/> ED I T O R S C H O I C E IN N O V A T IO N A W A R D
X

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

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

andrewhoyleheadshot2013-2.jpg
Andrew Hoyle
08-sony-xperia-1
1 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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.

16-sony-xperia-1
2 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

17-sony-xperia-1
3 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

03-sony-xperia-1
4 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

It's slim and sleek all round.

05-sony-xperia-1
5 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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.

07-sony-xperia-1
6 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

10-sony-xperia-1
7 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

A skinny body.

14-sony-xperia-1
8 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

04-sony-xperia-10
9 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

07-sony-xperia-10
10 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

The Xperia 10 also has a dual-camera setup.

08-sony-xperia-10
11 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

13-sony-xperia-10
12 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

Again, the fingerprint scanner is found on the side.

15-sony-xperia-10-plus
13 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

07-sony-xperia-10-plus
14 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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

09-sony-xperia-10-plus
15 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

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."

16-sony-xperia-10-plus
16 of 16 Sarah Tew/CNET

The design is reminiscent of many recent Xperia phones.

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

More Galleries

2022's best TV shows you can't miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and more

64 Photos
The best Nintendo Switch games to play right now

More Galleries

The best Nintendo Switch games to play right now

41 Photos
The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the EV of our dreams

More Galleries

The Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo is the EV of our dreams

7 Photos
2023 Cadillac Escalade V: Ready to roar

More Galleries

2023 Cadillac Escalade V: Ready to roar

5 Photos
Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

More Galleries

Movies coming in 2022 from Marvel, Netflix, DC and more

69 Photos
2022 BMW CE04 is a futuristic electric scooter built for today

More Galleries

2022 BMW CE04 is a futuristic electric scooter built for today

26 Photos
Best dating apps of 2021

More Galleries

Best dating apps of 2021

13 Photos