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EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Black
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£502.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Purple
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£610.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Black
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£502.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Purple
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£419.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Black
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£419.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 128GB
Purple
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 0.5GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£17
per month
£610.99
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 64GB
Black
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£19
per month
£435.00
upfront cost
O2
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 64GB
Black
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£19
per month
£395.00
upfront cost
O2
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 64GB
Purple
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£19
per month
£395.00
upfront cost
EE
Xperia 1
Sony Xperia 1: 64GB
Purple
  • Term 24 months
  • Data 1GB
  • Minutes Unlimited
£19
per month
£435.00
upfront cost

About Sony Xperia 1 - Review, Specs + more

Enter the Xperia 1, Sony has - finally after much fanfare - launched its new top of the range smartphone model, but this time under a new name. Thanks to the extra-large OLED HDR display you can experience movies in cinema-esque quality, and there is also a universal triple camera and a powerful processor. But should you buy one on pay monthly or opt for something a bit cheaper? As we all know, SONY are not the cheapest of smartphones... Let's find out:

Sony Xperia 1: More on that "!cinema" screen

The trend towards extra-large (or long) smartphone displays for videos and games is continuing here, clearly. Sony goes a step further and equips its newest, range-topping model with a 6.5-inch OLED display in 21: 9 format. In addition, the manufacturer has opted for a 4K resolution and an unusually large DCI-P3 colour space. Why? It's simple, really - so that you should feel like you're part of an authentic movie experience in HDR quality.

However, it is worth noting that the actual resolution of 3840 × 1644 pixels does not quite match the UHD standard available elsewhere, but nevertheless, the display dazzled our reviewer with a brilliant, high-contrast and extremely sharp image reproduction.

A negative point is the brightness is a bit too low in some lights, but it is not excessively noticeable on paper with 412 candelas / m², but this does however make reading in direct sunlight difficult.

Another high-end SONY product...

The large display is surrounded by an elegant metal frame and this feels really high quality in teh hand; indeed it also looks the part - the manufacturer has dispensed with any kind of notch, instead they have integrated other components such as the camera in conventional black bars. This makes the smartphone stand proud at 16.7 cm long and 7.2 cm at its narrowest point. The housing is sealed against dust and splash water, front and back are also protected by robust Gorilla-6 glass.

This is a particularly well thought-out phone though, that immediately becomes clear:  sides are rounded, and all the buttons are on the right hand side. The fingerprint scanner is sandwiched between the volume and power keys, and there’s also a camera key, which can be half-pressed to focus.

At the base is a USB-C port, and the bottom firing speaker, which is complemented by a front firing speaker above the display. Speaking of, at 6.5in, the screen’s big, and so too is the phone, so if you can get it in your hands before taking the plunge, we’d suggest doing so.

We didn't notice much smudging or fingerprint marks compared to other models, but this needs further investigation before we can firmly draw any conclusions here. We'll update this review in a short while.

Versatile: main camera, plus 2 more

On the back is the rather strange but also rather neat vertically arranged triple camera setup... It consists of a 16 mm super wide angle, a 26 mm wide angle and a 52 mm module with 2 x optical zoom.

All cameras come complete with 12-megapixels, with the 26-mm wide-angle module has a slightly larger sensor surface. For shake-free shots, you can rely on a steady-shot image stabilisation. In addition, you have the option of manual exposure control available.

In addition to the ISO value, the exposure time can also be set manually - this brings several additional design options, especially in low light.

Superlative photo quality

As we mentioned above, the photo quality is great but the lighting is key - t'was always thus. For portraits, the eye auto focus is likely to be beneficial to some users, as is the AF tracking function for moving subjects in the image sequence mode. The video mode promises the highest image quality in the form of 4K HDR recordings. The Cinema Pro technology with professional colour presets should also create that authentic cinema look that'll be popular with some - it may be a bit of a novelty, though.

The bokeh effect could also be more accurate according to this review, as in: the separation of foreground and background isn't always perfect and sometimes the AI struggles. At this price point, that's a bit of a shame - but not every user will be after the bokeh effect; but this is a phone marketed at the arty and the cool.

Another point of criticism is that neither photos nor videos can be recorded in the super 21: 9 format.

Excellent performance, short battery life

For a smooth performance, the Xperia 1 comes with the latest Snapdragon 855 processor with 8 cores and a fast clock rate of 2.8 GHz (max). The operating system is Android 9 Pie - although you will be able to get Android 10 which has launched in recent days, within a few weeks to months, Sony says.

The 6 GB of RAM as standard provides you with enough resources, so that even RAM-hungry applications do not falter. For your personal data you have an internal memory with 128 GB as standard, and if required, it can be expanded to 512 GB via microSD card.

The power source is a 3330 mAh battery, which - note- cannot be charged wirelessly.

According to reviewers on YouTube and elsewhere, several people we saw reckon the battery has an average running time of 10 hours, but oneCompare's reviewer reckons only 7.5 hours. In view of the large display, the battery capacity should be a bit more generous, and this is a bit of a drawback - why didn't SONY add a larger battery in a premium model like this?

In addition to USB-3.1, Wi-Fi and NFC and Dolby ATMOS all come as standard, the latter is included to enrich the cinema-like experience with surround sound.

The oneCompare Verdict

The Sony Xperia 1 is a big step up for the brand, due to the excellent display, the fast processor performance and high quality workmanship we're prepared to give it an 85% approval rating. It does come at a cost, though.

The battery life is a letdown, so some bigger battery alternative models to consider are the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus or the Huawei P30 Pro - equipped with a 4000 mAh or 4200 mAh battery respectively.

Sony Xperia 1 price UK

You can get the Xperia 1 on contract for about £25 a month on a 25 month contract. Alternatively it costs £799 to buy now in the UK.

 

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Sony Xperia 1: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 167 x 72 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 178 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1644 x 3840
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3330
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
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  • Bluetooth:
  • USB:

Xperia 1 Deals FAQs

The oneCompare robots are currently comparing 4313 Sony Xperia 1 contract deals on SIX major mobile phone network(s):

  • Sony Xperia 1 deals on the EE network
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  • Sony Xperia 1 deals on the iD network
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  • Sony Xperia 1 deals on the Sky Mobile network

We'll shortly be adding Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and a few more! No other comparison website offers such a huge number of possible comparisons.

Xperia 1: What's the cheapest monthly deal?

The cheapest monthly cost for the Xperia 1 currently is £10.50 a month. Although this varies depending on how much upfront you want to pay - if you are looking to spend about £100 upfront then there are a number of deals on the Sony Xperia 1 available right now via pay monthly. If you prefer to compare SIM Only plans and don't need a handset or device then click here to compare

Xperia 1 deals: How long does delivery take?

If your device is in stock with the retailer, then most orders will be shipped by them within 24 hours so you could have your phone tomorrow morning. If it's a pre-order then we will let you know the approximate delivery date

Is SIM Only better for Xperia 1?

Generally speaking, SIM Only is cheaper but you don't have the benefit of paying monthly for your handset like the Sony Xperia 1, so it only really makes financial sense if you are in the fortunate position to be able to buy the handset outright first. Yes, it works out cheaper overall if you can do that, at least nearly always - but it is really a personal preference. Find out more about SIM Only deals here

Not sure which mobile network to go for?

oneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Sony Xperia 1 ee contract or a Sony Xperia 1 Tesco Mobile contract?

The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have cruddy download speeds? But never fear - oneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts below.

Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand new Sony Xperia 1 contract only to find you can't use your data (never mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.

A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signals across all major mobile networks within the UK.

So which network has the best signal?

According to Which?, in their recent research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.

EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal - they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!

oneCompare's extensive deals & contract database checks for prices and details on 4313 Sony Xperia 1 deals, covering 2 model(s):

So what are you waiting for - search for your desired Sony Xperia 1 handset colour, and perfect contract using our filters.

Should I buy SIM-Only, and will it save money?

In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile phone usage requirements.

Out of our 4313 Sony Xperia 1 deals, our cheapest Sony Xperia 1 deal over the entire life of the contract is £480.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.

oneCompare's team have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM-free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely possible as the Mobile networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.

A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much a Sony Xperia 1 SIM Free phone would cost to buy i.e. this is where you buy the phone without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront.

The benefit here is flexibility: you're able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile networks often give you far better usage allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM Free Sony Xperia 1 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare this cost to a regular Sony Xperia 1 Contract.

Did you know? You can compare SIM only deals from Sky, o2, Vodafone and all the other networks with oneCompare!

Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contracts, is to consider purchasing a pre owned Sony Xperia 1 phone from the likes of MusicMagpie who provide warranties and flexible handset payment terms.

What's in the box?

If you take out a contract on this device then Sony will helpfully provide you with a charger, headphones, the device itself, and a few other things beside. See our full list of items below.

  1. Device
  2. Charging wire, UK plug
  3. Headphones
  4. USB Cabling
  5. Device
  6. SIM Card tool
  7. Quick-start booklet
  8. Warranty info

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