Smartphone makers usually release new flagship devices a few weeks after announcing them, or, in some cases, immediately after revealing them to the world. Unfortunately, that’s not what Sony is doing – the company announced its Xperia 1
flagship back in February, but it has yet to provide a US launch date for it. If you’re interested in this handset, though, you should know that it’ll likely be available next month.
The Sony Xperia 1 is expected to be released in Europe in the first week of June. A major Dutch retailer is now taking pre-orders for the phone
, saying it will ship it in “3 weeks.” Customers who pre-order will receive two nice gifts: a pair of noise-canceling Sony headphones (valued at about $400), and a fast charger (valued at about $60). The price of Xperia 1 in Europe is €949 – that’s about $1,060 in US dollars, but the phone
will not cost that
The Xperia 1 in the US
In the US, the Sony Xperia 1 has been listed on Amazon
since last month, next to a $999.99 price tag. Amazon is actually accepting pre-orders for the phone, although it says it will launch it on “December 31, 2019” – that’s obviously a placeholder release date that makes no sense. We don’t really recommend pre-ordering the Xperia 1 from Amazon right now. That’s because, when official pre-orders start, Sony will probably offer some freebies to US customers – possibly including the same valuable headphones offered in the Netherlands. Last year, when the Xperia XZ3
went on pre-order stateside, it came with free earphones
worth $280, and it’s only natural for us to expect gifts with the Xperia 1, too.
Update: Amazon now says the Sony Xperia 1 should be released in the US on July 12. The phone’s price is currently set at $949.99 and it’s not clear if any pre-order gifts will be included.
The Xperia 1 offers (more or less) everything you’d want from a high-end smartphone in 2019. The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor – also found inside phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro, or LG G8 – and comes with 6 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of expandable storage space. Other notable features include Android 9 Pie, water resistance, a triple 12 MP rear camera with 2x optical zoom, and a 3300 mAh battery.
What makes the Sony Xperia 1 stand out is its elongated body that houses a 6.5-inch HDR OLED screen with 1644 x 3840 pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio. This is a 4K display with a super-sharp pixel
density (643 ppi) that you won’t find on phones from competing manufacturers. If you want to take a closer look at Sony’s newest flagship, check out our Xperia 1 hands-on
The US variant of the Sony Xperia 1 will be unlocked and definitely be compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T. It’s possible that Verizon will certify the device to work on its network, too, since it’s already done so with two other Sony phones announced this year: the mid-range Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus
. However, for now, there is no confirmation from Verizon on this. If you’re a customer of Sprint or US Cellular, you will almost certainly not be able to use the Xperia 1.
A Sony Xperia 2 is coming relatively soon, too
While the Xperia 1 is not out yet, Sony is already hard at work on its successor, unsurprisingly called Xperia 2
. Apparently, the Xperia 2 will be a bit smaller than the Xperia 1, sporting a 6.1-inch display, although its overall look won’t change much. The Xperia 2 should bring various improvements over the Xperia 1 and could be announced in September. Thus, if you’re not particularly impressed by the Xperia 1 and you are in need of a new Sony flagship without being in a hurry, you may want to wait for its successor.