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Sony Xperia 1: 6.5-inch Quad HD smartphone with world´s first 21:9 CinemaWide™ 4K HDR OLED display and pro-quality triple lens camera

It has been a while since Sony came out with a strong flagship contender, and the wait is now over with the release of Sony Xperia 1.


Bear in mind that the last recognizable flagship by them is the Xperia XZ3 as per below:

  • 6-inch Quad HD P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~537 ppi density
  • Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5) & aluminum frame
  • IP65/IP68 protection with dust and water proof, up to 1.5 meter for 30 minutes
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 19MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, 25mm (wide), 1/2.3", 1.22µm, predictive PDAF & laser AF, LED flash, panorama and HDR
  • 13MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture, 23mm (wide), 1/3", 1.12µm and HDR
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 512GB
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Wireless Qi charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 2018 release date
  • 900 USD price tag

Even as of last year, Sony went with a large 6-inch screen with P-OLED technology and Quad HD resolution, all-round protection and everything else thrown in between.

With that in mind, here’s to the Xperia 1 which has the following specs:

  • 6.5-inch Quad HD+ OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1644 x 3840 pixels, 21:9 ratio or ~643 ppi density
  • IP65/IP68 protection with dust and water proof, up to 1.5 meter for 30 minutes
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) chipset, Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485) processor, Adreno 640 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Triple primary camera: 12MP with f/1.6 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/2.6", 1.4µm, predictive Dual Pixel PDAF and 5-axis OIS + 12MP with f/2.4 aperture, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, predictive PDAF, 2x optical zoom and 5-axis OIS + 12MP with f/2.4 aperture, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, LED flash, panorama, HDR and eye tracking
  • 8MP selfie camera with f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm and HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 1TB
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3330 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (50% charge in just 30 minutes)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2019 release date
  • 900 USD price tag

One year on, and Sony definitely knows how to make a comeback from such a long hiatus. The Xperia 1 now comes with a larger 6.5-inch Quad HD+ OLED screen with the world’s 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5” 4K HDR OLED display. Experience a cinematic aspect ratio made possible by the collaboration with engineers from “CineAlta” branded digital cinema camera team means it can reproduce colours as directors intended.

The OLED display brings real black, incredible contrast, and lifelike colour.

Protection-wise, the IP65/IP68 makes the Xperia 1 dust and water proof; while the Gorilla Glass 6 protects the smartphone from any mishaps or carelessness that might happen. You will get a total peace of mind having it, that’s for sure. Not only that, with a sleek metal frame and durable Gorilla Glass 6 front and back; it looks as good as it feels.

Under the hood of the Xperia 1 is the flagship performance that you can expect for the year 2019. The Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with a very fast Kryo octa-core processor, great graphics and 6GB RAM makes for a speedy performance. No problem to run any apps and games that you can find out there.

Perhaps the best part about the Xperia 1 is on its triple primary camera setup, the 12MP+12MP+12MP camera to be exact. Get outstanding image quality in every photo for any situation and light conditions: 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm for 2x optical zoom. Introducing the world’s first Eye AF in a smartphone and up to 10fps AF/AE tracking technology. It has RAW noise reduction for clear images in low light and precision focus for striking portraits. Record movies with the same parameters and color settings as the professionals with the function co-developed with the expertise from Sony's cinema camera engineers.

As for the storage, either you go for 64GB or 128GB of internal storage; you can easily add up to a maximum of 1TB via the microSD expansion slot.

Now you can enjoy Dolby Atmos sound system through your phone, as the Xperia 1 creates an amazing audio experience with multi-dimensional sound that flows above and around you – tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

With a high 3330mAh capacity, the Xperia 1’s battery supplies the necessary juice to power up your day. Plus, Smart Stamina predicts how long your power will last and adapts your energy usage to keep you going for longer. When the time comes to plug it in, it only takes 30 minutes to charge it up to 50%.


Sony Xperia 1 ups the ante in the flagship space by offering great performance, great display, great camera, great video-recording, great sound system and many more. The only question is whether you can afford such greatness.

Sony Xperia 1 had just been released for ~$900 USD price tag. 4 great colors for you to choose from, namely Black, Gray, Purple and White.

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