What do you think of Sony's Xperia 1 compared to the XZ3?

What do you think of Sony's Xperia 1 compared to the XZ3?
At MWC, Sony announced its new flagship handset — the Xperia 1. Yeah, there was a name change, but there's also a design philosophy change. Yeah, again. Last year's Xperia XZ3 was the first Sony flagship to kind of break the mold of the omnibalance design. The XZ3 had curvy shapes, an arched back with a fingerprint scanner right there under the camera, and even a display that curves along the edges. In other words — the XZ3 shook the Sony design up quite a bit.

Now, the Xperia 1 is reverting a lot of these changes. We are back to the stark-ish rectangular shape, back to a fingerprint embedded in the side-mounted power button. On the flip side, the Xperia 1 still shook things up by introducing a super-tall, 21:9 display, which is still a controversial topic.

We wonder — would you have preferred to see Sony continue down the design path it started on with the Xperia XZ3, or are you glad that it backpaddled a bit when designing the Xperia 1?

Did you prefer the Xperia XZ3's design, or do you like Xperia 1 better?

Xperia XZ3!
26.33%
Xperia 1!
73.67%

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22 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 681; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I like the xperia 1 but is expensive as hell (over a 1000 euros) and not mention that is taller than the note 9!! and to be salty till the end, no 3.5mm jack and small batter and yet bigger than a note 9...

2. User123456789

Posts: 357; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

€949...

17. Nevita

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Its narrower, so isnt bigger neither

3. User123456789

Posts: 357; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Too sad only main camera seems to be exmor. While UW, tele and selfie seem to be isocell to keep costs lower. I"ll pass. Not going to spend $1000 for s**tty isocell.

18. Nevita

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

That are the 10 and 10 plus

4. Guseinguliev

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

Both are also strange, one has a sausage design and the other has a scanner in the middle of not a convenient place.

5. CEDEOTB

Posts: 336; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No headphone jack though.

10. monoke

Posts: 1124; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

They've dropped that since the last 3 flagships. No point in trying mate. It's like going to an Apple store and asking the clerk where's the 3.5mm on the Max. They'll just give u a weird look.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1289; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think very few people have seen the XZ3 in real to appreciate the fact that the front and rear glass is not curved only sideways but also at the top and bottom giving a unique feeling of a smooth pebble. Sony could have evolved the XZ3 design language, if they could have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display and access to screens with cutouts for the front camera. Then they would evolve the design into something similar to a Samsung Galaxy S10 or Huawei Mate 20 Pro but with the nice smooth pebble feel of the XZ3. Now with the Xperia 1 they are just covering up the fact that they have no money to spend into contemporary components and they revert to solutions that are old-school or plain weird. The Xperia 1 has quite a bit thicker side bezels than the XZ3 (because if the side fingerprint scanner) and a tall body that fits into no one's pocket. Maybe with next generation they will manage to merge what they started with the XZ3 and what they have with the 1 and finally get to the level of the competition.

19. Nevita

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

FPS on displays are way slower, isn't worth.

22. SpencerO

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

That 3D curved glass screen was terrible... It made it difficult for cases to protect, super fat, and felt weird in my hand.

7. torr310

Posts: 1616; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Sony made bad moves for the past few flagships compared to other manufacturers.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1712; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Stupidly tall and misleading people with the dark background to hide the bezels. Just like Apple and Samsung are hiding their notch and hole. Hopefully someone will win a lawsuit on this.

9. monoke

Posts: 1124; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Much improved from xz3. Things I like.. Flat screen, 21:9 is perfect for my usage, triple cam with cinema aspect recording, fps on side, Sony boxy design I like.. But again, this phone ain't for everybody. And I like that about it. I hate to see some soccer moms carrying the same phone I'm carrying. I don't feel cutting edge when that happens! Lol.

11. EvilAPi

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Xperia 1 ditched wireless charging, unfortunately.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1146; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Xperia 1 has wireless charging.

12. cheetah2k

Posts: 2151; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

X1 looks good, but its not coming to Australia as Sony pulls back their mobile division out of Australia... So 2 fks given to any Sony phone right now..

13. uzbek-mobile

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

Sony smartphones are not for everybody, they are for them who respect Sony's technologies and who know Sony technologies' quality.

15. Playstation

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2018

Xperia 1 is shaping up to be the best phone for this year. We'll see what Huawei p30 brings.

16. Djz89

Posts: 426; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I think it's a great upgrade, a d a special device compared to it's rivals

20. hansip87

Posts: 222; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

definitely back to square one of Xperia design and i like it. not sure how to handle super tall aspect of it though. But hell yeah it is attractive.

21. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 112; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I only like it for the aspect ratio

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