As expected, Sony just announced the Xperia 1 IV (Pronounced Mark 4), the company’s latest flagship smartphone, at an online event. It packs a 6.5-inch 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch scanning rate, the same as the predecessor, but this is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 12GB of RAM, 512GB storage, and has support for sub-6GHz 5G in most markets and with mmWave.
Image Sensor and Optical Zoom: Last year, it introduced the world’s first variable aperture telephoto lens with the Xperia I III. With the Xperia I IV, the company has introduced the world’s first real periscope optical zoom 85-125mm lens that offers 3.5-5x zoom. It retains the 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and the ToF sensor from the predecessor.
Additionally, ZEISS optics have been calibrated precisely for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISS T* coating contributes to accurate rendering and contrast by reducing reflections for all rear camera lenses, said Sony. The three cameras support 4K HDR 120fps video, Eye AF, and Object tracking, and the Alpha imaging technology includes Real-time Eye AF and up to 20fps AF/AE HDR burst shooting. These support 4K HDR multi-frame shooting for video recording, allowing videos to be recorded with a more comprehensive dynamic range without losing resolution. There is a new 12MP front camera for 4K HDR video selfies.
The phone has Full-Stage stereo speakers, Sony’s own 360 Reality Audio, and also comes with Dolby Atmos sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment. It has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection on the front and the frosted glass back. It features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a bigger 5000mAh battery with support for fast charging and Qi wireless charging.
Pricing and availability
The Sony Xperia 1 IV comes in Black and Violet colors and is priced at $1,599.99 (Rs. 1,23,610 approx.) in the US, €1,400 (Rs. 1,14,135 approx.) in Europe, and £1,330 in the UK. It will be available to order from today and will ship from September 1, 2022.