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Sony Xperia 1 - may be last Sony flagship smartphone
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    Has very weird screen.

    • 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


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    Sony Redefines Its Smartphone Vision with the New Flagship Xperia™ 1 Which Delivers Creative Entertainment Experiences with Unprecedented Professional-Grade Technologies

    Sony also Launches Two New Super Mid-Range Smartphones also Featuring New Technology

    • World's first 4K OLED smartphone1 with 21:9 CinemaWide™ display (6.5") and HDR remastering technologies
    • World's first Eye AF in a smartphone2 with triple lens camera and up to 10 fps burst shooting with AF/AE tracking for precision focus and exposure
    • Enhanced display setting Creator mode (ITU-R BT.2020 support and 10-bit3 tonal gradation) and new cinema recording function Cinema Pro "Powered by CineAlta" to reflect the creator's intent
    • New Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, two super mid-range models also feature 21:9 Wide Full HD+ display expands viewing area for enhanced entertainment and is ideal to run two apps simultaneously
    • Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus feature dual camera with Bokeh effect for dramatic shooting experience and Sony's High-Resolution Audio with DSEE HX™ and LDAC technologies for listening just as the artists intended

    BARCELONA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") redefines its smartphone vision with the latest flagship Xperia™ 1, delivering Sony's proven professional display and cinematography technologies in a beautiful, sleek smartphone powerhouse.

    "We have established a new vision for our Xperia™ brand, which is to bring our customers experiences beyond imagination"

    "We have established a new vision for our Xperia™ brand, which is to bring our customers experiences beyond imagination," said Mitsuya Kishida, President of Sony Mobile Communications. "We are continuing to push the boundaries in pursuit of innovation, and our new Xperia 1 delivers genuine technological advancements with a multitude of professional-grade features for creative entertainment experiences that are only possible with Sony."

    Experience an unrivalled 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display

    Enjoy movies in their original format in the palm of your hand with a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5" 4K HDR OLED display. Xperia 1 delivers cinematic aspect ratio and accurate color reproduction that films are created in, for a viewing experience that's true to what creators envisioned. The unparalleled display is powered by Sony's award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies and the X1™ for mobile engine, bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies to ensure everything you watch, including streamed content, can be enjoyed with more contrast, color, and clarity.

    Inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction from Sony's professional technology, which is used in leading Hollywood studio productions, Xperia 1 lets you experience unprecedented color accuracy with our new Creator mode to bring content to life exactly as it was envisioned. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports 10-bit tonal gradation and wide color space ITU-R BT.2020, as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65. The sleek display is encased by durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on front and back, while IP65/IP68 certified water resistance4 guards against the elements.

    Tell more stories with cinema recording and precise photo shooting

    Experience pro-level quality in every photo with an advanced triple lens camera (12MP) for any situation and light conditions: 16mm for wide landscapes, a versatile 26mm lens, and a 52mm lens telephoto shooting (35mm equiv.).

    Technologies from Sony's acclaimed α ("Alpha") interchangeable lens camera are inherited in Xperia 1 as BIONZ X™ for mobile. The algorithm enables the world's first Eye AF (Auto Focus) in a smartphone to bring sharp focus exactly at eye level and delivers continuous burst shooting with up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure), giving precision focus and optimal exposure. Capture better low light images with the bright F1.6 lens and large pixel pitch 1.4μm Dual Photo Diode image sensor, ensuring that even moving subjects are blur-free, while RAW noise reduction delivers beautifully clear images.

    Xperia 1 takes motion pictures to the next level via the developer's collaboration with engineers from Sony's professional digital cinema camera division, known for its CineAlta brand and for its Full Frame digital cinematography camera "VENICE". You can shoot with natural cinematic tone and further apply expression-based color management pre-sets with the new Cinema Pro feature. Create the intended mood from a total of eight different expressions to turn your clips into cinematic stories. All of this can be shot in 4K HDR at 24 frames per second (fps) in 21:9 format.

    Xperia 1 also lets you grab a 21:9 still image off the live view or recorded clips, with or without the "Look" color management pre-sets. The unique hybrid stabilization system runs Optical SteadyShot™ with a unique algorithm to ensure smooth and shake-free recording.

    Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional Dolby Atmos® sound

    The ultimate viewing experience of the new Xperia 1 is further enriched by Dolby Atmos® transporting you into the story with moving audio that flows above and around you with breathtaking realism. The sound tuning on Xperia 1 is developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment to ensure the mobile experience is as the creators intended.

    An Enhanced Mobile Gaming Experience

    The expansive 21:9 display also takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online.

    Experience incredible performance and improved power efficiency with the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform. This offers high-speed Gigabit LTE capability, up to 25% faster CPU, and up to 40% GPU performance versus the previous generation, and Snapdragon Elite Gaming, for handling processor-intensive apps and games with ease.

    The high capacity 3330 mAh battery, combined with Smart Stamina, Battery Care,5 and Xperia Adaptive Charging, help keep you powered throughout the day.

  • Some interesting comments from Sony regarding the background decisions surrounding the Xperia 1.

    The knock-on effect was that Alpha guru Kimio Maki is now head of product development for Sony Mobile and actually stopped production on what would have been a Sony XZ3. “He said “okay, so we work with Alpha here, let’s take this bit, we work with the CineAlta brand, let’s bring this bit”. He opened up the whole of digital imaging for us.”

    “Because that imaging team is all together, they can share that experience across Cybershot, Alpha and Xperia”, he added. Which sounds like a spectacularly sensible approach that should bear some tasty fruits for smartphone photographers.

    Presumably this also means we’ll start to start more Alpha features flooding into Xperia phones? “It’s possible. If it’s software, it could be possible to bring it across. A closer collaboration with Alpha is a definite, thanks to the management change that’s happened in Tokyo with Mobile now belonging to Imaging.”

    There have also previously been issues with interdepartmental rivalry stifling collaboration, Marsh admitted. “Even though we’re one company, there are still sometimes barriers that Alpha doesn’t want to give Mobile certain things, because all of a sudden you have the same as what a £3,000 camera’s got.

    “Now that barrier’s gone a little bit. They’re saying “okay, we see that having a smartphone and camera that gives you the same experience is a good thing”, he added.