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  • Sony Xperia 1: new name, new design and new 4K display


    At Mobile World Congress 2019, everyone expected Sony to announce the flagship smartphone Xperia XZ4, but the Japanese manufacturer made a surprise by introducing the Xperia 1. In fact, it is the same smartphone, but with a new name. This move on the part of the company is very reasonable, because before us is not an improved version of the previous model, but a completely new device.

    Sony Xperia 1

    Sony smartphones have always been famous for their original design, and the next flagship was no exception. While other manufacturers produce smartphones with a screen aspect ratio of 18: 9 or 19:9, the Japanese company moved to 21: 9. As a result, the Xperia 1 received an elongated body. This solution has a number of advantages: when surfing the web, more information is placed on the screen, and it became even more convenient to work with two applications at once. Also important is the fact that the screen resolution is 4K.

    Sony smartphones from year to year criticized for the quality of shooting. Therefore, in the new Xperia 1, the manufacturer abandoned the high-resolution sensors and succumbed to the trends by installing three different modules of 12 MP each. Main with an equivalent focal length of 26 mm and optical stabilization for standard shots, a telephoto lens with equivalent focal length of 56 mm and OIS for shooting portraits with the double zoom and 16-mm "shirik" for photos with a wide angle. Among the features of the camera-photography in 10 fps mode with autofocus and automatic exposure, shooting in low light conditions and the creation of cinematic clips in 21:9 at a speed of 24 fps.

    The flagship model received 4K video recording with many features, including a new mode called Cinema Pro. The user will be able to use the options of professional shooting and video editing using the pre-installed proprietary application. The device display supports 10-bit color and wide ITU-R BT color space.2020, as well as DCI-P3 and work with standard Illuminant D65 light sources.

    Sony Xperia 1

    In Xperia 1, the manufacturer still did not give up all the features of its predecessors. This is especially true for the filling of the audio. The smartphone was equipped with stereo speakers supporting Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. As in previous models, there is a function Dynamic Vibration System, when the sound is accompanied by vibration-for example, during explosions in games and movies. In addition, support for Hi-Res Audio, LDAC codec, DSEE HX technology (recovery of lost information during compression) and stereo sound recording is announced.

    Another feature that migrated from last year's Xperia XZ3 — Side Sense. This feature allows you to control the gadget with swipe and tap on the side faces. For example, a double-tap menu starts with quick access to your favorite applications, which with the help of artificial intelligence adapts to the needs of the user depending on the time of day. So, if in the morning you usually listen to music or flipping social networks, then these programs will be offered, and at work, it can be a messenger, email client or other frequently used applications. In addition, the swipe down is responsible for the back function.

    Xperia 1

    As befits the flagship, Sony Xperia 1 got the top filling. "Heart" is a new eight-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, made by 7-nm process technology with support for Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology. RAM in the smartphone is of 6 GB. For data storage, there is 128 GB of built-in storage with the ability to expand microSD cards to 512 GB. Works smartphone running the current operating system Android 9.0 Pie.

    Specifications of Sony Xperia 1:

    • Display: 6.5", OLED, Ultra HD (4K), 21:9, HDR support, Gorilla Glass 6
    • Chipset: eight-core, 7-nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640 graphics
    • RAM: 6 GB
    • Storage: 128 GB, support for microSD memory cards up to 512 GB
    • Camera: triple, 12 MP (26 mm, OIS) + 12 MP (telephoto lens, 56 mm, OIS) + 12 MP (16 mm, super wide viewing angle), a dedicated shutter button
    • Front camera: 8 MP
    • Battery: 3330 mAh, support fast charging Power Delivery 3.0
    • Interfaces: USB Type-C (USB 3.1), dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
    • Unlock: fingerprint scanner on the side face
    • Audio: stereo speakers, vibration amplification, support Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio, DSEE HX, LDAC
    • SIM card: hybrid slot for two SIM cards
    • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
    • Water protection: IP65/IP68
    • Dimensions: 167 x 72 x 8.2 mm
    • Colors: black, gray, white, purple

    Xperia 1 will be available in four body colors: black, purple, gray and white. At retail, the device will arrive in the spring of this year, the price of the flagship novelty will be announced later.

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