Sony Xperia 1 review

Sony’s latest flagship is definitely its best, but can it out-perform the competition?

Sony Xperia 1 review

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Xperia 1 is a brave flagship that does something different in a world of notches and punch-holes. Its 4K HDR 21:9 screen is a statement piece that draws you in, while its Alpha-inspired triple-camera setup and CineAlta-powered video recording tool checks our ‘imaging enthusiast’ box nicely. Its battery life could be better, and the lack of wireless charging feels like a step back when compared to the XZ3, but everything else about it, from the design to the screen to the camera, leaves us nothing short of smitten.


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    Standout screen

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    Premium design

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    Manual video recording


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    No wireless charging

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    No video editing tools

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    Battery could be bigger

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To look at, the Sony Xperia 1 instantly stands out from the crowd thanks to its incredibly long screen. While other flagships are only just broaching 19.5:9 displays – and with the help of notches, no less – the Xperia 1 is loaded up with a 4K, notch-free, HDR, 21:9 screen.

Combined with a metal frame and a premium finish, not to mention three cameras, it’s a top-tier phone – which is reflected in its £850 price. If you’re thinking about picking one up in the UK, the Xperia 1 is available at Carphone Warehouse, or through EE, O2 or Sky Mobile, with the Cool Grey edition (the most premium, in our opinion) available exclusively to Vodafone.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.