Sony Xperia 1 Review

The Xperia 1 is more than just Sony's latest flagship phone. It is the catalyst in the company's transformative turn in a new direction – one that would hopefully bring the Xperia brand back on the radar. It is the first Sony phone with a triple camera and the only handset on the market with a 4K OLED HDR display. The 21:9 aspect ratio makes it ideal for multitasking...
This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

34 Comments

1. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Although the S10 ultrasonic fingerprint is unreliable, because its from Samsung and made of Vibranium, I will give it 10/10!

5. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Lol, good use of sarcasm but you should know that comments like these will make you a target of prominent SDF members like jasssssson. Overall, it's a very good review and score is just right.

21. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I agree with legar, Samsung's fingerprint scanner is far from perfect and can be annoying to use. That's why I end up using face unlock or pin. See umaru-chan the difference between you and me is I will admit the faults in my favourite brand or products. I don't sound like a robot and troll everyone if someone says bad things about the brand that I like.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well... I'm sure that a Galaxy S10 appears to be a better deal in the context of a comparison test, but after discovering during a Samsung Account sign in process how Samsung tries to manipulate customers into giving up their private data, Samsung is dead to me. At least Sony is too poor to try (for the moment) to push their services and they rely on just standard Google services.

3. liteon163

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

The primary reason I read phone reviews here is to see the screen color specs. Could you please also show how they shape up when you manually try to get the screen temperature as close to 6500K as possible? And then share those settings with us?

4. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

LOL , I knew score would be 8. None android will ever be above iphones here. Even worse phones (Xiaomi and OP) again get above 9. Mate 30 Pro, U19 and V50 will be below 9 too.

7. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Even Sony fan reviewer rate Xperia 1 8.5 so. Phone arena rate it Xperia 1 with excellent score wait till theverge review xperia1 and you will see the rate 6.5 or max 7 they rate even iPhone XS and XS max 8.5.

16. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

You can go there and make your review score , you dont need to have the phone. I am using a Samsung at the moment. I can give low score to any phone

9. IT-Engineer

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

There won't be a Mate 30 Pro!

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I really like the photos this phone takes they look very natural and clean but since it lacks wireless charging I will wait for the Xperia 2.

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2030; Member since: May 26, 2011

How do you determine what looks natural when you're not seeing the shooting subject in real life to compare it?

10. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

You can check how natural it looks in this YouTube video. Here it really looks like the Xperia 1 takes the most natural pics. It's actually shocking how oversaturated and fake the images of the Galaxy S10 look by comparison. https://youtu.be/TfYVuU8rKVE

11. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

All reviews say that.

12. srgonu

Posts: 548; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Apple plays Brain games with PA editors.

13. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

This review is basically completely opposite of gsmarena when it comes to camera. I have to agree with gsmarena tho

25. AlienKiss

Posts: 154; Member since: May 21, 2019

gsmarena is the most biased website I have ever seen. They monitors and delete more comments than china itself. If you dare to say that huawei disabled their bootloader service (before the ban), they'll immediately delete the comment. Like I said, the most biased website on the internet. If you check their website, 95% of the news and phones are cheap chinese trash. I wouldn't be surprised if I heard that the website is actually chinese. I stopped visiting that site..

27. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Wut? I find them to be pretty fair, and my experience petty much matches their review, at least more than phonearena

28. Mr_Magma

Posts: 5; Member since: May 21, 2019

Agree with Alien. They've been deliting comments way too often

14. erniedgx19

Posts: 3; Member since: May 15, 2019

How predictable from phonearena always giving Sony a bad rating no matter how great it is compared to other low end and mid-range getting 8.5+ rating

15. iczer

Posts: 158; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Nice Phone! The Camera software that feels "unfinished" and the unreliable fingerprint scanner it will be fixed with a software update, that is for sure! It should have got a rating of 8,5 at least!

17. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

If Xiaomi and OP get above 9, then Samsung and Sony deserve 0.6 more. Iphone Xr deserves 7.5 , got 9.0 ...

18. pogba

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

that is one long ass screenshot.

19. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

The night shots are are way better than before and some say it's even better than the S10 for example (which I believe). The lack of HDR processing isn't an issue for me too, as pictures look clearly better than these unnatural HDR-processed ones. This year Sony finally delivers!

20. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

There is HDR processing. Actually, if I am not wrong, the Sony Xperia Z was the first phone with HDR. The difference is that, unlike everyone else, Sony is a bit more frugal with HDR, using a light version called Backlit Mode in their Auto Mode and a full-on HDR mode in their Manual Mode, which still is probably a bit more conservative than in competition. Whether this is a good thing or not is open to interpretation. Looks like Sony trusts more traditional photography values, like less processing and true to life colours in expense of artificially enhanced dynamic range, which often betters reality, and similar night modes.

29. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

The HDR I was talking about is the HDR+ or every other thing manufacturers like Google or Apple are promoting everywhere but produces overprocessed pictures with strange halos around high contrast scenes for example. Sony's approach is more natural, most of the time taking pictures without HDR and sometimes as you sais using the "Backlit" setting which is not as "aggressive" as the others.

26. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

There is HDR for Auto. But it works only when phone judges necessary.

22. Mountain

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Got mine for $692, through preorder, and I am quite impressed. Out of the 3 phones I have (note 9 and p30 pro), Xperia 1 is definately the most usable. All cameras are more or less the same if you ask me. The only think that is lacking is the storage. Why on earth are they still considering 128GB storage?

23. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

I do not know why they do not mention that the review unit was analyzed with an unfinished firmware. They knew it, they were not the only ones in the place. It was until last week when the phone was released that the update significantly improved the camera and the stabilization. These photos were taken much earlier and you should have clarified that point.

24. Djz89

Posts: 443; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I loce xperia phones and this is a fair score, if the battery had been bigger it would have deserved a 9. The only thing they got worng imo is the low light shots, they are superb, not meh.

30. mercedesC

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2019

Sony lost the ground when come to adapt to new and innovative stuff. I was SONY fun for decades in my house could only one product be present, sony. In my opinion where Sony made a mistake, lost the contact with Consumers second is Customer service, now days is hard to find good customer service but SONY disrespect the people that buying the product on higher level. and people realize that same as i did and stopped buying Sony products. One thing I noticed when come to Phone is BEZEL with sony phones Long time ago design was very strong point to buy a Sony today is just funny what they did. Thanks to few bad Business behavior SONY come to Nostalgic Shop CATEGORY at least for me.......... Sorry to see once great Company get lost in new age.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.