7.9/10
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The Sony Xperia 1 currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Police

The primary issue is how the Xperia 1 compares to competing phones in 2019. The camera is not as good as flagship phones like the Pixel and Galaxy S10, and even mid-range phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro can best the Xperia 1 at times. The battery life is also short compared to other phones; Sony migh...

- Ryan Whitwam, Android Police
Engadget

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony’s expertise with different kinds of hardware. That might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. And the triple camera system, while finicky, wi...

- Chris Velazco, Engadget
Android Authority

The Sony Xperia 1 camera takes shots that fall far short of the competition, which makes this $949 device a questionable purchase.

- Eric Zeman, Android Authority
Digital Trends

Sony’s Xperia 1 is the best Xperia phone to date. But while the cinematic screen is a treat, battery life and the camera could be better, and that’s without mentioning all the quirks with the software. At $950, it’s priced too high, because there are better phones available.

- Julian Chokkattu, Digital Trends
The Inquirer

A brilliant phone with some very minor flaws, but at this price you're simply better off looking elsewhere - unless you see it at a sizable discount or on a very attractive contract.

- Alan Martin, The Inquirer


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia 1 on July 12, 2019.


The Xperia 1 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia 1 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia 1 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia 1 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia 1 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Sony Xperia 1's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1644 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (14 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1488 minutes.

Xperia 1 Specs

Overview
Release date July 12, 2019
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (14 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.12 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1488 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23.75 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Purple, Black, Gray, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (6.5 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
Pixel density 643 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 5x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, 135° wide-angle), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4), HDR, Slow-motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones No
Ringtone Composer Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Android Police

It struggles to justify the exorbitant price

from Android Police

The primary issue is how the Xperia 1 compares to competing phones in 2019. The camera is not as good as flagship phones like the Pixel and Galaxy S10, and even mid-range phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro can best the Xperia 1 at times. The battery life is also short compared to other phones; Sony m...More

The primary issue is how the Xperia 1 compares to competing phones in 2019. The camera is not as good as flagship phones like the Pixel and Galaxy S10, and even mid-range phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro can best the Xperia 1 at times. The battery life is also short compared to other phones; Sony might point to the 4K display as a selling point, but that simply does not matter on a 6.5-inch display. 

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Engadget

Powerful, but not sensible

from Engadget

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony’s expertise with different kinds of hardware. That might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. And the triple camera system, while finick...More

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony’s expertise with different kinds of hardware. That might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. And the triple camera system, while finicky, will produce some impressive photos. Unfortunately, the phone’s battery life is middling at best, and the benefits of a 4K screen in a device this small can be hard to pick out unless you’re really paying attention.

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Android Authority

When three cameras aren’t enough

from Android Authority

The Sony Xperia 1 camera takes shots that fall far short of the competition, which makes this $949 device a questionable purchase.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia 1 camera takes shots that fall far short of the competition, which makes this $949 device a questionable purchase.

Read full review

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Digital Trends

There are too many shortcomings to warrant its $950 price tag

from Digital Trends

Sony’s Xperia 1 is the best Xperia phone to date. But while the cinematic screen is a treat, battery life and the camera could be better, and that’s without mentioning all the quirks with the software. At $950, it’s priced too high, because there are better phones available.

Read full review

Sony’s Xperia 1 is the best Xperia phone to date. But while the cinematic screen is a treat, battery life and the camera could be better, and that’s without mentioning all the quirks with the software. At $950, it’s priced too high, because there are better phones available.

Read full review

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The Inquirer

It's lightning-fast, has a wonderful screen and takes fantastic photos

from The Inquirer

A brilliant phone with some very minor flaws, but at this price you're simply better off looking elsewhere - unless you see it at a sizable discount or on a very attractive contract.

Read full review

A brilliant phone with some very minor flaws, but at this price you're simply better off looking elsewhere - unless you see it at a sizable discount or on a very attractive contract.

Read full review

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Pocket-lint

Being unique and distinctive gives it a little extra something

from Pocket-lint

An interesting phone with a 21:9 aspect ratio 4K display that lends itself watching movies, which is where this Xperia sets itself apart from the masses. There's plenty of power and enough elsewhere to keep this phone competitive, but the camera app is muddled and in general this Sony struggles t...More

An interesting phone with a 21:9 aspect ratio 4K display that lends itself watching movies, which is where this Xperia sets itself apart from the masses. There's plenty of power and enough elsewhere to keep this phone competitive, but the camera app is muddled and in general this Sony struggles to lift itself to the top flight of flagship phone pile.

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MobileTechTalk

Delivers most of what is required from a flagship

from MobileTechTalk

The performance it delivers, the screen real estate, the stock software look and feel, the design and general aesthetic of the unit; everything screams premium until you get to the optics. They have no unique selling point, and despite the device having a lot going for it, I struggle to recommen...More

The performance it delivers, the screen real estate, the stock software look and feel, the design and general aesthetic of the unit; everything screams premium until you get to the optics. They have no unique selling point, and despite the device having a lot going for it, I struggle to recommend it over any other flagship Android device.

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Android Headlines

Triple cameras are great, unless they are slow

from Android Headlines

The Sony Xperia 1 is the most exciting Sony phone in many years. But it's still not perfect. And in many areas, it does not stand up to other smartphones that are in the same $900-$1,000 price range. Though many of the downsides we talked about here could be fixed with some software updates, Sony...More

The Sony Xperia 1 is the most exciting Sony phone in many years. But it's still not perfect. And in many areas, it does not stand up to other smartphones that are in the same $900-$1,000 price range. Though many of the downsides we talked about here could be fixed with some software updates, Sony is not exactly known for pushing out many software updates.

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Android Headlines

Impressive camera, incredible display

from Android Headlines

Are you looking for a versatile camera that can take some really great looking shots, or a smartphone with a great display for consuming media? Then the Xperia 1 is going to be a really good option. But if this phone is just too tall for you, then you may want to look elsewhere.

Read full review

Are you looking for a versatile camera that can take some really great looking shots, or a smartphone with a great display for consuming media? Then the Xperia 1 is going to be a really good option. But if this phone is just too tall for you, then you may want to look elsewhere.

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The Verge

Tall phone falls short

from The Verge

The software is significantly improved, even with misses like Side Sense. The cameras use the branding and even some of the tech of its mirrorless cameras, but they aren’t the best you can get. Sony’s design is still great and, compared to other massive phones, much easier to hold in one hand...More

The software is significantly improved, even with misses like Side Sense. The cameras use the branding and even some of the tech of its mirrorless cameras, but they aren’t the best you can get. Sony’s design is still great and, compared to other massive phones, much easier to hold in one hand. The Xperia 1 is a really nice phone, the kind that makes you think maybe Sony shouldn’t lower its ambitions in mobile. But for $950, I expect more. You should, too.

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