Sony has finally given its flagship Xperia 1 smartphone an official launch date and price. The handset, which features a large 21:9 OLED display that supports wide color gamuts, will arrive on July 12th for $949.99.

First introduced back at MWC 2019, Sony's new flagship smartphone is a very strong play for the high-end mobile market. Without a doubt, the key feature of the Xperia 1 is its 6.5-inch OLED display featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio with a 3840x1644 resolution. The screen supports the BT.2020 and the DCI-P3 color spaces with the D65 white point, and Sony says that it reproduces colors so precisely that that one of its movie studios used the Xperia 1 to review its work on set. To properly display HDR content, Sony is further adopting some of their display algorithms originally designed for their Bravia TVs. Meanwhile, the display is protected using Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6.

Under the hood, the Xperia 1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which is paired with 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB of NAND flash memory (which can be augmented via microSD cards). Like other high-end 4G/LTE smartphones launched this year, this one supports Gigabit 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, and other advanced features of the platform. The handset also supports Dolby Atmos via its USB-C headphone output, while its speakers were tuned by engineers from Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to Sony.

In addition to its advanced display, the Sony Xperia 1 also comes with a 12 MP triple sensor camera cluster, which is comprised of a 26-mm regular RGB camera, 16-mm wide-angle camera, and a 52-mm telephoto camera. The camera cluster incorporates several Sony camera technologies, including Eye AF technology to focus exactly to the level of eyes, burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking, and it can shoot in 4K HDR at 24 fps with different color presets. Meanwhile, there is an 8 MP camera for front-facing photos.

Overall, being one of the first 21:9 smartphones on the market, the Xperia 1 is unusually long, yet it still very comfortable to hold and use, as we discovered back at MWC.

When it hits the streets in mid-July, Sony will be offering the Xperia 1 in two colors: black and purple. All of the usual suspects will be carrying the phone, including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Focus Camera. Interestingly, the $949.99 price tag is actually a tad lower than the price Sony was floating in March, where at the time they were intending to launch it as a $999 phone.

As for international customers, it looks like they'll need to wait a bit longer; for the moment Sony isn't announcing a launch date outside of the US. But in traditional Sony fashion, it is likely that the company will try to launch its flagship smartphone across the world more or less simultaneously.

The Sony Xperia X1
   Specifications
Display OLED
6.5"
3840x1644
21:9 aspect ratio
BT.2020, DCI-P3 color spaces
with the D65 white point
HDR
643 PPI
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Kryo 485 cores at 2.84 GHz
3x Kryo 485 cores at 2.42 GHz
4x Kryo 485 cores at 1.80 GHz
Adreno 640 GPU
RAM 6 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 64 or 128 of NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 3.1 Type-C
Audio No 3.5 mm jack
NFC Yes
LTE 4G/LTE
Navigation A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Rear Camera Wide: 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1/2.6", 1.4µm, OIS
Ultrawide: 12 MP, f/2.4, 16mm, 1/3.4", 1.0µm
Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, predictive OIS
1 × LED flash
Front Camera 8 MP, 1.0µm
Battery Capacity 3330 mAh
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Nano SIM
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint on the side
Facial Recognition -
Dimensions Height 167 mm | 6.57 inches
Width 72 mm | 2.83 inches
Thickness 8.2 mm | 0.32 inches
Weight 172 grams | 6.35 ounces
Colors black, grey, purple, white
Protection Drop Protected
Water, Dust IP67, IP65
OS Google Android 9.0
Launch Countries United States
Price $949.99 for 128 GB version

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Source: Sony

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  • sleepeeg3 - Saturday, May 18, 2019 - link

    Hey phone manufacturers - I don't want a phone that has an overly long screen. The content isn't designed for it, it means it's even harder to reach those buttons with my thumb at the top of the screen and it uses more battery! Reply
  • vladi013 - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - link

    Lot of things about this phone have slipped under the radar such as being able to control Venice camera, use it as wireless viewfinder on Venice as well, they claim serious color calibration and accuracy. Yes panel is true 10bit with dedicated hardware bits for display itself so X1 engine can run etc. Camera has some tricks up it's sleeve such as AF burst in full resolution without any motion blur, predictive capture of four frames in full resolution. These are some things that Sony phones have been able to do for a while when Pixel and iPhone don't. It's especially evident when bursting at moving objects. Anyhow Xperia 1 is geared toward video making. Reply
  • Tams80 - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - link

    Lol. The Xperia 1X or whatever they call their next flagship will be out only a few months after this at this rate. Reply
  • remosito - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    As somebody who reads a lot on my phone including tech pdfs I really hate how phone makers implement 21:9. Instead of making the phone longer they make it narrower. Previous Xperia was 80mm wide. This one only 72mm. I need width for comfortable reading. I guess the good news is with this one is coming soon. Old version to be had 50%+ off. Reply
  • halcyon - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - link

    Sony's Flagship Xperia 1 21:9 Smartphone Gets a death sentence at $950

    FIFY.
    Reply

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