7.8/10
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The Sony Xperia 1 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 34 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

Sony has clearly invested a lot in the Xperia 1’s audio feature set. Unfortunately, that investment doesn’t shine through when using the device to play music or movies through its speakers at the default settings. (Users should definitely experiment with enabling the phone’s Dolby Atmos functionalit...

- David Cardinal, DxOMark
Techgoondu

Sony has delivered a competent device with good hardware and a software interface that is generally a joy to use. Still, the Xperia 1’s camera system does not stand out in a hyper-competitive playing field, with some players ironically using Sony’s own sensors to better effect.

- Esmond Xu, Techgoondu
DxOMark

The Sony Xperia 1’s image quality performance is surprisingly on par only with older or less expensive smartphones, demonstrating that camera software must be also be carefully tuned in order to optimize hardware performance and successfully compete in the high-end smartphone market.

- Lars Rehm, DxOMark
DxOMark

Sony has done a great job with the focus system for the Xperia 1 selfie camera. It delivers nice sharp images in a wide range of situations and gets all the faces in a group in focus. This would make it a good choice for travel and vacations when you may wish to shoot selfies in front of key destina...

- Angela Nicholson, DxOMark
G Style Magazine

The odd 21:9 sizing is a head turner for sure but you’ll appreciate the extra space for movies and games. The Xperia 1 is also fast and can run pretty much any app no problem without any slowdowns. The only downside for me was the odd button placement and the side mounted fingerprint reader. Other t...

- Samuel Huang, G Style Magazine


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Sony released the Xperia 1 on July 12, 2019.


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Sony backs up the Xperia 1 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.5"

The Sony Xperia 1's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1644 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (14 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1488 minutes.

Xperia 1 Specs

Overview
Release date July 12, 2019
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (14 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.12 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1488 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23.75 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Purple, Black, Gray, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (6.5 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
Pixel density 643 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, 135° wide-angle), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4), HDR, Slow-motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


DxOMark

Poor performance for a flagship phone

from DxOMark

Sony has clearly invested a lot in the Xperia 1’s audio feature set. Unfortunately, that investment doesn’t shine through when using the device to play music or movies through its speakers at the default settings. (Users should definitely experiment with enabling the phone’s Dolby Atmos fun...More

Sony has clearly invested a lot in the Xperia 1’s audio feature set. Unfortunately, that investment doesn’t shine through when using the device to play music or movies through its speakers at the default settings. (Users should definitely experiment with enabling the phone’s Dolby Atmos functionality.) However, clarity is good even in default mode, which gives it a leg up for gamers.

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Techgoondu

A competent device

from Techgoondu

Sony has delivered a competent device with good hardware and a software interface that is generally a joy to use. Still, the Xperia 1’s camera system does not stand out in a hyper-competitive playing field, with some players ironically using Sony’s own sensors to better effect.

Read full review

Sony has delivered a competent device with good hardware and a software interface that is generally a joy to use. Still, the Xperia 1’s camera system does not stand out in a hyper-competitive playing field, with some players ironically using Sony’s own sensors to better effect.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Camera performance is surprisingly not quite on par with its competitors’ flagship devices

from DxOMark

The Sony Xperia 1’s image quality performance is surprisingly on par only with older or less expensive smartphones, demonstrating that camera software must be also be carefully tuned in order to optimize hardware performance and successfully compete in the high-end smartphone market.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia 1’s image quality performance is surprisingly on par only with older or less expensive smartphones, demonstrating that camera software must be also be carefully tuned in order to optimize hardware performance and successfully compete in the high-end smartphone market.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Delivers nice sharp images in a wide range of situations

from DxOMark

Sony has done a great job with the focus system for the Xperia 1 selfie camera. It delivers nice sharp images in a wide range of situations and gets all the faces in a group in focus. This would make it a good choice for travel and vacations when you may wish to shoot selfies in front of key dest...More

Sony has done a great job with the focus system for the Xperia 1 selfie camera. It delivers nice sharp images in a wide range of situations and gets all the faces in a group in focus. This would make it a good choice for travel and vacations when you may wish to shoot selfies in front of key destinations. The video stabilization system also does a decent job, taking much of the shake and wobble out of handheld footage.

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G Style Magazine

Quite an interesting smartphone

from G Style Magazine

The odd 21:9 sizing is a head turner for sure but you’ll appreciate the extra space for movies and games. The Xperia 1 is also fast and can run pretty much any app no problem without any slowdowns. The only downside for me was the odd button placement and the side mounted fingerprint reader. Other then that, it’s been a real joy to use.

Read full review

The odd 21:9 sizing is a head turner for sure but you’ll appreciate the extra space for movies and games. The Xperia 1 is also fast and can run pretty much any app no problem without any slowdowns. The only downside for me was the odd button placement and the side mounted fingerprint reader. Other then that, it’s been a real joy to use.

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Wired

A long screen isn't enough

from Wired

It's tough to recommend this $950 phone. On one hand, there's really nothing terribly wrong with the Xperia 1, but it also isn't the best at anything. It's a phone that's fun to test, great if you get one as a gift, but just too expensive to justify buying.

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It's tough to recommend this $950 phone. On one hand, there's really nothing terribly wrong with the Xperia 1, but it also isn't the best at anything. It's a phone that's fun to test, great if you get one as a gift, but just too expensive to justify buying.

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AnandTech

A 21:9 take of the world

from AnandTech

The screen and form-factor great, however is calibration issues, its higher power draw resulting in worse off battery performance, and the phone’s many problems with the cameras just don’t make it appealing as a purchase. This is especially in the face of the competition released earlier in t...More

The screen and form-factor great, however is calibration issues, its higher power draw resulting in worse off battery performance, and the phone’s many problems with the cameras just don’t make it appealing as a purchase. This is especially in the face of the competition released earlier in the year which has seen larger price drops with which you’ll definitely end up as getting more value out of your purchase. 

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T3

The best phone in the world for watching movies

from T3

With the Xperia 1 Sony plays to its strengths and, despite some small issues, the results are impressive. The 4K, HDR, 21:9 aspect ratio OLED screen is a thing of true beauty and makes watching movies on the go a best-in-the-world experience, for example. While with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdrao...More

With the Xperia 1 Sony plays to its strengths and, despite some small issues, the results are impressive. The 4K, HDR, 21:9 aspect ratio OLED screen is a thing of true beauty and makes watching movies on the go a best-in-the-world experience, for example. While with the flagship Qualcomm Snapdraon 855 processor installed in the heart of its hardware suite, performance is rapid and power high. Below flagship-level battery life and fingerprint sensor performance, as well as some small camera system and charging niggles, take some sheen off the finished package, though.

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Venture Beat

Minor triumph at a massive price

from Venture Beat

The Xperia 1 isn’t a bad phone — in fact, it’s something of a triumph for Sony, whose handsets rarely surpass overall expectations. The screen’s aspect ratio might be a bit of a gimmick, but its vibrancy isn’t, and the triple-sensor cameras capture better-than-expected snaps indoors and out. It’s the price point that kills this device dead.

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The Xperia 1 isn’t a bad phone — in fact, it’s something of a triumph for Sony, whose handsets rarely surpass overall expectations. The screen’s aspect ratio might be a bit of a gimmick, but its vibrancy isn’t, and the triple-sensor cameras capture better-than-expected snaps indoors and out. It’s the price point that kills this device dead.

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Android Police

It struggles to justify the exorbitant price

from Android Police

The primary issue is how the Xperia 1 compares to competing phones in 2019. The camera is not as good as flagship phones like the Pixel and Galaxy S10, and even mid-range phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro can best the Xperia 1 at times. The battery life is also short compared to other phones; Sony m...More

The primary issue is how the Xperia 1 compares to competing phones in 2019. The camera is not as good as flagship phones like the Pixel and Galaxy S10, and even mid-range phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro can best the Xperia 1 at times. The battery life is also short compared to other phones; Sony might point to the 4K display as a selling point, but that simply does not matter on a 6.5-inch display. 

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