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Sony Xperia 1 review – Step By Step Guide

Sony has recently launched its new flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 in the market. Sony has finally come up with a triple camera sensor, 4K OLED HDR display, and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This device is surely tall but narrow than its rivals but it gets more to it. Latest Snapdragon’s flagship chipset, Cinema Pro video recording and what not! Does it make it a worthy choice in the flagship smartphone market? Can this device go on against devices like OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus? Let’s check it out in the Sony Xperia 1 review below:

Design and Display

According to Indiashoppers, Sony Xperia 1 is a tall premium device with a 21:9 display aspect ratio. The new Sony flagship is narrower than its competitors. Still, this device is easy to hold and use but it is not a one-handed phone and that’s for sure. Looking at content in a web browser and reading tweets on your Twitter, you will love to scroll your feed. The Sony Xperia 1 is a well-built solid device. The metal frame of this device is sandwiched between Gorilla Glass 6 surface which makes it more protective and durable. On the rear panel, there is a vertical triple-camera setup. On the right, you get to see a power button, a different fingerprint sensor, and a camera button. The device is missing 3.5mm headphone audio jack but this device has got stereo speakers.

Coming to the display, the Sony Xperia 1 packs 6.5 inches 4K OLED display with a resolution of 1644×3840 pixels for a pixels-per-inch figure of 642 PPI. The screen looks gorgeous and that’s all I can say about this display. It is a stellar device when it comes to displaying and offering you the best movie-watching experience. When it comes to brightness, detailing, and Colors, you get beautifully generated experience by Sony’s flagship device’s display.

When it comes to visibility, you can see the screen content clearly even on a sunny day. Overall, this device has a premium built, looks great, and is very comfy in hands but colour accuracy could have been better. Else, it is a stellar device when it comes to design and display.


Under the hood, the Sony Xperia 1 has a fast Snapdragon 855 chipset which is coupled with 6 gigs of RAM. The device runs clean and smooth even if you are switching between apps or doing multitasking. The device can handle heaviest of games and on-screen experience comes punchy. Thermal throttling is something you might notice in long periods of gaming but only once or twice. The Sony Xperia 1 comes with 128GB internal storage which must be sufficient for plenty of users but you can also expand the memory via microSD card.

The Sony Xperia 1 runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and the user experience is just near Stock Android one.

Battery life

The Sony Xperia 1 packs a 3,300mAh high-capacity battery life. Although, it is not the biggest you see in a flagship Android smartphone. If you compare the device with the likes of one plus 7 Pro and Galaxy S10 Plus, these devices carry 4,000mAh and 4,100mAh cells respectively. The device can easily give you one day of battery life with bit charge left. The device comes with an 18W charger which can charge the device in almost 2 hours.


Talking about the camera, this device has triple rear camera sensor including a 12-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture, a second 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a third 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Looking at the standard of Sony’s lens, you will feel bit unimpressed as Sony provides sensors to all other brands but it is not getting things in line for its own self and you can also apply for software engineer jobs to get to know about IT field. Sony has tried to keep every functionality simple and that’s the result you get some fantastic pics. But, a bit of camera’s software tuning might make it better than before.

Full Verdict

Honestly, I don’t know what Sony is trying to do in the flagship smartphone market. Bring a 21:9 device at $950, it is something unbearable. Even, Galaxy S10 Plus costs $50 less than this highly-priced device. If Sony has paired this device with its premium headphones, it would have been a great deal to seal. Yes, it is a gorgeous device and is great for use. It is solid, well-built, and fast and has the best display. But, the unreliable fingerprint reader, smaller battery, and some camera software issues pull this device down. Overall, the price is the biggest constraint which will haunt you for sure. Only if you are a Sony fan, this device is good to go. Else, you can go for OnePlus 7 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.



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