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Sony Xperia 1 Flagship Comes With Three Cameras

Sony has announced it's new flagship smartphone, the £849 Xperia 1, with three cameras, and a 4K 6.5inch 21:9 screen. Sony has also announced the new £299 Xperia 10 and £349 10 Plus, as well as the £169 L3.

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Xperia 1 Camera Expl

Sony's premium Xperia 1 smartphone comes with three rear cameras, all 12mp, with an ultra-wide-angle, a wide-angle (standard), and a telephoto camera. Both the standard and telephoto cameras come with 5-axis optical image stabilisation (OIS), and the standard camera has a bright aperture of f/1.6. The ultra-wide-angle camera gives a 16mm equivalent (in 35mm terms). 

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The Xperia 1 features the World's first 4K HDR OLED screen, with a 21:9 "CinemaWide" 6.5inch display, and 1644x3840 resolution. The screen has 10-bit tonal gradation, and supports wide colour space ITU-R BT.2020 as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.

The camera features Eye auto-focus, to focus on a subjects eye, making it the World's first smartphone to feature eye-detection auto focus (according to Sony). You can also shoot at up to 10fps continuous shooting, with AF/AE tracking. 

Sony Xperia 1 Eye Focus
Sony Xperia 1 Eye Focus


Sony Xperia 1 Key Features

  • 6.5inch 4K HDR OLED screen, with Gorilla Glass 6
  • Triple 12mp rear cameras:
    • Ultra wide f/2.4 16mm equivalent, 1.0um pixels
    • Standard f/1.6 26mm equivalent, with OIS, 1.4um pixels, BSI CMOS
    • Telephoto f/2.4, 52mm equivalent, with OIS, 1.0um pixels
  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Cinema Pro recording 21:9 aspect ratio available
  • 960fps super slow motion video
  • Bokeh effect
  • 8mp f/2.0 selfie camera, 1.12um pixels
  • USB Type-C connection
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers
  • 6GB ram / 64 or 128GB storage

The phone has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, is water resistant to IP65/68 standards, and features a 3330mAh battery. 

If all of this sounds very exciting, then you may not want to get too excited, as the Sony Xperia 1 is due to be available in June, meaning you may be waiting a while to get your hands on the phone. The Sony Xperia 1 will be around £849, when available. 


Xperia 10

If you can't wait that long, then the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus may be for you, as they should be available now. These premium mid-range smartphones feature 21:9 screens, and dual cameras. Both smartphones run Android 9.0 Pie. Here's what the two smartphones offer at a glance:

Sony Xperia 10 Plus Key Features:

  • 6.5inch 21:9 screen
  • Dual cameras, 12mp wide-angle and 8mp telephoto
  • 8mp selfie camera
  • 4K video recording
  • Electronic image stabilisation 
  • 3000mAh battery

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Sony Xperia 10 Plus Exploded View

Sony Xperia 10 Key Features:

  • 6inch 21:9 screen
  • Dual cameras, 13mp wide-angle and 5mp depth sensor (for bokeh)
  • 8mp selfie camera
  • 4K video recording
  • Electronic image stabilisation 
  • 2870mAh battery

The Sony Xperia 10 is priced at £299, and the Xperia 10 Plus is £349 sim-free.

Xperia L3

Also available today, is the Sony Xperia L3, the budget smartphone features a 5.7inch 18:9 screen with Gorilla Glass 5, a 13mp rear camera with secondary 2mp camera for bokeh, an 8mp selfie camera, and a 3300mAh battery. The phone is an entry level model using a MediaTek processor, and is running Android 8.0 Oreo. The Sony Xperia L3 is priced at £169.

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Greynerd 1 2
26 Feb 2019 11:03AM
12 and 13 mp cameras! That sounds very un-Sony like. It is interesting how the phone world wisely avoided persuading the public that they needed more and more mega pixels. One interview I read said Samsung were reluctant to even talk about megapixels.
The camera industry shot itself in the foot with the crazy pixel race and this must be a factor in the superior performance of the phone cameras with their small sensors apart from the obvious computational advantages.

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