When Sony introduced its Xperia 1 flagship smartphone at MWC 2019, the company disclosed all technical specifications, but omitted two important details: pricing and launch date. This month some of the company’s partners began to take pre-orders on the product and had to disclose its estimated price. While retailers are taking pre-orders, we still do not know when Sony intends to start shipments.

Late last week Clove.co.uk started to take pre-orders on Sony’s Xperia 1 128 GB charging £849 (including VAT) per unit. This week Amazon.com started to take pre-orders on the smartphone charging $999.99 per smartphone. Large retailers tend to start taking pre-orders long before actual devices become available. For example, Amazon.com claims that the product will be released on December 31, 2019, which seems like a play-it-safe date rather than the actual launch date.

Sony’s Xperia 1 is the industry’s first smartphone that comes with a 6.5-inch 8+2-bit OLED display featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio as well as a 3840x1644 resolution. The screen supports the BT.2020 and the DCI-P3 color spaces with the D65 white point and is claimed to reproduce colors so accurately that that one of Sony’s movie studios uses the Xperia 1 to review its work on set.

Inside the Xperia 1 there is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC accompanied by 6 GB of LPDDR4X as well as 64 or 128 GB of NAND flash memory. The Xperia 1 is not a 5G handset, but it still supports Gigabit 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, and other advanced functionality of the platform. In addition, it uses a plethora of Sony-developed algorithms and technologies to enhance its display, imaging capabilities, audio, and so on.

Keep in mind that at this point MSRP of the Sony Xperia 1 has not been officially confirmed by the manufacturer.

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  • flyingpants265 - Monday, March 18, 2019 - link

    Height is also limited by the size of your hand. Reply
  • kawmic - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    AWESOME!! Gimme! Reply
  • techWASgood - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    I would never buy a phone with such a RIDICULOUS screen aspect ratio. I still prefer 16:9 phone displays! 18:9 displays are horrid, and any taller/narrower than 18:9 (like 19:9 or 21:9) are absolutely unacceptable! If you choose to buy the Sony Experia 1, enjoy all that blank, wasted screen real estate and tiny images (relative to the screen size) that you'll get when viewing most videos and photos, and when playing many games.

    Let's hope that phone accessory manufacturers do a better job of supporting the Experia 1 than they did with the 2018 flagship Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. I would've gladly paid $1,000 for the Experia XZ2 Premium- if even one phone accessory manufacturer had bothered to make an ultra-protective belt clip case for it (an Otterbox Defender or the like). But I wasn't about to buy a $1,000 phone and put it in a cheap, flimsy, barely protective $15 case. I love the XZ2 Premium's 16:9 4K Display! I'd still buy one TODAY were it not for the unavailability of a protective belt clip case for it!
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  • flyingpants265 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Agreed. I also don't like the square design, but to each his own. I had a much easier time holding my S3, LG G3, and Nexus 4. The sharp edges make the phone more difficult to manipulate. Reply
  • Kamides - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    In person the phone looks really beautiful in picture or camera it does look really ugly not gonna lie and holding it feels nicer than the XZp Reply
  • Kamides - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    Honestly that phone is super powerfull you can slam it with no case and be fine, a shock absorbing 15 dolla clear case is more than enough Reply
  • Kamides - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    Sony also makes an official case for it looks really nice imo Reply
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    I can probably pay you more to mow my lawn and clean my toilet than Sony is giving you right now to shill for them. Reply
  • Wardrive86 - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    If you choose to buy the Sony Experia 1, enjoy all that blank, wasted screen real estate and tiny images (relative to the screen size) that you'll get when viewing most videos and photos, and when playing many games.

    This is absolutely not true. I have a 6.1" 19.5:9 screen with literally 0 wasted space. When playing games or watching videos (MXplayer, Youtube, Hulu, Netflix) the screen is filled and is absolutley an upgrade over any 16:9 display I have ever owned. The device has so many options for one handed use (LG UX) it is so much easier
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  • erple2 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link

    I don't understand how you can watch a 16x9 video on Youtube (or Hulu or Netflix) on a 20x9 screen and fill up the screen at the same time. Unless you're clipping the top/bottom. Reply

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