Sony Xperia 1, the Long 21:9 Smartphone, Available for Pre-Orderby Anton Shilov on March 15, 2019 11:00 AM EST
When Sony introduced its Xperia 1 flagship smartphone at MWC 2019, the company disclosed all technical specifications, but omitted two important details: pricing and launch date. This month some of the company’s partners began to take pre-orders on the product and had to disclose its estimated price. While retailers are taking pre-orders, we still do not know when Sony intends to start shipments.
Late last week Clove.co.uk started to take pre-orders on Sony’s Xperia 1 128 GB charging £849 (including VAT) per unit. This week Amazon.com started to take pre-orders on the smartphone charging $999.99 per smartphone. Large retailers tend to start taking pre-orders long before actual devices become available. For example, Amazon.com claims that the product will be released on December 31, 2019, which seems like a play-it-safe date rather than the actual launch date.
Sony’s Xperia 1 is the industry’s first smartphone that comes with a 6.5-inch 8+2-bit OLED display featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio as well as a 3840x1644 resolution. The screen supports the BT.2020 and the DCI-P3 color spaces with the D65 white point and is claimed to reproduce colors so accurately that that one of Sony’s movie studios uses the Xperia 1 to review its work on set.
Inside the Xperia 1 there is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC accompanied by 6 GB of LPDDR4X as well as 64 or 128 GB of NAND flash memory. The Xperia 1 is not a 5G handset, but it still supports Gigabit 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, and other advanced functionality of the platform. In addition, it uses a plethora of Sony-developed algorithms and technologies to enhance its display, imaging capabilities, audio, and so on.
Keep in mind that at this point MSRP of the Sony Xperia 1 has not been officially confirmed by the manufacturer.
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