Sony Xperia 1 review: “high” flagship with 4K HDR OLED display


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Sony has repeatedly proven that it knows how to make its smartphones stand out from the competition. How successful -

that's another question.Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus smartphones were presented back in February at MWC 2019 and received a completely updated appearance compared to a couple of previous lines. No cutouts in screens, retractable cameras or other &#8220;fashionable&#8221; There are no features in the company's current smartphones; the distinctive feature this time is the elongated display with a &#8220;cinematic&#8221; ratio 21:9. Sony Xperia 10 Plus has already been in the editorial office, and now the current flagship Sony Xperia 1 has finally reached (including stores).

  1. What is it?
  2. What is interesting Sony Xperia 1?
  3. What is in the box?
  4. What does Sony Xperia 1 look like?
  5. How good is the screen?
  6. What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?
  7. What about the interface?
  8. How are things going with the camera?
  9. In the dry residue

What is it?

Sony Xperia 1 is a flagship smartphone with 6.A 5-inch 4K OLED HDR display with an aspect ratio of 21:9, a top-end Qualcomm processor, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory, a triple main camera and Android 9 Pie.

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What is interesting Sony Xperia 1?


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Sony Xperia 1 is equipped with 6.5-inch display with 21:9 aspect ratio. This format is used in most modern films, in addition, the company claims that it is convenient for working with two applications in split-screen mode, and it is also more convenient to read news feeds. More information is included. But it’s worth talking separately about the screen itself. This is an OLED with HDR support and a resolution of as much as 3840x1644. In this regard, the approach is reminiscent of Xperia Premium: only relevant content (video, photos) is reproduced in native resolution, the rest of the time the resolution is 2560x1096. A lot of work has been done on the main camera. It is now triple, all three modules have the same 12 MP resolution, but other characteristics, of course, are different. The main module has high-aperture f/1.6 optics and a viewing angle of 78°. The second is a telephoto for 2x zoom with an angle of 45° and an aperture of f/2.4. Sony finally listened to users and the two aforementioned modules received optical stabilization. The third module is an ultra-wide-angle one with an f/2.4 aperture and an angle of 130°, without OIS. The camera can shoot videos in 4K HDR, including with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Super-slow-motion 960 fps FullHD, which has already become familiar to Sony flagships, is also available. Interesting features include eye autofocus and a separate Cinema Pro application for those who like to delve into manual settings. Inside, everything is more familiar, as for Sony flagships: the top Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, all modern wireless interfaces, including NFC and Bluetooth with support for LDAC and aptX HD codecs. The smartphone is powered by a 3330 mAh battery with support for fast charging via cable, but for some reason without wireless support. The body is made of glass and metal and has IP65/68 protection.

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What is in the box?


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The box is made of white cardboard, the outside isonly the model name and the necessary technical information. No colorful printing. A smartphone arrived with a not quite complete set. In commercial boxes, in addition to the Sony Xperia 1 itself, there will be an 18 W USB-PD charger, a Type-C cable, an adapter from Type-C to a 3.5 mm jack and an in-ear headset with just a standard connector (we didn’t have it in the box ).


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What does Sony Xperia 1 look like?


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Externally, the smartphone looks very unusual:it is really very long due to the aspect ratio. It is about a centimeter longer than other modern flagship smartphones. On the other hand, this aspect ratio made it possible to make it smaller in width. For comparison, the width of the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10+ is 74.2 mm, and the 6.5-inch Sony Xperia 1 is 72 mm. Thanks to this, using one hand is quite possible and even convenient. Some difficulties can only arise with pockets that are not too deep, into which a smartphone simply may not fit due to its length. Although this is rather a special case: a smartphone fits into standard men’s jeans without any problems. The frames on the sides of the screen are thin, the chin is small, without any frills. Above the screen is the earpiece, sensors, front camera and notification indicator:


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Smartphone materials are typical for modern onesflagships: metal frame, glass front and back. The shape of the body itself is something between &#8220;bar-like&#8221; Sony of yesteryear and the sleek shapes of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3. The smartphone is devoid of sharp corners, while at the same time a certain severity of Sony is recognizable. Some users did not appreciate the thickness and overly streamlined shape of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 lines (but in vain), so the new Sony Xperia 1 was made thinner: 8.2 mm, the average for modern flagships. Sony has finally and irrevocably abandoned the 3.5 mm jack in flagships. Bottom - USB Type-C, microphone and external speaker:


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At the top end there is a second microphone and tray:


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The tray can be removed without additional tools; Sony has been using a similar form for a long time. The tray itself is hybrid: either two SIM cards, or instead of the second - a MicroSD memory card:


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The location of the buttons and finger scanner is unusual. We saw this in the Xperia 10 Plus, but in the flagship Sony Xperia 1 it was implemented more conveniently. Fingerprint scanner moved from the back to the middle of the right side. It is conveniently located: it gets a thumb when used with the right hand and an index finger with the left, and it works very quickly and accurately. Just below - the power button, above - the volume rocker. Unlike the 10 Plus, the buttons perceptibly protrude above the body and are clearly pressed. At the bottom of the end is a two-position camera button:


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The back panel is glass, at the top there ismain camera, in the middle is the Sony logo. The back cover is rounded on the sides for a more comfortable grip. Interestingly, the backdrop looks much more attractive in real life than in the official renderings. &#8220;boring&#8221; came to us for review. grey colour. The livery goes a little towards a blue tint and looks very good. Also, a black version is sold in Ukraine. Less &#8220;hackneyed&#8221; Unfortunately, they decided not to import white and purple ones:


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Three lenses of the main camera are located under a common protective glass. It protrudes slightly above the body. Above the camera is a laser rangefinder and flash, and on the side is the designation of the NFC module:


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Sony Xperia 1 looks unusual and interesting.The elongated body is a moment that can &#8220;come&#8221; not everyone. I had no problems using it with one hand, it took me an evening to get used to. And after Xpeia 1, for example, Xiaomi Mi9 seemed wide and awkward. Although this is very individual and depends on the personal habits of users. For consuming content such as news feeds, social networks and mobile versions of websites, 21:9 turned out to be extremely convenient.

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How good is the screen?


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Sony Xperia 10 Plus has 6 installed.5-inch POLED CinemaWide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a resolution of 3840x1644, pixel density - 643 ppi. Traditionally for Sony (in particular the Premium line), 4K resolution is used only in a few built-in applications and when viewing photos/videos. The approach is completely justified: it is extremely difficult to distinguish visually, but the charge is consumed less. The display supports HDR, has a Creator mode, and the display is said to have DCI-P3 100% color gamut, BT2020, and D65 standard for white. Well, marketing is marketing, but the screen really looks great, especially if you watch 4K HDR content on it, of course. The colors are very rich, the viewing angles are maximum, and the brightness is enough for comfortable work in the sun. The brightness is not specified, but I suspect that the peak value for HDR content is 600 cd/m2. There is an Always on Display function that displays the clock, charge, notifications, and track information while playing music. It is possible to set your own image:


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In the settings there is a brightness, font,scale interface elements, as well as color settings. There are two modes: creator mode and standard mode (you can also enable automatic transition to Creator mode when playing 4K HDR content). Separately there is a flexible setting of the light transmission with presets and sliders on red, green and blue:


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In standard mode, maximum brightnesswas 362.209 cd/m2, the brightness of the black field was 0 cd/m2, and the static contrast tended to infinity (like all OLEDs). Color rendition is slightly biased towards cool shades, the color gamut is much wider than sRGB:


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In Creator Mode, the maximum brightness was 394.97 cd/m2, and the color gamut was closer to sRGB:


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Comparison with other models:

Device name
White field brightness,
cd / m2
The brightness of the black field,
cd / m2
Contrast

Sony Xperia 1
394.97
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Samsung Galaxy S10
378.72
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Huawei P30 Pro
435.845
0

Sony Xperia XZ3
408.047
0

Samsung Galaxy S10 +
397.816
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What about performance, memory, sound and autonomy?

Sony Xperia 1 is a flagship smartphone and, knowingSony, no options for &#8220;hardware&#8221; and it couldn't be. Inside is a top-end eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which includes a 1&#215;2.84 GHz Kryo 485 core, 3&#215;2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4&#215;1.78 GHz Kryo 485 cores and an Adreno 640 graphics accelerator. RAM - 6 GB, built-in - 128 GB UFS standard. So performance-wise, everything is fine. All games and applications in any quantities &#8220;fly&#8221;. Some games already support 21:9 and look great. In particular, PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor, Asphalt 9 and Fortnite. Apparently for this reason they were preinstalled on the smartphone. The rest are &#8220;cut off&#8221;, but this is not critical:


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Sony also has its own gaming utility undercalled &#8220;Game Accelerator&#8221;. The functionality is approximately the same as that of competitors: screenshots, shooting video of gameplay, a hub with all games, performance settings for each game and the ability to disable notifications:


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There were no surprises in the performance tests. This is one of the most powerful smartphones at the moment:


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In real conditions (games, 4K shooting), the smartphone is practically not heated. In the stress test throttling is still present, but within reasonable limits:


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Everything is fine on the wireless interfaces,there is all the necessary set: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and support for aptX HD and LDAC codecs, NFC and GPS. The sound from the speakers is very clear; conversational audio is used as a second sound for stereo. The vibration system in videos and games has been carried over from previous models, maybe it will suit someone. The sound in headphones via the included adapter is also very good. It's hard to screw up the Campfire Audio Polaris though. There are no special features regarding the player: a standard set of functions with filtering by genres, tracks, albums and artists, Dolby Atmos and the DSEE HX enhancer:


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The Sony Xperia 1 has a battery with a capacity3330 mAh. In practice, no surprises: a day of battery life with very active use. One and a half to two for more moderate appetites (no games and a small amount of photos/videos). USB Power Delivery fast charging is supported, and a corresponding power supply unit for a modest 18 W by today's standards is included. Although the smartphone charges quickly: a little less than 2 hours to fully charge and half an hour to 50%. Interestingly, they decided to remove wireless charging. There are additional energy saving features: Adaptive Battery (auto-closes rarely used applications), battery care to extend service life, Stamina and Digital Wellbeing modes:


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What's up with the firmware and interface?


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If you like it clean (or close to clean)Android, then the Sony Xperia 1 will please you. The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie OS, the shell is not overloaded, there are several additional features and a redrawn interface. But the basic logic remains unchanged. There is a separate application menu and standard navigation options with three and two buttons:


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The application manager is standard, in the form of a horizontal carousel of large cards:


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Side Sense has been carried over from previous models.Double tapping the side edges opens a menu with applications that are used most often. Moving up along the edge turns on split-screen mode, and the Side Sense menu now has shortcuts for quickly launching ready-made application combinations. Moving down along the edge is analogous to the &#8220;back&#8221; button. Side Sense panels can be adjusted by position, length, and sensitivity can be adjusted. If you wish, you can disable it completely:


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There is an adjustable small screen mode, which is launched by double tapping the home button. A useful thing, considering the size of the smartphone:


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The fingerprint scanner on the right side is fast and accurate. There is also identification by the owner’s face, but there are no additional detection algorithms or, especially, sensors.


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And some pre-installed applications:


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How are things going with the camera?

Sony used it for a long time and persistently even duringflagships have single cameras, the first experience with two modules was the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. And with the current line, mid-price segment smartphones now have dual cameras. The flagship Sony Xperia 1 received a triple main camera with the already familiar set. The main camera with high-aperture optics, a telephoto module for 2x zoom and an ultra-wide-angle module. All three have the same resolution of 12 MP, a main module with an angle of 78°, aperture /1.6 and optical stabilization, a telephoto lens of 45 degrees, f/2.4, also with OIS, and an ultra-wide-angle f/2.4 with an angle of 130°. An impressive set. Moreover, Sony has not used optical stabilization before. It is claimed that the BIONZ X processor is used for image processing, which uses the developments of Sony cameras, but is adapted for smartphones. Interesting features include eye focusing and continuous shooting at 10 frames per second. Plus 4K HDR video and super slow motion 960 fps FullHD.

The camera app is very close to the ones of the past.devices. Switching between photos and videos is done by swiping; on the left there are quick settings for flash, aspect ratio, timer, white balance, a button for switching between the main and front cameras and switching to background blur mode. On the main screen there is a button for switching cameras: main, 2x zoom and wide-angle. Additional modes are available in a separate menu in the lower right corner. There is also a quick access button to the last used mode. There are a number of questions about the application: there is no separate night mode and no ability to force HDR on in automatic mode; this is only possible in manual mode. The inclusion of an ultra-wide-angle camera is not entirely obvious; it was only found by “scientific poking”:


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Compared to previous Sony smartphones, the newThe smartphone has improved significantly in photo quality, especially at night. The camera is really very good. Although it is still a little more difficult for a smartphone to cope in the evening than top-end Samsung and Huawei. But, it’s worth paying tribute: the picture on the Sony Xperia 1 turns out to be more natural and natural. Explicit &#8220;finishing&#8221; significantly less. The only thing is that sometimes HDR in automatic mode can cause slight overexposure around objects:


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The secondary cameras perform well in sufficient light, but the results are poorer in the evening, which is not surprising given the f/2.4 aperture. Telephoto (zoom):


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Super Wide Camera:


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4K video:

Super slow shooting:

The Cinema Pro app will be of interest to nerds.It allows you to completely manually set the settings for video recording. The interface is similar to professional Sony CineAlta cameras. The application has special presets that, together with the 21:9 format, can add a cinematic feel. I don’t understand all these subtleties, so I prefer the standard camera application.


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In the dry residue

Sony Xperia 1 - extremely unusual and interestinga flagship smartphone with the highest possible (at the moment) performance, good cameras, an excellent OLED display, almost pure current Android, high-quality sound, high-quality body materials and dust and moisture protection. As always, Sony does not follow modern trendy features such as cutouts in the screen or a retractable camera, and the smartphone really looks original. In practice &#8220;extended&#8221; The form factor with a 21:9 screen is extremely convenient for movies, news feeds and social networks. But the smartphone itself turned out to be long and (according to the results of tests on friends) it is not convenient for everyone. The main prospects of a smartphone directly depend on the price tag, and at the moment it is somewhat overpriced:30,000 UAHif there are Samsung and Huawei flagships nearby, clearlywill ruin the situation. On the other hand, this is Sony, which is still a decisive factor for fans of the brand. And the company’s pricing policy is such that the cost will drop to attractive much faster than its competitors.

7 reasons to buy Sony Xperia 1:

  • the magnificent OLED display without cuts;
  • top performance;
  • flagship materials, assembly and convenient (considering the screen size) shape;
  • dust, moisture protection;
  • high-quality and functional triple camera;
  • Android 9 Pie with a convenient and fast shell;
  • Mighty sound in headphones and on the speakers.

3 reasons not to buy Sony Xperia 1:

  • high price;
  • mediocre battery life and no wireless charging;
  • the camera in the most difficult conditions is slightly inferior to the flagships of the same price segment.

Sony Xperia 1

Sony's flagship smartphone with 6.5-inch 4K OLED HDR display with an aspect ratio of 21: 9, a Qualcomm top processor, 6 GB operational, 128 GB of internal memory, a triple main camera and Android 9 Pie operating system.

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Technical specifications Sony Xperia 1

Display
IPS, 6.5 inches, 3840x1644, 623 ppi, 21:9, Gorilla Glass 6

Housing
dimensions 167x72x8.2 mm, weight: 172 g

CPU
64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 1&#215;2.84 GHz Kryo 485 core, 3&#215;2.41 GHz Kryo 485 and 4&#215;1.78 GHz Kryo 485, Adreno 640 graphics

RAM
6 GB

Flash memory
128 GB, MicroSD

Camera
Main: 12 MP, f/1.6, OIS, telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, OIS, ultra-wide-angle: 12 MP f/2.4, 130°, front - 8 MP, f/2.0

Wireless technology
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0 (aptX HD, LDAC), NFC

GPS
GPS (plus A-GPS), Glonass

Battery
3330 mAh, non-removable, fast charging USB Power Delivery 18 W

operating system
Android 9.0 Pie

Sim card
2хnanoSIM


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