Sony announces smartphone for movie-lovers

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Sony unveiled its flagship for 2019 at the MWC today, the Sony Xperia 1. Like previous Sony flagships, the Xperia 1 also supports 960fps Super Slo-mo recording.

The Xperia XZ3 has a single 19MP sensor on the rear, but the company has chose to include three rear lenses on the Xperia 1. Well, quite a bit actually.

The Xperia 1 is priced at £799 and comes in Black, Purple, Grey, and White colours. However due to budget constraints the Xperia L3 carries a traditional 18:9 aspect ratio with prominent bezels at the top and bottom of the display.

The Xperia 1 is much more expensive than the Xperia XZ3 is now too, which is a big differentiator between the two handsets.

Xperia 1 takes motion pictures to the next level via the developer's collaboration with engineers from Sony's professional digital cinema camera division, known for its CineAlta brand and for its Full Frame digital cinematography camera "VENICE". The front camera on the device is an 8MP sensor. The Xperia 1 is set to be a lot slimmer in your hand, and you're going to notice that extended, taller design at first. The last few years have seen the Japanese tech giant release some well-spec'd phones, but nothing that screamed wow. The front features a 6-inch Full HD LCD with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The new Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus and flagship Xperia 1 all bear the same 21:9 aspect ratio.

According to Sony, the Xperia 1 will ship with a 21:9 display.

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Naturally, the Xperia 1 is soaking up most of the spotlight, with a video dedicated to design, another one about the world-first 4K, OLED, 21:9 HDR panel and then some videos specifically detailing the phone's triple camera prowess and cinematic video capture capabilities.

This results in what Sony calls a CinemaWide display.

You're looking at $899, just slightly less than Samsung's Galaxy S10 starting price. All images from Sony. Sony has included technologies from its popular Alpha camera lineup in this device. In terms of video, the Xperia 1 has 4K HDR recording and it can shoot in 24fps at 21:9. It also features Creator Mode, which is powered by CineAlta to improve overall image quality and offer a wider range of color and gamut, depending on content. It has a dual camera setup of 13MP+2MP. Under the hood, smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC together with 6GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the larger Xperia 10 Plus uses a beefier Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The advantage to having polycarbonate is that it is cheaper, but it also still looks like metal, without having those antenna lines on the back of the phone. You can also comment on our MeWe page by joining the MeWe social network. Additionally these Xperia 10 and 10 Plus also feature High-Resolution Audio with DSEE HX and LDAC for better audio possibilities.

There is the introduction of using two apps simultaneously on both devices to help with multi-tasking.

On paper, the Xperia 1 is a clear victor over the Xperia XZ3, even if the older device still has some excellent qualities - it's screen is fabulous for example. Of course, since this is an OLED Sony panel, we expect color reproduction to be wonderful.

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