Sony unveils Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus large screen smartphones

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Sony has unveiled a trio of large screen phones, seemingly taking the fight to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ and the iPhone Xs Max.

The Xperia 1 is the Japanese company’s new flagship, with a 6.4in 4K OLED display in a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio, which offers support for HDR content.

Under the large, rounded rectangular body is a fairly standard flagship configuration of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM. Storage comes in 128GB only, but that can be expanded by another 512GB with a microSD card.

There’s a dedicated gaming mode that prioritises resources during gaming sessions, and the 3300mAh battery has Smart Stamina and Sony’s slow overnight charging mode that increases battery longevity.

Elsewhere, you have Gorilla Glass 6 coating on the screen, 8MP front shooter, IP68 dust and water resistance, Bluetooth 5.0, a fingerprint reader on the side, and Dolby Atmos audio.

The Xperia 1 features 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. The f/1.6 lens backed by large 1.4μm pixels are designed to deliver great shots in low-light conditions, and Sony is debuting a Cinema Pro feature that lets you take videos with a natural cinematic tone.

Sony also revealed the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, aimed at bringing the Xperia 1’s display aspect ratio to phones aimed at the mid-range market. The Xperia 10 rocks a 6in screen, while the 10 Plus has a 6.5in display.

Both phones have a dual rear-camera array and make use of the Snapdragon 630 chip. They also feature some high-resolution audio chops and come slathered in Gorilla Glass 5.

The Xperia 10 models are available today in Navy, Black, Silver and Gold for £299 for the 10 and £349 for the 10 Plus.

The Xperia 1 goes on sales some point in the Spring and will set buyers back a cool £849.


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