Sony has simply introduced the Xperia 1 IV – and like earlier entries within the model’s flagship smartphone sequence, it is a area of interest gadget for a really particular sort of person.
The fourth version of the Xperia I appears to be the agency’s most refined handset thus far, that includes a number of upgrades to the digicam system, show and general design. Like lots of the greatest Android telephones in 2022 it isn’t an enormous improve from what we have got earlier than, however there’s nonetheless loads to love when you’re already a fan of Sony telephones.
What we favored most about current Xperia telephones is Sony’s elevated deal with points that always get missed by the heavy-handed competitors. There is a 4K OLED HDR show right here, for instance, a characteristic you will not discover anyplace else. It is also one of many few flagships round that features each a headphone jack and expandable storage and omits the notch for a show that is unobstructed.
Digicam upgrades are on the fore
Like Samsung, Oppo, and Apple, Sony places a number of deal with their telephones’ cameras with every new iteration of its flagship gadget — and far of the identical is true right here.
Whereas the cellphone retains the identical 12-megapixel sensor array as earlier than, there are enhancements throughout. All cameras (large, ultra-wide and zoom) now have Sony’s glorious Eye auto-focus and object monitoring, in addition to the power to shoot 4K HDR video at 120fps. Enabling all three focal lengths to shoot on the identical decision ought to let you simply swap between them with out sacrificing an excessive amount of high quality.
The zoom digicam has seen essentially the most enhancements, which is a welcome change contemplating this was our greatest criticism of the Xperia 1 III after we reviewed it final yr. Sony mentioned in a briefing forward of the launch that the zoom now has an optical vary of 85mm-125mm. We’ll want to check this zoom out correctly to see the way it compares to the superb Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely, but it surely’s very welcome to notice as an space to deal with.
Whereas the precise sensor on the again seems to be unchanged from the Xperia 1 III, the selfie digicam homes a a lot bigger 1/2.9-megapixel sensor with 12-megapixel. That is up from the 8MP 1/4 inch sensor used beforehand and may enable the sensor to usher in extra gentle for higher low gentle efficiency.
Different further digicam options embrace reside streaming and higher HDR outcomes from the pro-focused videography app.
aimed toward professionals
One other huge focus right here is audio. The Xperia 1 IV retains the three.5mm Hello-Res Audio licensed headphone port, whereas wi-fi Hello-Res Audio and LDAC are supported on appropriate headphones. Sony additionally mentioned that the onboard audio system have been improved and may produce louder, extra bassy audio. Once more we’ve not had any sensible time with the gadget but, so we will not touch upon how huge the adjustments are with real-world use, however I will make sure to examine that out after we get it for assessment.
Area of interest options have been the main focus of this sequence since its inception. Devoted apps that convey a few of the options and UI structure from the model’s Alpha digicam are a fantastic instance of this. For the Xperia 1 IV, Sony has taken distinctive options to the subsequent degree by introducing an app devoted to recording music. Music Professional ought to assist scale back noise and reverb and a few cloud processing abilities are additionally obtainable for a subscription charge.
Whereas Sony remains to be in opposition to actually pushing its Ps model with the Xperia vary, now you can stream cellular video games instantly from the cellphone to providers like YouTube.
Upgrades to the show are minimal, although on condition that it is one of many higher cellular screens, I am nonetheless hoping will probably be capable of compete with a few of the greatest. Sony has mentioned the show is now 50% sharper, which is able to hopefully repair a few of the points I had with out of doors visibility on the Xperia 1 III.
The 6.5-inch display screen is able to outputting at 4K decision and lengthy retains the 21:9 side ratio which is right for motion pictures however can really feel a bit cramped in different cases.
Contained in the cellphone, there’s the same old vary of top-end know-how. A Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset drives the present, paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable storage. The Gen 1 is a powerhouse chip, based mostly on our expertise reviewing different handsets powered by it, so this could let the cellphone run any apps or video games with zero points. We’ll affirm this after we convey the cellphone for testing.
The battery now sits at 5000mAh (up from 4500mAh), whereas Sony has gone a step forward of each Apple and Samsung by eradicating not solely the charger but additionally the charging cable. Should you purchase or have a charger able to outputting at 30w you need to have the ability to get 50% cost in half an hour.
We’ve not seen or held the Xperia 1 IV but, so we will not say a lot concerning the high quality of the end. It is a very gentle cellphone, particularly when you think about the provide at 185g. It’s 10 grams lighter than the already very light-weight Galaxy S22 Plus.
Our greatest disappointment with the cellphone although is that Sony is barely promising two years of Android updates, together with one other yr of safety patches. That is dangerous for a high-end gadget, with Samsung providing upwards of 4 of its prime telephones.
Xperia 1 IV from 16 June 2022 €1399/£1299 . can be obtainable for buy in
I reviewed the Xperia 1 III final yr and I find it irresistible. I did have some points although, particularly round battery life; Display brightness and zoom digicam efficiency. Sony appears to have made an effort to repair these shortcomings right here. It is not the largest replace you will see, however I am glad Sony continues to supply a cellphone for the remainder of the flagship crowd.