Review: Sony Xperia 1 Is One Of The Best Xperia Mobile Till Now

Published on November 8, 2019

The Xperia 1 is characterized by its use of the aspect ratio 21:9 in which films are usually shot. In comparison to conventional smart phones with a 16:9 or 18:9 aspect ratio, which means you get a wide and narrow screen that makes it bigger and a bit shorter. It’s not the first time we see a smartphone 21:9; there is one handset for LG, New Chocolate from 2009; and more recently, there’s an aspect ratio for Sony Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus and Motorola One Vision of 9:9.

The first 4 K HDR 21:9 OLED screen in the world is on the Xperia 1. Nevertheless. It’s not 4K, because the resolution of the displays is 3.840 / 1,644 (still near enough to count instead of the standard 4K films’ Resolution of 3.840 + 2,160).

The 6.5″ screen is incredibly sharp, and HDR support means you have more accurate color profiles for the content creator plans to use when viewing HDR content on HDR-supported applications. And color is the brightest point of the Xperia 1. Sony said Xperia 1 seeks “to provide faithful replication of the artistic view” by matching the color representation of reference displays (with the color gamut and regular DCI-P3 and BT.2020)–that’s what Apple is also saying for $5,000 Pro Display XDR.

Stereo speakers are combined with film experience, which provides plenty of noise— you’re not going to have trouble listening inside and outside, unless you are next to the building site. Change the Settings to the Dolby Atmos because it improves the audio quality significantly. The music is not as good as the Galaxy S10 Plus speakers.


One attribute that I love about it, is the 21:9 aspect ratio: the super-tall screen. An 18:9 phone, and even a 16:9 phone after using the Xperia 1 are difficult to retain and appreciate. It’s tall and looks like a remote TV, so it can be a struggle to get to the top of the screen, but this drawback can be ignored. It makes wrapping the palm significantly easier and I like it.

Xperia 1 feels comfortable in hand due to the reduced size and corners. This size makes it distinct from the old Sony phones. It looks contemporary and sleek, even if it has no bezel-less style.

You will find all keys on the right-hand side including the fingerprint sensor. I appreciate the buttons all on one hand, but the power button for my taste is far too small. I had to tight my grip to tap it. It would have made much sense to push the volume rocker a bit higher and press the power button from it to the fingerprint sensor.

The sensor itself can react quickly, but can sometimes err your palm to try using the sensor. Tap and hold the camera to begin recording or take pictures with it.

Like the front, the back of the mobile is covered by Gorilla Glass 6 from Corning and, predictably, it is a magnet for fingerprints. The Xperia 1 tends to slip out of pockets when seated, like my experience with almost all Sony phones, so a case can be a good idea to maintain it safe.

Performance Better than Before

The Xperia 1 is fueled by the Snapdragon Qualcomm 855 processor— the same chip on most Android phones flagships, ranging from the OnePlus 7 Pro to the Galaxy S10 — and it has a 6 GB of RAM.

You’re not going to think about the bad performance when using this device for a first time.

I had a visual problem, however, with running games. No, they didn’t look terrible or horrible, they were playable, but because of the odd aspect ratio of the phone, most games software is cut off. After all, not all games have 21:9 tablets. The PUBG: Mobility map was cut off, and thus wasn’t very beneficial for gameplay. The title card on Alto’s Odyssey has been slightly cut down, though it didn’t affect the game. It is not quite that way, for the 21:9 screen has no graphical issue with games such as Asphalt 9 Legends.


Nowadays, a triple-lens design is the standard for smartphone cameras. A standard high-performance lens, a zoom picture and a large view for more in a single frame. This is what the S10 and Huawei P30 Pro do on devices. The standards include an f/1.6 aperture and an optical image stabilization (OIS), while an f/2.4 an aperture is used for the telephoto and broad-angle lenses. Unfortunately, the wide angle is a fixed camera while telephoto has OIS, that’s plus point.

Low Battery Life

Although the Xperia 1 is so large, it has a small battery capacity: 3.300mAh, which is disillusioning. I was able to come home about 6 p.m. with moderate to medium use on a working day. Use your mobile a bit less in a day and probably you will have battery juice before the evening ends.

The Xperia 1 did not perform well against the competition in our battery trial, in which we played a 1080p video on the Wi-Fi with maximum brightness: it lasted just 7 hours and 10 minutes. It took 12 hours and 40 minutes for the Galaxy S10 Plus and 10 hours and 30 minutes for that LG V50 Plus.

It is easy to recharge, with the remaining battery being charged about 50 percent in 30 minutes, but it is disappointing that wireless charges is not available for it. This is a standard feature for almost every flagship telephone and it truly adds comfort, especially on phones that cannot guarantee an all-day of use.

Availability & Price

Best Buy, Amazon, B & H Photo and other retailers who will supply the Sony Xperia 1. It costs $900, and has a storage capacity of 128 GB (one card slot is available for Micro SD).

For one year from the date of purchase Sony issues a standard restricted warranty that covers manufacturers ‘ device defects.

Better Alternative?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is your best bet if you want an improved viewing experience. It has an outstanding AMOLED screen that can source up the colors but is bright. The xperia1 is your only option if you can’t go without a 4K screen and 21:9 ratio.

If you want the best camera experience, the S10 camera is great, and you will have better time with your iPhone for videography. Nonetheless, the Pixel 3 XL has the best camera that you can purchase alternatively.

Of course, for good reason, the newly released iPhone 11 would draw many customers. It has a much better value at a starting price of $700.

Final Verdict

The Xperia 1 is one of the best Xperia mobiles till now. But while the movie screen is a treat, the camera can suck battery life quickly, without considering all other tech specs. The $950 price is higher for these specifications since better phones are available in the same price range in the market.

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