Sony Xperia 1 Review: The tall 4K smartphone from Sony!

Xperia 1 is one of Sony’s best smartphone so far. The Xperia 1 is tall and unique smartphone. Just the initial look gives us the feeling that this is a smartphone from Sony. Although the Xperia 1 might seem like a big phone, it’s anything but big. The phone feels surprisingly easier to hold, which is not the case with most premium smartphones nowadays.

Sony advertises the Xperia 1 as a smartphone that is more “cinematic”. Sony also claims that it comes with a cinematic screen.

So, without much further ado, let’s get started with the review of Sony Xperia 1 :

DISPLAY

Sony Xperia 1 comes with a 4k OLED HDR display. Even though Sony’s previous lineup of devices like Xperia XZ2 Premium had the 4K display, it did not utilize the 4K display to its true potential. The most notable change with the Xperia 1 is the change from LCD to OLED display tech providing great contrast, precise blacks, and richer colors. The aspect ratio changes from 18:9 (found on most phones) to 21:9 which is the ultimate cinematic experience.

Some of the Netflix original content is meant to be watched on this 21:9 aspect ratio but still even in such a tall screen like this, I found it to be tiresome to watch content especially when the screen width is only 6.5 inches. Nevertheless, you will appreciate the Xperia 1 if you are a person who likes binge-watching from a smartphone on the go.

Coming to the 4K display, I’m still not ready to accept such high resolution on a smartphone with 6.5 inch display. I mean most people won’t find the difference between a 1080p display and 4K one, especially when the pixels are so densely packed together. The Sony Xperia 1 also falls short in terms of pure display quality. While the color gamut and brightness levels looked fine, I’ve managed to get much better results with competing smartphones like the OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10.

There are two available display modes on the Xperia 1: Creator and Standard modes. The default mode is Standard, you can also change it to Creator mode which according to Sony “provides a faithful reproduction of the creator’s intended vision”.

The Xperia 1 as mentioned earlier in this post, is the tallest mainstream smartphone in the market right now!

DESIGN

Even though the smartphone is tall, it is surprisingly easier to hold in hand. In my opinion, it is much more compact than other flagships like the one plus 7, Samsung, etc.

The Xperia 1 has a metal frame with glass both on the front and on the back of the smartphone. This makes the smartphone sleek and looks stylish to the eyes. Both the back and the front glass is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 which offers much more durability against accidental drops. There is also the usual IP68 rating on the smartphone.

PERFORMANCE & BATTERY

The device comes with 6GB of RAM with microSDXC slot which supports a maximum of 512 GB of storage. There is also 128GB ROM internal memory.

The Xperia 1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SOC with a battery capacity of 3330 mAh. I found the battery capacity to be be pretty small considering the 4K display it comes with. I was doubtful whether it’ll last me throughout a day of usage.

The smartphone, like all premium range devices, supports fast charging and Sony promises that it is capable of juicing up the smartphone to 50% charge in 30 minutes. Also, the fast charger is included out of the box so you don’t have to search for a dedicated one.

The smartphone performed well during our benchmarks though it ran into several UI hiccups sometimes. Nevertheless, the overall experience was smooth and buttery.

CAMERA AND OPTICS

The Xperia 1 houses triple cameras on the back. It is one of Sony’s first smartphone to feature the triple camera setup. The smartphone has a 12MP 26mm f/1.6 lens with OIS and EIS support, another 12MP 16mm wide-angle lens with f/2.4 and lastly a 12MP 52mm lens telephoto lens with f/2.4 lens.

The Xperia 1 can record 4K videos at 30 fps which is not found in most decent flagship’s segments. Another notable feature is the Eye AF which is a feature borrowed from Sony’s Alpha cameras.

PRICE

The Sony Xperia 1 costs around $950(Amazon) in the US and expected to be Rs.73,990 in India.

FINAL VERDICT

The Sony Xperia 1 is one of the best flagships by Sony so far but it doesn’t offer much for the price. There are other smartphones from other vendors like Samsung that offers much better performance and hardware. If you are planning to use your smartphone for media consumption purposes, the Xperia 1 is the smartphone with the best display you can get right now!

ALSO READ: Honor 20 PRO Review: Impressive outside, usual’s inside!

Mohasin K.R

A die-hard tech enthusiast who likes to tinker with gadgets(often resulting in a disaster :)). During his free time, you can find him either reading 📚,playing 🎮or watching 📺. Not much of a social guy, but loves to scroll through his twitter feed 🤳.

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