Sony Xperia 1

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Sony Xperia 1 product details

The Sony Xperia 1 is a top model announced by Sony for 2019. It is the first smartphone with a 4K OLED screen and the first Xperia with a 21:9 ratio. In addition, there are again top specifications for the camera, video and audio. Which exactly and which advantages this has for you, we will try to explain here.

CinemaWide is first 4K OLED

First innovation is the screen. It is the first time that Sony applies a screen ratio of 21:9. This is also used in cinemas, and now Sony is also active there. Another funny detail is that you can shoot video in this aspect ratio so that you can feel like a Hollywood director. Besides being remarkably elongated, this is the first OLED panel in a smartphone with an unprecedented high 4K resolution. Even on a 6.5-inch panel, you won't be able to see individual pixels with the naked eye. Non4K content is upscaled via Sony's X1 engine and extra colors are upgraded to 10-bit HDR thanks to remaster technology. If these terms don't mean anything to you, take it from us that images are razor sharp, colorful, with lots of detail and full of contrast.

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Eye AF in a phone

There are also improvements in the camera area. The back of the Xperia 1 has 3 cameras, each with a 12 megapixel sensor but with different lenses. Sony is a big player in the camera field, especially the Alpha cameras with interchangeable lenses are miles ahead of the competition. It is not surprising that this team helped in the development of the Xperia 1. There is a 26 millimeter lens for everyday use, 52 millimeter lens for 2x optical zoom and a super wide angle lens of 16 millimeter. One for every situation. Special attention has been paid to the autofocus. This has to be so fast that even with fast moving subjects you get a sharp picture. Eye AF ensures that the focus on eyes is automatically and lightning fast for the perfect portrait photo. In burst mode, you can shoot up to 10 photos per second, all sharp.

Main Sony Xperia 1 specifications

  • OLED 6.5-inch screen with 4K resolution and HDR colors
  • 12 + 12 + 12 megapixel camera with super wide angle, portrait and telephoto zoom lens
  • Sharp 13 megapixel selfiecam with 84 degrees wide angle f/2.0 lens
  • Fast mobile 4G internet up to 1.6 Gbit/s
  • Possibility to place memory cards
  • Water- and dustproof IP65/68 housing
  • Powerful Snapdragon 855 processor + 6 GB of RAM memory
  • Simultaneously insert 2 SIM cards that are both active

Audio, build quality and speed are all fine

Other functions aren't nauseous either. There's Dolby Atmos support for sound that surrounds you, built-in stereo speakers, high-resolution DSEE HX support and wireless LDAC. The Xperia 1 is sandwiched between two Gorilla Glass 6 plates and is IP65/68 water and dust resistant. Just like its predecessor, the Xperia XZ3, the edge is touch-sensitive. It lets you access the Side Sense menu with shortcuts to your most favorite apps or operations. Of course, the '1' uses the most powerful Qualcomm processor available during construction; the Snapdragon 855. With 6GB of RAM memory and 3330mAh of battery power, that should be enough to keep you going fast and long. A pity remains that Sony left out the 3.5mm audio jack port for your own headphones.

Most important Sony Xperia 1 specifications

Dimensions 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2 mm
Codename Sony XZ4
EAN code 7311271629566, 7311271629559, 7311271629412, 7311271629245, 7311271629214, 7311271629191, 7311271629184, 7311271629160, 7311271629153
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 9.0 (Pie)
Color display 6.5 inch, OLED
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
Dust and waterproof
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa core
Secondary camera 13 MP
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 3330 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

All Sony Xperia 1 specifications

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Alternatives of the Sony Xperia 1

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Sony Xperia 1
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (G975)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (N975)
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (G986)
LG V40 ThinQ

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Fingerprint recognition
Android9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)108.1
Color display6.5 inch, OLED6.4 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.8 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.4 inch, FullVision OLED QuadHD+, notch
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP, VGA camera12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP
Dust and waterproof
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa coreOcta coreOcta coreQualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa core
Secondary camera13 MP10 MP, 8 MP10 MP10 MP5 MP, 8 MP
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
Internal memory6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 1 TB (Storage), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Battery3330 mAh4100 mAh4300 mAh4500 mAh3300 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

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