Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, and Xperia L3 leak in full: specs, features, and prices

Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, and Xperia L3 leak in full: specs, features, and prices
Even though the first renders anticipating Sony's next mobile flagship redesign were revealed a whopping three months ago, the Japanese company somehow managed to keep a much tighter lid on pre-MWC leaks than essentially all its rivals. But now the jig is up, and mere hours after hearing from a rock-solid source that the presumed Xperia XZ4 is ultimately set to be named the Sony Xperia 1, the equally trustworthy folks over at 91mobiles are giving us a treasure trove of unreleased information.

As repeatedly rumored over the past few weeks, this rebranded high-ender will be joined by a mid-range duo consisting of the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, as well as an entry-level Xperia L3, on stage in Barcelona on February 25. Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about Sony's entire MWC 2019 product lineup.

Sony Xperia 1 - all about that display


Who needs gimmicky holes and universally panned notches when they got state-of-the-art 4K HDR OLED technology? That's a world first, mind you, as the Xperia XZ2 Premium pairs 4K resolution with a lower-quality LCD panel, while the Xperia XZ3 "settles" for a 2880 x 1440 pixel count on a beautiful OLED screen. 

The massive 6.5-inch "CinemaWide" display of the Sony Xperia 1, meanwhile, is expected to stand out in a number of ways, from an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio to an Ultra HD resolution circling the 4,000-pixel mark to HDR support to OLED technology. All of that to take your Netflix binge-watching sessions to the next level on the move, but also to let you enjoy your 4K HDR video creations recorded in 21:9 format on a device you can fit in your pocket.


A premium metal-and-glass device, that is, with a water and dust-resistant body, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a significantly smaller battery than it was rumored at one point. While we were always skeptical of the prospect of a razor-thin phone packing a hefty 4,000 mAh cell, the newly speculated 3,300 mAh capacity of the Sony Xperia 1's battery is... a little disheartening. Especially when thinking about that insanely high-quality screen. The Xperia XZ3 came with an identical battery and lower-res display, mind you, which delivered overall mediocre endurance results.

For what it's worth, a hot new Snapdragon 855 processor is expected to be in charge of both raw speed and energy efficiency, coupled with 6GB RAM. That's still a perfectly adequate memory count for a high-end handset also tipped to offer 128 gigs of internal storage space, a USB Type-C port, pre-loaded Android 9.0 Pie software, and for the first time on a Sony phone, a triple rear-facing camera unit.


Like the battery size, the three shooters may not be as impressive as initially rumored, each sporting 12 megapixels and obviously handling different tasks, from "normal" photography to super-wide-angle shots to telephoto tricks, i.e. portraits and whatnot.

All in all, the Sony Xperia 1 is certainly an... interesting device that could cost roughly as much as the Xperia XZ3. Namely, CHF 1,099 in Switzerland, which technically converts to $1,100, but should ultimately equate to around $1,000 in the US when taxes are eliminated. The truly sad thing about this is we may have to wait until June to be able to buy the phone.

Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus - not affordable enough



Pretty thoroughly leaked already, these bizarrely named sequels for last year's Xperia XA2 duo may have quite a bit of difficulty proving their worth at rumored prices of CHF 399 and 499. That's likely to translate into a $350 tag for the "regular" Xperia 10 and $450 or so as far as the plus-sized variant is concerned.

The two mid-rangers should follow the Xperia 1's extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio suit while naturally downgrading the screen resolution to the Full HD+ mark. The 6-inch Sony Xperia 10 is expected to pack a relatively unremarkable Snapdragon 630 SoC, as well as 3GB RAM, and a wholly unimpressive 2,870 mAh battery. The 6.5-inch Xperia 10 Plus should bump all that up to a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 gigs of memory, and 3,000 mAh juice, which still doesn't sound great.


On the bright side, both devices will reportedly come with dual rear camera arrangements, combining 13 and 5MP sensors on the Xperia 10 for 21:9 video recording support and bokeh effects, and 12 and 8MP lenses as far as the Xperia 10 Plus is concerned for bokeh photography and double optical zoom action.

Sony Xperia L3 - a blast from the past



We haven't talked a lot about the company's upcoming entry-level handset, because... there's not much to talk about. The design is seriously outdated, the MediaTek 6762 processor far from ideal, and Android Oreo in 2019 is simply unacceptable. Curiously enough, the Xperia L3 could come with a larger 3,300 mAh battery than the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, despite sporting a smaller 5.7-inch screen (with a humbler HD+ resolution).

Like the other three Sony phones headed for MWC, this is also expected to feature a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and at least at first glance, the 13 + 2MP dual rear-facing shooters and 3GB RAM don't seem all that bad for a low-cost device. The problem is there are better phones on the market already priced between $150 and $200, where we expect the Sony Xperia L3 to be positioned.

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22 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 825; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

XA series aka as newly 10 were synonyms for decent lower end chip and the bigger battery. Time and again someone in Sony management thinks that 99% of population don't read specs and do not pass a word of mouth. Then I would ask them : How communities choose amazing devices form China ? Like Xiaomi, Honor, Huawei. It's no brainer there is quiet big part of the market that is educated this days and will not settle for less. I don't see 10 series very successful.

17. umaru-chan

Posts: 369; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Xperia 1 is turning into a better phone than Samsung s10+.

19. Joosty

Posts: 480; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

How so?

20. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

That account was made to troll Samsung, so anything he says is just garbage. Be on a lookout with Piyath as well.

2. pogba

Posts: 112; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

No chin but big ass forehead. Ugly as hell. This might as well be the last nail on Sony's coffin. Good luck with that.

13. Cat97

Posts: 1921; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

They just flipped the screen upside down to remove the chin. But of course, this translates into a 2015-sized forehead.

3. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

What a waste...sony needs bigger batter to sell

4. Sealblaighter

Posts: 429; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why changing the naming scheme again and again? Just because it is 10 years since the introduction of Xperia series does not mean they have to change it again!! And I think they are making a huge mistake making such a huge device. A compact 6 inch display would be also welcomed! Just see Samsung, they have 3 versions.

5. abhinavjangir0201

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 25, 2018

If these specs are true..Its disappointing

6. Playstation

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2018

PhoneArena- "The Xperia XZ3 came with an identical battery and lower-res display, mind you, which delivered overall mediocre endurance results." GSMARENA- "And we have to say, the XZ3 definitely delivers. Perhaps not quite the astonishing improvement over the XZ2, we were hoping for, but the XZ3 still won't fail to last you through an entire day." It goes without saying that phonearena is a fraud and only cares about protecting apple's image.

22. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

I don't get phoneArena's issue with the xz3 battery, most reviewers say it is good and i even witnessed it.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No compact. Oh, well.

8. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

I used to love Sony smartphones back in the days when they were focused on great battery life. That's the reason why I buy Huawei today.

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Its not related to this article but in web in my PC, PA site has a new UI / looks. Im using phone right now but i like the old looks/ui on the web when im using PC.

10. shortkey

Posts: 53; Member since: May 19, 2017

Boooring. All of them are unreasonably huge, tall, and utterly uninteresting in every way. If their displays were two inches smaller, that would be something new to talk about, as there's a complete lack of compact smartphones on the market. But as it is, none of them have any reason to exist.

11. perry1234

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

3300 mAH battery is a dealbreaker for me. I would have lived by it if the phone was a midrange with 1080p resolution, but becomes a major pain point when coupled with 4K HDR screens. I am aware that UI will probably run at 1080p resolution, but I intend to binge watch a lot of pending TV series on Netflix and the battery is simply not going to last for that.

12. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

What’s Sony doing?? Those designs are soo boring to look at and the specs are bad. Piyath would be laughing if Samsung did this.

14. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Why the small battery size.samsung has a 4000mah in their 1000$ dollar flagship and sony thinks one with a just above 3000mah battery on a 4K!! will be greeted kindly.why?

15. Amir123a

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Another nail in Sony mobile coffin. Welcome to 2016 sony mobile. NEXT!

16. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Sorry sony but this time you're dead..

18. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

How on Earth is Sony still making phones?

23. audiguy3

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2018

No 5G?? I have had all the 4K phones Sony has made. I am glad this model has gone back to fingerprint on the side. I noticed Samsung has added back a headphone jack I will probably wait for a 5G phone

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