What you need to know

  • Sony's Xperia 1 flagship is coming to the U.S. on July 12 and will cost $949.
  • The Xperia 1 comes with a 21:9 4K HDR OLED display that is perfect for media consumption.
  • The Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM are also top of the line, ensuring snappy performance.
  • It'll be available through multiple retailers including Amazon and Best Buy.

Sony's newest flagship, the Xperia 1, is coming to the U.S. beginning July 12. The phone was announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

The device features a 6.57-inch 4K HDR OLED display, which Sony claims is a first on a smartphone. That, along with the super tall 21:9 aspect ratio, and it is meant to deliver a truly immersive media experience.

The Xperia 1 is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM, and will come with a triple-camera system consisting of a main 12MP sensor, a 12MP telephoto sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide sensor. That seems to be the benchmark for flagship cameras. The front camera, meanwhile, is a 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Most of the Xperia 1 looks promising, but there is some worry about how the device's 3,300mAh battery will fare with the robust 4K display, which could be a big drain.

The Sony Xperia 1 will retail for $949 and be available through multiple retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Focus Camera. It'll go on sale beginning July 12.

No carriers are set to offer the Xperia 1 but it will support GSM networks and is certified to work on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

Stunning smartphone display

Sony Xperia 1

The first ever 4K HDR OLED smartphone

The Sony Xperia 1 features a stunning 6.5-inch 4K OLED panel, marking the first time a smartphone has ever offered that feature. It also offers cutting edge specs with a Snapdragon 855 chip and a tripe-camera system with a telephoto and ultra-wide sensor.

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