As tech fans, we love seeing tech continue to progress. Even when specs are meaningless or really not needed the fact that it can be put into a device just paves the way for future ideas. One particular progression that we continue to see is with display technology, especially in smartphones.
Look, anything other than 1080P in a smartphone for most people is just overkill. That said, we love seeing companies like Samsung continue to push the envelope when it comes to phone display tech. The current trend of high refresh rates that got its start from the Razer phone three years ago is adding a welcomed smoothness to phones. So much so that once you go 90 or 120, you really do not want to go back. But do you really need a 4K display on a phone?
4K displays in smartphones are not new. In fact, if you Google 4K phone displays you will see quite a few over the years. One manufacturer, in particular, Sony, have been putting 4k displays in their Xperia phones. Yet this feature was not enough to get a large number of customers to choose it over the other options on the market. But could it have been that not enough people knew about it (other than phone enthusiasts)?
We will see as Sony will be releasing another Xperia, the Xperia 1 II with a 21:9, 6.5 inch, 4K HDR OLED display, Snapdragon 865 (which is 5G capable), 4000 mAh battery with fast charge, IP 68 water-resistant, Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and rear, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, front stereo speakers, 3 rear cameras (that Sony is boasting to provide near professional-looking photos and videos), and can be paired with the Sony DualShock 4 PS4 controller for gamers on the go. An impressive phone that will set you back $1200.
When you look at the price compared to other phones on the market it is actually on par. As much as some may want to question the price, I actually think that $1200 for this phone is not a lot to demand considering the other $1000 phones on the market. It is just this phone is being released during a Pandemic where some may see that as a pipe dream. And until we get where brick and mortars are fully opened and able to allow customers to handle these phones in person, Sony could find themselves in the “Apple and Samsung we know, Sony not so much” category. Because for many consumers they do know and trust a Samsung and an Apple. But as far as Sony they could be so used to seeing them in the section of Best Buy where the low-end phones are at, that they may not be ready to take them seriously. And this would be if we didn’t have a Pandemic that stifled the economy.
Personally I would like to check this phone out. On paper it looks impressive. They are saying the right things to get people at least looking their way. But will they be able to do enough to get people to buy-in?
We will get to find out as this is expected to deliver on July 24th.