The Sony Xperia 1 IV was unveiled and depending on how you look at it, the Sony Xperia 1 III was unveiled 13 months ago but only sold 9 months ago, so the phone is either very fast or a bit late.
In any case, a new model has been released, and since there is no Sony Xperia 5 IV, it will be Sony’s first and only flagship phone in 2022. But the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 IV has been announced.
Highlights of the Xperia 1 IV include seamless optical zoom and better tools for recording audio and video, but we’ll cover them all below, along with key details like release date and price.
cut in pursuit
- What is that? Sony’s new flagship phone
- when is it coming out June 16th in the UK and September 1st in the US
- How much does it cost? £1,299 / $1,599 (about AU$2,300)
Sony Xperia 1 IV release date and price
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is currently taking pre-orders in the UK and other European countries, and the phone will ship to the UK on June 16th.
This is surprising news from Sony as the Xperia 1 III was announced months before it went on sale and many other phones from the company followed a similar pattern. This is definitely a change for the better. However, it does not take effect until September 1 in the US, so it will only change in Europe.
There is no news of it being released in Australia yet, and you probably won’t get a phone in that region as Sony doesn’t tend to sell the phone in Australia.
The price is £1,299 / $1,599 (about AU$2,300).
If you were expecting the new design of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, you’re out of luck as it looks almost identical to the Xperia 1 III. This means a tall, narrow design with a flat screen, with the top bezel being larger both above and below than those used in high-end handsets used to house the front-facing camera.
Available in black, white or purple shades, the back is a flat glass sheet with a quad-lens camera protruding from the top left corner.
So it has a fairly traditional look on the back and less on the front, but doesn’t look super modern either on the front.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV also has an IP65/68 rating. This means it has passed both certifications, but most flagship phones are only IP68. This makes them waterproof in a wider variety of situations than in most cases. This is again the same as the Xperia 1 III.
Protection doesn’t end with water resistance, either, with rugged Gorilla Glass Victus on both the front and back.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, supports HDR, and has a wide aspect ratio of 21:9. They have the same specs as the Sony Xperia 1 III, but that’s not too surprising or a problem as Sony has a higher-resolution display in its flagship phone than any other smartphone.
It’s not new, but the aspect ratio is another noteworthy thing as it makes the display bigger and narrower than most phones. It’s definitely a design like it or not, but it helps make Sony’s phone stand out.
What sets the screen apart from its predecessors is the brightness aspect, as the Sony Xperia 1 IV is 50% brighter than the Xperia 1 III. So, you need to be able to increase the brightness so that you can see it very well even in direct sunlight.
camera and battery
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has a quad-lens camera, the highlight of which will probably be the 12MP telephoto lens, which offers a seamless zoom range of between 85mm and 125mm.
For reference, the Xperia 1 III can switch between 70mm and 105mm, but only supported two zoom levels. There was nothing in between. On the other hand, here you can optically zoom to any distance between 70mm and 125mm. This is a feature not found in other smartphones. Most are limited to a single optical zoom distance.
Well worth it, the zoom range of the Xperia 1 IV is roughly equivalent to 3.5x – 5.2x optical zoom.
Other cameras have a 12MP 24mm wide-angle lens, a 12MP 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 3D time-of-flight sensor for judging depth.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has a 12MP camera on the front, which is an upgrade from the previous model’s 8MP camera. This new snapper additionally has a larger sensor, which should improve low-light shooting, and can record video in up to 4K quality.
The phone’s rear camera is loaded with mods and other upgrades, such as 4K 120fps slow-motion recording, a wider dynamic range than ever before when shooting video, Videography Pro mode for live streaming, and more.
The battery is 5,000mAh (up from the 4,500mAh on the Xperia 1 III), and Sony claims it can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
Specifications and Features
Like most 2022 flagship phones, the Sony Xperia 1 IV features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. This is a top-of-the-line chipset with plenty of power.
Aside from that, Sony put a lot of work into the gaming and audio features of this phone. The game front includes features like 240Hz touch sampling rate, motion blur reduction, audio equalizer and voice chat optimization. It also has tools for streaming games like 120Hz recording, audio mixer and voice changer.
As for audio, the Sony Xperia 1 IV has full-stage stereo speakers that promise great sound, plus Sony Music Entertainment audio tuning, a 3.5mm headphone port, and high-resolution audio.
If you’re more interested in audio recording, you can cover that area too with the Music Pro app for both recording and mixing audio on your Sony Xperia 1 IV.