Sony's New Xperia 1 Flagship is their Most Interesting Smartphone Yet

Sony changed its naming scheme a little bit because it was clearly becoming hard for users to keep track.

In terms of imaging, the Xperia 10 Plus has a 12-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera.

Alongside its Xperia 1 flagship, Sony today announced two new mid-range phones, dubbed the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The 10 Plus gets a 6.5-inch display with the same aspect ratio. Sony's ultra-widescreen is lovely, but quaint. What's not that impressive is the top bezel though, still a thick Sony style one, while the bottom one is actually one of the slimmest around. Much like the Xperia 1, both the 6in 10 and the 6.5in 10 Plus have 21:9 aspect ratios - the same ratio that most movies are filmed in.

Finally, the Sony Xperia 1 comes with a tiny (considering the size of the display) 3300mAh capacity battery, runs Android Pie, has stereo speakers and supports wireless charging.

The new screen design on the Xperia 1 won't be to everyone's taste though, and the taller look may make it more hard for you to navigate around the display, so the more conventional aspect ratio of the Xperia XZ3 might actually prove a selling point for the older phone.

The camera hardware is no slouch either. All three cameras are 12 MP and the wide-angle and telephoto lenses come with OIS support. On the front, it has an 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 84° wide-angle view for selfies. The Xperia 10 Plus is also capable of 2x optical zoom. For those who care, that's the same chip inside Sony's Alpha a99 II SLR and the RX100 III point-and-shoot. All of this can be shot in 4K HDR at 24 frames per second (fps) in 21:9 format.

Both phones come with dual-lens main cameras, but we're looking at different configurations.

Other features include a fingerprint sensor, standard connectivity options and a 3,300mAh battery.

The camera module on the Xperia 1 is said to be developed in collaboration with engineers from Sony's digital cinema camera division, known for its CineAlta brand. In comparison, the Xperia 10 Plus (429 Euro) is 30 Euro cheaper than the XA2 Ultra from 2019.

The Sony Xperia 1 comes with a larger display than its predecessor. With the multi-aspect ratio, you can choose the ideal size - for example, you can choose 21: 9 to fill the screen, or for 1: 1, for the flawless post on Instagram.

The display is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and back, plus water resistant to IP65 and IP68 certifications.

Sony Xperia 1, 10 and 10 Plus (L to R).

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 10 also gets a smaller 2,870 mAh battery, while the 10 Plus features a 3,000 mAh battery.

Xperia 1 will run Android 9 Pie out of the box and will be available in select markets from late Spring 2019.

  • Kara Saunders