Sony has announced its new flagship, the Xperia 1. The device offers major improvements in the area of screen and cameras and is also equipped with the most powerful mobile hardware of the moment. Read all about the smartphone here.
Sony Xperia 1 officially announced
As in previous years, Sony is present at the Mobile World Congress and this year the manufacturer is launching a new flagship: the Xperia 1. The company seems to drop the ‘Xperia XZ‘ name and opts for the simpler ‘Xperia 1’.
At the same time, Sony is coming with the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, which are in fact the successors of the latest Xperia XA phones. Finally, there is the Xperia L3, a budget device that does have the same name as its predecessor, the Xperia L2.
The main improvement of Sony Xperia 1 has to do with the screen. The smartphone is equipped with a 6.5 inch OLED screen with a 4K resolution and support for HDR. More importantly, the aspect ratio is 21 by 9, making the display more outrageous and much longer than other Android smartphones. The aspect ratio of 21 by 9 is also used in cinemas, which means that films can be viewed in full format on the Xperia 1, without black bars on the top, bottom or side. The larger display also makes multi-tasking easier.
The big other innovation is the camera. The Xperia 1 has a triple camera at the back, all 12 megapixels. It is a regular lens, a lens that makes optical zoom possible and a sensor that can capture entire wide images. Two lenses have optical image stabilization and the Xperia 1 has an option to capture full-HD super slow motion images. The three cameras also work together to make better photos in the dark.
The most important specifications
Furthermore, the Sony Xperia 1 is equipped with high-end specifications, including the latest Snapdragon 855 chip from Qualcomm. There is now 128 GB of internal storage, 6 GB of RAM and a 3300 mAh battery. Out of the box, the Xperia 1 runs on Android 9.0 (Pie), the most recent version of the mobile operating system. Sony is also neat with updates, so you can expect monthly security patches and fast upgrades to new Android versions. Below you will find the most important specifications at a glance.
- 6.5 inch OLED screen with 4K resolution and HDR
- Three 12 megapixel cameras on the back with smart AI functions
- Snapdragon 855 chip with 6GB memory
- 128GB of expandable storage space
- Runs on Android 9.0 (Pie) with a light Sony skin
- 3300 mAh battery: fast charging and wireless charging
- USB port, but no headphones telephone connection
Sony Xperia 1 release and price
Sony announces that the Xperia 1 will appear in the Netherlands in the spring with a suggested retail price of 949 euros. This makes the phone a bit more expensive when compared to its predecessor: the Xperia XZ3 cost 799 euros at the release. The 1 comes in four colors: black, white, purple and gray. When a specific release date is known, you can read it here.