Sony Xperia 1 (XZ4) leaks in purple with three cameras and huge display
by Joshua Swingle / Feb 21, 2019, 2:21 PM
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.
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.
Posts: 621; Member since: Jan 30, 2013
No headphone jack, no buy. Will get the S10+.
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 2:25 PM 12
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
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 2:51 PM 1
Posts: 173; 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
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 8:31 PM 2
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if only Sony supports Camera API 2 fully then everybody will be happy.
posted on Feb 22, 2019, 12:25 AM 2
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This is way too tall of a device. This phone will not fit in most jean pockets.
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 3:00 PM 1
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Even as a loyal Xperia user, compare to S10, it seems not attractive enough for me. Unless the price is lower than standard S10.
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 3:42 PM 3
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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
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 8:34 PM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 4:28 PM 2
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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.
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 5:12 PM 0
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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!
posted on Feb 21, 2019, 7:40 PM 2
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