Sony Xperia 1 Q&A: Your questions answered

Sony Xperia 1 Q&A: Your questions answered
Our Sony Xperia 1 review is out, answering all of the important questions regarding Sony's first flagship phone for 2019. We used and tested the device for more than a week, and our verdict is clear - it's a rather good phone that has just a few shortcomings.

Our review is available right below, so check it out before asking any questions.

Sony Xperia 1 review


Of course, there's always the chance that we might have missed answering a particular niche question that could be of vital interest to you. This is why we are kicking off yet another Q&A session where you'll be asking the question and we'll be giving the answers!

Here come the answers to your questions!



PA: Not that we've heard of, but rumor has it the Xperia 2 could have a 6.1-inch display and be slightly smaller than the 6.5-inch Xperia 1. Not on par with the really compact Xperias of old, but what are you going to do. 


PA: No, you can't. Netflix maxes out at 1080 Full HD on mobile devices and it's a limitation on Netflix's part, not on Sony's. However, you can stream Full HD HDR videos on the Xperia 1. 



PA:  3. Sony has just a few pre-installed third-party apps, and the majority of these are pretty useful. The apps that you can't uninstall but merely disable are Cinema Pro (app for manual video controls), Game Enhancer, Sony Support, 3D Creator, Facebook, Netflix, and the Fortnite Installer, whereas you can freely uninstall Imaging Edge Mobile, Booking.com, AR Effect, Video & TV SideView (a remote control app), News, PS App, Amazon Shopping, and Movie Creator. 5) Each screen has its own strengths and merits, but there's one aspect in which we find Xperia 1 superior - it has a flat display and therefore an infinitely better accidental tap protection than the curved screens found on both the Galaxy S10+ and the OnePlus 7 Pro, which could lead to ghost touches and accidental interaction with the interface.   



PA: There is no 120Hz gaming option and Sony revealed to us it's not planning on including one.



PA: 1. As we pointed out in out review, the Xperia 1 offers stereo sound through its loudspeakers. One of the drivers is the earpiece, and the other is a bottom-firing loudspeaker. The sound is loud, with clear highs and well-reproduced vocals, and there's a good balance between the left and the right channel. On the downside, there's no bass to speak of. I know you can't expect much in terms of low frequencies out of a smartphone, but both the iPhone XS and Galaxy S10 deliver more bass out of their loudspeakers. 3. There don't seem to be any plastics involved in the external build of the Xperia 1. 4. We are not exactly sure what the camera glass is, but our unit is already slightly scratched - most certainly not sapphire, and unlikely to be Gorilla Glass 5 either. 


PA: 1) Sony is just very good at optimizing idle battery usage. Ever since its inception back in 2013, Stamina Mode has essentially done one and the same thing - it limits background processes once your phone enters standby, which leads to excellent battery savings. 2) Sony is quite fast with software updates, both major ones and monthly security patches, so you shouldn't have any worries in this department. 3) The Xperia 1 has a very strong vibration motor which gives it off a premium feel. Is it the best though? That's subjective. 4) Wireless charging would have made the phone thicker, which was apparently a big "no-no" for Sony. Blame the lack of wireless charging on aesthetics.



PA: Most of the time, you won't be able to tell the difference between a 4K and a QHD+ display. The Sony Xperia 1 is sharp, but so is the Galaxy S10/S10+. This doesn''t mean the Xperia 1 isn't gorgeous to look at - it is, and as we pointed out in our full review, sometimes you might feel like you're looking at a printed picture and not a display. 



PA: Sony hasn't utilized a dedicated Night Mode for the camera on the Xperia 1. We asked Sony and the company replied with the following: "For now, we don’t have such a plan". So, there you have it - Night Mode is unlikely to grace the Xperia 1.


PA: 1. No, you can't hide the navigation bar. Its logic is the same as the Pixel's one - you have a pill home button along with a back button when applicable. Unfortunately, you can't hide these. 2. There's a dark theme present, but it's similar to the one found on the current Pixels - it will only turn your quick toggles shade dark, with no effect on most stock apps like Messages, Phone, etc. As such, this dark theme can't hold a candle to more venerable iterations of the coveted dark mode, like the ones found on Samsung and Huawei devices, for example. 


PA: In Pro mode, you can select 30 seconds as the longest shutter speed and a maximum light sensitivity of ISO3200. However, the stock camera app doesn't support RAW image capture, but you could probably try a third-party camera app of your choice - Lightroom comes to mind immediately, and so do AZ Camera and ProShot.

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Xperia 1
  • Display 6.5" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh(24.8h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 789; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

God I want this phone. Pretty happy with S8 but the overheating is killing the experience for me

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Thanks for the answers PA. Keep those Q&A's coming.

3. peter.k

Posts: 78; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

You're welcome, as usual!

4. User123456789

Posts: 1200; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Mine was not answered, it was the most important. :(

5. JoelRaj1002

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

feel the same :p

6. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

I love the display, I've a Sony mirrorless camera and I shoot lot of 4k videos, having a 4k display phone will definitely enhance my experience of watching them on phone right away instead of using TV to enjoy them in 4k. But the Android part doesn't go with me... Waiting for a 4k display in an iPhone

7. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

See you in 2030

9. User123456789

Posts: 1200; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Well, you better not expect even a QHD on iphone before 2023. You can connect your alpha to the phone usong wifi and it can be you monitor. It has been done with Venice camcorder.

10. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Isn't the iPhone X and XS QHD already?? I am using iPhone XS and the display is even better than my previous Samsung QHD phones like S8 and S6 edge, I also compared it with galaxy S10 which is too warm.. I think Xperia 1 is the only phone with better display than iPhone XS. Some would argue S10 has a slightly better display too but it's really too warm to my taste, at least iPhone can be set to your taste.. Thnx for the advice for my alpha though

8. fam1987

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Thank you PA for answering my question! :)

11. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Where can I log in my questions? I seem to miss on this everytime.

12. XiPingpong

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

Using the app "Fluid Navigation Gestures" the navigation bar can be hidden by using "ADB" on any Android, including Sony's, without the need to root...!

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