The Sony Xperia 1 was announced at Mobile World Congress 2019 and it caught my eye straight away. While Sony isn’t a major player in the smartphone market anymore, the 4K OLED display and a unique 21:9 CinemaWide display caught my eye. Now, the Sony Xperia 1 is coming to the United States market carrying a price tag of US$949.
The United States market tends to get Sony flagship phones a little later than the overseas market, but that’s okay. Sony is a bigger player over there than they are in the United States so it makes sense.
The flagship Sony Xperia 1 sports a 6.5″ CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display which has a 21:9 aspect ratio. Of course, since this is an OLED Sony panel, we expect color reproduction to be amazing.
The panel uses Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology and what the company calls its X1 mobile engine. The X1 mobile engine is supposed to bring more contrast, color, and clarity to the OLED display. The display also supports 10-bit tonal gradation and wide color space ITU-R BT.2020, as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65 and is covered by Gorilla Glass 6.
The Xperia 1 also sports a triple lens camera (12MP) with a 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens, and a 52mm lens telephoto shooting (35mm equiv.). Sony says they packed in some of the technology from its Alpha line of cameras which they are calling BIONZ X for mobile.
The cameras offer up the world’s first Eye Auto Focus in a smartphone. The camera also delivers continuous burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking. Sony also says you can capture better low light images with the F1.6 lens and large pixel pitch 1.4μm Dual Photo Diode image sensor.
The Xperia 1 also has Dolby Atmos sound built-in and the company says they have enhanced the gaming experience on mobile. Gaming is improved by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of gameplay, while the Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online.
As for performance, the Xperia 1 is rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon Elite Gaming for handling processor-intensive apps and games. As for RAM, you can expect a healthy 6GB of RAM as well as Android 9.0. The battery sits at 3,330 mAh, which isn’t too bad but still a bit behind some of the competition. Sony says its battery has what the call Smart Stamina, Battery Care, and Xperia Adaptive Charging.