Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone: world's first true optical zoom lens, and 4K recording on the selfie camera

In addition to the Sony Xperia 10 IV already presented in our columns, the Japanese manufacturer Sony presented its latest 5G-compatible premium smartphone a few days ago, still endowed with the elegance that characterizes the brand, the Xperia 1 IV.

The latest of Sony's premium 5G smartphones, the Xperia 1 IV replaces the Sony Xperia 1 III which appeared last year at the same time. On the menu, there is of course the screen in 21/9 Ultra HD 4K Oled 6.5 '' (16.51 cm) format with a resolution of 1,644 x 3,840 pixels (643 ppi), HDR10 compatible and equipped with a refresh rate of 120 hertz.

Sony Xperia 1 IV, audio capabilities

It also features full-range stereo speakers to enhance the sound of bass and kick drums. It also takes advantage of Sony's proprietary spatial audio technology, 360 Reality Audio. In addition, it takes advantage of the new DSEE Ultimate technology. The latter uses artificial intelligence to adapt the audio frequency and the signal rate in real time for an always optimized sound quality. A 3.5 mm mini-Jack is included, as well as 192 kHz/24-bit compatibility.

Sony Xperia 1 IV, photo capabilities

With the Xperia 1 IV smartphone, Sony is positioning its newborn in the photography sector with remarkable performance. The result of a development in association with the engineers of the brand's Alpha series of cameras.

There is therefore a triple lens at the back with three optimized Zeiss optics: 12 Mpxls Exmor RS wide-angle (f/1.7, 27 mm, PDAF, stabilized, photosite 1.8 µm) + 12 telephoto lens Mpxls Exmor RS (85mm-125mm, f/2.3-f/2.8, PDAF, 3.5x-5.2x optical zoom, stabilized) + ultra wide-angle 12 Mpxls Exmor RS (16mm, f /2.2, PDAF). There is also a fourth ToF 3D 0.3 Mpxl sensor for distance and depth management. Finally, the selfie camera is also equipped with a 12 Mpxls Exmor RS image sensor (24 mm, f / 2.0), more efficient than on the previous model. It allows noise reduction in dark areas and taking selfies in UHD 4K and HDR definition.

On the photography side, the camera offers real-time Eye AF (which detects and tracks the subject's eyes) for humans and animals, as well as enhanced real-time tracking. Also noteworthy is the Xperia 1 IV's ability to take burst photos at up to 20fps with noise reduction in low light, ideal for capturing images of a moving scene.

Sony Xperia 1 IV, video capabilities

Note, video capture is possible up to 2160p up to 120 fps or 1080p up to 240 fps on the APN and up to 2160p at 30 fps on the selfie camera.

Sony Xperia 1 IV, processor and battery

The processor is an Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 specimen (1 x 3 GHz Cortex-X2 + 3 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A710 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A510) engraved in 4 nm and supported by an Adreno 730 graphics chip, 12 GB of Ram and 256 GB of flash memory (expandable by micro-SDXC card up to 1 TB). The device is powered by the Android 12 operating system and has a 5000 mAh battery with wireless charging, Reverse Charging and 30 W fast charging (50% in just 30 minutes).

Sony Xperia 1 IV, connectors, connectivity and specifications in bulk

On the connection side, there is a USB Type-C port, Wi-Fi 6E Dual Band compatibility, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 5.2 (APT-X HD) and NFC for connectivity. Finally, a fingerprint sensor under the screen is in order. Another good point, the Sony Xperia 1 IV is resistant to water (IP65/68 certifications) as well as to shocks (Corning Gorilla Glass Victus coating on the front and back).

The word to Yannis Melitas, Mobile Marketing Manager at Sony France

"The Xperia 1 IV is an exciting sequel to our Xperia series," said Yannis Melitas, Mobile Marketing Manager at Sony France. At Sony, we believe in unlimited creativity and our new flagship model, the Xperia 1 IV, was born from this philosophy. Xperia inspires users and encourages them to become creators knowing that the Xperia 1 IV can handle every creative facet. In addition, it is supersonic! Every aspect of the device has been streamlined to maximize execution speed. From camera speed to gaming responsiveness, we firmly believe that this new smartphone will delight its users.”

Available from mid-June 2022 at an indicative price of 1,399 euros.