sony announced several new devices and importantly, it also let us know which existing phones will be updated to Android Oreo 8.0. For the past few years, Sony has been one of the best (if not the absolute fastest) companies at updating its existing portfolio of devices to the new versions of Android, even keeping relatively old phones on top of the update cycle in relatively fast manner.

It continues to be the case with Oreo 8.0, as Sony has announced several devices from its catalogue will get the update at some point in the future.

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Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra arrives in the US for $399

Back in February, Sony announced a pair of "super mid-range" phones - the XA1 and XA1 Ultra. Both phones are powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor and have a nearly-identical design. The XA1 arrived in the United States in May, costing $299. Now the XA1 Ultra has arrived stateside for a hundred dollars more.

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[Deal Alert] You can grab a black Sony Xperia XA1 for $239.99 from Amazon ($60 off)

Even though quite a few phones already appeared in our Prime Day roundup earlier, some manufacturers were a bit late to the party. One of those is Sony with the Xperia XA1, which can be had for $239.99. That's $60 off of the asking price, which isn't too bad.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked Sony Xperia XA1 $250 at Amazon ($50 off)

If you're interested in this deal, you'll have to act quickly. Right now a third-party seller on Amazon has the Xperia XA1 for $250. Should you show up a bit late to this particular party, you can still pick one up for $260 sold directly by Amazon. Whatever your preference, this is a decent price for Sony's mid-range XA1. 

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