The Sony Xperia 1 IV introduces some stellar creative features but it is quite confusing to categorize this Sony Xperia 1 IV as should we review this as an analysis of a consumer-grade smartphone or a professional-level creativity tool designed for working artists? This is highly expensive phone that just can’t compete with rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro Max for ‘average’ phone fans. However, the Xperia 1 series is aimed at professional ‘content creators with a range of bespoke photography, videography and, new to the Mark 4, audio recording features.
- Price and Availability:
The Sony Xperia 1 IV price is sufficient enough to put off even the most dedicated buyers. The handset costs Rs278,999 in Pakistan in official warranty which will grant you 256GB storage. It is not available in Australia. At that price, the Sony Xperia 1 IV is competing against the very best phones on the market.
The redesigned angular display of the device is quite uncomfortable to hold. Measuring 165 x 71 x 8.2mm, the phone is quite tall, but it’s narrow enough not to stretch the hand, and it feels light as only of 185g.It has both IP65 and IP68 certification, so it’s well protected against dust and brief submersions in water.
For the most part, the Sony Xperia 1 IV has the same display as its Mark 3 predecessor. That means it’s a 6.5-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, and as always, The high resolution has great viewing experience when you play games or watch videos. The main upgrade as compared to last-gen Xperia is in the display brightness – Sony says the IV goes 50% brighter than its predecessor.
Of the phone’s four cameras, two are same as the Xperia 1 III – these are the 12MP f/1.7 24mm main camera and 12MP f/2.2 16mm ultra-wide snappers. The modest two upgrades is the front-facing camera, which is now 12MP f/2.0 24mm, up from 8MP on the predecessor. This improvement allows for 4K video recording. The huge upgrade here is optical zoom which the company has never done before In short, it means the telephoto lens has moving components so it can seamlessly move between 3.5x (85mm) and 5.2x (125mm) zoom levels. This is an incredible feature for people who like zoom photography; However, this certainly is not for average camera users.
- Performance and Specs
The Sony Xperia 1 IV continues the series’ tradition of providing the most powerful chipset available in Android sets – that’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in this case. This chip provides loads of processing power, useful for recording high-res videos or playing lots of games. However Qualcomm’s top-end chipsets do have one issue of overheating extraordinarily while you’re doing something intensive like gaming or recording video. Overheating can significantly affect performance. The built-in speakers are good too, and are probably the best ones we’ve seen in a smartphone.
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- Battery life:
A welcome upgrade is in the battery capacity, with a 500mAh bump taking the power pack to 5,000mAh.Despite having a genuinely enormous 4K screen, constant 5G connectivity and lots of background apps constantly, the Xperia’s battery life is impressive indeed. Charging speed is a little less impressive though. Sony defends that this speed is to stop the battery health deteriorating rapidly, and that’s a fair reason. The wireless charging is also available but is even slower than wired.