Sony Xperia 1 (XZ4) leaks in purple with three cameras and huge display

Sony Xperia 1 (XZ4) leaks in purple with three cameras and huge display
As revealed recently, Sony’s mid-range smartphone series is about to go through a pretty drastic rebrand. The company is axing the ‘Xperia XA’ lineup and replacing it with two new models dubbed the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus.

Similar to this, it now turns out that Sony is ending its not-so-popular ‘Xperia XZ’ series. The lineup's replacement? A new smartphone dubbed the Xperia 1 which, thanks to Evan Blass, has now been shown off in leaked press renders ahead of its unveiling next week.

A Tall OLED Display With HDR Capabilities

Coinciding with the CAD-based renders from months ago, the Xperia 1 marks a big change in direction for Sony’s design philosophy. Gone is the 18:9 curved OLED display found on the Xperia XZ3 and in its place is a new 21:9 flat OLED panel that supports HDR capabilities and boasts a 6.5-inch diagonal. This is paired with symmetrical top and bottom bezels, as well as razor-thin side ones.

Looking at the aluminum frame, Sony has once again opted for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner but, for some reason, this doesn’t double as the power key. Instead, a separate button appears to have been placed just below the sensor. Similarly, above the fingerprint pad sits a volume rocker while towards the bottom of the phone lies what is presumed to be dedicated shutter button. The Sony Xperia 1 also includes a bottom-firing speaker and a USB Type-C port. Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a headphone jack.

Three Rear Cameras, Two More Than The Xperia XZ3

Over on the rear, Sony has maintained the glass construction and centered camera module which have both been seen in the past. However, this time around it has chosen to equip the flagship with an impressive three rear cameras, thus putting the Xperia 1 on par with the Galaxy S10/S10+ and ahead of Apple’s iPhone XS lineup.

As things stand, the exact specifications of each sensor are yet to be confirmed. Nevertheless, one recent leak suggested that the smartphone’s primary camera would boast an impressive 52-megapixel resolution paired with an f/1.6 aperture.

If this is indeed the case, Sony should be able to combine multiple pixels into one, thus producing higher quality images at resolutions closer to 10-megapixels. Moreover, the wider aperture means low-light photography should see vast improvements. The camera is expected to support other features such as super slow-motion video too.

Like rival smartphones, the secondary camera is said to include a dedicated telephoto lens capable of either 2x or 3x optical zoom. This sensor should perform fine in well-lit situations but could struggle in low-light conditions.

Lastly, this leak pointed towards the presence of a 0.3-megapixel Time-of-Flight camera which should help improve depth sensing. As a result, bokeh imagery could look drastically better. A similar implementation can currently be found on the Galaxy S10+ 5G.

The Rumored Specifications Are Quite Impressive

Internally, Sony is said to have opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There’s no word as to whether other configurations will be available but it’s certainly a possibility.

According to rumors, these specs will be paired with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box and a large 4,400mAh battery which is certainly welcome considering the size of the display. 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and IP68 water and dust resistance are to be expected too.

The announcement, Release Date, and Pricing

The Sony Xperia 1 will make its first official appearance next Monday, February 25th. At Sony’s MWC press conference it’ll be joined by the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus that were mentioned in the opening of the article.

Like the Xperia 1, the Xperia 10 series will boast tall 21:9 displays and, if leaked renders are anything to go by, they will have massive foreheads and no chins rather than symmetrical bezels. The two models are also set to include dual-camera setups on the rear.

All three devices should reach consumers sometime in the second quarter. In Europe, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus should cost €349 ($393) and €429 ($484) respectively. The flagship Xperia 1, on the other hand, could cost in the region of €800 to €900 ($905 to $1,020). In any case, prices in the US should be lower if released.

Related phones

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)



1. OneLove123

Posts: 1185; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks interesting

2. Rager722 unregistered

No headphone jack, no buy. Will get the S10+.

17. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Lost the headphone jack but no hole/notch in the display. Something simple/easy is always missing

3. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Purple model. Now that's innovation!

4. Byakugan unregistered

What do you really mean?

5. Popop971

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

"Unfortunately, there’s no sign of a headphone jack" If there is a Xperia 1 Compact with headphone jack, that will be the smartphone to buy ...

6. Byakugan unregistered

Camera is the only real problem with Sony phones if they can make them as good as the other phones they will make their loyal fans really happy

26. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Actually the camera of xperia phones are good. Considering what happened on mkbhd camera battles. This so called camera rating whose better or whose worst are becoming overrated. Pocophone beat the ipxs. People have different interpretation on what they want on a camera

29. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

if only Sony supports Camera API 2 fully then everybody will be happy.

30. rsiders

Posts: 1973; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

1000% true. I left Sony on the Z3 when I learned they wouldn't enable it and followed that pattern year after year.

33. drkavint

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 27, 2013

me too....also battery was bad...will go back to sony if cam is good

7. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Big display? Or longggggg / tallllllllllll one?

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

This is way too tall of a device. This phone will not fit in most jean pockets.

19. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

From the leak, it's just as big as Xperia XZ Premium

22. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Especially as Sony loves enormous top bezels and some of their phones the bottom bezels are also huge.

31. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Was a proud owner of Xperia Z Ultra - you get used to the size, and find pockets to put it in!

9. morgeus09

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

This is what i'm waiting for

10. SyCo87

Posts: 318; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Looks nice. If it's offered with carriers, then I will consider.

11. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Pricing it around the same as the S10... Bold move

12. AiKSS

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2019

Even as a loyal Xperia user, compare to S10, it seems not attractive enough for me. Unless the price is lower than standard S10.

27. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

It looks attractive than s10. I really like symmetrical sony phones. And the holes notches is an eyesore. If honor 8x whos 6.5" also is pretty handy i dont think the new xperia 1 is hard to handle when its slimmer and same height to honor 8x

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Bring it! Looks good!

14. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is good. Flat extra wide screen for the video viewer/split screen user in me. Obnoxious holes and notches disgust the hell out of me. Clean unobstructed front screen experience is what I like.

15. aljosamitrovic

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 28, 2018

Looks fine to me. If battery is in all-day category, i will really consider it. Sony finally go for modern design, which IMHO was the biggest drawback of Xperias in the years past. Pretty solid competitor to Samsung’s S10 lineup.

16. Nikolai90

Posts: 50; Member since: May 16, 2017

No under display fingerprint sensor for a flagship grade of 2019 is a deal breaker for many now. Side fingerprint sensor placement returns is the most welcome feature for Sony mid range nor entry level, but not for Sony flagship. I hope that there is a possibility that Sony will go for both; side fingerprint sensor combined with under display fingerprint sensor, but this will be overkill and mark up the price higher. Therefore, the chance is quite slim for this possibility.

24. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Normally I would agree but if u never used a side mounted fps before, u won't know how accessible, quick, and efficient it is. Phone lying on desk or in ur pocket?.. U grab it the natural way u pick it up. Thumb on one side frame, fingers on the other... Boom!... Phone is at ur home screen ready to go! Now try that with fps in screen with a particular location with phone in pocket... Lol... Good luck!

18. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

looks nice

20. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Got a feeling mobile makers want to make 21:9 screen a trend since the birth of Galaxy Fold.

21. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

I hope Sony will lead the smartphone camera game again with XZ4. I'm all hyped up with its 52MP main camera, I wonder if they will really deliver this time around.

23. Sparkxster

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Can't wait to see the camera results of the Xperia 1 and the purple color is very nice.

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