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Sony's Xperia 1 phone has a 4K cinema-style screen

More "widescreen" than your TV

Sony's Xperia 1 phone has a 4K cinema-style screen
Basil Kronfli
30 May 2019

The Sony Xperia 1 was announced in February, and is finally available to order.

This phone is incredibly long, thanks to a 21:9 cinema-style screen. It seems unique in a sea of notches and punch holes. It also has the world's first 4K OLED smartphone display. It's sharp.

There's a new versatile triple camera system too.

The Xperia 1 ships on June 1, costs £850 SIM-free. Yep, that's a "flagship" price. It takes the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro head-on, and undercuts the iPhone Xs and Xs Max by at least £150.

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More Xs Max than Xs though, the Xperia 1's large screen also supports HDR. And with 6.5 inches of display, should show off HDR videos beautifully.

Sony's Creator Mode colour space is another interesting new addition. It offers colour verified by Netflix engineers.

The Xperia 1's premium screen specs come with a premium, water resistant shell. Tough Gorilla Glass 6 protects the phone's front and back, and its solid aluminium frame is buffed to reflective perfection.

This is the first Sony flagship to feature a triple camera. The latest Xperia has a point to prove, and Sony hopes to do it across three zoom ranges.

Its main camera has OIS and a wide f/1.6 lens aperture, to let in loads of light. The telephoto camera has a 2x zoom and OIS to keep things steady, and the ultra-wide angle camera has a 16mm equivalent focal range. This phone can get a lot in a shot, ideal for groups and landscapes alike.

Sony also includes new eye-tracking autofocus to make portrait photos on-point. Old favourites like 4K HDR video recording and 960fps ultra-slow motion capture are accounted for too.

This time around though, Sony goes after videographers as well as photo fans, with a separate video recording app called Cinema Pro. This lifts the lid on a range of full manual video controls, and lets users shoot in a range of formats, with HDR-esque, cinematic finishes.

Under the hood, power looks plentiful with a Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6GB RAM. When you factor in the 128GB internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 1TB, it seems the Xperia 1 ticks a lot of boxes.

A couple of things it doesn't feature include wireless charging and a huge battery. Its 3330mAh capacity is middling given the phone's power demands. All things accounted for though, if it manages to make it through a day, the Xperia XZ1 looks a corker.

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