Sony Xperia 1: Review. Sony Xperia 1: Price, features

Sony Xperia 1: Review. Sony Xperia 1: Price, features

The Sony Xperia 1 cell phone is a unique phone that has excellent specifications, a very good construction and, for the first time in a phone of the Japanese company, three rear cameras, in addition to that it is also an ideal cell phone to watch movies anywhere .

Sony Xperia 1 price

The Sony Xperia 1 has a beautiful 4K OLED screen with HDR with an aspect ratio of 21: 9, something we have not seen on a cell phone.

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Its 4K HDR OLED screen offers excellent viewing quality and its 21: 9 aspect ratio makes it the only cell phone that can take advantage of movie viewing by completely removing black bars (unused screen spaces with content) and no need to expand the image because part of the content will be blocked.

The cell phone, however, has no wireless charge, its front camera is average and, although the rear cameras are good, there are other cell phones that for their price offer better results. In addition, the battery life is below average.

That said, the Sony Xperia 1 cell phone cannot support its suggested price of US $ 949, unless you are too fond of the Sony brand or want a cell phone to, mainly, watch movies. If you bought it in presale and received the headphones for free Sony WH-1000XM3I think it was a good idea because they make the cell phone have a fairer price. These headphones are my favorite noise cancellation and have a suggested price of US $ 350.

If you did not buy it in the presale and you have not been able to buy it on offer or with such promotion, there are other more complete options in the market for a similar or even lower price. In any case, read all the analysis to know in detail the excellent and benefits of the Sony Xperia 1.


The price of the Sony Xperia 1 is US $ 949 in the United States and 949 euros in Spain.

In presale, Sony presented the WH-1000XM3 headphones that are my favorites for noise cancellation, offering not only that but also excellent sound. Undoubtedly, this offer, which includes headphones with a suggested price of US $ 350, makes more sense to buy the Sony Xperia 1 and justifies its price much more.


Sony WH-1000XM3

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones correct the main deficiencies of their predecessors (WH-1000XM2) and improve to be at the top of their category.

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Sony Xperia 1: Features and specifications

  • screen: 6.5 inches with aspect ratio of 21: 9
  • Resolution: (4K) 3,840×1,644 pixels
  • Processor: 2.84GHz Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • MicroSD slot: S
  • Battery: 3,330mAh (not removable)
  • OS: Android Pie
  • Fast loading: 18 watts
  • Wireless charging: Do not
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0
  • Unlock functions: Side fingerprint reader (right), basic facial recognition, pattern, PIN, password
  • Rear camera: Triple 12 megapixels (f / 1.6) with optical stabilization + wide angle of 12 megapixels (f / 2.4); 12 megapixel telephoto (f / 2.4) with optical stabilization
  • Front camera: 8 megapixels (f / 2.0)
  • Waterproof: IP68
  • Sound: Double horn with Dolby Atmos
  • Size: 167x72x8.2mm
  • Weight: 178 grams

Design and display: A cell phone higher than normal

The Sony Xperia 1 marks a major change in the design of Sony cell phones, but it certainly maintains different features that have been in the company's DNA for years.

For example, the Sony Xperia 1 has a very rectangular shape, with very sharp and pronounced corners that make it look almost like a brick block, but thinner.

In addition, the Xperia 1 maintains that button dedicated to the camera that we liked so much generation after generation and an interface that closely resembles what pure Android offers.

The cell phone, however, no longer has a fingerprint reader in the back like the past two generations and, although it is located right on the right side edge as it was from the first Sony cell phone with fingerprint reader, it is not integrated on the power button.

In case you doubted it, that fingerprint reader of the Sony Xperia 1 works the same in the United States and is not disabled as in previous generations with the side fingerprint reader.

Both the fingerprint reader, such as the power button, the volume bar and the camera button, are located on the right side edge, which can lead to button errors. In addition, for someone left-handed it can be more difficult to unlock and control the buttons.