Sony has unveiled a new range of smartphones during its annual keynote at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona. The new Sony phone comes as a successor to the last year's flagship Xperia XZ3 and was initially rumored as the Xperia XZ4.
The company says they are establishing a new "vision" for the Xperia line, which is a long time coming.
The Sony Xperia 1 doesn't have a price tag yet, but Sony told us how much the other two models will cost. The X1 mobile engine is supposed to bring more contrast, color, and clarity to the OLED display.
They also added eye detection autofocus (eye AF) which is something they borrowed from their camera lineup.
The triple lens camera is capable of up to 10 frames per second (fps) burst shooting.
At the camera front, the Xperia 1 comes packed with features such as Dual photodiode technology that is created to provide fast autofocus even in low light conditions along with RAW noise reduction, Eye AF, and 10fps AF/ AE (autofocus and auto exposure) in the burst mode. You can also record videos in 21:9 as mentioned above. Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 sports displays with a taller 21:9 aspect ratio, whereas Xperia L3 has 18:9 aspect ratio. The device also comes integrated with Dolby Atoms to offer surround sound experience. Sony was extremely vague about the Xperia 1's release date.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and runs on the latest Android 9 Pie OS. However, this seems to be on more of the conservative size since 3,500 mAh batteries have become an industry standard. There's a dedicated gaming mode that prioritises resources during gaming sessions, and the 3300mAh battery has Smart Stamina and Sony's slow overnight charging mode that increases battery longevity.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus comes with a 6.5-inch full HD+ display with 21:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The new Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus and flagship Xperia 1 all bear the same 21:9 aspect ratio.
New with the Xperia 1 is the ability to shoot 2K footage in 21:9.
Dual camera with both Xperia 10 (13MP + 5MP) and Xperia 10 Plus (12MP + 8MP) lets you capture great-quality Bokeh-like images so that the subject of the photo stands out on a background faded.
The selfie camera is an 8MP f/2.0 sensor with support for screen flash.
Advanced audio technology with Sony's High-Resolution Audio and LDAC™, so you can hear music in its purest and truest form even if you're listening wirelessly.
Under the hood, the Xperia 10 Plus has a Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with up to 512GB for microSD; while the Xperia 10 uses a Snapdragon 630, has 3GB of RAM, and carries 64GB of expandable storage. The unlocked Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. The device will be available in single SIM and dual SIM variants, and prospective buyers will be able to choose between three color options including Silver, Black, and Gold.
Whether you personally appreciate it or not, there is no denying that Sony has a fresh and bold new design direction for its latest batch of handsets.