The Xperia 1 IV has a headphone jack, no display hole and the best cameras Sony can muster
Sony might not be the most popular Android smartphone maker these days, but you always know what you’re getting. Sony’s latest addition to the Xperia family is the Xperia 1 IV, and it brings several small but significant changes over the 1 III. You still get the uninterrupted 4K OLED and headphone jack, but the camera array switches to a “true optical” 85-125mm zoom lens. Of course, Sony’s passion project won’t come cheap. This phone will cost $1,600 when it launches in a few months.
|SoCs||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G|
|Storage||512 GB + microSD|
|Display||6.5-inch 4K OLED at 120Hz|
|Cameras||3x 12MP: 16mm ultrawide, 24mm wide, 85-125mm zoom; 12MP Self-Portrait|
|Battery||5000 mAh, wireless charging, wireless power sharing|
|Other||3.5mm jack, IP65/68, external monitor mode, camera shutter button|
While most OEMs are obsessed with increasing the megapixel count, Sony is sticking with a trio of 12MP sensors on the rear. He’s more interested in what he can do with these cameras To do, and he pulled out all the stops. For one, the sensors are capable of true 4K 120fps output from all sensors, and optical zoom is no longer limited to just two focal lengths as in the 1 III. Now you can smoothly adjust from 85mm up to 125mm without digital cropping. The company also talks about its 20fps burst mode and AI subject detection.
There’s a 21:9 4K 120Hz OLED dominating the front, and you won’t see any interruptions at the top for the camera. It also has 240Hz touch swiping and a suite of gaming controls Sony calls Game Enhancer, including a low-gamma lifter, audio equalizer, and built-in YouTube livestream. Sony has inserted an even larger sensor (also 12MP) than last year without bulking up the frame or cutting off the screen. If you have a compatible Sony Alpha camera, the Xperia 1 IV can also act as an external video monitor.
At a time when most smartphones offer the same thing, Sony is still charting its own course. Is this a path you want to take? You have some time to decide. While Sony is now retiring the phone, you won’t be able to buy one for a while. Sony plans to start selling the Xperia 1 IV on September 1, 2022. Hey, that’ll also give you time to save the $1,600 asking price. It will be listed on Sony’s website in black and purple and at other retailers in black.
It’s high time to think about the occasion for your next smartphone
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