The Xperia 1 is Sony's new flagship smartphone. It was first shown off at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and comes equipped with everything you'd expect from a high-end smartphone in 2019, all in an extremely-tall 2:1 design. Pre-orders already begun in the United States, and now it has a shipping date, and people in Europe can buy the phone too.

The Xperia 1 has a lot going for it, with a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, a super-tall 21:9 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED (though the utility of 4K screens on phones has yet to be determined), a 3,300mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie. There are three rear 12MP cameras (26mm w/OIS, 52mm w/OIS, 16mm) and one 8MP front camera. It's also certified to work on Verizon, but only on LTE.

The phone has already been available for pre-order in the United States, but now it has a shipping date: July 12th. The price has also fallen slightly since Sony began taking orders, as it's now $950 instead of $1,000. European pre-orders are estimated to ship on June 5th, with Amazon.de charging €949 and UK retailers pricing it at £849.

Press Release

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xperia 1, Sony’s latest vision for mobile technology, packs a host of highlight features such as the world’s first 4K OLED display in a smartphonei with 21:9 CinemaWide™ display (6.5”), and the world’s first Eye AF in a smartphoneii with a triple lens camera and up to 10 fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking for precision focus and exposure. Sony’s Xperia 1 will launch July 12 in the United States at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo, Focus Camera and other participating retail outlets. Xperia 1 will retail for $949.99.

Xperia 1 delivers cinematic aspect ratio and accurate color reproduction, for a viewing experience that is true to the creators’ intention. The X1™ for mobile engine, powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies, brings HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies ensuring everything you watch, including streamed content, can be enjoyed with more contrast, color and clarity.

Inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction from Sony’s professional technology, which is used in leading Hollywood studio productions, Xperia 1 lets you experience unprecedented color accuracy with our new Creator mode to bring content to life exactly as it was envisioned. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports 10-bitiii tonal gradation and wide color space ITU-R BT.2020, as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65. The sleek display is encased by durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on front and back, while IP65/IP68 certified water resistanceiv guards against the elements. Experience pro-level quality in every photo with an advanced triple lens camera (12MP) for any situation and light conditions: 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm lens telephoto shooting (35mm equiv.).

Tell more stories with cinema recording and precise photo shooting

Technologies from Sony’s acclaimed Alpha interchangeable lens camera are inherited in Xperia 1 as BIONZ X™ for mobile enabling the world’s first Eye AF (Auto Focus) in a smartphone and deliver continuous burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) to give you precision focus and optimal exposure. Capture better low light images with the bright F1.6 lens and large pixel pitch 1.4μm Dual Photo Diode image sensor ensuring even moving subjects are blur-free, while RAW noise reduction delivers beautifully clear images.

Compatible with Sony’s Imaging Edge™v application, instantly transfer videos and still images from your camera to Xperia 1 while shooting so you’re able to check the quality or upload to social media instantlyvi. Imaging Edge also supports 4K movie transfervii so no quality is lost when transferring from one device to the other.

Only Sony can bring industry-leading professional technology to Xperia 1, enabling you to capture your everyday life in cinematic style with Cinema Pro. Create the intended mood from a total of eight different color management pre-set expressions to turn your clips into cinematic stories. The unique hybrid stabilization system running Optical SteadyShot™ with a unique algorithm to ensure smooth and shake-free recording.

Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos® sound

This ultimate viewing experience is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, transporting you into the story with moving audio that flows above and around you with breathtaking realism.

An Enhanced Mobile Gaming Experience

The expansive 21:9 display also takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online.

Experience incredible performance and improved power efficiency with the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform. This offers high-speed Gigabit LTE capability, up to 25% faster CPU, and up to 40% GPU performance versus the previous generation, and Snapdragon Elite Gaming, for handling processor-intensive apps and games with ease.

The high capacity 3330 mAh battery, combined with Smart Stamina, Battery Care,viii and Xperia Adaptive Charging, help keep you powered throughout the day.

Availability

Xperia 1 will be available in the United States at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo, Focus Camera and other participating retail outlets, with two color options: Black and Purple. Xperia 1 is both operable on GSM networks and certified to work on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

For more information on Xperia 1 please visit https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-1/

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Full specifications for Xperia 1 can be found here: https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-1/specifications/

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Through its Xperia™ smartphone and tablet portfolio, as well as innovative smart products, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com

Legal

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i Xperia 1 features a 6.5 inch Ultra Wide 4K (1644 x 3840px) OLED High Dynamic Range (HDR) display. Verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAX Service against the published display specifications for over 14,000 smartphones. Correct as of February 24, 2019
ii Xperia 1’s camera features Eye AF (autofocus) capable of identifying and keeping a human eye in focus. Verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAXService against the published camera specifications for over 14,000 smartphones. Correct as of the February 24, 2019
iii 8 bit display with 2 bit software smoothing

iv Xperia 1 is water resistant and protected against dust, so don’t worry if you get caught in the rain or want to wash off dirt under a tap, but remember all ports and attached covers should be firmly closed. You should not put the device completely underwater; or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The device has been tested under Ingress Protection rating IP65/68. For more info, see www.sonymobile.com/waterresistant. Note the Xperia 1 has a capless USB port to connect and charge. The USB port needs to be completely dry before charging.

v A successor application of PlayMemories Mobile. Existing PlayMemories Mobile users can use this by updating PlayMemories Mobile
vi Compatible with ILCE-9 with software update Ver.5.0 or later. Files are imported in 2MP size when using this function
vii Compatible with ILCE-9 with software update Ver.5.0 or later, ILCE-7RM3, ILCE-7M3, ILCE-6400, DSC-RX0M2, DSC-RX10M4, DSC-RX100M6, DSC-RX100M5A. Availability of video transfer and playback varies depending on smartphone in use.
viii Battery Care charges your phone to 90%, waits, then charges to 100% just before your normal wake-up time. * This feature is available for still images only

Press Release

Sony’s new flagship Xperia 1 smartphone available to pre-order in Europe from today

Xperia 1, Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, packs a professional display and cinematography technologies into a beautiful, sleek smartphone powerhouse. With features such as the world’s first 4K OLED display in a smartphone* with 21:9 CinemaWide™ display (6.5”) and the world’s first Eye AF in a smartphone** with a triple lens camera and up to 10 fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking for precision focus and exposure. Sony’s Xperia 1 is available to pre-order from today across Europe from Xperia store online, retail outlets and local operators.

Xperia 1 delivers a cinema aspect ratio and accurate colour reproduction, for a viewing experience that’s true to creators’ intentions. The X1™ for mobile engine, powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies, brings HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies ensuring everything you watch, including streamed content, can be enjoyed with more contrast, colour and clarity.

This ultimate viewing experience is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, transporting you into the story with moving audio that flows above and around you with breath-taking realism.

Rounding off the entertainment experience is Game Enhancer which optimises Xperia 1’s performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enabling you to record gameplay and find tips for your game online. Fortnite, Asphalt 9 and Arena of Valor are just some of the immersive games available exclusively to Xperia 1 in 21:9.

Experience pro-level quality in every photo with an advanced triple lens camera (12MP) for any situation and light conditions: 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm lens for telephoto shooting (35mm equiv.).

Technologies from Sony’s acclaimed Alpha interchangeable lens camera are inherited in Xperia 1 as BIONZ X™ for mobile enables the world’s first Eye AF (Auto Focus) in a smartphone and delivers continuous burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) to give you precision focus and optimal exposure. Capture better low light images with the bright F1.6 lens and large pixel pitch 1.4μm Dual Photo Diode image sensor ensuring even moving subjects are blur-free, while RAW noise reduction delivers beautifully clear images.

Compatible with Sony’s Imaging Edge™*** application, instantly transfer videos and still images from your camera to Xperia 1 while shooting so you’re able to check the quality or upload to social media instantly****. Imaging Edge also supports 4K movie transfer***** so no quality is lost when transferring from one device to the other.

Only Sony can bring industry-leading professional technology to Xperia 1, enabling you to capture your everyday life in cinematic style with Cinema Pro. Create the intended mood from a total of eight different ‘Look’ colour management pre-set expressions to turn your clips into cinematic stories. The unique hybrid stabilisation system running Optical SteadyShot™ with a unique algorithm ensures smooth and shake-free recording.

Availability

Xperia 1 looks as good as it feels and is available to pre-order in Europe from today from Xperia store online, retail shops and local operators, in a range of colours to suit your individual style: Black, Purple, Grey and White.

For more information on all the technology and features packed into Xperia 1 please visit: https://blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/sony-redefines-smartphone-vision-new-flagship-xperia-1-creative-entertainment-professional-grade-technologies/