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Sony’s flagship Xperia 1 arrives in the US in the middle of the summer

Sony announced its flagship device, the Sony Xperia 1 quite a while ago, in February, however it still didn’t hit the shelves in the United States. Today, the company finally announced the date when the smartphone will become available for purchase: July 12. It’s rather unusual to announce a device in February and release it in the middle of the summer, however, the Xperia 1 is worth waiting for, according to some. Indeed, the device has some great features, including its 6.5-inch 4K display with a 21:9 ratio, powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset, and memory card slot that supports up to 1TB additional storage.

The modern- looking smartphone is quite large, however, most of it is screen surface. Thankfully, the Xperia 1 doesn’t have the squarish design Sony’s devices all had until recently, instead, it has more rounded corners, which makes it look friendlier. Naturally, what’s under the hood is even more important. As it was already mentioned, the Sony flagship comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage which can be further expanded using the second SIM card slot.

On the back of the device, there is a camera setup consisting of three cameras, namely a 12MP wide angle lens, a 12MP telephoto lens, and a 12MP ultrawide lens. On the front, an 8MP camera is ready for snapping selfies and making video calls. While this might be enough for some people, what Sony seems to be targeting with the Xperia 1 is the gamers’ community. The 21:9 display offers a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of the gameplay and the Game Enhancer feature is there to optimize the performance of the handset and blocks unwanted notifications. The same feature allows users to record gameplay and find tips online.

According to a press release issued by Sony, the Xperia 1 will become available for purchase on July 12 at the following vendors: Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo, Focus Camera and other participating retail outlets. Customers will be able to choose from two color variants, Black and Purple and the base model will set them back $950. This is definitely not a cheap smartphone, but it’s possible that gamers will indeed consider that it is worth every cent due to its new features. Only time will tell how the Xperia 1 will do in the market.

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