Sony’s Xperia telephones aren’t like every other, which is an effective factor. It has a tall 21:9 side ratio with a 4K display, and Sony additionally has completely different priorities with its digital camera system—it gives up extra handbook controls so your photographs and movies look precisely how you want. The drawback? These gadgets are among the most costly round, and the most recent Sony Xperia 1 IV (pronounced “One Mark Four”) takes issues additional to an absurd $1,600 asking worth, or £1,299/€1,399 when you’re within the UK and Europe.
For that sort of money, this telephone better be foldable, or not less than be metaphysically good in each means. But it’s neither. The key adjustments to the Xperia 1 IV from the earlier era embrace true optical zoom on a telephone digital camera for the primary time, plus customary upgrades like a brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a boosted battery capability. Little else has been modified, which leaves you additional scratching your head in regards to the unreasonable worth leap.
Sony has caught with the identical design as its previous few telephones, but it surely holds up. The Xperia line had flat edges on the edges properly earlier than Apple and Samsung returned to the look, and the matte glass rear stays extraordinarily trendy. The slim bezels on the high and backside date this telephone a smidge when in comparison with different new handsets, however you may favor that over notches or hole-punch selfie cameras.
Arguably probably the most vital options that make this telephone stand out is the headphone jack. Yes, it is unhappy that this convenient 3.5-mm jack is now relegated to budget phones, however this is among the only a few high-end telephones that maintains it. The identical goes for the microSD card slot. The US variant comes with 512 GB of storage whereas the UK/Europe mannequin begins with 256 GB, however each function the cardboard slot so you possibly can broaden house at a second’s whim.
The display is a high deal with. It has a 4K decision, which is definitely overkill on the 6.67-inch AMOLED show, but it surely nonetheless seems great. The colours are extraordinarily true to life, not often over or undersaturated, and there’s loads of element. The 120-Hz screen refresh rate is the cherry on high, making certain that each animation on the telephone seems buttery clean. Next to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s screen, you are not getting as punchy colours, however that is perhaps factor for colour accuracy’s sake. The display does not get as vivid both, but it surely’s greater than sufficient to see on sunny days.
The distinctive, tall 21:9 side ratio makes watching films really feel fairly cinematic, but it surely does make the telephone fairly awkward to deal with. You must stretch your fingers fairly a bit to achieve the highest of the display, although there is a one-handed mode to assist with this.
The efficiency of the Xperia 1 IV, backed up by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, is fairly good. Both the display and rear of the telephone do get uncomfortably heat if you push it with demanding video games like Genshin Impact. But you’ll discover few woes when shopping day-to-day, past Sony’s barely clunky software program and significantly when utilizing options like split-screen mode. Equally clunky is the side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It frequently recorded phantom touches and did not all the time settle for a faucet to unlock on the primary try.
Thankfully, battery life makes up for this. Despite a demanding 4K, 120-Hz display, the 5,000-mAh cell comfortably lasts a full day plus a bit extra on a single cost. You can high it up by way of the USB-C port or wi-fi charging, however you may want to provide your individual 30-watt charging adapter and cable as a result of Sony doesn’t include either.
It’s the Optics
The pictures know-how you’ll want to get one of the best out of the Xperia 1 IV’s cameras is past the simplicity you may anticipate from a flagship smartphone. That’s largely the purpose—Sony expects you may wish to tinker with the digital camera settings as an alternative of simply urgent the shutter button (which you’ll be able to nonetheless do).
There are three 12-MP cameras right here, a important lens with optical picture stabilization (OIS), an ultrawide, and a telephoto sensor with OIS and true optical zoom. The latter function is the large new addition this yr. Like zoom lenses made for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, this telephoto lens mechanically strikes between 3.5x and 5.2x zoom, that means in between these zoom ranges you are not getting crappy digital zoom high quality like most different telephones; you are still getting a crisp photograph. However, it is such a small window to play with that it won’t matter a lot in any respect.