Hands on with the Sony Xperia 1

Hands on with the Sony Xperia 1
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Like your movies? Then this is the one.

When you’re looking for a new phone, some of the specs you’re probably keeping an eye on are the screen and the camera, since they’re both very important to consider for a phone.

Sony agrees, and the Xperia 1 is a great bit of tech for a budding film maker on the go. But, before we get into it, let’s have a look at the design.

Elegant and slender design

The first thing you notice is that the body of the Xperia 1 is very tall and narrow, and holding it feels great.

It’s thin and lightweight, but that doesn’t mean it’s made with cheap materials, no sir. The phone is covered in super-tough Corning Gorilla glass, with a metal frame around the middle.

First smartphone with a 4K HDR OLED display

Key features:
  • Large 6.5-inch screen
  • Same 21:9 aspect ratio as the cinema
  • Cinematic multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos®️ sound
The display on this phone has so much to offer. For a start, it’s not just widescreen, it’s CinemaWide, and it’s huge at a massive 6.5 inches.

It’s OLED HDR too, which means all the colours are bright and the details practically pop off the screen. And, with a 21:9 aspect ratio (the format films are usually recorded in) you can watch the movie exactly as the creator intended, right on in your hand.

Most Netflix content is available in 21:9 too, so you can use your morning commute to catch up on that episode you dozed off to the night before. You might find a few other passengers wanting to take a peek too!

Take photos like a pro

Key features
  • Triple lens main camera
  • 2x optical zoom
  • 4K HDR movie recording
  • 8MP selfie camera
Two lenses are better than one, but the Xperia 1 has three! The triple lens main camera will let you take stunning photos that are a perfect Insta addition, with all three packing 12MP. One is also a telephoto lens, while another is an ultra-wide angle lens.

But it’s shooting videos that truly takes this camera to the next level. With the built-in Cinema Pro app, you can shoot film footage in 21:9 aspect ratio, and use a range of tools like frame rate, white balance, control the lens shutter speed and change the resolution. With this phone, anyone could try their hand at filmmaking.

Under the hood

Key features
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 3,330mAh battery
  • Fast charging
  • 129GB inbuilt storage
For a phone that runs nice and smooth but has buckets of power behind it, the Xperia 1 is just what you’d want in your pocket.

The Snapdragon 855 chipset is the best you can get, which is what makes the Camera app so pro, and it makes the phone great for gameplay too. Once we got our hands on it, we didn’t want to put it down.

There’s loads of built-in storage space too, so you can snap, shoot and play away without worrying about running out of room for everyting.

Android 9 is a clever operating system that adapts to how you use it, and it’s super intuitive. For example, it can get your favourite music ready as soon as you plug your headphones in, and it’s the operating system the Sony Xperia 1 uses.

If you want your phone to be the best for shooting films as well as one that can anticipate your needs, the Xperia 1 is for you.

Got any questions? Pop them in the comments and we’ll answer them for you.

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