At Mobile World Congress 2019, which is currently underway in Barcelona, Sony introduced three new smartphones for its Xperia line, including the Xperia 1, 4K OLED smartphone with a 6.5" 21:9 CinemaWide display and HDR remastering; along with the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus mid-range devices.
"We have established a new vision for our Xperia brand, which is to bring our customers experiences beyond imagination," says Mitsuya Kishida, President of Sony Mobile Communications. "We are continuing to push the boundaries in pursuit of innovation, and our new Xperia 1 delivers genuine technological advancements with a multitude of professional-grade features for creative entertainment experiences that are only possible with Sony."
The Xperia 1 delivers cinematic aspect ratio and accurate colour reproduction that films are created in. The display is powered by Sony BRAVIA TV technologies and the X1 for mobile engine, bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies to ensure everything you watch, including streamed content, can be enjoyed with more contrast, colour, and clarity.
The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports 10-bit tonal gradation and wide colour space ITU-R BT.2020, as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65. It is encased by durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on front and back, while IP65/IP68 certified water resistance guards against the elements.
The phone has 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.). Technologies from Sony's α ("Alpha") interchangeable lens camera are inherited in Xperia 1 as BIONZ X for mobile. The algorithm enables Eye AF (Auto Focus) in a smartphone to bring sharp focus exactly at eye level and delivers continuous burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure).
Capture better low light images with the bright F1.6 lens and large pixel pitch 1.4μm Dual Photo Diode image sensor, ensuring that even moving subjects are blur-free, while RAW noise reduction delivers clear images.
Shoot with natural cinematic tone and further apply expression-based colour management pre-sets with the new Cinema Pro feature. Choose from eight different expressions to turn clips into cinematic stories. All of this can be shot in 4K HDR at 24 frames per second (fps) in 21:9 format.
Xperia 1 also lets you grab a 21:9 still image off the live view or recorded clips, with or without the "Look" colour management pre-sets. The hybrid stabilization system runs Optical SteadyShot with a unique algorithm to ensure smooth and shake-free recording.
The phone also features Dolby Atmos sound, aa Game Enhancer that optimizes performance and blocks unwanted notifications, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, high-speed Gigabit LTE capability, and a high capacity 3,330mAh battery with Smart Stamina, Battery Care, and Xperia Adaptive Charging.
Sony also announced the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, both of which feature a sleek borderless design with 21:9 Full HD+ Ultimate Wide display. Sony's intuitive 21:9 multi-window UI together with the 6" display on Xperia 10 and 6.5" on Xperia 10 Plus enable two apps to be viewed simultaneously while maintaining an easy viewing size for both windows.
A 21:9 Movie recording in 4K allows you to shoot videos with Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus in the same aspect ratio used by filmmakers. Dual cameras on both Xperia 10 (13MP+5MP) and Xperia 10 Plus (12MP+8MP) enable you to capture high-quality images with artistic Bokeh effect. Both the main and front cameras feature SteadyShot to capture blur-free videos. Exclusive to Xperia 10 Plus, 2X optical zoom lets you get closer to the action.
The devices feature Sony's High-Resolution Audio and LDAC; and Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) which automatically upscales compressed sound files to near
high-resolution sound quality. The Xperia 10 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, and has a 2,870mAh battery. The Xperia 10 Plus, meanwhile, features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia 1 comes in black, purple, gray, and white (only black and purple
available in U.S.) with Android 9.0 Pie, and will be available in the U.S. from late Spring 2019. Xperia 10 (MSRP US$350) and Xperia 10 Plus (MSRP US$430) come in black, silver, navy, pink (Xperia 10 only) and gold (Xperia 10 Plus only) (only Black and Silver available in the U.S.). Both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus launch on Android 9.0 Pie in the U.S. from March 18, 2019.
There's no word yet on Canadian availability.