SONY has released a brand new smartphone in a bid to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung.
The Xperia 1, out in late Spring, has an incredibly tall screen to give users to the ultimate movie viewing experience.
But how does it stand up against its rivals? We’ve got our hands on an Xperia 1 and are happy to help you decide if it’s the right fit for you.
The Sun The Xperia 1 has an incredibly tall screen, with a 21:9 aspect ratio
Sony Xperia 1 review – hands-on and first impressions
I’ve spent a little bit of time with the Xperia 1, and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far.
Its big selling point in the 21:9 aspect ratio, which makes the phone exceptionally long.
It’ll certainly turn heads on the bus or train, and the phone’s enormous 6.5″ display takes some getting used to.
However, once your eyes adjust to all the “CinemaWide” 4K OLED screen, it’s a great experience.
Sony It comes in four gorgeous colours
Watching Netflix shows or YouTube in 21:9 – just like you would in a movie theatre – is a dream, though I’m not sure that alone will be enough to tempt most consumers.
And while it’s got a lot of screen, the front of the device noticeably lacks the gorgeous all-screen display as the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Honor View 20, both released this year.
This leaves it with a significant chin and forehead that sticks out like a sore thumb when you consider how long the device is.
Sticking with design, I am a fan of Sony’s colour scheme, particularly the purple.
It’s a bold choice, but in a world of purely black and white handsets it’s nice to see someone trying something different.
Sony The phone feels surprisingly light in the hand
The blower is surprisingly light given its size, and fits nicely in the hand.
But I’m not sure how it’ll fair in smaller pockets.
I asked a couple of female friends (hold your applause) to try it out, and some of them couldn’t get the thing in their pocket without a huge portion sticking out of the top.
The rear camera is a triple-lens beast that takes great photos, with the software behind it to boot.
Sony It’ll set you back £799
I’ve only spent a brief amount of time with it, so can’t tell you too much about battery power or performance.
But it ran smoothly while I was fiddling with it, which is likely thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 computer chip beneath the bonnet.
However, Sony is up against seriously stiff competition – Apple’s A12 Bionic chip inside the iPhone XS is supremely fast, and even beats some laptops and desktop computers.
It boasts a chunky 3000mAh battery, meaning it should last you two days of use without needing to recharge.
On paper, the Xperia 1 looks like a solid mid-range phone, but how will it fare during extended use? And can it beat the iPhone? Nothing is certain! Stay tuned for our full review.
Sony The Xperia 1 is the followup to the Xperia XZ3
Sony Xperia 1 release date
Sony announced the Xperia 1 on February 25, 2019, at a press event at MWC 2019 in Barcelona.
They’ve kept schtum about an exact release date, but said the blower will be out in Spring 2019.
That means you may have to wait until June to get your hands on one.
Sony Xperia 1 specs and features
Sony have packed a lot of great tech into the phone at a cut-rate price.
Xperia 1 display – 6.5-inch (21:9) 4K OLED display and HDR remastering technologies
Xperia 1 processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor
Xperia 1 rear camera – Triple camera: 12MP standard, 12MP telefoto and 12MP wide-angle
Xperia 1 battery and charging – 3,000mAh battery
Xperia 1 sensors and security – Fingerprint Scanner / Accelerometer / Barometer / Gyro Sensor / Compass / HR sensor
Xperia 1 colours –Black, Purple, Grey and White
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Sony Xperia 1 price – how much will it cost?
The Xperia 1 is certainly on the cheaper end of the smartphone spectrum.
At around £799, it’s less than the £899 Galaxy S10 and the £999 iPhone XS.
So while it might not pack as many features, the phone is a steal if Apple and Samsung’s flagships are a little out of your price range.
Sony has also released two mid-range handsets, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, which come in even cheaper at a very reasonable £299 and £349 respectively.
They’re available to purchase from 25th February 2019 from all major UK operators and retailers, including EE, Vodafone, O2, Carphone Warehouse, Virgin, Sky Mobile, and Tesco.
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