Sony never fails to amaze. Even though its Xperia phones have never actually held a candle against the Galaxys and the iPhones of the world, the Japanese major continues to design out-of-the-box Xperia smartphones – to this day. Ahead of MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Sony is launching yet another high-end flagship phone, and two other mid-tier offerings. While the Xperia 1 is Sony’s true-blue flagship of the year, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus try to bring more or less similar experiences at relatively more affordable pricing.
As is the norm with all things Xperia, the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus also pack something insanely unique – all of them feature unusually tall 21:9 Cinema Wide screens (with a thick bezel up top, and tiny bezel at the bottom). The Xperia 1, in fact, may be the tallest smartphone in the world right now and even though it has a 6.5-inch display, the 21:9 aspect ratio makes it instantly stand out in the crowd of near bezel-less phones we see in the market today. The Xperia 1 is a phone that is quite literally begging to stick out of your pocket, all the time.
Sony says the Xperia 1’s tall display has its advantages, and it does, provided you’re aware of its limitations. A taller screen will, for one, allow you to browse more stuff at once and the Xperia 1 is good at multi-tasking too, according to Sony – it lets you pin a second app at the top and continue to use both the apps simultaneously as if you were using two different smartphones.
Sony is continuing its legacy of making watching videos on its smartphones special – only this time it is taking things to an all new level. The Xperia 1 (and the Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus) is the ideal smartphone to view cinematic content, it says, and the fact that it is also being touted as the world’s first 4K OLED HDR-ready smartphone means, it could be the best option for cinema buffs. Of course, content will be a constraint but then both Netflix and Amazon Video now have 21:9 HDR content, making life sort of bearable with the Xperia 1 – a smartphone that (like any other Sony flagship) also seems to be straight out of the future in this regard.
Sony says it is also working with makers of Fortnite and Asphalt Racing to make these games compatible with the Xperia 1.
Aside from the crazy form factor, the Xperia 1 is also Sony’s first smartphone to sport a triple rear camera system – consisting of a trio of 12MP lenses differing in their respective field of view (there’s a 6mm wide lens with OIS, a 52mm telephoto lens with OIS, and a 16mm ultra-wide lens). There’s also an 8MP front camera.
The Xperia 1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which is also expandable. The dual-SIM phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and is backed by a 3,330mAh battery (that could be a recipe for disaster).
The Xperia 10 comes with a 6-inch LCD display with 1080p+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage and sports dual rear cameras consisting of one 13MP sensor and another 5MP sensor for portrait photography. There’s also an 8MP front camera. The Xperia 10 uses a 2,870mAh battery.
The Xperia 10 Plus meanwhile comes with a 6.5-inch LCD display with 1080p+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and sports dual rear cameras consisting of one 12MP sensor and another 8MP telephoto camera for 2X zoom. There’s also an 8MP front camera. The Xperia 10 Plus uses a 3,000mAh battery.
Sony has also launched the entry-level Xperia L3 which comes with a 5.7-inch 720p+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It packs a MediaTek Helio P22 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and also there are dual rear cameras (13MP+2MP). There’s also an 8MP front camera.