Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation — Made for Cinema, and for Social Media Feeds

Smartphone design has become fairly attention-grabbing, at present. Whereas some think about that it has become pragmatically stale, 2019 continues to showcase show sort components we’ve in no way seen sooner than. Remaining 12 months, we had our first glimpse into an actual full-screen present bundle with the Vivo NEX and the OPPO Discover X, utilizing motorized pop-up front-facing cameras. Nonetheless, many purchasers are in direction of motorized parts as a consequence of their further layer of potential failure, and would really like a stationary front-facing digicam. In 2019, we acquired “hole-punch” reveals, which can be full-screen reveals with a niche throughout the show for the front-facing digicam. Many argue that that’s no larger than a notch, nevertheless that’s personal selection.

Whereas these developments are all makes an try at maximizing show precise property for the handset, the size of the physique of the cellphone remained often associated. Facet bezels have already been pretty minimal for a while, so present producers have been attempting to attenuate the very best and bottom bezels, often known as the “forehead” and the “chin”, respectively. As a result of the forehead and chin are being minimized on the an identical cellphone physique, the show side ratio of the present turns into lengthier. We’ve gone from the standard 16:9 side ratio to 18:9, and now most full-screen reveals — whether or not or not it has a notch, pop-up digicam, or hole-punch — have a show side ratio of about 19.5:9 whereas retaining an an identical cellphone physique dimension and side ratio.

The Sony Xperia 1 modifications this up.

Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1 Present Overview

Sony took rising the show side ratio to the next stage. The Xperia 1 present has a prolonged 21:9 show side ratio that conforms to the side ratio of many cinema motion pictures. To achieve this, the physique of the cellphone itself wanted to be made longer than typical cellphone dimensions of its width. The cellphone physique has the width of a recent compact/non-plus sized cellphone identical to the Galaxy S10, nevertheless with the scale of a plus-plus sized cellphone (identical to the OnePlus 7 Skilled). Sony might be not primarily going for the perfect screen-to-body ratio proper right here; no notch or hole-punch, solely a looong unobstructed show with a small chin and forehead. Sony incorporates a attribute often known as “Side sense” that aides throughout the usability of the Xperia 1 — double-tap or swipe on the side bezel of the cellphone to convey out a menu or invoke an movement, resembling One-handed mode on a swipe-down (for individuals who’re not using this, you’re using the cellphone improper).

For the Xperia 1, Sony took it to Samsung Present to manufacture this distinctive panel. The Sony Xperia 1 has the first mobile 4K OLED panel, and the excellence is certainly noticeable when consuming 4K content material materials. Nonetheless, the present solely renders the Android UI at 1080p (2560×1096), nevertheless it nonetheless appears so much sharp on account of how the OLED PenTile affiliation sub-samples the pixels at such a extreme native subpixel density. Solely when having fun with true 4K content material materials will the Sony Xperia 1 render at its native 4K (3840×1644) choice. In any case, the Sony Xperia 1 has the sharpest mobile OLED present out there available on the market.

Shade Profiles

Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation — Made for Cinema, and for Social Media Feeds

Shade gamut for Sony Xperia 1

Sony retains it straightforward with merely two show profiles: Commonplace mode and Creator mode. Sony even incorporates a description of the profiles’ intent, which further telephones ought to truly do.

Commonplace mode is the default profile of the Xperia 1, and whatever the “standard” label, Sony clearly defines the profile to “expand the original color gamut”. The profile actually duties the sRGB shade gamut onto the P3 shade gamut, nevertheless the profile itself moreover helps (significantly broken) automated shade administration. For apps that help massive shade gamut, Sony notes that it may routinely current the distinctive colors, so massive shade gamuts aren’t extra expanded, merely sRGB. The profile targets a typical 2.20 gamma, nevertheless since Sony permits OLED dynamic brightness, the gamma tends to vary and be elevated than it must.

Creator mode claims to “provide a faithful reproduction of the creator’s intended vision”, which is vaguer than the define for Commonplace mode, nevertheless it leads us to think about that the profile is supposed to be the “accurate” profile that follows commerce necessities. Which means we rely on it to deal with the sRGB regular chromaticities, white stage, and change function for regular colors, and adjust to the traits of embedded shade profiles. Nevertheless as we current later, this is not exactly the case. Shade home primaries are targeted by Android’s CMS, nevertheless the profile itself at all times targets the BT.1886 change function, which follows a straight gamma of two.40 for OLED reveals. That’s the commerce regular change function for Rec. 709 and residential theater video, which Sony seems to be catering to for the “Creator mode” profile. For casual media content material materials and almost each half else, a straight gamma of two.20 stays to be the standard, so we uncover the profile’s elevated gamma inappropriate as a result of the profile’s base change function.

Every profiles share the an identical white stage, which is adjustable on the Sony Xperia 1 beneath “Display -> White balance”. There are three presets: “Medium”, which is the default, “Warm”, and “Cold”. There’s moreover a “Custom” selection that permits explicit particular person RGB modifications for fine-tuning.


Aggressive with the brightest OLEDs; UHD HDR compliant — B+

Sony Xperia 1 display brightness

Phone brightness reference chart

Just like with the choice, Sony doesn’t look like holding once more proper right here, each. The Xperia 1 is aggressive with the brightest OLEDs at 100% APL, and the sharpness of the present stays apparent outside. Cell OLEDs nonetheless have strategies to go for daylight visibility, nevertheless the Sony Xperia 1 is pushing what’s presently attainable. Sony moreover employs dynamic brightness that is typical in OLED reveals, rising brightness extra at lower emission ratios by pulling in a couple of of the on the market current from non-lit LEDs. At 100% APL, which is a full-white image, the Sony Xperia 1’s peak brightness is 631 nits. Nevertheless for 50% APL, which could be a picture-heavy feed, the white stage can rise as a lot as 734 nits. An OLED’s dynamic brightness can really are available helpful when displaying HDR content material materials, the place a really extreme luminance is required for specular highlights in a small space. The UHD Alliance requires a peak brightness of on the very least 540 nits for OLED reveals (black ranges <0.0005 nits) to be licensed, and a well-characterized dynamic brightness curve helps an OLED present make these specular highlights as intense as attainable all through HDR playback. The Sony Xperia 1 well-passes that 540-nit threshold, even at 100% APL.

Shade Accuracy & Shade Administration

Chromaticities comparatively appropriate; no D65 regular white stage; shade administration system is a large number — C+

The most important problem with the Sony Xperia 1’s present is that it doesn’t have a preset that conforms to a D65 (6504 Okay) white stage. This really tanks its shade accuracy measurements. The default “Medium” white steadiness preset is type of chilly with a white stage shade temperature of about 7300 Okay and a extreme ΔE of seven.3. It is confirmed clearly that your total gamut is shifted within the route of blue, and this intently impacts shade accuracy. The Creator mode throughout the default “Medium” white steadiness preset has a imply ΔE of two.9 for the sRGB gamut, which is extreme for flagship necessities. Solely about 43% of the gamut appears appropriate (ΔE < 2.3), and ΔE values can get as extreme as 7.5 for cyan shades. That’s atrocious for the default Creator mode selection, and Sony ought to truly refine the profile to having a D65 base as a result of the “Medium” white steadiness, on the very least for Creator mode.

The “Warm” white steadiness preset brings the white stage all the best way all the way down to about 6900 Okay, which stays to be too chilly. Nonetheless, with this white steadiness preset, the standard ΔE of Creator mode improves to 1.6, and the utmost shade errors are launched all the best way all the way down to a ΔE of three.9, which is not as harmful. About 79% of the sRGB gamut appears appropriate, which is a big enchancment, nevertheless it’s nonetheless lacking as compared with totally different flagships and it’s nonetheless non-optimal for color-sensitive work.

Points start to get weird with Sony’s (and Google’s) shade administration system. For this evaluation, I used Google Pictures to stage my P3 examine patterns as a result of it now helps P3 (and solely P3) shade administration. The issue is that Sony forces an HDR present mode at any time when in Google Pictures, most likely as a hack to playback Sony’s private HDR-recorded motion pictures from its native digicam app, Nonetheless, when viewing any image in Google Pictures, the Xperia 1 switches to a P3 HDR present mode. The HDR present mode has a particular white stage calibration along with a particular gamma mode which disables dynamic brightness system-wide. The white stage calibration has an elevated inexperienced signal, which actually drives the color temperature barely hotter (7150 Okay). Due to this, our measured P3 targets are barely further appropriate than our common sRGB targets, with a imply ΔE of two.1. About 64% of the P3 gamut appears appropriate, nevertheless probably the most error stays to be too extreme at ΔE = 7.Zero for highly-saturated cyan-blues. As quickly as as soon as extra, using the “Warm” white steadiness preset helps notably improve shade accuracy.

Given that Sony Xperia 1 permits for information RGB modifications, it is attainable to acceptable the white stage. Nonetheless, an accurate calibration in your private Xperia 1 requires your private shade meter instrument. In the event you occur to don’t have one, it is advisable use my settings which remarkably improved my Xperia 1 to a 6600 Okay full widespread white stage with a imply ΔE of 1.Zero and a 97% sRGB gamut accuracy.

Distinction & Tone Response

Good straight gamma; Creator mode makes use of BT.1886 instead of gamma 2.20; dynamic brightness impacts gamma — B

Sony Xperia 1 display gamma

Gamma scale for Sony Xperia 1

As beforehand well-known, the Creator mode change function doesn’t adjust to a typical gamma of two.20 nevertheless instead targets the BT.1886 change function for modern home theater, which is definitely a straight gamma of two.40 for OLED reveals. The BT.1886 change function is good for motion pictures in a dim environment, nevertheless telephones are utilized in all types of brighter environments and used for excess of watching digital motion pictures. A base gamma of two.20 stays to be primarily probably the most smart purpose for a cellphone present until cellphone producers can implement an accurate dynamic gamma system based on ambient mild.

Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation — Made for Cinema, and for Social Media Feeds

Persistent notification for Creator mode

Nonetheless, the profile itself often known as Creator mode, so it’s not exactly meant to be used by your widespread shopper in a typical office environment. Normally, pictures and flicks are professionally mastered in very low lighting to attenuate mild contamination and to maintain up a continuing ambient environment. In low lighting, individuals have elevated distinction sensitivity, which is why elevated present gammas are used for the elevated distinction and dynamic range. As rule of thumb, a present gamma of two.40 at Zero lux ambient mild seems perceptually very like a present gamma of two.20 at 200 lux. When finalizing {a photograph} or video, the goal market must be evaluated by the masterer to search out out the content material materials’s output gamma. If the image or video is to be casually posted on-line, like on social media or YouTube, it must be output with a 2.20 gamma so the content material materials seems correct in most environments. If it is a film primarily to be thought of in a dim environment, it is rendered with a 2.40 gamma. The Creator profile isn’t aimed on the widespread explicit particular person, nevertheless for individuals who need to grasp content material materials in a dim environment. The profile claims that it affords a “faithful reproduction of the creator’s intended vision”, which I’ve outlined is often carried out in low mild the place a greater gamma is used.

I measured Creator mode to have a imply gamma of two.49, ranging from 2.41 to 2.58, so most content material materials will appear to have elevated distinction than regular on this profile. Colors will even appear darker than regular, too. The marginally big range in gamma is due to the OLED’s dynamic brightness, which improves brightness for lower emission ratios/APLs, nevertheless negatively impacts gamma calibration, inflicting it to increase the higher the present brightness. Dynamic brightness must ideally be disabled for present profiles that concentrate on a continuing gamma.

Curiously adequate, there’s actually a bug throughout the Sony Xperia 1 that disables the dynamic brightness. All you need to do is view HDR content material materials, and dynamic brightness is disabled system-wide, even after exiting HDR content material materials. That’s an attention-grabbing bug since dynamic brightness could be disabled to exactly reproduce the HLG/PQ change function of the HDR content material materials, and Sony more than likely forgot to re-enable it when exiting. With out dynamic brightness, the Sony Xperia 1 present has nearly no change in brightness at elevated or lower APLs. When measuring Creator mode’s gamma with out dynamic brightness, the standard gamma goes all the best way all the way down to 2.42, with a good gamma range of two.40 to 2.43, turning into considerably higher to the BT.1886 purpose change function.

The Commonplace mode, which Sony wishes their typical cellphone customers to utilize, targets the Present P3 shade home with a far more regular 2.20 gamma. I measured the profile to widespread a gamma of two.32, ranging from 2.23 to 2.41. As soon as extra, the extreme variance is due to the dynamic brightness of the OLED. When the dynamic brightness is disabled, the gamma then solely ranges from 2.23 to 2.27 and averages to 2.25. Given that profile simply is not primarily meant to be appropriate, the variance and barely elevated gamma aren’t as very important factors.

Drive Stability

Colors are principally fixed — B+

Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation — Made for Cinema, and for Social Media Feeds

Drive steadiness chart for Sony Xperia 1, Medium white steadiness

The drive steadiness of the Sony Xperia 1 OLED is nearly an an identical between the two present profiles. The “Medium” white steadiness preset is the default manufacturing unit calibration, along with being the baseline for the RGB modifications. Aside from the lower drive ranges, the present is fairly well-balanced, with the pink and inexperienced OLED remaining fixed nearly all all by way of. At lower drive ranges, the blue OLED does take off and shifts darkish shades within the route of blue. Nonetheless, the shift is gradual and visually minor, so gradients appear unbelievable with minimal shade banding.

HDR10 Playback on the Sony Xperia 1

Restricted Rec. 2020 safety; No true 10-bit shade help; Inaccurate white stage — B-

Sony Xperia 1 HDR reproduction

HDR tone response curve (PQ) for Sony Xperia 1

Current smartphone reveals aren’t exactly primed to be rigorously assessed in direction of HDR10 necessities, nevertheless Sony went all-in boasting a true cinematic 4K HDR experience with the Xperia 1. Sony claims BT.2020 help and 10-bit shade depth on the Xperia 1. Nonetheless, the OLED panel on the Sony Xperia 1 isn’t actually a 10-bit panel, nevertheless 8-bit with 2-bit dithering all through HDR10 playback. The Xperia 1 spec sheet on Sony’s website notes this of their footnotes, along with that the present does not cowl the whole BT.2020 gamut. For primarily probably the most half, it’s wanting desire it has the an identical HDR10 capabilities as each different flagship outdoor of its 4K choice and its “cinematic” 21:9 side ratio.

Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation — Made for Cinema, and for Social Media Feeds

HDR tone response curve (PQ) for Google Pixel Three XL

The dynamic range in a film is among the many key components in making the picture look life-like. The UHD Alliance’s “Mobile HDR Premium” specification requires a peak brightness of on the very least 540 nits for OLED reveals, and we measured the Sony Xperia 1 to output as a lot as 720 nits for HDR content material materials at their typical content material materials ranges (20% APL). I examined the Sony Xperia 1 present in direction of the standard HDR PQ absolute change function, and it does merely okay. Nothing extraordinary. The present continually undershoots all by way of your total curve, so the picture isn’t as vibrant appropriately. The Sony Xperia 1 clips the underside code ranges, which represents the darkest colors in a scene. Furthermore, the Sony Xperia 1 moreover nearly clips its highlights at peak brightness as a result of it doesn’t implement a roll-off curve near the present’s peak brightness. To the very best is the Google Pixel Three XL‘s reproduction of the PQ curve, which does a higher job at rendering HDR content material materials. It instead overshoots the shadows, which is considerably higher than clipping them, and it rolls off the curve near peak brightness.

Sony Xperia 1 color accuracy plots

Rec. 2020 shade accuracy plots for Sony Xperia 1

Whereas the Sony Xperia 1 present does not cowl the whole Rec. 2020 gamut (no current mobile OLEDs do), it would nonetheless be supported with the help of shade administration — the present merely can’t reproduce the gamut’s most saturated colors. That’s the place Sony’s promoting and advertising might seem misleading, nevertheless it’s technically respectable. Most content material materials mastered in Rec. 2020 aren’t completely anticipated to be carried out once more on reveals with a full Rec. 2020 gamut, on the very least not for quite a lot of further years. Nonetheless, we pitted the Sony Xperia 1 present in direction of the future-proof gamut, and it did larger than I anticipated. Aside from the white stage, the gamut saturation is tracked pretty correctly, notably pink shade mixtures. The peak pink depth actually extends well-past P3 within the route of Rec. 2020, and the peak blue depth is type of close to Rec. 2020 blue. The peak inexperienced depth is the place it notably falls temporary, and inexperienced shade mixtures are extraordinarily clipped. Aside from the white stage, the Sony Xperia 1 does an sincere job proper right here. Shade accuracy would undoubtedly improve with a D65 white stage, which Sony falsely claims to help.

Sony Xperia 1 Present Evaluation – Final Verdict

The Sony Xperia 1 is a very daring mixture of {{hardware}} and software program program. Sony markets its present because the final phrase cinematic experience along with a professional-grade monitoring instrument. The {{hardware}} is little doubt of excellent prime quality — the Sony Xperia 1’s present is a top-shelf panel that competes with the simplest in gamut and in brightness and presently leads the market in sharpness. The viewing angles, black clipping, and black smear are aligned with Samsung’s private. Nonetheless, the absence of a D65 white stage along with no profile completely conforming to sRGB is completely antithetical to Sony’s advertising marketing campaign within the route of content material materials creators. For primarily probably the most half, the one harmful points regarding the present are geared notably within the route of content material materials creators, colorists, and nerds. The Commonplace mode is an excellent profile for casual customers that don’t care about shade accuracy and easily want vibrant show colors. Nonetheless, it isn’t uncommon for purchasers to want an appropriate shade mode for modifying pictures, and Sony’s Creator mode isn’t totally match for image modifying. The panel is undoubtedly capable of true professional-grade calibration, every in shade and in tone response. A straightforward adjustment to the RGB white steadiness can yield a chroma-accurate present, and a bug throughout the software program program reveals that the panel can exactly observe a straight gamma. Every must have been included throughout the Sony Xperia 1 throughout the first place, after which possibly calling it “professional level” wouldn’t be such a stretch.


  • Shiny OLED present with vivid colors
  • Sharpest mobile present out there available on the market
  • Cinematic HDR10 help that encourages playback


  • No profile completely conforming to sRGB
  • No D65 white steadiness preset
  • Buggy shade administration system
Specification Sony Xperia 1
Variety AMOLED

PenTile Diamond Pixel

Producer Samsung Present Co.
Measurement 6.5-inch diagonal

6.Zero inches by 2.6 inches

15.Three sq. inches

Resolution 2560×1096 pixels (default render)

3840×1644 pixels (native)

21:9 pixel side ratio

Pixel Density 455 pink subpixels per inch

643 inexperienced subpixels per inch

455 blue subpixels per inch

Distance for Pixel Acuity Distances for just-resolvable pixels with 20/20 imaginative and prescient. Typical smartphone viewing distance is about 12 inches <7.6 inches for full-color image

<5.Three inches for achromatic image

Angular Shift Measured at a 30-degree incline -26% for brightness shift

ΔE = 5.Eight for shade shift

Black Clipping Threshold Signal ranges to be clipped black. Measured at 10 cd/m² <2.0% for Creator mode

<1.2% for Commonplace mode

Specification Creator mode Commonplace mode
Brightness 100% APL:
630 nits (auto) / 378 nits (information)

50% APL:
735 nits (auto) / 423 nits (information)


20% variance with APL

100% APL:
626 nits (auto) / 378 nits (information)

50% APL:
732 nits (auto) / 425 nits (information)


>20% variance with APL

Gamma Commonplace is a straight gamma of two.20 2.41–2.58
Widespread 2.49

Gamma too extreme
Variance barely extreme

Widespread 2.32

Variance barely extreme

White Stage Commonplace is 6504 Okay Medium:
7290 Okay
ΔE = 7.3

6879 Okay
ΔE = 3.4

8041 Okay
ΔE = 9.6

7259 Okay
ΔE = 7.5

6899 Okay
ΔE = 3.6

8009 Okay
ΔE = 9.3

Shade Distinction ΔE values below 2.Three appear appropriate

ΔE values below 1.Zero appear indistinguishable from good

ΔC measures distinction merely in saturation relative to sRGB colors

ΔH measures distinction in hue relative to sRGB colors

Medium / sRGB:
Widespread ΔE = 2.9 ± 1.8
Most ΔE = 7.5 at 25% cyan

Inaccurate (43%)
Most errors are extreme

Medium / P3:
Widespread ΔE = 2.1 ± 1.0
Most ΔE = 7.Zero at 100% cyan-blue

Not very appropriate (64%)
Most errors are extreme

Warmth / sRGB:
Widespread ΔE = 1.6 ± 0.9
Most ΔE = 3.9 at 100% cyan-blue

Decently appropriate (79%)

Widespread ΔC = 7.7

Pink ΔC = 10.7 / ΔH = 0.6 within the route of magenta
Inexperienced ΔC = 12.2 / ΔH = 5.5 within the route of cyan
Blue ΔC = 2.6 / ΔH = 0.4 within the route of magenta

Expands to the P3 gamut

Provide :-XDA

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