Sony reveals flagship Xperia 1 with 4K HDR OLED display

27 February, 2019, 12:15 | Author: Leah Owens
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Sony has unveiled a new range of smartphones during its annual keynote at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. This is a budget phone and has entry-level specs.

Visually, the Xperia 1's design aesthetic is a far departure from its predecessors. The phone is a glass sandwich over an aluminum frame.

Given that it makes some of the world's best cameras, Sony has dropped the ball in recent years with its mobile device camera tech.

However, 21:9 is just the tip of the feature iceberg, especially when it comes to the Xperia 1. A creator mode reproduces the color gamut you would find in a high-end monitor used by a film director.

Sony Xperia 10 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor whereas Xperia 10 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 636 processor.

On the connectivity front, despite being the mid-range smartphones from Sony, the company had managed put in USB Type-C for charging and other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Google Cast and so on. It's expected to hit the late spring with colour options Black and Purple, while other regions may get Gray and White.

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Like the Xperia 1, both the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus feature a side-facing fingerprint scanner. There's also a 12MP (52mm) secondary lens and a 12MP (16mm) super-wide-angle lens.

Then there are the cameras, which take some of the DNA in Sony's Alpha lineup with RAW noise reduction. It also brings 10fps auto focus and auto exposure tracking. You'll also get double the storage on the Xperia 1, as the Xperia XZ3 only has 64GB of space while the newer phone has 128GB. Sony's also worked with a bunch of big game developers such as Epic Games, Gameloft and Tencent to optimise mobile titles like Fortnite, Asphalt 9, and Arena Valor to run on the Xperia 1 at its native 21:9 ratio. There's also an improved video interface called Cinema Pro, as well as a post-production app called Look.

Both Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus ship with Android 9.0 Pie, keep the 3.5mm headphone port in its rightful place, and support up to 512GB of expandable storage via the MicroSD card slot. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network. It serves as a storage library for all of your games and allows you to tweak performance and battery settings for each.

The company says they are establishing a new "vision" for the Xperia line, which is a long time coming. Well, it seems they have changed that with the Xperia 1. It's unlikely, however, that non-cinematic videos will be able to do the same. It comes in Silver, Black, and Gold colors.

Sony has not revealed the price of the device at its launch, nevertheless, it is being reported to come with a price tag of Euro 799 (₹74,200 roughly) for the base variant.


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