Sony’s smartphone range has seen some golden days but recently been having its dark days, recent offerings like the Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus haven’t exactly made its name in top tier smartphones, and the company’s decision to produce all its handsets with 21:9 aspect ratio screens seemed like the idea of a crazy person – however, the Xperia 1 has prompted us to think again. With improved chipset, camera array, and software. The Xperia 1 is certainly a premium alternative to Company’s former devices, but according to Sony it’s also a soft relaunch of the Xperia brand, hence the name


Sony Xperia 1 Cinema Pro app,


Sony’s intention in making phones with 21:9 screens is to make them the best handsets available for viewing movies, which are typically 21:9, unlike TV shows, YouTube videos, and streaming platforms’ originals having different resolutions.


Perhaps you won’t be watching 21:9 content all the time, but Sony also wants to appeal to the crowd who’d be tempted to create such content it themselves. The Xperia 1 is equipped with high-end video recording features.


Dimensions are 167 x 72 x 8.2mm, with a weight of 180g – so the phone isn’t actually that much longer than your average plus-sized handset, it’s just trimmed a few millimeters of width. Compared to some phones it feels a little heavy, although other plus-sized devices can be up to 20g heavier than this. Hence, it is not so bad.


Xperia 1 has a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back, with a metal frame between the glass. Despite these premium materials, and its weight, the handset feels a little delicate

hopefully it’s more durable than it appears.


the handset certainly looks sleek – with the silver frame it looked great, and the vertically aligned three-camera array in the center of the phone’s rear look great

On the bottom of the device is a USB-C port, and arranged down the right side from top to bottom are a volume rocker, fingerprint sensor, power button, and unique camera button.

 This button works like a shutter button on a camera, and is in a similar position – so you can hold your phone like you would a camera, and press the button to take a picture instead of pressing on the screen. On top of that, if you hold the button you can open the camera app immediately, whether the phone is on or not, which is a useful shortcut.


The Xperia 1 has a display of 6.5-inches which is OLED. Content looks even better thanks to Creator mode, an option in the settings that replicate the RGB setup and image processing of cinema screens. This is designed to display content in the way creators intended it to be viewed


Sony’s claim that you can get from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes was accurate, and we never felt like we were waiting too long to power up.

The new feature in the Xperia 1 is Adaptive Charging – with this feature you can specify a time by which you need the phone to be powered up to 100%, and the phone regulates its charging speed accordingly. This ensures that your phone doesn’t spend time plugged in while at 100%, which can damage the battery, so Sony clearly has your phone’s long-term health in mind with this feature.


The device through a multi-core test returned a score of 11,192 – for some context, that’s almost the best score we’ve seen in a smartphone, with only the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max beating it.

This high score is likely down to the Snapdragon 855 chipset inside the phone, which is in many of the latest high-end handsets, and it explains why games run so smoothly.



The Sony Xperia 1’s screen is one of the phone’s big dropping point, which is a shame – and a surprise has given that the handset is supposedly optimized for the content you’ll watch and record on it. We can say that the phone’s display has a low max brightness.

It was hard to see the screen when we were out and about, even if it wasn’t a particularly sunny day, which made it challenging to take pictures, record video, or use everyday phone functions. When the screen brightness was at max and adaptive brightness off, the handset didn’t even come close to matching the brightness of other phones of its price range.

The Price

The Sony Xperia 1 price is surprisingly high – at $949 / £849 (roughly AU$1,365) for its single 128GB storage size, it sits in the upper tier of smartphone pricing.

That means it’s pricier than the Samsung Galaxy S10, which cost $899 / £799 / AU$1,349 for its 128GB version when it was released, so the Xperia 1’s price tag means it’s playing in the big leagues.

Battery Life

With a 3,330mAh power pack, the handset’s battery capacity is slightly below average

No Wireless Charging!

Sony Xperia 1 doesn’t have wireless charging, despite previous Sony phones having the feature, and most phones at the same price tag having it, and it feels like Sony has really missed the boat here.


All three cameras are 12MP and the front of the phone is an 8MP camera. On the back, there is a primary shooter, plus wide-angle and telephoto lenses. These MP’s can’t compare with other smartphones of its range, basically, this is not a fault as many functions perform flawlessly in low MP. However, fault it for the limited camera features, which keep the smartphone one step behind competitors in every way. The Sony Xperia 1 also has no night mode, which most modern smartphone cameras do.

Bad Fingerprint

Hardware was more of an issue, specifically the side-mounted fingerprint sensor, which had a success rate of about 40%, moving finger rarely helped, and most of the time user is given the ‘Too many attempts’ error and had to log in using the PIN.

Well, this was a review from our side. Do tell us if we miss a thing.

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