Sony is back with the new mobile flagship Xperia 1 V (“mark 5”). The manufacturer continues to run its own race without being influenced by all the trends in the industry. The Xperia 1 V offers, for example, memory card space (up to 1TB), 3.5mm jack and classic albeit thin frames above and below the screen.
Other manufacturers removed these three features from the top tier long ago. Unexpectedly, the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s sharpest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, combined with 12GB RAM and 256GB RAM. Sony was one of the very first manufacturers to offer water-resistant phones, so of course the Xperia 1 V is IP68 rated. The construction has external dimensions of 165 x 71 x 8.3 millimeters and weighs 187 grams.
Another aspect that made Sony stand out is the (unnecessarily?) high screen resolution. As before, the OLED screen is 6.5 inches with 4K resolution, 240Hz sampling rate, 21:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR. The panel is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Sony doesn’t provide specific figures for the resolution but it should be 1644 x 3840 pixels.
Other goodies include “DSEE Ultimate”, high-resolution sound, stereo speakers with a new amplifier, and a 5000mAh battery that can be charged over 30W. The phone supports wireless charging and, according to Sony, the battery has a lifespan of at least three years. The definition of “lifetime” is that the battery must retain at least 80 percent capacity after three years of use.
So what does the Sony Xperia 1 V offer in terms of camera system – perhaps the biggest point of prestige in smartphones because it is the most difficult to get? Here, Sony deviates from previous years by equipping the device with a more high-resolution main camera with 48MP, OIS, sensor size 1/1.35” and aperture f1.9. According to Sony, the new image sensor offers higher fine sensitivity and lower noise.
Compared to the Xperia 1 IV, the sequel should be “twice as good” in low-light environments, thanks in part to the sensor being 1.7 times larger. Sony says the dynamic range and noise level are on par with a full-frame digital camera. The night mode is claimed to be so effective that acceptable images can be captured even though the human eye can barely see anything.
At the same time, Sony’s computational photography is said to have been improved through AI. In addition to the main camera, the Xperia 1 V has a 12MP super wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens with 12MP, OIS and a continuously variable focal length between 85-125mm. The camera system is capable of recording 4K video @ 120fps.
Price and availability
Sony Xperia 1 V will be released at the end of June in Sweden for SEK 14,990. The phone will be sold in the colors black, silver and khaki.
Even if the release is delayed, the Xperia 1 V can be pre-ordered as early as June 12. Sony writes that those who pre-order “for a limited period of time” will receive the noise-cancelling headphones WH-1000XM5 with the purchase, but the limited period of time is not defined. According to Prisjakt, the headphones cost today SEK 4490.
Update: The headphones included in the pre-order are the over-ear model WH-1000XM5.
Source: Swedroid by swedroid.se.
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