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Sony Xperia 1 IV full review

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Sony Xperia 1 IV, Sony just made another amazing Flagship smartphone. This smartphone is focusing on the camera side more. So, I’m going to give you a complete review of its Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device, I will tell you my final thoughts about this phone, also I’m going to tell you it’s price.

Sony Xperia 1 IV


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Sony Xperia 1 IV:

Display:

Type OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR BT.2020
Size 6.5 inches, 98.6 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~643 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
  Runs at 1096 x 2560 pixels except for select use cases

Sony Xperia 1 IV has the most amazing display on the market right now. It is 6.5 inches OLED, 120Hz display, HDR10+ support, and has a peak brightness of 1100 nits.  It is also Quad HD+ with a PPI density of 643 which is amazingly fast and accurate. The display is punchier and vibrant because of 1 Billion color support. The gaming experience is also going on a whole new level because of its 120Hz refresh rate and, the new faster chipset, also the content watching will be good with deep blacks and high contrast ratio. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. Sony Xperia 1 IV is using the OLED panel. Which is good and can deliver faster performance and can save more battery. The display is also protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus. Screen to body ratio is 84% this will give you thinner bezels. The display ratio is 20:9 which leads to a good quality for content consumers. This display is somewhere between 4K.


DESIGN & BUILD:

Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8.2 mm (6.50 x 2.80 x 0.32 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  IP65/IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Sony is known for its premium new designs. Sony Xperia 1 IV has a new design with new textures on the back, which makes it more futuristic and strong. The rear is made of glass and the frame is made of aluminum, which makes it a little lighter than other Flagship smartphones. There are IP65 and IP68 water and dust resistant in this Sony Xperia 1 IV. The phone is protected by a metal frame that’s why it makes it heavier by 185 grams. Talking about the design, the Camera bump takes up a little space for the camera itself. I mean we are talking about a nice camera bump of this phone. The camera bump looks familiar with the Sony Xperia 3. The fingerprint scanner it’s located in the in-display and has some amazing speeds because of a new ultrasonic sensor in the display.

Performance:

Chipset Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.40 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.70 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU Adreno 730

Sony Xperia 1 IV is launching with the most-fastest Flagship chipset which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Which scores great in AnTuTu 9 benchmarks. These higher performance cores make the phone experience much smoother with the 120Hz display. The gaming experience is also on another level with the new cooling system in this smartphone. The Adreno 730 is one of the most powerful GPUs, which makes the Sony Xperia 1 IV faster than other Flagship smartphones. I already published a complete article on this chipset you can check that out here Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We will talk about the AnTuTu 9 scores in a minute but first, let’s take a look at the memory and storage.


MEMORY AND STORAGE:

Memory type LPDDR5
RAM size 12 GB
Channels 2
Storage size 256GB, 512GB
Storage type UFS 3.1
Memory card microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Sony Xperia 1 IV is launching with 1 variant of ram and 2 variant of storage which is 12GB of ram and 256 and 512GB of storage. And with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the performance will be much smoother. The ram is LPDDR5 with a memory frequency of 2750MHz. Sony Xperia 1 IV has the fastest UFS 3.1 storage. Which will load the apps much faster. There is also an SD card support.

Benchmarks:

Antutu 9 Benchmarks

Total score 902527

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 shows one of the best AnTuTu 9 scores. Total scores are 902527. Which are a little bit higher than the MediaTek Dimensity 9000. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is gaining a performance boost and beating the last-gen MediaTek Dimensity 8000 processor. In the Flagship segment, this processor is best for gaming, camera, battery, display, and everything. You will experience a much smoother touch, opening, and closing of apps.


Software:

Operating system Android 12
ROM Stock Android

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is going to be launching with Android 12 straight out of the box. Which is more customizable than the Android 11 and has tons of new features. This new custom ROM is optimized well with new cool animations and wallpapers. This new Stock Android fixes old bugs like touch lags, camera app improvements, new layouts, improved dark mode, and a new gaming turbo engine. Sony is known for its good software optimization with its new custom ROM.

Battery:

Capacity 5000 mAh
Charge power 30 W
Battery type Li-Po
Replaceable No
Wireless charging Yes
Reverse charging Yes
Fast charging Yes

Sony Xperia 1 IV is going to launch with 30 watts of the charger. Which can fully charge the Sony Xperia 1 IV in about 70 minutes. There is also wireless charging support. The charging speeds are average. Sony Xperia 1 IV is a full-day phone I mean this phone can last all day long.



MAIN CAMERA:

Matrix 12 megapixels
Zoom Digital
Flash Dual LED
Stabilization Optical
8K video recording No
4K video recording Up to 120FPS
1080p video recording Up to 240FPS
Slow-motion 240 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 124°

Sony Xperia 1 IV has 4 cameras at the back and the main camera is 12.2MP F/1.7. What makes this camera setup even more awesome is that this camera lens is combined with the wide aperture of F/1.7, the wider the aperture the more light will it collect and the more sharp the image and video quality will be. This Sony Xperia 1 IV can record video at 4K at 120 FPS. This is amazing the video will contain more details thanks to its good optimization software and the high-end processor. You can also record 4K at 30FPS which will contain even more details and will be sharper. There is Optical image stabilization on the main lens only. This is quite impressive, this will make the camera experience more stable and more accurate. You will say goodbye to that blurry shots and unstable videos. The Sony Xperia 1 IV has 1 more camera lens. Let’s talk about that in detail. The camera app has so many new features. The camera is much smarter and has larger pixels than the other sony smartphones.


Lenses:

Quad 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.3, 85mm (telephoto), f/2.8, 125mm (telephoto), 1/3.5″, Dual Pixel PDAF, 3.5x-5.2x continuous optical zoom, OIS
12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.5″, Dual Pixel PDAF
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)
Features Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking
Video [email protected]/25/30/60/120fps HDR, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS

As I mentioned above that this 12 MP sensor is good. But this Sony Xperia 1 IV has 3 more camera lenses. There is another 12MP lens of telephoto which is a kind of new sensor. This telephoto camera can shift two-variable apertures with two different focal lengths. This camera is a game-changer among other smartphones. There is another camera sensor of 12MP which is an ultra-wide camera. The field of view is 16mm which is wider enough to take some of the best widest shots. This camera sensor also has some amazing autofocus. This sensor can take amazing shots with high accuracy. Its aperture is F/2.2, which makes it sharp and contains good tons on subjects. This Sony Xperia 1 IV has an amazing camera setup, with fast autofocus lenses, high sensors, and good software optimization…

SELFIE CAMERA:

Single 12 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.9″
Features HDR
Video [email protected], [email protected], 5-axis gyro-EIS

When it comes to selfie cameras the Sony Xperia 1 IV has a single punch whole camera of 12MP which has the largest pixels. This single-punch whole camera contains some awesome details when it comes to daytime shots. At night time this camera sensor struggles a lot.  And what makes me more concerned is about its aperture because its aperture, which is only F/2.0 means the photos will look accurate, also this camera will take good shots at night because the sensor is wide to capture more light. The camera video capabilities are also kept at 4K at 30FPS and 1080P at 30FPS only.


Connectivity:

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth version 5.2
USB type USB Type-C
NFC Yes

This Sony Xperia 1 IV is launching with the Wi-Fi 6 which is faster, more efficient, and gives you less latency when compared to the Wi-Fi 5. Which will make the user experience smoother and faster. There is also the support of Bluetooth 5.2. Which is also faster and more efficient than version 5.1. Sony Xperia 1 IV has USB type C Gen 3.2 support. It also helps with the data transfer because it helps with the faster read and write speeds. Sony Xperia 1 IV also has NFC support which is also useful. You can pay, and transfer files at high speeds thanks to the NFC support.


SOUND:

Dolby Atmos Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  24-bit/192kHz audio
Dynamic vibration system

The Sony Xperia 1 IV comes with stereo speakers. This Sony Xperia 1 IV has nice sound quality with a nice amount of bass in it. This will help in gaming because there are two speakers one at the bottom and one at the top which will help gamers. Video watching and hearing to music also going to be good. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Colors:

Colors Black, Violet, White

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is going to lunch in three different colors. Black, Violet, and White. Sony is known for its premium colors with good contexts. I like the Black color because it looks better than these two colors.

Price:

The price strategy of Sony is a bit complicated but this smartphone totally worth its price. It’s a bit expensive but given the fact that it has an amazing camera, faster display, nice and clean android skin, new software optimizations, etc. it’s a complete smartphone from any aspect.



Final Thoughts:

If you are looking for a good Flagship phone, good gaming phone, good design, good display, and amazing performance then this Sony Xperia 1 IV is worth buying. Because it has all the needs that a good consumer needs.

So, this was my full review of this Sony Xperia 1 IV.
If you guys learned something new then make sure to check out my other articles as well as my YouTube channel.

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My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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