When you look at the new Xperia 1, you can immediately tell what Sony wants to accomplish. This phone is definitely unique from the collection of Android phones because it’s so tall and unique. With Samsung and Huawei dominating the smartphone market, Sony is required to offer something exclusive to attract people’s attention.
There are enough advantages to the Xperia 1’s extremely tall feature factor to qualify it for consideration, even if it may seem strange at first. Despite its size, it doesn’t feel like a large phone. As part of Sony’s pitch for the Xperia 1, the company claims that the device has color reproduction, a cinematic screen, and a camera. Sony is good at those things outside of phones but has never really transferred those strengths to its mobile collection.
In some time, Sony has not released a high-performance flagship, and it certainly is unusual. No other smartphone maker is focusing on the same sort of priorities as Sony is with the Xperia 1. For that reason, the Xperia 1 is sometimes refreshing. Other than that, it makes you wish Sony had taken a few more risks. The Xperia 1 stands out but designing a unique form factor is easy. It’s harder to make a good, complete package. Especially with a price of $950, the Xperia 1 doesn’t offer as many features as it should.
- 167 x 72 x 8.2mm, 178g
- Gorilla Glass 6
- USB-C audio
A discussion of the Xperia 1 must begin with its design. It’s by far one of the most divisive phones. The reason is that Sony chose to use a 6.5-inch panel with an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio. It feels heavier than many phones, but other plus-sized devices are often up to 20g heavier.
Corning Gorilla Glass covers both the front and back of the phone, while a thin metal frame separates them. Despite these premium materials, the phone feels fragile, because of its thin body and because when you tap its rear it vibrates slightly – the phone doesn’t seem to have gotten injured during our time with it, so we hope it’s more durable than it appears. The phone is available in white, purple, black, and gray Colors.
- 5-inch 4K HDR OLED
- 3,840 by 1,644 pixel, 643ppi
- X1 for Mobile
Its screen is a stumbling block, which is a shame – and surprising considering it was designed to handle content like videos and photos. The Xperia 1 display is surprisingly dim in terms of maximum brightness. You will be delighted with HDR content that supports the 21:9 aspect ratio natively. Since Netflix now supports HDR, you’d better believe I streamed some movies from it.
You’ll be blown away by the contrast. Its display is one of the best you’ve seen this year, though the content has to catch up quickly in order to benefit from the aspect ratio. For a flagship, you are fully in control of the color profile, the blue light filter, the resolution settings, etc. For the Sony Xperia 1 to be useful, the aspect ratio must catch up quickly with its screen.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 S0C
- 8GHz octa-core, 7nm process
- 6GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage
It is efficient and quick for Sony to use Qualcomm’s SoCs. The performance of the Xperia 1 has never been an issue. It ran smoothly, not a single hiccup to be found. The device was truly a joy to use. A couple of the pre-installed games, such as Asphalt 9 and Fortnite, also performed well. In addition, Sony controls block notifications during gameplay.
In terms of benchmarks, the phone did well across the board. Almost all computing devices were outperformed in 3DMark and GeekBench by this device. You won’t encounter any roadblocks with the Xperia 1.
- 3,330mAh Lithium-ion
- Xperia Adaptive Charging
- Stamina Mode
- USB power delivery
An Ultra HD display has millions of extra pixels that require to be lit up than a Quad HD display. In our battery tests, the Xperia 1 did not perform particularly well due to this. Although I used it almost every day from morning to night, it survived our web and video tests for little more than 12 hours.
Sony’s Stamina Mode and rapid charging are the Xperia 1’s strongest assets. You can manage the battery life of the phone by tweaking its power consumption by means of the included charger.
According to Sony, the Xperia 1 has four cameras: three on the back and one on the front. Images can be snapped with standard, wide-angle, or zoomed lenses. By pressing the dedicated camera button, the camera app opens quickly.
You would expect a modern flagship app to have controls like these. Several features and modes are accessible through buttons, toggles, and drop-down menus. By default, Sony has the intelligent auto mode selected. In this case, the AI detects what the phone is pointing at and adjusts the camera settings accordingly.
Android 9 Pie: The Sony Xperia 1 comes with Android 9, the newest operating system from Google. It is a fairly light software package. Compared to stock, the most noticeable differences are different background colors and alternate fonts. Apart from that, it includes the typical home screen, app drawer, Quick Settings shade, and pill-based navigation.
Value For The Money
It’s a lot of money for any phone to cost $949. The top-end smartphones of Apple, Huawei, LG, and Samsung are all more than a thousand dollars. If you’re a diehard Sony fan and must have the Xperia 1 no matter what the price, order it now.
Over the past decade, Sony has experienced peaks and valleys in the smartphone market. The Xperia 1 was supposed to be one of those peaks. Where quality is concerned, the hardware of this phone is outstanding. Almost everything is here, including Gorilla Glass 6, a metal frame, waterproofing, a 4K screen, and triple cameras. In addition to its odd shape, the Xperia 1’s battery life, camera performance, and usability suffer in a few areas. The product is only suitable for those looking for something unique, or those seeking to consume media.