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Sony's new Xperia 1 smartphone has a super tall 21:9 display

By James Lu - on 26 Feb 2019, 10:16am

Sony's new Xperia 1 smartphone has a super tall 21:9 display

Sony Mobile has struggled in recent years with phones that haven't been able to stand out from the crowd. Well that's about to change, literally, as the new Xperia 1 is the tallest smartphone we've ever seen. Featuring a 6.5-inch display with an ultra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio, Sony's latest smartphone towers above the competition at  167mm tall - for comparison, Samsung's new Galaxy S10+ is just 157mm.

The Xperia 1's 21:9 aspect ratio gives it the same aspect ratio as most movies, which should look great on its 4K resolution HDR OLED panel. Sony also points out that the taller display will allow you to see more content on your social media feeds, and see more of a website all at the same time. Sony is also emphasizing multitasking on the display, with two apps stacked on top of each other.

It's worth noting though that while movies normally use 21:9 aspect ratio, most of the other video content people watch on their smartphones, such as YouTube videos and Netflix shows tend to be in 16:9 aspect ratio, so if you watch these on the Xperia 1 you'll see black bars. Most games also display in 16:9 aspect ratio so you'll just be stuck with the same viewing area as everyone else, but on a super tall phone. However, Sony has said that they're working with Epic to make a version of Fortnite optimized for the taller display. 

Like most of 2019's flagships, the phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, with 6GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. It will have a triple rear camera setup, comprising of wide angle, ultra wide, and telephoto lenses. Sony is also returning to the side-mounted fingerprint scanner built into the power button, which is better than the rear fingerprint scanner we saw on the Xperia XZ3, but a bit disappointing considering that most of its competitors have now moved onto in-display scanners.

Sony also announced two mid-range phones with the same 21:9 aspect ratio display: the Xperia 10, and the larger the Xperia 10 Plus. The Xperia 10 has a 6-inch LCD screen, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the 10 Plus has a 6.5-inch LCD screen, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Both phones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor.

The Xperia is priced at S$1,299 and is available at all Sony Stores. You can also get it from Lazada.

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