MWC is in full swing here in Barcelona, where we at Sony Mobile have just launched our new flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1.
The Xperia 1’s unprecedented professional-grade features mean you can stream your content on a 4K HDR OLED screen, watching films and playing games in the colours and clarity their creators intended. And thanks to its advanced triple lens camera and Cinema Pro movie recording, you too can create content with pro-level quality.
Since the news was announced, Sony fans have been getting in touch with their questions about this truly incredible device, so we’ve created this handy FAQ to provide you with the answers.
You haven’t announced a 5G smartphone at MWC. Why?
We are showcasing a 5G smartphone prototype featuring mmW connectivity at MWC19 in Barcelona.
We will support both Sub-6 GHz and mmWave bands, but priority differs by market and region. 5G will be an important part of our story moving forward and we are currently exploring functionality and unique experiences that only Sony can offer.
Your competitors are launching foldable phones. Why have you not launched something similar at MWC this year?
With the Xperia 1, we wanted to create a smartphone powerhouse with a minimal and timeless design that showcases the 21:9 4K HDR OLED display. Despite its incredible range of features, it’s beautifully slim with perfect hand-fit.
For those who want to run two apps at once, the Xperia 1 can do so using the multi-window feature, which allows you to watch Netflix content while writing emails or messaging friends on WhatsApp. The 21:9 display offers ample useable screen space, meaning you can see and do more. The split screen can be triggered with either Side sense*, the 21:9 multi-window launcher or voice command**.
There’s a lot of talk about the professional technologies in the Xperia 1. Does that mean it’s just for professionals?
No. We want everyone to use the smartphone to create their own professional-quality content, as in the Xperia 1 we’ve given consumers the professional-level tools to do so. The Xperia 1 is simply targeted at those who love the latest innovations and appreciate beautiful design.
You’ve been talking about ‘One Sony’ – how has this evolved in the Xperia 1?
The Xperia 1 combines all the best and latest innovations from across the Sony portfolio, offering the unprecedented quality that could only be achieved through the shared expertise across Sony, delivering professional-level kit to dedicated and passionate creators.
The 4K HDR OLED display (the world’s first in a smartphone***) is powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® technologies, while Sony Mobile has also collaborated with Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division, known for its CineAlta brand.
Using the Xperia 1’s Cinema Pro feature, you can shoot everyday action with a cinematic, natural style. CineAlta’s “VENICE” camera – used to shoot James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar – was displayed at the Sony booth this year in a clear indication of the collaboration between the two areas of Sony.
Was the 21:9 display also a result of collaboration between different parts of the Sony business?
The CinemaWideTM display offers unique experiences that make watching content more immersive while still allowing for perfect hand-fit. Currently, 67% of Netflix Original content is filmed in the 21:9 ratio, and watching Netflix on the Xperia 1 automatically triggers Creator Mode.
Creator Mode, which reproduces colours in way that is faithful to the creator’s intent, was inspired by Sony’s Master Monitor technology used by filmmakers at studios renowned for major blockbusters, including Sony Pictures.
The 21:9 display also offers a deeper, unrestricted view of gameplay, and we’re collaborating with game studios to provide more 21:9 titles. We can confirm we will be offering Fortnite in 21:9 (a collaboration with Epic Games), as well as Asphalt 9 and Arena of Valor.
How does the sound of the Xperia 1 differ from its rivals?
The Xperia 1 will launch with Dolby Atmos®, creating an amazing audio experience with moving audio that flows above and around you, whether listening via headset or through the built-in speakers.
The sound tuning on the new device, which perfectly complements the cinematic 21:9 display when watching content at home or on the go, was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment. The audio optimisation included dynamic range tuning for better reproduction of the surround sound effect, so when you’re watching a film, for instance, the dialogue is ‘there’ in front of you while the background noise and chatter feels as though it is all around you.
The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the side. Why?
Each product has the best fingerprint position in terms of both design and usability. As you know we placed the sensor on the rear in previous models which we considered the natural position for the rounded curvature design. However, we received a lot of valuable feedback about the position from customers and reconsidered the side placement for our new design language.
Can the Xperia 1 be charged wirelessly?
We prioritised the design of the device over having wireless charging after listening to customer feedback to ensure we’re delivering features and experiences they value most.
To find out even more, head to our guide on everything you need to know about the Xperia 1.