Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Sony taps into cinematic screens for new wide-angle smartphone

Sony taps into cinematic screens for new wide-angle smartphone

Sony wants to make sure you get the most out of the extra display real estate and has added a new feature to Side Sense.

The new flagship Xperia 1 turns to Sony's filmmaking heritage for inspiration.

As part of its MWC Barcelona announcements, Sony aims to capitalize on its movie pedigree with a new flagship device - the Xperia 1 - featuring 21:9 ratio screens, the dimensions used to film blockbusters. That's because it has also just announced the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus, the mid-range options for a new 21:9 wide screen trend that Sony is trying to start. The former will come in Black, Navy blue, Pink, and Silver, while the Xperia 10 Plus will be available in Black, Navy Blue, Gold, and Silver. The front is mostly display with a small top bezel.

The Xperia 1 is powered by Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

The dual-SIM Sony Xperia 10 Plus also runs on Android Pie, but comes with a larger 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with 21:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Xperia 1 will know which game you are playing with the tips appearing on the left of the display, while the game continues on the right. There is a normal 12MP camera with the normal 26mm field of view and a bright f/1.6 aperture with OIS, a wide angle (16mm) 12MP camera and a 12MP telephoto (52mm) camera which has OIS. The phone also uses the X1 chip to bring BRAVIA color and contrast along with a Cinema Pro mode that allows creating 21:9 cinematic videos at 24 fps. It has a dual camera setup of 13MP+2MP. The Xperia 10 uses a combination of a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera to achieve this feat, while the Xperia 10 Plus has a 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel set-up.

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In the U.S., Sony plans to sell the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus for $349.99 and $429.99 United States dollars, respectively, with both devices set to come out on March 18th.

The Sony Xperia 10 packs a 2,870mAh battery with fast charging support. It has the same camera features of the Xperia 10 and adds 2x optical zoom.

Both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and would be available in select markets from 25 February.

On the other hand, the Xperia 10 Plus isn't that far ahead with a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB of RAM and still 64 GB of storage. The front camera is an 8MP unit and this one is also capable of taking those AI-driven portrait shots.

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