2019 MWC: first impressions of the Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10/10 Plus and Xperia L3
Sony company is Japanese traditionalist, which tries to stick to one course and if you introduce some changes gradually. In the dynamic market of mobile technology in this cute strategy is working against the company, here is a quick reaction and sometimes thoughtless, but the operational trend following works better. Probably the management of Sony is continuously losing its share in the smartphone market, it is also aware, but the company has its own tactics – and she adheres to.
And the tactic of the novelties presented at MWC 2019, looks unchanged. Xperia (especially older models) gradually established themselves as the best multimedia smartphones: without hindering the perception of the image of the bangs, with a powerful sound via the headphones and through the speakers and — in the flagship XZ3 – finally a really good OLED display. Well, this is the name that Sony and continued to process, and with the new key concept. They became the screen, “cinematic” 21:9 format, which was equipped with the flagship Xperia 1, and the device of the middle class Xperia 10/10 Plus.
Also changed, as you can see, the naming of Xperia smartphones with this infinite overlaying the letters “X” and “Z” each other with the addition of figures or suffixes, the company eventually came to absurdity. Remember XZ2 Xperia Premium Pro Edition and enjoy the reset of the race. Sony and presses that this is not just so, and in the framework of the unification of all its products. To and televisions, and audio systems, and smartphones were called in a similar way.
Another important point is the reconciliation of the Sony with the fashion for multi-camera system. Now, even a budget model (Xperia L3) is equipped with dual rear module (second camera – only to simulate the bokeh), and the flagship Xperia 1 and even got a triple a main camera with a choice between the three focal distances.
Sony Xperia 1
The latest rumors confirmed – the new flagship of Sony is called the Xperia 1 and didn’t really get a camera with some outrageous resolution. It is a logical development of the ideas embodied in a series of XZ, – with several new features.
First and most importantly – this is the display format 21:9. It is notable not only “kinoteatralnogo” (all the films assemble in this format, and it is available on major streaming services – to worry about the content just not worth it), but the fact that this is the first mobile OLED with 4K resolution (and HDR support, of course). Yes, wait for the Premium version is not necessary, the display of excess for the smartphone specifications is already here. Diagonal 6.5 inch or “Bang”, no “holes” no, only a relatively small frame on top and bottom. To be honest, in this case, the Japanese persistence and stubbornness only please.
The smartphone, of course, is very large (167 × 72 × 8.2 mm), but is held in the hand without problems, and side effect of lack of monopoly it can be assumed that the gap in the race for the percentage covered with the screen surface. But the video on any service can be deployed on the entire screen and not see any black bars or invading a picture of the front camera in Samsung Galaxy S10 or Honor View 20.
The housing is lined with glass on both sides (use tempered glass Corning Gorilla glass 6) and painted one of four colors: black, white, grey and most spectacular, the purple. On the sides of the aluminum case, and — surprise — the right-hand side there is a fingerprint scanner, now, however, is not aligned with the power button. Yes, a place to put the scanner on the back on the last XZ was badly chosen, but such a radical solution, a return to the roots, not moving, for example, under the screen? Peculiar – area coverage is again very small, and, consequently, increasing the likelihood of analytical sensor. However, for sure it will be possible only after extensive testing.
The display is not curved as in XZ3, but the bar Side Sense left, and moved in a younger model too. She is now with customizable tongue for the call – here, on the contrary, was the problem of a too high percentage of false positives. Now she, if not defeated, then to a certain measure cropped.
The housing is dust – and splash-proof IP65/68, and Yes, there is no mini-Jack. Sony vociferously (and rightly so) declares his flagship as the best multimedia smartphone of today – so why not reinforce that title the good old analog connector, which still enjoys the main target audience — people with a little old-fashioned idea of beauty? It is inexplicable step. Use, say, a packaged adapter for USB Type-C. In the rest with audiomonster full order: if the stereo speakers and a set of wireless profiles Bluetooth Xperia smartphones could boast before, the full support of Dolby Atmos has received only a “unit”.
Fully updated and camera. The rear module consists of three, all at 12 megapixels (1/2,6’, equivalent focal length 26 mm, angle of coverage 78 degrees, a lens with an aperture of ƒ/1,6), telephoto (1/3,4’, 52 mm, 45 degree, ƒ/2.4 GHz) and wide angle (1/3,4’, 16 mm, 135 degree, ƒ/2.4 GHz). Smile and say Hello Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Chinese, of course, made a splash in the world of mobile photography.
But Sony has a surprise, in addition to by itself already relatively mundane by the standards of 2019 module. With him running dual optical and digital stabilization (alas, without details) and the AF system with the ability to automatically detect not only persons, but also models ‘ eyes — and with the ability to shoot up to 10 frames per second with tracking autofocus! Frontalka while ordinary 8 mega pixels, 1/4″ lens with an aperture of ƒ/2.0.
But especially strong Xperia 1 in shooting video. In addition to the standard features already shooting 4K HDR we are talking about processing the image with techniques used in the professional Sony camcorders. The device in theory allows you to record video at 24 or 30 frames per second with smooth focus control, the ability to work with different settings, advanced color correction (with the help of a new corporate service Look), in the format 21:9 (only for the main camera, however, – body – and wide-angle optics have to shoot in 16:9) and saving uncompressed data.
Sounds powerful, but imagine how much weigh uncompressed video in 4K? And now look at the drive, which Sony has equipped its flagship… 128 GB. Yes, you can add up to 512 GB using a memory card, but why the greed from time to time? Memory, the 6 GB is also a very slight increase. The hardware platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, naturally. And the battery for 3 300 mAh and this smartphone with a 6.5-inch display (and 4K resolution!), let me remind you.
Neither the price nor the exact date when Xperia 1 on sale Sony until calls – we are talking about a “second quarter”, so expect the Japanese flagship is in may or June. Moreover, the MWC was not even a single fully working Xperia 1 – all available instances represent only samples of the final design that can’t be included. Such mystery in a time when all the competitors are or already collect pre-orders, or are preparing to do it, looks weird.
Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus
But the smartphones of the middle class is already full, the workers, and produce almost more pleasant experience than fancy, but controversial flagship (which, moreover, does not).
And Xperia 10, and Xperia 10 Plus also received displays 21:9 format, only LCD with Full HD resolution. The usual “dozen” got a six-inch screen, large 6.5 inches. They are covered with tempered glass Gorilla Glass 5, is also flat, but with the support Side of Sense.
The second feature of the Xperia 10/10 Plus is a very small “chin” with an impressive area of the display. This has a positive impact on the usability gadget and the external appearance of the apparatus. The company representatives claim that such a large gap engineers were forced to leave because there was nowhere to place the various connections of printed circuit boards, cables and so on. On the one hand – logical, with another – where they are then placed in Xperia 1?
In the rest of the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus follow the new style of the company – the back is curved and also made of very easily soiled glass, the fingerprint scanner on the side aluminum panels, but — Hallelujah! — has a mini-Jack. But there is no moisture protection.
And about Xperia 10 Plus, and especially about the Xperia 10 I’d like to say “smartphone lies well in the hand.” Gadgets are really great balanced combination of thickness and width are verified. Dimensions Xperia 10 Plus – 167 × 73 × 8.3 mm (with a weight of 180 grams), Xperia 10 – 156 × 68 × 8.4 mm (162 grams).
Interestingly, these smartphones are very similar in appearance and positioning, use different hardware platforms and different two-compartment system.
The Xperia 10 is a module with a 13-megapixel main camera (1/3’) and a 5-megapixel secondary (to simulate the bokeh), the platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, drive in 64 GB and 3 GB RAM (supports microSD). Battery – 2 870 mAh.
Xperia 10 Plus is able to double the optical zoom: here, a 12-megapixel camera (1/2,8’) is an 8-megapixel (1/4’). Platform serious Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, the drive is the same, but the RAM is already 4GB. And battery on 3000 mA·h Frontally the same – 8 megapixels, the sensor is 1/4″.
Both smartphones will be available in March, price not yet officially known, but we can expect something on the order of 23-25 thousand rubles – if Sony manages to hold in this framework, we get a pretty nice offer.
Sony Xperia L3
And a few words about fresh Japanese public sector. He, as you can see from the title, does not fit the new “cinematic” vision screen format 21:9, this device from the category “cheap but nice”.
The case is entirely plastic, but looks and feels Xperia L3 as something from a higher price category, there is a kind of breed. Display with a diagonal of 5.7 inches and 18:9. Resolution sad – only HD+.
Hardware platform – Mediatek Helio P22 (MTK6762), non-volatile memory – 32 GB, RAM – 3 GB. There is a slot for memory cards microSD. Battery 3 300 mA·h (as the flagship!), there is a mini Jack and a fingerprint scanner on the right side.
The back camera is, as I wrote above, and double, but paired with the main 13-megapixel module is only 2MP, which is able to help only the better to blur the background when taking a portrait. Frontalka – 8 megapixels.
Sony Xperia L3 will also be presented in March in three color variations: black, silver and gold. Price is still unknown.
And the final remark. You paid, probably, attention to the fact that all new Sony Xperia smartphones again used the same cool slot for SIM card without pin lock. Open it and get a restart of the gadget. From year to year. Maybe in 2019, something changed? No, all the old, reboot, guaranteed. Someday it will change. Someday, but not now.