Sony has long been trying to showcase its phones in the seas of the best Android devices, so at MWC 2019 the company is trying to create a new strategy to highlight its phones – literally – thanks to ultra-high 21: 9 displays. It starts with the Xperia 1, its new flagship.
Xperia 1 is the successor to Xperia XZ3, which Sony released last fall. But, as the name suggests, Sony sees this as a chance to start a brand new mobile phone, starting with a new design based on this very, very high display.
Photo: Alix Diaconis / The Verge Not to be mistaken, the Xperia 1 – along with the more economical Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, which will also have 21: 9 displays – this is a high glass of water. The screen itself is a 4K HDR OLED panel (supposedly the first on a smartphone), which measures 6.5 inches. The main thing here is the ratio of the parties; Of course, there are many screens of 6.5 inches, but the Xperia 1 is higher than all.
There is no cutout, although the top has a panel. Given that the body of the phone, all Xperia 1 measures 6.57 inches in height, until the moment when the upper part of the phone really stuck out of my pocket jeans (for comparison, it is almost an inch higher than the iPhone XS, a height of 5.65
The long display is definitely excellent, which did not apply to many forgotten Sony phones. But what you are actually getting
For this, Sony has several answers. The first one is simply more material. Many of our content is usually displayed in vertical lists such as text messages, emails, Instagram channels, etc. A higher screen means you can read and view more content at a time.
Sony also emphasizes multitasking so that you can have a second program attached to the top of the screen (for example, on the map), using the second application, which size will be smaller on the full screen. lower.
Finally, the focus is on watching videos and games that sound great on paper, but a bit less practically in real life. Many films are filmed in a cinematic aspect, which should look great on the high screen. However, the content that people watch on their phones, such as YouTube, is usually not – that means you will encounter a lot of black bars. Sony also has partnered with game partner partners like
Fortnite and Asphalt Racing to support a higher screen, but games that are not optimized do not take full advantage.
Of course, the Xperia 1 is not just a screen, but the rest of the phones are equipped with the best features: the rear panel is a triple camera system with three 12-megapixels – a width of 26 mm (OIS) , 52mm telephoto (also with OIS), and widescreen 16mm. There is also a required Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of memory and water resistance. Sony also has a side fingerprint reader that is disappointing, given that many of its competitors have switched to readers built into the screen. Although, given that Sony has not offered anything to read the fingerprints in the United States for many years, it's nice to see it here.
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For the middle class phones, the Xperia 10, and its more cousin, the Xperia 10 Plus. The Xperia 10 has a smaller 6-inch LCD, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of memory and a midrange Snapdragon 630 processor. The Xperia 10 Plus is closer to the Xperia 1 with a 6.5-inch panel (though with a low-resolution LCD), along with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of memory. Both have the same aspect ratio of 21: 9.
Although the Xperia 10s are definitely budget phones, they are much cheaper than the Xperia 1, but I almost prefer the design on cheaper phones that have an almost non-existent chin to the bottom in favor of a larger one. top panel
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Sony will not allow us to test Xperia 1 behind the lock screen (all I can tell you is that the glossy back is an absolute fingerprint magnet, and the wallpaper looks great), but we got some time with Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. Although they are not as powerful or high as the Xperia 1, they give a good idea of how to use a phone of such a large size.
The high screens are definitely the ones you need to get used to – I have big enough hands and it was a serious stretch for me to reach the top of the display. Sony has a single-handed mode that reduces the entire OS to the corner of the display, which is accessed by double-clicking on the Home button, and it felt like a necessary feature, especially for smaller hands. On the other hand, you can really hold a ton of content on the screen and it's easy to see.
Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will be released March 18, and the Xperia 1 flagship will come out somewhere in late spring. No pricing has been announced, but expect that you will hear more from Sony in the coming days.