It looks like the reign of 18:9 aspect ratio devices is over! Well, at least for Sony.
The company announced three new smartphones with 21:9 aspect ratios— the flagship Xperia 1, and the super-midrange Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus.
However, the Xperia 1, in particular, caught my attention because it’s the first smartphone with a 4K OLED display all baked in that tall body that reminds me of a delicious chocolate bar:
I don’t how I feel about the tall display, but I can tell you how I felt when I saw some of the specs on the Xperia 1.
It was something similar to this:
Check it out below:
|Category||Sony Xperia 1|
|Dimensions||167 x 72 x 8.2mm|
|Design||Corning Gorilla Glass 6, Side sense, Multi-window UI|
|Display||6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED, 21:9, X1 chip for mobile, Creator mode|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB, expandable with microSD up to 512GB|
|Rear Cameras||Wide-Angle: 12MP 26mm OIS, Dual PD
Telephoto: 12MP 52mm OIS
Super Wide-Angle: 12MP 16mm
BIONZ X for mobile, 4K HDR recording, Cinema Pro
|Charging||USB PD 3.0|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX, LDAC, Stereo speakers, Stereo sound recording, Smart amplifier, Sony’s Dynamic Vibration System|
|Software||Android 9 Pie|
|Connectivity||NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 5CA LTE, Cat. 19 LTE, 4×4 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n|
|Ports and Buttons||Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C (USB 3.1), No 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Colors||Black, Grey, White, Purple|
I wonder who agreed to put a 3300mAh battery in a 6.5-inch device, but in all fairness to Sony, the Xperia 1 also comes with a couple of features that might interest a lot of people.
For example, Sony added a “Creator Mode” powered by CineAlta, Sony’s digital movie camera brand. Sony states that this mode is inspired by Master monitor color reproduction and uses “industry-leading technology to ensure consistent color reproduction.” They have also included “Cinema Pro” mode which helps you create cinematic videos in 21:9 at 24fps. Third, Sony has packed an X1 chip to bring BRAVIA color and contrast to everything you watch on screen, and the Android UI is upscaled to 4K. Fourth, the company has a new RAW noise reduction algorithm which promises up to 10fps AF/AE tracking. Furthermore, the Xperia 1 has eye AF for better focus when taking portrait mode or high-speed shots.
So, the question of the day is, with all of these features and display, do you think the Sony Xperia X1 has what it takes to contend with others?