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Before buying a new smartphone, you’ll want to know all about its specs! After all, it’s not just the look of the phone that’s important, but what’s under the hood too. Luckily, alongside beauty, the new Xperia 1 brings a host of professional-grade technologies and impressive world-firsts.

If you want to know how the Xperia 1’s Optical SteadyShot™ benefits your videos or when Fast Multi-Window Access will prove most useful, you’re in the right place.

Our alphabetical glossary will answer all your burning questions. Keep on reading to find out more…

Adaptive Charging 
long-lasting battery is vital for any smartphone user. Sony has developed Xperia Adaptive Charging to monitor your battery’s health whether it’s plugged in or charging. By adjusting to make sure the battery is never overworked.

Beautiful Design
The Xperia 1’s sleek, borderless appearance has been carefully thought through, encasing all of the incredible hardware within the device in a tough, robust frame. The 6.5” display is perfectly designed to fit comfortably in your hand and comes in four stunning colours: Black, White, Grey and Purple.

The Xperia 1 colour range

Cinema Pro and Creator mode – “Powered by CineAlta”
Digital motion picture camera professionals at CineAlta (whose cameras are currently being used to capture James Cameron’s Avatar sequels) helped power two of Xperia 1’s leading features.

Creator mode “powered by CineAlta” means you can experience incredible colour accuracy to really bring your entertainment to life exactly as the artist envisioned. The smartphone’s 10-bit equivalent tonal gradation (8 bit with 2 bit smoothing) helps to deliver a myriad colours without banding, while professional-grade display standards means it offers deeper blacks, natural tones and a wide spectrum of colours with BT2020*** colour space. By using Master Monitor colour reproduction – also used by filmmakers at Sony Pictures Entertainment – the image on-screen is reproduced with exceptional contrast and clarity.

Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” allows you to record movies with the same parameters and settings as the professionals. Xperia 1 keeps colour consistent and true to the creator’s intent.

For the ultimate picture-house style viewing, users can now get even more immersed in film, TV and games with the astounding 21:9 ratio CinemaWide display (the same ratio that many blockbuster films are recorded in). The 4K HDR OLED display (a world’s first in smartphones*) delivers colours with striking accuracy and depth, giving users a true movie experience in the palm of their hand.

Dolby Atmos® 
Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, helps to create an impressive audio experience, amplifying your films, games and music to give multi-dimensional sound that flows around you in a similar fashion to a surround sound set-up.

Eye AF
The Xperia 1 boasts the new BIONZ X for mobile image-processing engine, which brings Sony’s Alpha technologies to the new smartphone. One of the benefits this offers is Eye AF** – a smartphone world-first. The three lenses on the camera work in tandem with one another while all capturing very different images to create images which are true to life. Not only do two of the lenses have the ability to detect an eye, but they also establish focus and holds the eye as the smartphone and subject move. This is a great feature for anyone who likes to take portrait photography.

Fast Multi Window Access 
With the Xperia 1, multi-tasking has never been easier. Users can launch two apps at the same time in Multi-window with Side sense – ideal for those who want to scan their emails and scroll through social media at the same time, or those who want to watch a video while chatting with friends.

Game Enhancer
Game Enhancer allows Xperia 1 users to record their favourite games and share them later with friends. Find all your games in one place and block notifications so you won’t be interrupted. For those trickier levels, you can search online to pull up handy tips and tricks on screen without pausing your game.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)
The smartphone’s X1TM engine remasters imagery to High Dynamic Range (HDR), offering exceptional contrast and crystal-clear clarity for an incredible content-watching experience.

IP65/68 Water Resistance 
Never fear, with IP65/68 Water Resistant rating guards, users can relax knowing their Xperia 1 is protected against the elements****. Whether you need to clear dirt from your screen or need to give it a quick rinse under the tap, your device has got you covered.

Japanese Engineering
No different from other Sony devices, the Xperia 1 proudly incorporates award winning technologies, such as BRAVIA® TV technology. This design philosophy, steeped in heritage, has a celebrated track record of producing high quality electricals.

Look colour management pre-sets
Sony’s Digital motion picture camera engineers worked with Xperia to create the Look colour management pre-sets present in Cinema Pro. Whether you’re making your own movies or taking cinematic 21:9 imagery, you can choose from eight different settings to tailor the mood of your environment to the content you’re creating.

Filming a scene on the beach with a smartphone

OLED Display 
The Xperia 1’s OLED display is truly stunning. To find out more about why OLED screens pack such a punch, check out our handy guide here.

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 mobile platform
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 mobile platform brings super-fast performance and improved power efficiency, meaning you can now handle big tasks and multiple apps at once without any lag.

RAW Noise Reduction
Stemming from technologies found in Sony’s Alpha cameras, RAW noise reduction cuts unwanted noise in photos before it is encoded in JPEG format – making the final image sharper and clearer.

Optical SteadyShot™
The unique hybrid stabilisation system running Optical SteadyShot will help you capture shake-free, smooth videos, even when recording on the move. Optical SteadyShot is a Hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilization with unique algorithm that will help you capture shake-free, smooth videos, even when recording on the move.

Filming content using the Xperia 1

Triple Camera 
The Xperia 1’s triple camera will help you to upgrade your social feed. With its 16mm super wide lens, 26 mm lens and 52mm lens, image capturing has never been simpler. Whether you’re a landscape photographer or getting up close for portrait shots, you can now capture images knowing that your device will deliver professional-quality photos.

Upgrade Your Viewing Experience
With Creator Mode, your movies and TV shows are shown to you as their directors’ intended. The Xperia 1 uses industry-leading technologies that ensures consistent colour reproduction – upgrading your overall viewing experience.

Video Recording in 4K HDR
The Xperia 1 is perfect for shooting your own 4K HDR cinematic movies in the same 21:9 aspect ratio that a professional videographer would! Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” means your device is fitted with clever capabilities from the technology found in Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division. The finished result will leave you feeling like Steven Spielberg!

*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 24th February 2019.
**Xperia 1’s camera features Eye AF (autofocus) capable of identifying and keeping a human eye in focus. Verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAXService against the published camera specifications for over 14,000 smartphones. Correct as of the 24th February 2019.
*** Xperia 1 does not cover the BT.2020 colour space in full.
****Xperia 1 is water resistant and protected against dust, so don’t worry if you get caught in the rain or want to wash off dirt under a tap, but remember all ports and attached covers should be firmly closed. You should not put the device completely underwater; or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The device has been tested under Ingress Protection rating IP65/68. For more info, see Note the Xperia 1 has a capless USB port to connect and charge. The USB port needs to be completely dry before charging.