We’ve got a better idea of what we can expect from the Sony Xperia 1 IV this year thanks to a handful of new leaks – leaks covering the price of the handset, the charging speeds it could offer and a potential name change too .
As collected on Notebookcheck.net, the list of rumors actually begins with a tip from Caybule on Chinese social network Weibo, suggesting that one of the 2022 Xperia models has been cancelled. The model that was cut is unlikely to be the flagship Xperia 1 IV, but it could be the Xperia 5 IV or the Xperia 10 IV.
Then there’s a hint from the same source that the Xperia 1 IV might not be called that at all. Sony’s recent naming strategy for its phones has tended to be a bit confusing, so we’re hoping that if there’s a branding change, it’ll be towards simpler nomenclature.
Rates and Pricing
A regulatory filing from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US (via Reddit) also indicates that the new phone will support 30W fast charging, just like the Xperia 1 III. However, the battery capacity would increase from 4,500 mAh to 5,000 mAh.
Finally, we also have new price speculation: @TheGalox_ says we’re looking at figures of $1,400-$1,600 (£1,075 / AU$1,900-£1,225 / AU$2,170), although it seems this partly depends on the region. The starting price for the Xperia 1 III was $1,299.99 (around AU$1,765) in the US and £1,199 in the UK.
As always, treat these rumors with a pinch of salt until we receive official word from Sony. The Xperia 1 III launched in April 2021, so we might not have to wait much longer to see what the successor has in store for us.
Analysis: Sony is still waiting for smartphone success
We were very impressed with the Sony Xperia 1 III, which we described as “Sony’s best phone for some time” in our test. Xperia handsets can generally be counted on to combine high-quality hardware (especially the camera modules) with clean and tidy Android software free of bloatware.
This year, we’ve already heard that the Sony Xperia 1 IV will get internal spec upgrades and better cameras. In fact, just about every part of the 2022 handset will apparently be improved over its predecessor – although rumor is the design won’t change much.
However, despite all the high-end hardware offered in Sony’s recent Xperia phones, they have yet to make a significant impression in terms of sales. On paper, they look like some of the best phones around, but Sony needs to find a way to tap into that potential and promise in front of potential customers to move more units.
Part of the problem is pricing. Xperia flagship handsets have traditionally been very expensive, and if the rumors above are true, that will continue again this year. Sony may have to compromise more with future handsets when it comes to specs and build quality versus retail price.