Sony Xperia 1 IV release date, price, specs and features

The Sony Xperia 1 IV has been unveiled and depending on how you look at it the phone is either way ahead or slightly behind as the Sony Xperia 1 III was unveiled 13 months ago but has only been released. on sale only nine months ago.

Either way, the new model is here now, and it’s Sony’s first and probably only flagship phone for 2022, as there’s no Sony Xperia 5 IV – although the Sony Xperia 10 IV mid-range has been announced.

Highlights of the Xperia 1 IV include seamless optical zoom and better tools for audio and video recording, but we’ll cover all of that below, along with key details like release date and price.

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  • What is that? Sony’s new flagship phone
  • When did he come out? June 16 in the UK and September 1 in the US
  • How much does it cost? £1,299 / $1,599 (around AU$2,300)

Sony Xperia 1 IV release date and price

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is up for pre-order now in the UK and the rest of Europe, with the phone shipping to the UK on June 16.

That’s a surprise coming from Sony, since the Xperia 1 III was announced months before it went on sale, and many of the company’s other phones have followed a similar pattern. It’s definitely a change for the better – but it’s only a change in Europe, as those in the US won’t get it until September 1.

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There’s no word on Australian availability yet, and that region probably won’t get the phone, as Sony doesn’t tend to sell its phones in Australia.

As for the price, it will set you back £1,299 / $1,599 (around AU$2,300).

A Sony Xperia 1 IV seen from the front and back, with the screen on

(Photo credit: Sony)

Design

If you were hoping for a redesigned Sony Xperia 1 IV, you’re out of luck, as it looks nearly identical to the Xperia 1 III. That means a tall, narrow design with a flat screen and larger bezels above and below than you might be used to on higher-end handsets, with the top bezel being used to house the front camera.

The back – which comes in a choice of black, white or purple hues – is a flat sheet of glass with a quad-lens camera protruding from the top left corner.

So it looks quite conventional from the rear and less so from the front – although the front arguably doesn’t look super modern either.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV also has an IP65/68 rating, meaning it passed both certifications, while most flagship phones are only IP68. It is therefore water resistant in a wider variety of circumstances than most. It’s still the same as the Xperia 1 III.

Its protection doesn’t stop at water resistance either, as there’s tough Gorilla Glass Victus on both the front and back.

A Sony Xperia 1 IV seen from the front, with the screen on

(Photo credit: Sony)

Display

There’s a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate on the Sony Xperia 1 IV, and it supports HDR, and has a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s the same specs as the Sony Xperia 1 III, but that’s not surprising or a problem, since Sony equips its flagship phones with higher-resolution screens than any other smartphone.

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The aspect ratio – although not new either – is another notable point, as it results in a taller and narrower screen than most phones, which is certainly a design we like or that we hate, but that helps Sony phones stand out.

Where the screen differs from its predecessor is in terms of brightness, as the Sony Xperia 1 IV is 50% brighter than the Xperia 1 III. It should therefore be able to increase the brightness enough to remain highly visible even in direct sunlight.

Camera and battery

The Sony Xperia 1 IV has a quad-lens camera, the highlight of which is probably its 12MP telephoto lens, offering a continuous zoom range of between 85mm and 125mm.

For reference, the Xperia 1 III could switch between 70mm and 105mm, but it only supported those two zoom levels – nothing in between, whereas here you can optically zoom to any distance between 70mm and 125mm. It’s a feature you won’t find on any other smartphone, most of which limit you to a single optical zoom distance.

For what it’s worth, the Xperia 1 IV’s zoom range is equivalent to around 3.5x to 5.2x optical zoom.

Close up of Sony Xperia 1 IV rear camera

(Photo credit: Sony)

Other cameras include a 12MP 24mm wide lens, a 12MP 16mm ultra wide lens, and a 3D time-of-flight sensor for judging depth.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV also has a 12MP camera on the front, which is an upgrade from the 8MP one of its predecessor. This new snapper also has a larger sensor, which should improve low-light shots, and it can record video in up to 4K quality.

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The phone’s rear cameras are packed with modes and other upgrades, like 4K 120fps slow-motion recording, wider dynamic range than before when shooting video, a Videography Pro mode for streaming live, and more.

As for the battery, it’s a 5,000mAh battery (compared to 4,500mAh on the Xperia 1 III), and Sony claims it can charge to 50 per cent in just 30 minutes.

A Sony Xperia 1 IV from the front, with the screen on, recording a video

(Photo credit: Sony)

Specifications and Features

Like most 2022 flagship phones, the Sony Xperia 1 IV features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. This is a high-end chipset that packs a lot of power.

Beyond that, Sony has really worked on the gaming and audio features of this phone. On the gaming front, it includes features like 240Hz touch sampling rate, motion blur reduction, audio equalizer, and voice chat optimization. Additionally, there are tools for game streaming, like 120Hz recording, an audio mixer, and a voice changer.

When it comes to audio, the Sony Xperia 1 IV has full stereo speakers with the promise of superior sound, along with Sony Music Entertainment audio tuning, a 3.5mm headphone port and high resolution sound.

If you prefer to record audio, the Sony Xperia 1 IV has you covered too, with a Music Pro app for recording and mixing audio.

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