Sony Xperia 1: Gaming on a tall 21:9 display

Sony Xperia 1: Gaming on a tall 21:9 display

There are a lot of phones out there with quirky and unique features to stand out. The Sony Xperia 1 (along with the Xperia 10 series) has something you won’t find on other phones: a 21:9 display. The obvious question with a tall display is how does it affect usage? Daniel Marchena from XDA TV put the Xperia 1’s tall display to the test with gaming.

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A lot of tasks on a phone are not dependant on a specific aspect ratio. They will simply adapt to take up the entire display, whether that’s 16:9 or 21:9. Games and watching videos is where things get dicey. Dan tested a bunch of games, and for the most part, they look great on the Xperia 1: Afterpulse, Angry Birds, Asphalt 9, Crossy Road, Shooty Skies, Minecraft, and Fortnite. Games that don’t support 21:9 end up moving the content up the screen. Stardew Valley, however, is one game that looks really bad. The good news is the games all still work fine.

Check out Dan’s video below if you’re curious about how games look in 21:9 aspect ratio on the Sony Xperia 1.

CategorySony Xperia 1
Dimensions167 x 72 x 8.2mm
DesignCorning Gorilla Glass 6, Side sense, Multi-window UI
Display6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED, 21:9, X1 chip for mobile, Creator mode
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory6GB RAM
Storage128GB, expandable with microSD up to 512GB
Rear CamerasWide-Angle: 12MP 26mm OIS, Dual PD
Telephoto: 12MP 52mm OIS
Super Wide-Angle: 12MP 16mm
BIONZ X for mobile, 4K HDR recording, Cinema Pro
Front Camera8MP
ChargingUSB PD 3.0
AudioDolby Atmos, Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX, LDAC, Stereo speakers, Stereo sound recording, Smart amplifier, Sony’s Dynamic Vibration System
SoftwareAndroid 9 Pie
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 5.0, 5CA LTE, Cat. 19 LTE, 4×4 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
Ports and ButtonsSide-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C (USB 3.1), No 3.5mm headphone jack
Water resistanceIP65/68
ColorsBlack, Grey, White, Purple

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.