Sony has finally unveiled its new flagship smartphone for 2019, the Xperia 1. Along with that, the brand has also launched three new smartphones — the Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, and the Xperia L3. The Xperia 1 as you might expect is a high-end smartphone, the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus are upper mid-range smartphones, whereas, the Xperia L3 is a mid-range smartphone. Let us have a look at their specifications, features, pricing, and availability.
Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10, Xperia 10 Plus, Xperia L3 Pricing, and Availability
The Xperia 1 will be available in the US starting Spring this year, but the brand has not yet announced the pricing of the device. As for the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus, the former costs $349 for the base variant and the latter costs $439 for the base variant. Both smartphones will be available to purchase in the US starting from March 18. The pricing of the Xperia L3 is unknown at the moment. However, Sony says that the L3 will be available in the US starting from 25th February. Sony has not revealed the pricing and availability details of these four smartphones outside the US.
Sony Xperia 1
Sony calls its new flagship smartphone the Xperia 1. The company seems to have retired the XZ naming convention for its flagship smartphones altogether. Along with that, the brand has also discarded the old design ideology that we saw up until last year on smartphones including the Xperia XZ4. The Xperia 1 comes with a completely new design. This new design has more curves in it, which makes the device look much more modern in comparison to older flagship devices from Sony.
The Sony Xperia 1 is the first smartphone in the world to feature a 21:9 aspect ratio display and Sony calls it CinemaWide screen, mainly because this is the same aspect ratio most movies are shot in. Due to the 21:9 aspect ratio, the display is taller than what you find on most other smartphones. The screen itself is a 6.5-inch OLED with a breathtaking 4K resolution. The screen is HDR capable and it features Gorilla Glass 6 protection. According to Sony, the screen has 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, meaning that it can show a wider array of colors.
The Xperia 1 comes with a triple-camera setup on the back just like most other flagship smartphones that launched during this MWC event. The triple-camera setup has one conventional camera, one ultra-wide camera, and one telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. All three cameras come with 12MP resolution. The main shooter has 1/2.6-inch sensor size, f/1.6 aperture, and dual-pixel autofocus, whereas the ultra-wide camera and telephoto camera have 1/3.4-inch sensor size and f/2.4 aperture.
That’s not all. The conventional camera and the telephoto camera also come with an OIS. This is the first time that Sony has equipped the rear-cameras in its smartphones with optical image stabilization. In the past, flagship Sony smartphones lacked behind competitors in low light image quality and it was mainly due to the lack of OIS. The Xperia 1 should solve that problem. The rear camera can record 4K HDR videos. There is also an option to record videos in 21:9 aspect ratio. However, the rear camera of Xperia 1 lacks 4K recording at 60 frames per second. At the front, the Xperia 1 features an 8MP camera that has ¼-inch sensor size, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, and 84-degree viewing angle. The front-facing camera also supports HDR, and it is aided by display flash.
The Xperia 1 packs the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855. The device comes in two variants. One has 64GB of storage, and the other has 128GB of storage. Both variants feature 6GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 9 Pie OS, which has a custom UI from Sony. The device features a 3300mAh battery, which in my opinion is quite small for a smartphone with a 6.5-inch display. The battery, however, supports 18W Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, and USB Power Delivery 2.0 standard. Additional features of the Xperia 1 include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, USB Type-C port, and IP68 water and dust resistance.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus also comes with a 6.5-inch 21:9 aspect ratio display just like the Xperia 1, but this one uses IPS LCD technology instead of OLED, and has Full HD+ resolution instead of 4K. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The device has two cameras on the back. One is a conventional 12MP camera with 1/2.8-inch sensor size and f/1.75 aperture, and the second is an 8MP telephoto camera (with 2x optical zoom), ¼-inch sensor size, and f/2.4 aperture. The rear-camera setup can record 4K videos. Moreover, it can record 4K videos at 21:9 aspect ratio. The front-facing camera is the same one from the Xperia 1.
The Xperia 10 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, and it runs on Android 9 Pie OS. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Additionally, there is a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 512GB. The Xperia 10 has a 3000mAh battery that supports USB Power Delivery based fast charging. Connectivity features include USB Type-C port, Bluetooth v5.0, and dual-band Wi-Fi ac. The device also comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Sony Xperia 10
The Xperia 10 is basically a toned-down version of the Xperia 10 Plus. It has a 6-inch IPS LCD with 21:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution.
There is a dual-camera on the back that includes a 13MP conventional camera with 1/3.0-inch sensor size and f/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP depth-sensor with ¼-inch sensor size and f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera can also record 4K videos. The front-facing camera is again the same unit from Xperia 1.
The Sony Xperia 10 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 64GB pf storage. Regardless to say, the Xperia 10 runs on Android 9 Pie. The smartphone has a slightly smaller battery compared to its sibling – a 2870mAh unit. However, it features the same USB Power Delivery fast charging from its sibling, and in my opinion, it should help overcome the smaller battery capacity. Connectivity features include USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Sony Xperia L3
The Sony Xperia L3 is the most affordable of the four smartphones. It features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ resolution. There is no Gorilla Glass protection here. The device has two cameras on the back. One is a conventional 13MP camera with 1/3.0-inch sensor size and f/2.0 aperture, and other is a 2MP depth-sensor which has 1/5-inch sensor size and f/2.4 aperture. Unfortunately, the rear camera setup cannot record 4K videos, mostly due to the chipset limitation. For selfies, there is an 8MP wide-angle camera with 83-degree FoV.
The Sony Xperia L3 comes powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor. There is only one variant on offer, and it has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The device runs on Android 9 Pie operating system, packs a 3300mAh battery, and features a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. In spite of being a budget smartphone with entry-level specifications, the Xperia L3 comes with a USB Type-C port.