Sony Xperia 1 IV

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256 GB
512 GB

Pro and cons Sony Xperia 1 IV

  • 4K 120Hz HDR screen
  • Wide zoom range camera
  • High-end performance
  • Rich multimedia features
  • Steep starting price

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Sony Xperia 1 IV product details

The Sony Xperia 1 IV, also known as Mark 4, is a high-end flagship with numerous Sony technologies from various disciplines. From screen to photography, from video to battery. There's a lot to tell, so sit back and relax. But make sure you bring enough money because it's not cheap.

Brighest 4K 120Hz HDR display ever

Here at the editorial office, we always love to talk about Sony phones. That's because there's so much to talk about. This Xperia 1 M4 is no exception. This Xperia is difficult to summarize in a few sentences. But we are going to give it a try. Starting with the screen. Sony applies a 6.5-inch panel with an extremely high 4K resolution. That's the sharpest you can get right now. The panel is also colorful thanks to the 10-bit OLED panel and smooth thanks to the fast 120Hz playback. The 21:9 ratios just remain a bit awkward and the panel also can't be as bright as some other modern phones. However, Sony does say the panel is 50% brighter than its predecessor. Also new is HDR Drive; this transforms video into HDR content in real-time. Even when the original is not.

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First with true optical zoom

Much attention was once again paid to the camera. Sony provides the Xperia 1 IV with a four-headed camera system with "the world's first true optical zoom lens." That last claim needs some explanation. Other high-end phones usually also have optical zoom. The manufacturer then applies an additional camera with a fixed lens. There is no real zoom because there is one fixed value. Sony does it differently and applies a variable optical zoom lens from 85 to 125mm. That zoom range becomes even greater by including the other lenses. Starting with the ultra-wide angle of 16mm, to the 24mm wide-angle lens, and on to the 85-125mm telephoto zoom lens. The space in between is digitally simulated creating, in theory, a range of 16-125mm. A unique feature that creates new opportunities for content creators.

Main Sony Xperia 1 IV specifications

  • Sharp, bright, fluid and colorful 6.5" large screen
  • 16, 24 and 85-125mm camera system with separate depth sensor, Zeiss lenses and 4K HDR 120fps video
  • Upgraded 12MP selfie camera with 4K HDR video
  • Front-facing stereo sound with 360 Reality Audio support
  • Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 12GB of storage
  • 256 or 512GB of storage (expandable with microsd card)
  • 5000mAh large battery with 30W fast charging (charger sold separately)
  • Waterproof and dustproof IP65/68 Gorilla Glass Victus
  • 5G support for blazing fast mobile internet

For Content Creators

And then we've arrived at the last paragraph and what a lot we haven't discussed. Like the bigger 5000mAh battery with longer battery life, the more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the manual Videography Pro features for more creative videos, Game Enhancer to personalize and optimize your gaming experience, improved stereo playback, and recording thanks to Music Pro and so much more. It's a shame because these are all things that could be worth purchasing an Xperia 1M4 for. Provided you bring enough money because it is not cheap. Call it expensive. In our opinion, it does not have a well-balanced price/quality ratio but it is unique in so many ways that Sony can ask what it wants for it.


Sony Xperia 1 IV in the news

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Sony announces Xperia 1 IV; first with true optical zoom lens

Phone news ·

On paper, the camera of the Xperia 1 IV does not differ from the Xperia 1 III, but still, according to Sony, this is the first phone with a true optical zoom lens. But what does this mean?

Sony is known for its small upgrades. In that, this Xperia 1 IV is no different. The battery is slightly larger, the screen slightly brighter, the processor newer, and the selfie camera has a higher resolution. But this doesn't tell the whole story, according to Sony.

Sony Xperia 1 IV camera specifications

The Xperia 1 IV features 3 lenses on the back; an ultra-wide angle of 16mm, a wide 24mm lens and a telephoto zoom lens with a variable 85-125mm. So the latter is new and allows you to zoom optically within that range. This is especially useful when recording video where you also want to capture the zooming itself. Sony has also made it possible to switch from the telephoto lens to the ultra-wide-angle seamlessly. This creates an even larger range of 16-375mm.

Eye AF and object tracking

Sony has equipped the cameras of the Xperia 1 Mark 4 all with the same 12MP sensor with fast 120 fps AF/AE autofocus. By continuously focusing on eyes, you always have sharp shots. The 1 IV also does object tracking for when that's more convenient. All lenses have a Zeiss T* coating for reduced reflections. The 4th cut out of this Xperia is for the 3D iToF sensor that recognizes depth quickly and accurately.

For content creators

With the Xperia 1 IV, Sony aims at content creators who want many settings. Numerous settings can be adjusted manually and functions for creating professional-looking content more quickly. There are also multiple accessories available for vloggers. Think of the Vlog Monitor and Bluetooth recording handle.

Sony Xperia 1 Mark 4 in Purple
The Xperia 1 IV in purple

Xperia 1 IV price and availability

The Sony Xperia 1 IV should be in stores from mid-June 2022 in purple and black. The retail price is €1399, and for that, you get 256GB of storage memory. What you don't get is plastic. Sony no longer uses that in its packaging, which is also much smaller to reduce its carbon footprint.


Sony Xperia Product Announcement

Sony holds May 11 press event, possibly for Xperia 1 IV

Rumors ·

Sony has sent out invitations for a press announcement on May 11. This is an announcement for a new Xperia phone and our first guess would be the Xperia 1 IV which has been popping up on the rumor circuit for some time.

The event will be broadcast online on May 11 at 09:00 CEST on Sony's YouTube channel. The description reads "the next ONE is coming". The intro video shown lists all the Xperia 1 models. So it is safe to assume that the Xperia 1 IV will be announced.

Sony Xperia 1 IV product announcement

While the Xperia 1 line is not Sony's most comprehensive line, which is reserved for the Pro line, it is Sony's flagship line. For example, the 2019 Xperia 1 was the first to bring us a 4K OLED screen. The 2020 Xperia 1 II was the first phone to feature 20fps AF/AE tracking burst for fast and reliable autofocus. In 2021, Sony announced the Xperia 1 III which had the first 4K OLED panel with smooth 120Hz playback.

Processor, camera, fast charging

What new technology will debut on the Xperia 1 IV is still unknown. It is obvious that this phone will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor but that does not make it the first. There are also rumors that the camera sensor will go up to 50MP in size but that is also not unique either. Furthermore it was leaked that the Xperia 1 Mark 4 has fast charging up to 30W, but so did the Xperia 1 III. We'll have to wait and see what new technology the 1 IV comes up with.


Most important Sony Xperia 1 IV specifications

Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8.2 mm
Weight 185 grams
EAN code 4589771646731, 4589771646724, 4589771646717
Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 12
Display
Color display 6.5 inch, OLED
Hardware
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa core
Secondary camera 12 MP
Materials
Dust and waterproof
Telephony
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
5G
Build-in memory
Internal memory 12 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 5000 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging

All Sony Xperia 1 IV specifications


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We always find it difficult to briefly summarize Sony phones because they have so much technology. But apparently Sony itself thinks so too because this video about the Xperia 1 IV lasts 7 minutes


Alternatives of the Sony Xperia 1 IV

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Sony Xperia 1 IV
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G (G986)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (G781)

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 Current product  
Fingerprint recognition
Android121010
Color display6.5 inch, OLED6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.5 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 8 MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa coreOcta coreQualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa core
Secondary camera12 MP10 MP32 MP
Dust and waterproof
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
5G
Internal memory12 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery5000 mAh4500 mAh4500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging

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