Sony Xperia 1 will be released in the US in July, Verizon compatibility confirmed

Sony Xperia 1 will be released in the US in July, Verizon compatibility confirmed
Smartphone makers usually release new flagship devices a few weeks after announcing them, or, in some cases, immediately after revealing them to the world. Unfortunately, that's not what Sony is doing - the company announced its Xperia 1 flagship back in February, and it's only now getting ready to launch it around the world. The new Xperia phone should be available in Europe in the first week of June, but customers in North America will have to wait an extra month for the device.

In the US, the Sony Xperia 1 has been listed on Amazon since April, next to a $999.99 price tag. But the handset's official price - unveiled by Sony this week - is a bit lower, although still close to $1,000. More exactly, the Xperia 1 will cost you $949.99 unlocked, coming in two color variants: black and purple. According to Sony, its new flagship phone will be in stock in the US starting July 12. Best Buy, B&H Photo, Focus Camera, and other unnamed retailers will join Amazon in selling the handset.

Last year, when the high-end Xperia XZ3 went on pre-order stateside, it came with free Sony earphones worth $280. Sadly, it appears that there are no freebies offered with the Xperia 1, although, who knows, this may change at some point.

The US variant of the Sony Xperia 1 is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. This will be the third Sony phone of 2019 to work on all these three carries, following the mid-range Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus (both launched in March). To be clear, none of the carriers will sell the Xperia 1 directly, so your only option will be to purchase the phone unlocked. If you're a customer of Sprint or US Cellular, you will not be able to use Sony's latest handsets.

A Sony flagship with an unusually tall body


The Xperia 1 offers (more or less) everything you'd want from an expensive high-end smartphone in 2019. The handset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor - also found inside phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro, or LG G8 - and comes with 6 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of expandable storage space. What makes the Sony Xperia 1 stand out is its elongated body that houses a 6.5-inch HDR OLED screen with 1644 x 3840 pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This is the world's first 4K OLED smartphone display, and it provides a super-sharp pixel density (643 ppi) that you won't find on phones from other companies. 

Also impressive (at least on paper) is the Xperia 1's triple 12 MP rear camera with 960 fps super-slow-motion video, 2x optical zoom, and optical image stabilization. Other notable features include Android 9 Pie, water resistance, fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 3300 mAh battery. In case you're wondering, there is no 3.5mm audio jack on board. If you want to take a closer look at Sony's newest flagship, check out our Xperia 1 hands-on.


A Sony Xperia 2 is coming relatively soon, too


While the Xperia 1 is not out yet, Sony is already hard at work on its successor, unsurprisingly called Xperia 2. Apparently, the Xperia 2 will be a bit smaller than the Xperia 1, sporting a 6.1-inch display, although its overall look won't change much. The Xperia 2 should bring various improvements over the Xperia 1 and could be announced in September. Thus, if you're not particularly impressed by the Xperia 1 (or you find it too big) and you're in need of a new Sony flagship without being in a hurry, you may want to wait for its successor.

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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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15 Comments

1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Xperia 2 is already in the works? Guess Sony has no faith in their phones anymore, it's like their making phones for the sake of surviving. It's only a waiting game until they finally stop making phones, same goes for HTC.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Your comment makes no sense because: 1. Sony has always been making two flagships per year. Everyone who is a little in touch with what Sony is doing is expecting a new model around September. 2. Developing frequently phones is expensive, so this is not what you do to survive. The strategy of Sony is at this moment inexplicable (it may have to do something with Japanese culture, where people have an insatiable need for new things).

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

He's trolling as usual. If it's not Samsung then the phone immediately becomes his target. Everyone here knows that. # fact.

4. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

All companies work on other devices before they start sales of current. This is a smaller version of 1, not replacement.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I really dislike the 21:9 aspect ratio, it's way too tall! Also the time from announcement till launch, way too long..

5. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Xperia 10 has 15,5cm ... Just like XZ Premium. Shorter than iphone 8 plus

7. XRN5AI unregistered

Yeah Xperia 10 actually very compact phone because it's slimmer than other phones with 6" display and it will be far more compact if they go bezelless. Maybe the 6" is the maximum size for 21:9 aspect ratio

8. josjom

Posts: 5; Member since: May 04, 2019

Do you know the difference in MM between 21:9 to 19.5:9 or 19:9?

11. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Better than notch.

9. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It was announced 10 yrs ago and now it's finally here! Wow!! No wonder they're along money every year.

10. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

"losing" not along. Damn autocorrect.

12. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Nah, they're not. They don't have profit. They sell a little but they gain a lil bit. And everyone in smartphone circle using sony imx sensor so i bet samsung will go bankrupt first before sony.

13. LAgurl

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

Hmm will work on Verizon , interesting. Haha .

14. muutuu

Posts: 1; Member since: May 19, 2019

I'm going to have to pass on Sony this time around and go to the OnePlus 7 Pro. I really would prefer Sony but they left out T-mobile band 71 and left out dual sim in the US model. Why do only lower cost phones like the OnePlus and Asus Zen Phone 6 offer dual Sim?

15. rsiders

Posts: 1975; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hmm the OnePlus 7 Pro was announced last Tuesday and I have it. I wonder what Sony is doing wrong. A waste of time announcing a phone in February and letting four months go by before the thing is even being sold. Terrible timing Sony.

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