Sony Xperia 1 Heroically Challenges The Galaxy Note 10+!

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.

Sony Xperia 1 To Mount Heroic Challenge Against Note 10+

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
IP Rating IP68 IP65
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)
Stylus S Pen None
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.

Sony Xperia 1 pre-order promo August 2019

The pre-order page went down for more than half a day, but it’s up and running now!

 

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