Sony Xperia 1 Reviews: World’s First 4K OLED Android Smartphone

Sony Xperia 1 android smartphone camera
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Sony Mobile unveiled its new flagship Android smartphone named Xperia 1 at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2019 event with two other mid-rangers tagged Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. This latest smartphone features an ultra-tall 21:9 CinemaWide display. The device is also the world’s first 4K OLED Android smartphone.

Sony Mobile is taking the smartphone industry to a whole new level with its latest Xperia 1 which has entertainment and content creation as the major focus. You think Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is tall? Wait until you see this smartphone, then you can be the judge to that. Not only does Xperia 1 features a 6.5-inches (3840 x 1644) 4K OLED display, it also uses a 21:9 aspect ratio. With the CinemaWide display, you can watch your favorite movies, TV shows reproduced in pro-level colour accuracy using the “creator mode”. For lovers of good quality video entertainment and rugged content creation, Xperia 1 is rightly suited for you.

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This is why Mitsuya Kishida, President, Sony Mobile Communications, said in a statement about the latest Xperia Android smartphones and I quote “We have established a new vision for our Xperia brand to bring our customers experiences beyond imagination”. “We are continuing to push the boundaries in pursuit of innovation and our new Xperia delivers genuine technologies with a multitude of professional-grade features for creative entertainment experiences that are only possible with Sony.”

Sony Xperia 1 Camera

Sony Xperia 1 android smartphone camera
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Sony Xperia 1 also packs a triple 12MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera setup that offers 2X optical zoom and very fast Eye Auto Focus. The rear cameras are designed in collaboration with expert engineers from Sony’s digital cinema camera division called CineAlta to offer the best quality cameras that can take high-quality photographs. The cameras are armed with a noise reduction and an Optical SteadyShot technology that can stabilize the sensor to resist shakes while taking a shot at an object on the move.

The front comes with an 8MP shooter that is also armed with SteadyShot technology for video and photo shot stabilization. The front shooter also features portrait selfie effects, 3D creator and a display flash for high quality selfie shots and video content creation.

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Sony Xperia 1 Performance and Battery

Sony Xperia 1 runs on Android 9.0(Pie) with the latest Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, tagging along with a 6GB of RAM for optimal performance. The device also features 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB via microSD card.

As far as power is concerned, the Xperia 1 Android smartphone is powered by a 3,330mAh battery. The battery capacity is fair but not good enough, considering the fact that the smartphone is tailored towards entertainment lovers and content creators. More power should have been given to the device to match-up with the performance. Probably, Sony intends releasing an upgrade in the future.

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Sony Xperia 1 Expected Price and Availability

An official statement on the price of Xperia 1 has not been given by the company but a recent report from CNBC suggests that the price will start at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 74,200). The Android smartphone will go on sale in the US from late Spring in Black and Purple colour options. The new model in the global markets will get Black, Grey, Purple, and White colour options.

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Sony Xperia Full Specifications


Performance Octa-core
Display 6.5″ (16.51 cm)
Storage 128 GB
Camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Battery 3330 mAh
Ram 6GB
Launch Date In India February 2019


Fingerprint Sensor Position On-screen
Other Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope
Fingerprint Sensor Yes


Quick Charging Yes
Operating System Android v9.0 (Pie)
Sim Slots Single SIM, GSM
Model Xperia 1
Brand Sony
Sim Size SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
Network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint Sensor Yes


Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Jack USB Type-C


Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adreno 640
Processor Octa-core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 485 + 2.42 GHz, Tri-core, Kryo 485 + 1.8 GHz, Quad-core)
Architecture 64 bit
Ram 6 GB


Thickness 8.2 mm
Width 72 mm
Weight 180 grams
Waterproof Yes Water resistant, IP65, IP68
Ruggedness Dustproof, Waterproof
Height 167 mm
Colours Black, Grey, Purple, White


Display Type OLED
Aspect Ratio 21:9
Bezelless Display Yes
Pixel Density 643 ppi
Screen Protection Corning Gorilla Glass v6
Screen To Body Ratio Calculated 82.27 %
Screen Size 6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
Screen Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
Touch Screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch


Internal Memory 128 GB
Expandable Memory Yes Up to 512 GB


Settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
Camera Features 5 x Digital Zoom, 2 x Optical Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 Pixels
Sensor Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor
Autofocus Yes Hybrid autofocus, Phase Detection autofocus, Dual Pixel autofocus
Shooting Modes Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Resolution 8 MP Front Camera
Physical Aperture F2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation Yes
Flash Yes Screen flash
Video Recording 1920×1080 @ 30 fps


User Replaceable No
Quick Charging Yes Fast
Wireless Charging Yes
Type Li-ion
Capacity 3330 mAh


Wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n
Wifi Features Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes v5.0
Volte Yes
Usb Typec Yes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)
Usb Connectivity Mass storage device, USB charging
Nfc Yes
Network Support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
Gps Yes with A-GPS, Glonass
Sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz 4G Speed: 150 Mbit/s? 1600 Mbit/s? (LTE category 19)3G Speed: HSDPA 42.2 Mbit/s ?, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ?GPRS: Available EDGE: Available
Sim Size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano