MWC Day 1: Sony Xperia 1 launched with a 21:9 cinemawide display and triple rear cameras

Qualcomm is expected to talk about its 5G plans later in the evening, followed by a 5G roundtable.

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  • 19:39 (IST)

    All you need to know about Sony's brand new flagship - the Xperia X1

    Sony also launched two new budget-oriented smartphones at MWC today, namely, the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus.
    Read about all the smartphones here.

  • 19:34 (IST)

    Apologies for the abrupt end
    Sony's live stream ended abruptly causing us to suddenly stop with the updates. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    A look at how 21:9 looks like on a smartphone

  • 13:18 (IST)

    The first smartphone with a 21:9 aspect ratio display

    The Sony Xperia 1 will be the first smartphone with a cinemawide aspect ratio, something Sony believes will offer an optimal viewing and gaming experience.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Sony's begun its keynote

    Sony's not wasting any time. We straight away jump right into the flagship, Xperia 1 smartphone.

  • 12:47 (IST)

    What's expected to unfold on Day 1?

    The bulk of launches from the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei and HMD Global's Nokia have already happened a day before MWC began, but Day 1 is expected to see Sony launch their lineup of Xperia smartphones for 2019 at 1-1:30 pm IST.

    ZTE is also expected to showcase a new 5G smartphone as well as a new gaming smartphone under its Nubia sub-brand.

    Qualcomm is also expected to host its keynote later in the evening today. So there is a lot of action headed you way throughout the day.

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Hello and Welcome!
    It's officially Day 1 of the 2019 edition of Mobile World Congress and we're here to bring you the latest, both on and off the show floor in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, the world’s biggest mobile exhibition has formally kicked off today. A day prior to the official commencement of MWC, three global tech giants Huawei, Nokia and Xiaomi have already showcased their premium smartphones.

Today, Japanese tech firm Sony and silicon manufacturer Qualcomm will be taking the stage for their major keynotes. We're also expected to see Chinese manufacturer ZTE launch their very own 5G smartphone later in the afternoon.

Sony is expected to launch its Xperia smartphone lineup for 2019. Image: Sony Mobile

Sony is expected to launch its Xperia smartphone lineup for 2019. Image: Sony Mobile

Sony is expected to unveil a bunch of smartphones at the MWC event including its 2019 flagship model, dubbed as Xperia 1. Reports suggest that Sony might showcase a phone 21:9 display. The company is also said to introduce three other Xperia smartphones – Xperia X10, Xperia X10 Plus and an Xperia L3 which might be the affordable one from the lot. The Xperia X10 could carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 while the Plus version might come with Snapdragon 660 SoC. As for the Xperia 1, reports indicate that the phone might feature a 6.5-inch display and triple camera set up at the back.


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