Sony just revealed the latest Xperia flagship, the Sony Xperia 1 IV, with the world’s first true optical 85-125mm zoom lens and a price tag to match those specs.
First, let’s see what’s under the hood.
For $1,600, you get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered flagship with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage that can go up to 1TB using a microSD card.
The understated, gray chassis lets the display truly shine. Compared to last year’s Xperia 1 III, the display is said to be up to 50% brighter.
The 120Hz 6.5-inch 4K OLED with a 21:9 aspect ratio is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery. That battery supports 30W wired charging, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging and USB power delivery too.
Most notably, this is a flagship with a headphone jack, a rarity for phones nowadays.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV comes with a triple 12 MP camera with a notable telephoto zoom lens. This is definitely a phone for photographers and other content creators. The camera can switch between 85-125mm focal range seamlessly with no quality loss, a significant improvement over the 70 or 105 mm from the Xperia 1 III.
For video shooting, Sony also highlighted the Cinematography Pro feature.
“The Xperia 1 IV allows the user to create cinematic-looking content with ease. Using the Cinematography Pro “Powered by CineAlta” feature, creators can record movies with similar parameters and color settings that professionals use. All rear camera lenses enable 4K 120fps high frame rate and up to 5x slow-motion shooting. In addition, with new multi-frame shooting10 now available even for cinema recording allows videos to be recorded with wider dynamic range without losing resolution,” says Sony.
As for the selfie camera, it’s still housed in the top bezel, so the display has no hole or a notch.
While we thought May would be the launch date for this one, the Sony Xperia 1 IV will launch on September 1.