The fourth edition of the Xperia 1, now presented in the form of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, maintains the tradition of super expensive phones, as evident from the Sony Xperia 1 IV’s price of $1,600. The latest flagship smartphone from Sony has several updates in the camera setup and the internals despite adhering to the basics of the predecessor. The camera updates indicate Sony’s focus on attracting content creators who can get more creative with the new smartphone’s periscope zoom camera of variable focal length. Moreover, the smartphone provides live support for video streaming and gaming, which creators can exploit to the maximum. The usual camera-supporting features of Xperia Pro-I are also present in the new smartphone.
Although the Xperia 1 IV has been available in Asia and the UK since early June, the expected Sony Xperia 1 IV release date in the US is September 1.
The metal chassis with a matte finished Gorilla glass Victus covering in the front and back lends a premium touch to the smartphone. The square frame has fewer edges to facilitate a better grip that gives a comfortable feel when holding the handset than the curved models that flood the market. Although the matte finish might attract fingerprints, choosing the glossy model can help to overcome the problem. The design includes the usual elements like a micro SD card slot, a port for a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and 256 GB internal storage expandable up to 1TB. The fingerprint scanner is located inside the power button placed on the side. The stereo speaker faces the front.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV specs indicate that the tall, narrow phone that measures 165x71x8.2 mm (HWD) weighs 185 grams. The phone comes with IP65 and IP 68 certification for water and dust resistance and is available in three colors – violet, black and white. The phone has plenty of ports and buttons like a USB-C port, and unlike premium, the smartphone has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, too. The phone is available in 256 GB and 512 storage variants, with 12 GB RAM. The 6.5 inches OLED display has a resolution of 1644×3840 pixels. The quad camera setup comprises 12MP cameras with wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, including a 12 MP Selfie camera. It has stereo speakers, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and a non-removable Li Po battery of 5000 mAh. The phone uses the Snapdragon 8Gen I processor.
Despite the display of 4K resolution, the phone runs on a QHD+ display for most content until it streams suitable content. The phone supports high-resolution audio, and the sound quality is impressive because of crisp and punchy stereo speakers supported by Dolby Atmos. You can use the phone’s microphone or connect to an external microphone for improved quality. The phone is highly suitable as a recorder.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is prone to overheating as it happens with 8 Gen 1 phones, but the slim design increases the problem.