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Sony's Xperia 1 packs a big screen but little else

The Xperia 10 and 10 Plus don't rev my engines much either.

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With so much fierce competition in the phone world, Sony needed to step up and do something special this MWC. Instead, it launched the Xperia 1, which has a vibrant screen, but little else to get excited about.

It's not that it's a bad phone, it's just that it's entirely forgettable. That's a serious problem when Sony's rivals are experimenting with folding phones and 5G.

The Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, three rear cameras and 6GB of RAM. Pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed.

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The display is a 4K, HDR OLED affair which looks vibrant and sharp.  

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From the back, it's not exactly exciting to look at.

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It's slim and sleek all round.

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The triple camera array features a standard zoom lens, a telephoto zoom and a super wide-angle mode. It's a setup we've seen already on phones such as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

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There's a single 8-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

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A skinny body.

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The fingerprint scanner remains on the side -- there's no fancy in-screen scanning offered here.

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The Xperia 1 is joined by a midrange cousin in the form of the Xperia 10. It has a 6-inch display.

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The Xperia 10 also has a dual-camera setup.

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It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and has a 2,870-mAh battery.

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Again, the fingerprint scanner is found on the side.

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Its bigger sibling, the Xperia 10 Plus has a 6.5-inch display.  

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You'll find a dual-camera setup on the back.

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The screen stretches right to the bottom but there's still a bezel at the top as Sony evidently is not a fan of the "notch."

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The design is reminiscent of many recent Xperia phones.

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