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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Source: Amazon (via AndroidAuthority)

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  • flyingpants265 - Friday, March 15, 2019 - link

    Too tall. Can't reach the top with one hand. 16:9 or 17.5:9 at most.

    Snapdragon 8--anything does not matter anymore since Galaxy S6/S7. Neither does screen resolution. The useful features now are battery size/life, wireless charging, front speakers, waterproofing, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and microSD for storing video.
    Front speakers are mysteriously omitted from every phone except Pixel 3 which has useless supermassive bezels. I will never, ever buy a new phone again without front stereo speakers. It's like a little boombox with a kickstand you can use to watch TV, play games with a controller or show your friend a video. There is no reason NOT to have them when you are paying $1000.

    Furthermore we've needed a real psvita-like phone with sim card, or at least a super-rock-solid psvita-style controller case for android/iphone that is a single piece, and not flimsy as hell. What is the hold up? It's been over 10 years?
  • HOLYMUNGDIVER - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    Lmao this phone has a better screen than the s10.....the benchmarks DESTROY IPHONE XS MAX ..and get this ...NO HOLE OR NOTCH...SOLD. AND THE WINNER IS SONY. seriously....some of you ...lol large bezel...good luck holding a phone with all screen and not having a constant issue with duel touching. Ppl are just so idiotic its mind blowing. They have allowed companies to place tacky designs on there screens then lie to themselves and say they dont mind, or notice that God awful display intrusion. Also who cares about accessories.....and folks who are still using there flip phone. You are obviously really slow to catch on.....you just stay back there and do your thing sad as it may be....its funny how this phone is being downplayed so hard. If all the same things everyone is saying about this phone is true......2019 belongs to sony..

    iPhone 11
    Samsung galaxy s10

    Sony - " hold my beer"
  • flyingpants265 - Saturday, March 16, 2019 - link

    Sorry it kinda looks like shit
  • HOLYMUNGDIVER - Sunday, March 17, 2019 - link

    Let me guess...you use a iPhone xs max. Reason I say that is because iPhone users are usually extremely stupid and open there k. Hunt mouths when they shouldnt
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, March 18, 2019 - link

    Brilliant comment, the phone still looks bad

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