The Sony Xperia 1 is overpriced no more after Best Buy's first serious discounts

The Sony Xperia 1 is overpriced no more after Best Buy's first serious discounts
The Xperia 1 has to be one of the most overlooked high-end Android smartphones released this year, but despite a highly unusual aspect ratio and arguably excessive price, we feel like Sony's newest flagship deserves a little bit more attention from power users in general and "cinematic" content consumers in particular.

Typically available at a prohibitive $950, the extra-tall 6.5-inch powerhouse recently scored a cool $100 discount in an Amazon-exclusive edition with hands-free Alexa support, but if that didn't feel like a compelling enough deal (because it wasn't), Best Buy is now offering much heftier savings... with a few strings attached. The unlocked Sony Xperia 1 can be purchased for as little as $699.99, but only if you don't have a problem activating the handset upfront on a new Verizon account or a new line of service with the nation's largest carrier.

Upgrading Big Red subscribers will instead be charged $799.99 after a decent $150 discount of their own, while those looking to activate the Xperia 1 on AT&T can only save 100 bucks, needing to cough up $849.99 right off the bat. Finally, choosing to activate wireless service later will see you pay $899.99, which isn't exactly a stellar deal. But if you can get the phone at 700 bucks, you should definitely consider doing so.

Powered by a top-notch Snapdragon 855 processor, the Sony Xperia 1 is naturally just as blazing fast as Samsung's latest high-enders, which normally cost a lot more than $699.99. While things like wireless charging support and a headphone jack are missing, this beast does at least come with a microSD card slot in addition to 128 gigs of internal storage space. You also get a respectable 6 gigs of RAM, super-versatile triple 12MP rear camera setup, state-of-the-art stereo speakers, a water-resistant body, and for better or worse, a massive "CinemaWide" 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels and 21:9 aspect ratio.

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1. Gek214

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 19, 2019

Sony makes great phones. With de xperia 1 she are to late on de market the most phones have a lower price and better camera.

2. emitchell4luv

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

And that is Sony's down fall.....over priced flagship phones ......with equivalent specs in market.....who want ta pay such huge amount ........they better start making affordable phone if they want to stay relevant

4. BrickWall

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 29, 2019

They can't get that through their thick empty head.


Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 29, 2019

Whoever thinks these are "equivalent specs" are mistaken. The screen alone is a big quality improvement. The camera video capture features are great too, but you have to know how to use all of the features in order to see the superior content it can create for a mobile device.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

You seem to arrived straight from the Sony office. Welcome!

6. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I used to defend Sony too, because in all fairness they were still until recently the best phones for someone who values stock Android interface without overbearing skins. But now there is OnePlus. I'm still rocking my XZ3 but I think soon I'll jump ship to OnePlus. What I'll never do is get a Samsung, Huawei, LG etc.

7. djsx1ab

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2019

No-one says the 1080p standard Note 10 @$950 is way overpriced. Yet this 4K HDR display phone is

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