Sony announces smartphone for movie-lovers

Sony announces smartphone for movie-lovers

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The superslim handset features the world's first 4K OLED screen on a smartphone. The front features a 6-inch Full HD LCD with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

The new phone also features multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos sound. You also get water resistance, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and an all-glass design. Other notable Sony camera technologies, including the Bionz X engine and tech from the Alpha interchangeable lens cameras, have been adapted for the Xperia 1.

In Creator mode (inspired by Sony's pro Master Monitor colour reproduction technology), the 10-bit colour display (8-bit with 2-bit smoothing) claims a 1000,000:1 contrast and support for BT.2020 colour gamut for wider, more accurate colour reproduction - all powered by Sony's X1 for mobile processor.

Only six months on from the excellent Xperia XZ3 though, what has changed?

For cameras, Sony has switched over to a triple camera array on the back, each with a 12MP lens.

One is a telephoto, one is wide and one is ultra-wide.

Both the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus will be up for grabs, starting today. The set of YouTube videos it just dropped is a pretty good start.

On paper, these both have similar battery setups. The batteries on Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are 2870 mAh and 3000 mAh respectively. That's only a slight increase in size, but the newer phone does come with a better optimized chipset. Both the phones support Xperia Adaptive Charging as well. The Xperia 1 can record in 4K HDR videos and the unique hybrid stabilisation system (Optical SteadyShot) - combining optical image stabilisation and electronic image stabilisation simultaneously enables you to record smooth videos. Whether or not you'll do this much is a personal thing and it's quite a niche thing to hook a phone's marketing on, but really these are phones that are best for one handed scrolling and landscape video.

Sony Xperia 10 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor whereas Xperia 10 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 636 processor. $1,045 or Rs 74,300) and will be available in the coming weeks in Europe.

Whether you'll notice that extra RAM when using the phone remains to be seen.

The camera module on the Xperia 1 is said to be developed in collaboration with engineers from Sony's digital cinema camera division, known for its CineAlta brand. There is 64GB of onboard storage and you can add up to an additional 512GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Sony's mobile division hasn't been a cash-cow for the company for the past few years. Sony Xperia 1 has previously leaked in some forums and on website but at that time it was assumed to be Xperia XZ4.

The Xperia 1 comes in Purple and Black colors and will be available in Spring 2019.

We don't have pricing yet, but considering the specs, we assume it won't be too cheap.

Sony usually announces its entire Xperia smartphone lineup at MWC and this year's been no different. The device is bezel-less if the large bezel at the top doesn't exist (pun-intended).

  • Terrell Bush