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In Barcelona and beyond, the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are causing quite a stir following their MWC debut.

With its unprecedented professional technologies and the world’s first 4K HDR OLED screen in a smartphone*, it’s perhaps no surprise that the world’s media have been singing the Xperia 1’s praises.

TechRadar said the Xperia 1’s camera makes it ‘possibly the best phone for video yet’, while Stuff said the device’s design conveyed an ‘industrial cool’.

Meanwhile, on the Xperia 10 Plus, Trusted Reviews said the 21:9 display brings ‘a new perspective’ with a ‘slender footprint’.

Here are some of the standout quotes from international media:

Android Central

“Where the Xperia 1 truly stands out is the camera, with the phone featuring three 12MP cameras at the back — a primary lens joined by a wide-angle shooter and a zoom lens. Sony says it leveraged technology from its α series of interchangeable lens cameras to bring the world’s first Eye AF (Auto Focus) tech to a phone.” 

Android Authority

“The Sony Xperia 1 doesn’t shy away from top specs. In addition to the 4K HDR OLED screen, it has a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The triple camera setup offers wide, standard, and telephoto views. All three cameras capture 12MP images. The phone can record 4K video in HDR, and offers lots of options for slow motion capture.” 

The Express

“There’s a nice feature for anyone who enjoys shooting video on their devices. Via a collaboration with the engineers of Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division known for its CineAlta brand, the Xperia 1 should offer some nice extras when recording moving images.”


“On the flagship Xperia 1, its [display is] eye-poppingly brilliant: the Xperia 1 has a 21:9 6.5in 4K HDR OLED screen. It looks mesmerizingly good. At first, you think this is just a good screen but then, when you look at photos, video, YouTube or Netflix, the visuals suddenly become remarkable.”

“The displays on the Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus and especially the Xperia 1 have to be seen to be believed. They are just great.”

GSM Arena

“One [new camera feature on the Xperia 1] is Eye AF – an intelligent focusing system that can fix itself on a subject’s eye and provide impressively accurate tracking. Not only it is smart enough to easily tell the distance the person in question is at, but it can also remember a particular eye. So that even if more people come into the frame or said person moves out of the frame and then back in, the eye-tracking and focus that goes along with it remain unfazed. Really neat!”


“[The Xperia 1] will tower above its competition, but it’s only 72mm wide, meaning despite that height, it’s very comfortable to hold and it looks good too.”

“[On the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus] Images and footage both look great on the wide display… The Sony Xperia 10 Plus brings a new form factor to the mid-range smartphone market.”


“The obvious star of the show is that 4K HDR OLED panel and it’s central to everything the Xperia 1 aims to excel at – consuming content, playing games, multitasking, displaying great photos and showing thrilling videos.”


“Films and games on the [Xperia 1] display were some of the clearest we’ve seen on any smartphone, and we’re almost certain this offers one of the best experiences of watching films on a phone. We watched a variety of content on the display including film trailers for the upcoming Spider-Man and Men in Black films that showed off the display fantastically.”

The Sun

“I am a fan of Sony’s colour scheme [for the Xperia 1], particularly the purple. It’s a bold choice, but in a world of purely black and white handsets it’s nice to see someone trying something different.”

The Verge

“A lot of our phone content tends to be things displayed in vertical lists, like text message threads, emails, Instagram feeds, and so on. A taller screen means you can read and browse more stuff at once. Sony is also emphasising multitasking, with the idea that you can have a second app pinned to the top of your screen (like a map), while still using a second app at what would be full-screen size on a smaller phone below it.”

Trusted Reviews

“With the growth in mobile video and streaming, Sony wanted to engineer phones that put entertainment first. When viewed in landscape, the 10 Plus’ aspect ratio is the perfect fit for film.”

What was your reaction to the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus? Let us know in the comments below!

*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 the 8th February 2019.