As a high-end multi-division company, Sony can leverage technology from different units to create products with unique qualities. At the Mobile World Congress 2019, the company introduced its new Xperia X1 flagship smartphone that uses technology developed by at least three Sony departments. The new Xperia 1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and features an outstanding OLED display with a 21: 9 ratio, 4K resolution and a wide color gamut.
The screen is one of the key components that defines the Xperia 1 smartphone. The 6.5-inch 21: 9 8 + 2-bit OLED display that the phone uses is quite long and narrow, making the phone look different from other devices on the market. The screen has a resolution of 3840×1644, supports the BT.2020 and the DCI-P3 color spaces with the white dot D65. To take advantage of the display and reproduce HDR correctly, Sony uses algorithms originally designed for Bravia TVs, although it does not reveal whether the phone has a special coprocessor for the display or just makes some software setup for the Snapdragon 855 display. Sony says The Xperia X1
A refined camera with a triple lens of 12 MP, consisting of 26 mm RGB, 16 mm wide angle and 52 mm telephoto sensor is another key characteristic of Xperia 1. The camera uses algorithms originally designed for Sony digital cameras (Alpha), as well as Sony CineAlta cameras used for movie shooting. In particular, the camera supports Eye AF technology to focus accurately on eye level, supports serial shooting with up to 10 frames AF / AE tracking and can shoot at 4K HDR at 24 frames per second with different color settings.
Meanwhile, there's a 8 MP camera for self-photos in the front.
The smartphone also supports Dolby Atmos through its USB-C headphone jack while the speakers are tuned by Sony Pictures Entertainment specialists.
When it comes to overall performance and platform capabilities, the Xperia 1 is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, connected to 6GB LPDDR4X as well as 64 or 128GB NAND flash memory. The smartphone does not support 5G but still supports Gigabit 4G / LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO and other advanced platform features. For full specifications, please see the table below.
As mentioned above, the 21: 9 ratio on the display makes the Sony Xperia X1 smartphone different from other 18: 9 or 16: 9 ratio phones. The handset is very long, but its width is similar to Apple's iPhone 7 (see the picture below). However, it is very comfortable to hold, but it is difficult to hold in a shirt pocket. Meanwhile, as expected, the quality of the Xperia 1 is very solid, plus IP65 / IP68 dust / water proof (up to 1.5m in 30 minutes) while its screen is protected by Corilla's Gorilla Glass 6.
The relatively large size of the Xperia 1 smartphone allows Sony to install a 3330 mAh batter in Xperia 1. The battery can be charged using a USB 3.1 Type-C interface or a Qi wireless charger.
Ratio 21: 9
BT.2020, DCI-P3 Color Space
with white point D65
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
1x Kryo 485 cores at 2.84 GHz
3x Kryo 485 cores with 2.42 GHz
4x Kryo 485 cores at 1.80 GHz
Ultrawide: 12 MP, f / 2.4, 16mm, 1 / 3.4 ", 1.0μm
Telephony: 12 MP, f / 2.4, 52mm, 1 / 3.4 ", 1.0μm, predicted OIS
1 × LED flash
Sony Xperia 1 will be available from late spring in black, gray, purple and white colors.
Its MSRP is unknown at this stage, but since it is a unique high-end product, expect it to be appropriately valued.