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Sony Launches New Xperia 1 IV With World’s First True Optical Zoom Lens

There was a time when Sony smartphones were really popular and people bought them but now they are not as popular. Fast forward to today, Sony is still actively making smartphones, not that many but they are active.

And now the Japanese tech giant makes very niche smartphones with very weird names and a new addition to the list is the new Sony Xperia 1 IV. As Sony claims, this is the one-of-a-kind smartphone that features a true optical zoom lens. Now let’s know a little more about the new Xperia 1 IV.

Sony Xperia 1 IV: All You Need to Know

Basic Specifications

Display6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED 21:9 aspect ratio 120Hz refresh rate
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile platform
Storage512GB
RAM12GB
Battery5,000mAh
Cameras(Rear)16mm ultra-wide lens 24mm wide lens Ture optical telephoto zoom 85-125mm lens
Camera(Front)12MP Exmor RS image sensor for mobile

Apart from these basic specifications, the smartphone also has fast charging and wireless charging. It comes is rated with IP65/68 so it is water and dust resistant. For protection, it also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on both sides. For sound, it has full-stage stereo speakers, and surprisingly, it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack which is quite rare to see in flagship-grade smartphones these days.

Let’s Talk Cameras

The key highlight of this new smartphone from Sony is the new cameras. As per Sony, this smartphone is unique as it has one of a kind true optical 85-125mm zoom lens.

The best thing about the phone is that all the lenses on the back have 120fps high-speed readout image sensors which allow you to capture all the moments in real-time. The sensors on the back are 12MP “Exmor RS™ for mobile” image sensors.

The new camera sensors enable you to shoot true videos at 4K@120fps and up to 5 times slow-motion video recording. This is what true cinematic video recording looks like.

In terms of videography, this smartphone is quite advanced as it comes with real-time Eye auto-focus(AF). Then there is the 20fps AF/AE burst shooting while shooting in HDR. These features are available across all three lenses on the back. So no matter what lens you use to shoot, the quality is always going to be great.

Another great and unique feature that you will only find on a Sony smartphone is the in-build live streaming options with “Videography Pro” or “External monitor” apps.

The display on this one is also second to none as it is a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate is 240Hz so Sony is also pushing it as a gaming phone. They have collaborated with PUBG to make it the official device for the PUBG MOBILE E-sports Global Tournament 2022.

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If you look at this smartphone on paper then it is just a very great smartphone with a lot of powerful features. However, the only problem is that it is quite expensive and just having powerful lenses and sensors is not enough. We know that an image processor is equally important.

For the general audience, the camera performance comes down to how great of a ready-to-publish photo a smartphone can put out and in that department, the Apples and Samsungs of the world are quite dominant. That is why Sony always struggles despite doing a lot of great things.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Xperia 1 IV will be available starting this September and the price for the smartphone is going to be USD 1,600. There is also going to be a matching Style Cover with Stand available in purple and black color.

The price for the stand is going to be USD 35. Users can pre-order this smartphone right now and get Sony’s latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless noise-canceling earbuds worth USD 280 along with the smartphone.

Frankly, a smartphone for USD 1600 from Sony seems a bit expensive when one can easily buy a maxed-out iPhone 13 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus for the same price. And these two smartphones actually bring a lot more than just stunning cameras to the table. Only people with very specific requirements are going to buy the new Xperia 1 IV.

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