Sony announces the Xperia 1: super-tall, 4K OLED display, cinematic camera features

Sony announces the Xperia 1: super-tall, 4K OLED display, cinematic camera features
As expected, Sony also has a few devices for us at this year's MWC. Among them is the Sony Xperia 1. Yep, it's a flagship and it seems the Xperia line has been repranded again. Consider this as the successor as the Sony Xperia XZ3.

All that said, let's see what this new jewel of technology is all about!

Design and display


Sony announces the Xperia 1: super-tall, 4K OLED display, cinematic camera features
Sony sticks to its guns of making strictly rectangular phones with straight lines and timeless, simplistic elegance. The Xperia 1 does away with the arched back that the XZ2 and XZ3 had and returns to a simpler flat back construction. Still, the glass panel on the phone's behind curves towards its edges to ensure a softer feel in the hand.

The fingerprint scanner has also been moved — it is now embedded in the power key on the right side of the device, just like it used to be with the old Xperia Z phones.

You will notice that the handset appears to be really, really tall. That's because the 6.5-inch display on the front has an aspect ratio of 21:9, making it an ultra-wide screen able to fit cinema-ready movies.

It's an OLED display, too, with a mind-boggling 4K (1,644 x 3,840) resolution for an extra-crisp image. The phone also offers 10 bit tonal gradation for finer representation of different colors.

Sony Xperia 1 size comparison vs Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS Max, Galaxy S10+


So, yeah, it's a rather tall phone. It'll probably be hard to reach the notification shade when using the phone with just one hand. To give us an idea of how it compares to other popular phones, size-wize, here's a quick look at how it stacks up next to popular competitors that are in the 6.5-inch screen ballpark:

Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

Dimensions

6.57 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches

167 x 72 x 8.2 mm

Weight

oz (0 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches

157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

Dimensions

6.57 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches

167 x 72 x 8.2 mm

Weight

oz (0 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Dimensions

6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches

161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm

Weight

7.09 oz (201 g)

Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple iPhone XS Max

Dimensions

6.2 x 3.05 x 0.3 inches

157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm

Weight

7.34 oz (208 g)

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Dimensions

6.2 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches

157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm

Weight

6.17 oz (175 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Stereo sound is back with a punch


Sony has always provided a stereo sound experience on its flagship phones and it does so with the Xperia 1 as well. The company developed a "multi-dimensional" sound in partnership with Dolby Atmos for this device and claims that it'll elevate your mobile media experience. Of course, we can't wait to test it and see how it holds up.

Camera


Sony announces the Xperia 1: super-tall, 4K OLED display, cinematic camera features

Yes, the flagship Xperia line now has a triple camera. The three options you are provided with are super-wide-angle, regular, and telephoto lens for your various shooting needs. Sony boasts about its new BIONZ X algorithm, which allows the Xperia 1's Eye camera to focus super-accurately, super-fast, and even keep said focus as you take a burst photo of 10 frames per second.

All three sensors have a 12 MP resolution, with its main camera having 1.4 μm large pixels and a lens aperture is F1.6. On paper, this all allows for more light to enter the sensor, making for better low-light photography.

Aspiring cinematographers can also have some fun with the new Cinema Pro feature, which sports color management presets and allows you to shoot in 4K HDR at FPS in the wide 21:9 format. The shot is steadied through a hybrid system of optical and digital stabilization.

Hardware and software


On the inside, the Sony Xperia 1 is on par with the other big-hitter 2019 flagships — a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 hums inside, offering the fastest processor currently available for Android handsets, paired with 6 GB of RAM for multitasking overhead.

It sports a 3,330 mAh battery, which might have sounded like something big a year or two ago, but now seems to be on the tiny side. Especially since Samsung and LG seem to have made 3,500 mAh the norm. Still, we'll see how it fares in a battery life test further down the road.

Of course, the Xperia 1 comes with Android 9 Pie on board and a light Sony-made reskin on top with some extra features sprinkled over. Side sense comes back — a small "drawer" sits nestled at the edge of your screen and you can pull it up at any time. This can house favorite apps or toggles as you please. It will also have a shortcut for the split screen feature — something that'll work well on the super-tall 21:9 screen, allowing for each app to have more room.

Price and release


The Sony Xperia 1 will be released in the late Spring of 2019 and will be available in two colors — Purple and Black. Unfortunately, Sony did not reveal any pricing details as of right now.

If the previous flagship is anything to go by, then we are looking at a pretty hefty price. The Xperia XZ3 launched with a $899 price-tag. Looking at the amount of technology Sony crammed into the new Xperia 1, it seems like the company won't be willing to back down from that price easily.

Sony Xperia 1 vs Galaxy S10+, LG V50 hardware comparison


Sony's latest-and-greatest packs a punch — its hardware specs are on par with other popular flagships that were also announced at this year's MWC. To give us an idea how it fares against the competition, here's a quick specs comparison:

Sony Xperia 1 vs Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs LG V50 ThinQ

Display

Display size

6.5 inches
6.4 inches
6.4 inches

Resolution

1644 x 3840 pixels
1440 x 3040 pixels
1440 x 3120 pixels

Pixel density

643 ppi
522 ppi
537 ppi

Technology

OLED
Dynamic AMOLED
OLED

Screen-to-body ratio

82.22 %
88.63 %
82.85 %

Colors

 
16 777 216
16 777 216

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.5/F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.5; Pixel size: 1.4 μm

Second camera

12 megapixels
12 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Telephoto, Optical image stabilization, Autofocus
Telephoto, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus
Telephoto

Specifications

Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"
Optical zoom: 2x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 52 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.6"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Pixel size: 1 μm

Third camera

12 megapixels
16 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Ultra-wide
Ultra-wide
Ultra-wide

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 16 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 12 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.1"; Pixel size: 1 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Pixel size: 1 μm

Flash

LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Digital image stabilization, Manual focus, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Scenes, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Manual focus, RAW image capture, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Voice activation, Burst mode, Scenes, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Manual focus, HDR, Panorama, Face detection, Burst mode, Scenes, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Touch to focus, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (24 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (960 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD)

Features

Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling, Video sharing

Front

8 megapixels
10 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

 
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
 

Design

Dimensions

6.57 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches (167 x 72 x 8.2 mm)
6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches (157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm)
6.27 x 3.00 x 0.33 inches (159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3 mm)

Weight

 
6.17 oz (175 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)
6.46 oz (183 g)
the average is 6 oz (171 g)

Materials

Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Frame: Aluminum
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6); Frame: Aluminum

Resistance

Water, Dust
Water, Dust
Water, Dust

IP certified

IP 68
IP 68
IP 68

MIL-STD-810 certified

 
 
Yes

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Processor

Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2800 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm

GPU

Adreno 640
Adreno 640
Adreno 640

RAM

6 GB
8 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

128 GB
128 GB
128 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

Android (9.0 Pie)
Android (9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI
Android (9.0 Pie)

Battery

Capacity

3330 mAh
4100 mAh
4000 mAh

Video playback

 
22.00 hours
 

Cellular

CDMA

 
800, 1900 MHz
 

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
 

UMTS

850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
 

LTE (FDD)

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 66
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 66, 71
 

LTE (TDD)

Bands 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41, 46
 

Data

LTE-A Pro Cat 19 (1600/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
LTE-A Pro Cat 20 (2000/150 Mbit/s), LTE-A, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s
LTE-A Pro Cat 20 (2000/150 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s

Connectivity

Mobile Payment

 
Samsung Pay
 

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share
Wireless screen share

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 1000
 

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18 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

tall af

9. umaru-chan

Posts: 314; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Tall, refreshing and handsome.

2. ullokey

Posts: 172; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No Compact version :( Well then from next year it is goodbye Sony for me

3. adecvat

Posts: 580; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Nice phone. Colors great too.

4. abhicool

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Taller than Burj Khalifa

5. maherk

Posts: 6534; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Rebranded*

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 492; Member since: May 02, 2016

I like the design..

7. monoke

Posts: 1098; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Disappointed in battery size and power button separate from fps (dumb). Other than that, I absolutely love this aspect ratio, for my uses. Cinema aspect viewing and split screen, landscape user.

11. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5467; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Which part of "The fingerprint scanner has also been moved — it is now embedded in the power key on the right side of the device", didn't you get?

14. monoke

Posts: 1098; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

That's incorrect info by PA. Go look at a youtube hands on. The fps is not a pressable button/power the way it is like on a XZ premium. There's a separate wake/power button just below the fps.

8. alligator

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

3330 mAh battery for such big phone??? I hope they won't say that this is an "all-day battery" phone. With such big display I believe you have to charge it twice per day.

12. dimas

Posts: 3215; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And don't forget: it is a tall 4k display with puny battery with an expected $850-900 price tag. Sony is pulling a joke on people.

10. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I love it, looks very unique with subtle hints of Sony dna. I imagine this is the follow up to the xz2 premium. I wonder why samsung hasn't jumped onto the 4k oled route yet?.

13. dimas

Posts: 3215; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"I wonder why samsung hasn't jumped onto the 4k oled route yet?" You like charging your phone every 3 hours? You don't want to be productive in your work and be confident away from plugs all day? Until real battery tech is developed, I don't want to be a wall plug slave for my phone. We're still in li-ion batteries, no need for 4k phones right now.

15. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

The xz2 premium possess a 3450mah battery with 4k display and has respectable battery life (7.20 hrs on phone Arena, 77hrs on gsmarena) therefore its not as bad as you would assume. All samsung needs to do is put in a larger battery (4500-5000 min) and perhaps keep 4k resolution when only viewing photos or vids.

16. Cat97

Posts: 1613; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

So this is Sony's 2019 innovation, to make the phones unusably tall ? Their managers must really hate their company.

17. Techzalot

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

Which ones have a 3.5mm jack?

18. Einstein333

Posts: 143; Member since: May 22, 2012

All the new Sony phones have very lousy batteries! As always...

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