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Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

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Sony Xperia 1 Review: Uniqueness comes at a cost

Sony Xperia 1 Review: Uniqueness comes at a cost

Posted   07.11.19
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76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

The new Xperia 1 is a powerful, ambitious smartphone that draws on Sony’s expertise with different kinds of hardware. That might sound like a winning formula, but the reality of living with a super tall, super high-res device falls well short of ideal. Yes, watching movies on the Xperia 1 is fantastic (assuming your content fills the screen correctly). And the triple camera system, while finicky, will produce some impressive photos. Unfortunately, the phone’s battery life is middling at best, and the benefits of a 4K screen in a device this small can be hard to pick out unless you’re really paying attention. Ultimately, the Xperia 1 has some very specific charms, but most people should probably look elsewhere for a more complete package.

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Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • 4K screen is beautiful
  • Great for split-screen multitasking
Cons
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • 4K is totally unnecessary on smartphones
  • Triple camera needs more polish
76 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
60
Digital Trends
The Sony Xperia 1’s cinematic 4K screen is fantastic. The rest? Not so much
 
70
The Verge
The Xperia 1 is a really nice phone, the kind that makes you think maybe Sony shouldn’t lower its ambitions in mobile. But for $950, I expect more. You should, too.
 
90
Android Central
The Xperia 1 nails all of the essentials, with blisteringly fast performance and three excellent cameras. The extra-tall display takes some getting used to, but it makes widescreen movies more immersive, and its 4K HDR technology is unmatched.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The best Sony phone in years and a unique approach that should deservedly win fans.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
An interesting phone with a 21:9 aspect ratio 4K display that lends itself watching movies, which is where this Xperia sets itself apart from the masses. There's plenty of power and enough elsewhere to keep this phone competitive, but the camera app is muddled and in general this Sony struggles to lift itself to the top flight of flagship phone pile.
 
80
GSM Arena
We have no doubts anyone who buys the Xperia 1 will be as happy as we are with it. The Xperia 1 is priced like just about any other flagship smartphone at launch - it's not cheap by any margin but its price will only get better from here on making it a better deal down the line. But even as things stand right now, we think it deserves serious consideration by anyone looking for a high-end smartphone.
 
80
TechRadar
The Sony Xperia 1 is a solid improvement on most of Sony’s recent smartphones – it has a few mis-steps and annoyances, but it’ll be of particularly interest to movie buffs or budding film-makers.
 
100
Stuff
Pricey, brave, excellent - the Xperia 1 is a sensational smartphone and a film enthusiast's dream.
 
80
ZDNet
The Xperia 1 stands out with its 21:9 4K OLED screen, which is quite simply superb and the outstanding feature of Sony's flagship smartphone.
 
80
Expert Reviews
Sony’s Xperia 1 is the first flagship smartphone with a 21:9 screen, but you’ll find a handful of interesting features if you dig deeper.