This might be your last chance to score a respectable Sony Xperia XA1 for a crazy low $180

There are plenty of newer, larger, prettier and punchier Sony smartphones than the early 2017-released Xperia XA1 on the market right now, but if you’re only interested in the lowest possible price, you can find the 5-incher at a measly $180 on Amazon, likely just for a limited time.

Back in the day available for 120 bucks more, the non-Ultra and non-Plus XA1 also fetches $185 at Best Buy, but in a “certified refurbished” condition that obviously comes with a few downsides.

Meanwhile, authorized retailers like B&H Photo Video list the mid-ranger as discontinued, and Focus Camera charges $190 a pop for black, gold and white units. Amazon’s $180 price is only good for the black unlocked model, mind you, with white versions up for grabs at $200, and gold and pink flavors currently fetching $215 apiece.

Android 8.0 Oreo software is by far the strongest suit of the crazy affordable Sony Xperia XA1, and a P update down the line also feels like a definite possibility.

Not exactly a looker by 2018 standards (or 2017, to be completely honest), the handset does sport minimal side bezels, also standing out in the sub-$200 segment with a 23MP rear-facing camera, respectable octa-core Helio P20 processor, and a decent 8MP front shooter boasting a wide-angle selfie lens.

The conventional 16:9 screen is 720p-limited, and that 2300mAh battery sounds like a featherweight, but ultimately, the XA1’s strengths offset its weaknesses, especially when you consider the generous 32GB internal storage space and 3 gigs of memory.

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).