Sony just directly took on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, with their Xperia 1 smartphone that is still weeks away from being launched.
Challenging Samsung is nothing new. But challenging the Note 10+ with a multimedia-heavy device that has fewer features, at the same price point – that takes some balls.
Sony Throws Down The Xperia 1 Gauntlet
On the very same day Samsung kicked off retail sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Sony announced a pre-order for their upcoming Xperia 1 flagship smartphone.
And here’s the kicker – they are offering it at the same price as the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB), while arguably offering a less-impressive feature set.
Sony Xperia 1’s Key Selling Points
Of course, the Sony Xperia 1 has a few key features that they are touting against the Galaxy Note 10+.
- 21:9 CinemaWide display, with 1644 x 3840 pixels
- X1 mobile HDR remastering technology
- 100% DCI-P3 colour space with Creator display mode
- BIONZ X image processing engine with Eye AF
This makes the Sony Xperia 1 a multimedia powerhouse – great for those who want to enjoy a cinematic experience watching movies and videos.
Sony Xperia 1 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note10+ (256 GB)
However, when we compare the key specifications of the Sony Xperia 1 against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, this is what we found…
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Note10+||Sony Xperia 1|
|Display||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display
– 1440 x 3040 pixels
|6.5-inch OLED display
– 1644 x 3840 pixels
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 6|
|System Platform||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Processor||1 x Kryo 485 Gold core (2.84 GHz)
3 x Kryo 485 Gold cores (2.42 GHz)
4 x Kryo 485 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 640 (585 MHz)|
|RAM||12 GB LPDDR4X||6 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||256 GB (UFS)||128 GB (UFS)|
|Front Camera||10 MP Dual Pixel camera (f/1.9)||8 MP camera (f/2.0)|
|Rear Cameras||12 MP main camera (f/1.5 + f/2.4)
13 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
16 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
|12 MP main camera (f/16)
12 MP telephoto camera (f/2.4)
12 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.4)
|Fingerprint Sensor||In-Display Ultrasonic||Side Button|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos, AKG-tuned||Dolby Atmos|
|Battery||4,300 mAh battery||3,330 mAh battery|
|Charging||25 watt wired charging
12 watt wireless charging
Wireless reverse charging
|18 watt wired charging
No wireless charging
No wireless reverse charging
Of course, we have yet to test the Xperia 1 ourselves, but in a pure spec shoot-out, it is completely outclassed by the Galaxy Note 10+ (256 GB).
Sony Xperia 1 Price + Availability
Sony is making the Xperia 1 available in three colours – Black, Purple and Grey, with a recommended retail price of RM 4,299 / ~US$1,029 / ~£839 / ~A$1,519.
Sony will start showing it off on 30 August, but retail sales will only begin weeks later on 8 October 2019.
Sony Xperia 1 Pre-Order Promotion
To drum up interest between now and 8 October, Sony is opening up pre-orders from 24 August until 6 October 2019.
If you book an Xperia 1 smartphone during the 6+ weeks pre-order period, you will receive a FREE pair of black Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise-cancelling headphones.
The pre-order page went down for more than half a day, but it’s up and running now!
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