The Sony Xperia 1 IV Offers True Optical Zoom in a Smartphone

Sony announced their 2022 flagship phone, the Xperia 1 IV. It’s a follow up to the 1 III, unveiled a year ago. Its features include the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, seamless optical zoom and better tools for both audio and video recording. The design though is almost identical to the Xperia 1 III. That means a tall, narrow design with a flat screen, and bigger bezels both above and below. The display is also the same as its predecessor: 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and it supports HDR, and has a wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Where the screen differs is in terms of brightness, as the Sony Xperia 1 IV is 50% brighter than the Xperia 1 III.
Sony has also added features for gaming. A 240Hz touch sampling rate, motion blur reduction, an audio equalizer, and voice chat optimization. Plus there are tools for game streaming, like 120Hz recording, an audio mixer and a voice changer.

Tech Specs
Colours: Black, Violet
Operating System: Android™ 12
Display: 6.5″ 21:9 Wide display 4K HDR OLED (3840 x 1644), 120Hz Refresh rate, 240Hz Motion blur reduction
Processor: Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform
Memory & Storage: 12 GB RAM, 512 GB UFS, microSDXC support (up to 1 TB)

Cameras
Front Camera: 12 MP, Aperture F2.0, 1/2.9″ Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, 83° Field of View
features
HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Portrait selfie, Display flash, Hand gesture

Rear Cameras: 12 MP, Aperture F1.7, 82° Field of View, 1/1.7″ Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor
12 MP, Aperture F2.3 (85 mm) – F2.8 (125 mm), Field of View 28° (85 mm) – 20° (125 mm), 1/3.5″ Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor
12 MP Ultrawide, Aperture F2.2, 124° Field of View, 1/2.5″ Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor

Game features
PS Remote Play, DUALSHOCK®4/DualSense™ compatibility, Game Enhancer

Water resistant (IPX5/IPX8), Dust proof (IP6X)

Battery: 5000 mAh

Other Features
Fingerprint sensor, Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, Qi Wireless charging, Battery Share function, 3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Reality Audio Certified, 360 Reality Audio Upmix, Full-stage stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos®, DSEE Ultimate, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive

Price: $1599

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