Sony is back. The Japanese company has unveiled its new flagship, the Sony Xperia 1 IV, a high-end premium device that bets everything on multimedia content. Its proposal? In addition to a powerful engine, a camera that points ways in all aspects and a remarkable sound section.

The device will be available for purchase from mid-June and will be priced at approximately 1,399 euros. We will update as soon as we have the exact date. In the meantime, let’s get to know Sony’s new beast better.

Sony Xperia 1 IV technical specifications

Sony Xperia 1 IV
Dimensions and Weight165 x 71 x 8.2 mm
185 grams
Screen6.5-inch OLED
4K resolution
21:9 format
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Touch Sampling Rate: 240Hz
Bravia HDR
Gorilla Glass Victus
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1
GPU Adreno 730
RAM12 GB
Internal Storage256 GB expandable with microSD
Main CameraAngular (24 mm): 12 MP, 1/1.7″, 120 FPS, OIS/AF
Gran angular (16 mm): 12 MP, 1/2.5″, 120 FPS, AF
Telefoto (85-125 mm): 12 MP, 1/3.5″, 120 FPS, OIS/AFi
ToF
Front Camera12 MP, 1/2.9″
Battery5,000 mAh
30W fast charge
wireless charging
Operating SystemAndroid 12
Connectivity5G
OthersIP65/68
stereo speakers
headphone jack
DSEE Ultimate
360 Reality Audio
Music Pro
LDAC
Hi-Res Audio
Dolby Atmos
Price1,399 euros

A huge and fast 21:9 screen

Sony Xperia 1 IV

The Sony Xperia IV maintains the design of the previous model, the Sony Xperia 1 III. It has the same size and the main difference, if not the only one, is that this model weighs one gram more. However, Sony claims that it is now more comfortable in hand and that it is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus both front and back.

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Among the highlights, the device incorporates a button to activate the camera shutter, headphone jack, and stereo speakers. On the back, we find a vertical module with the three main sensors, as well as the LED flash placed above it. No news on this aspect.

As far as the screen is concerned, Sony has once again opted for the 21:9 format, so we are talking about a fairly elongated mobile. There is no notch or perforation on the panel, but the device has two small frames both above and below that, at least in the photos, give that symmetrical look that is increasingly less seen.

Sony Xperia 1 IV

The display consists of a 6.5-inch OLED panel with 4K resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, and 240 Hz touch sampling. According to Sony, it is 50% brighter than the previous model and includes real-time HDR, which improves the visibility of bright and dark areas even in brightly lit environments.

In addition, the firm has implemented Bravia HDR thanks to the X1 Mobile engine. According to Sony, this technology improves contrast, color, and clarity even in streaming content. The set is completed with HD sound, Dolby Atmos, DTS, and LDAC support. It is noted that Sony has experience in the world of televisions.

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The latest from Qualcomm, now without a charger in the box

Under the hood of the Sony Xperia 1 IV we find, how could it be otherwise, the latest from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It also features 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage that, fortunately, we can expand via microSD cards.

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The battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and 30W fast charging, a figure that does not draw too much attention seeing the figures of today, but with which Sony promises that we will be able to charge 50% in 30 minutes. It also has wireless charging, although its power has not been disclosed. A note: the charger and cable are no longer included in the box.

A camera that points the way

Sony Xperia 1 IV

But beyond performance, the crumb of the Sony Xperia 1 IV is in the camera. If Sony Xperia always stands out for something, it is for its photographic capabilities and, on this occasion, it has been no less. We will have to wait to see how it performs on a day-to-day basis, but on paper, it looks terrific.

The Sony Xperia IV has three lenses, namely a wide-angle (24 millimeters), a wide-angle (16 millimeters), and a telephoto with real optical zoom (85-125 millimeters). All sensors are Exmos RS Mobile (larger than the previous generation), sensors capable of recording in 4K at 120 FPS and offering eye autofocus and real-time tracking on each lens.

The optics have been calibrated by ZEISS, which has also done its bit with the ZEISS T* coating. This, in a nutshell, reduces reflections from the rear lenses to deliver accurate contrast and color. Meanwhile, the front camera also has a larger 12-megapixel Exmos RS sensor that, among other things, allows you to take selfies in 4K HDR.

As far as video recording is concerned, the smartphone can record in 4K HDR at 120 FPS with all lenses and has Optical SteadyShot with Flawless 9 (an image stabilization system). It can also be connected to a Sony Alpha camera to act as an external monitor and use Videography Pro mode for live streaming from the mobile itself.

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Pricing and Availability of the Sony Xperia 1 IV

The Sony Xperia 1 IV will be available for purchase from mid-June in a single version (12/256 GB) for €1,399. It will only be available in matte black.

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