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Sony Xperia 1 Unboxing

Sony Xperia 1 Unboxing: and we finally have the Sony Xperia 1 in the house.

This was initially announced during MWC time last, like, February, and then, it went really quiet, but finally, we have it here.

Let’s go ahead and get it unboxed.

So on the box, Sony and Xperia 1.

I, for one, am so, so glad that Sony has finally gone away from their very complicated and long naming system.

Sony Xperia XZ3 Premium and whatnot, like, I mean, it’s just too much.

So I’m glad that Sony has taken that feedback on board, finally, and now, we have something nice and simple, Xperia 1, and then, we’ve got the Xperia 10 series as well.

Let’s open this up.

And here it is.

Let’s put that, well that, that’s, that’s very long, but we’ll put that to the side for a second while we see what else we get inside the box.

So as well as the device inside the box, you do have a startup guide, a USB Type-C-to-USB Type-C cable, a fast charger.

Now, this is gonna be able to top up your Sony Xperia 1 50% within 30 minutes, so that’s really good, and then, things get quite interesting, so firstly, we’ve got a USB Type-C-to-3.5mm converter, and that is because the Xperia 1 does not have a 3.5mm jack.

This is something that we’re used to from previous Sony devices, and then, we’ve got some earphones, but these are 3.5mm earphones.

Usually, you get USB Type-C earphones if it is a device without a 3.5mm jack, so you are gonna be reliant on this converter if you do wanna use the earphones that come out of the box.

Interesting choice by Sony, but I guess it does mean that if you have other devices that do have a 3.5mm jack, you’re gonna be able to use these, too, but anyway, let’s get to the device.

Plastic removal time.

Whoo, so, so satisfying, and we’ve also got some plastic at the back, and here is the device.

The first thing that you’ll notice straight away is that it is super, super long, and that is because it’s got a 21:9 aspect ratio for the display, the widest that we’ve got on a smartphone or shall I say the most narrow?

Sony calls this CinemaWide, and that is because most movies are at this aspect ratio.

The bezels are pretty small.

We’ve got a top and bottom strip, but this is in no way a bezel-less device like we’ve got on many of the other competition right now.

However, that’s not what Sony is aiming for.

This has something that all of these other devices don’t have, and that is 4K resolution, so this is a 4K OLED HDR display, and I gotta say first impressions, it does look very, very good.

Now, I’m assuming not everything is gonna is shown at 4K and it’s gonna be adopted, and if you’re watching a movie or something, then it is gonna switch to 4K.

I can’t actually see any settings to change the resolution on here for now, but there is gonna be some 4K HDR content, so let’s just go ahead and play something here.

Okay, so most of the content on here seems to be trailers, and I’m not sure I wanna play a trailer on here and get my content blocked.

I’m assuming because these movies would be under the Sony umbrella, you can have these on here.

We’ve also got stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

There is one here in the earpiece, and there is one bottom-firing, and they do sound really good, but now, let’s take a look around the device.

So we do have glass panels on the front and back with a metal frame.

It does feel really premium.

The color at the back is just flat.

So I’ve got the purple version here.

There are some other color versions available.

It’s okay.

I guess some of you might like it.

I’m now used to seeing some more sort of gradient finishes and some more interesting designs as we’ve got on many devices
like some of the Huawei’s, OnePlus as well as Samsung, and then, we’ve got the triple rear-facing camera setup.

Now, what’s interesting is that all three of these cameras are 12 megapixels.

Sony traditionally has been going for 19 and 21 megapixels and things like that, and this is something that I’ve always disagreed with because if you’re trying to cram more pixels onto a similar size sensor that you have on most smartphones, and Sony does make the sensors for most smartphones out there as well.

Yes, some newer smartphones have 48 megapixels, but at native resolution, they shoot at around 12, and that is where you’re gonna be getting optimal results, so I’m glad Sony has kind of ditched the megapixel race and have now gone for consistent 12 megapixels for all three cameras.

What are these cameras?

Well, we’ve got a primary camera.

We’ve got an ultra-wide, and then, we’ve got a telephoto.

The primary camera is 26 millimeters.

It’s got optical image stabilization, and it’s got an f/1.6 aperture.

The ultra-wide is a 16-millimeter lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and this has a 130-degree angle of view which actually makes it wider compared to the widest that we’ve got on the market right now, which is the Samsung Galaxy S10+ that has around 123 degrees.

So it’s gonna be really interesting to see how this stacks up against the competition, and then, finally, we’ve got a telephoto camera, which also has an f/2.4 aperture, and this has around a 52-millimeter angle of view.

It’s gonna be used for optical zoom as well as your portrait shots.

Sony Xperia 1 Unboxing

Now, of course, I’m gonna have to test these out.

I’ve been hearing really good things, and it looks like Sony is finally, finally looking at optimization, and if you do wanna see a style camera comparison of this versus another device, definitely let me know which device you’d like me to compare this to.

Hopefully, I’ve got some spare time next week where I can try to put together a style camera comparison.

Now, the Xperia 1 also has BIONZ X for Sony, so Sony has been working with their alpha team to improve images and videos, so colors should be good.

Once again, these are all claims that they’re making, and I am gonna have to test these out more, but I’m very, very hopeful that we’re finally gonna be getting some really good cameras from a Sony Xperia device.

Now we do have up to IP68 water and dust resistance.

This is something that Sony has been doing for the longest time, so props to them for carrying that on, and on the right-hand side, we’ve got quite a few buttons.

So we’ve got a volume rocker.

We’ve got a fingerprint sensor, and then, we’ve got a power button separately.

So the fingerprint sensor is no longer also a power button.

That is separate, and we’ve also got a shutter button.

Now, this is something that I do like about Sony devices.

You can just press and hold this to launch the camera, and it makes it a lot easier to take images.

Let’s also test out the fingerprint scanner.

Works pretty fast as expected.

There is a bit of animation so it doesn’t seem as fast as other devices out there.

Nothing on the left-hand side.

At the bottom, we do have a USB Type-C input.

We’ve got that secondary speaker, and at the top, we have the SIM card tray.

Now, this SIM card tray also has space for a microSD card, so you can expand the storage on the Xperia 1, but it does come with
128 gigabytes as a base.

For selfies, we’ve got an eight-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture, and internally, the Xperia 1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and you’ve got six gigabytes of RAM, so performance should be good.

We do have Android Pie with Sony’s UI on top.

Now, Sony’s UI will be a little bit more important here because of this very unique aspect ratio.

We’ve got 21:9 multi-window, so you can have a few apps on the top and on the bottom, so that’s gonna be quite a bit of real estate, so let’s try this out.

So here, you can see that I’ve got YouTube open at the top, and then, I’ve got Google Chrome at the bottom, and this means that you can watch a video as well as maybe browse the web at the same time, or maybe if you wanna tweet while you’re watching a video, you’re gonna be able to do that, and having that extra real estate should be quite useful.

Now there is Side sense, and that is a side menu that you can use by double-tapping the side, and I’ve always found this a little bit hit and miss.

This is with the previous Sony Xperia XZ3.

It works, but I think it’s gonna take some time to get used to, yep.

For the battery, it is 3,300 mAh, which does seem pretty small if you ask me, especially considering the fact that this has a 4K display, but Sony does have lots of optimizations, and as I was saying earlier, I don’t believe everything is displayed at 4K.

It is gonna switch between resolutions, so it’ll be interesting to see how long this lasts.

Now, pricing-wise, this is starting at 850 pounds here in the UK, so definitely paying flagship prices, and I really wanna see how it stacks up against the competition.

Why should you buy this Sony device as opposed to something like the Samsung Galaxy S10+, which is a very, very good all-rounded device, or something like the OnePlus 7 Pro, which is quite a bit cheaper but does offer a lot for the money?

These are things that I’m gonna be trying to figure out over the next few weeks, and if you do wanna see further coverage of the Xperia 1, If there’s anything in particular that you’d like me to cover with the Xperia 1, then definitely drop me a comment below and let me know.

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