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Massive Sony Xperia Alpha leak as the smartphone camera monster is revealed in full ahead of launch

The Sony Xperia Alpha looks to be a smartphone camera beast. (Image: Sony)
The Sony Xperia Alpha looks to be a smartphone camera beast. (Image: Sony)
Sony’s Xperia Alpha smartphone camera heavyweight has been leaked in full ahead of its launch next week. The massive leak reveals everything about the design, its accessories and some ground-breaking new camera chops.

Sony’s Xperia Alpha smartphone expected to launch officially next week has been leaked in full ahead of its launch. If it’s at all possible, the leak is even bigger than the massive camera array on the back of the device, which is quite possibly the biggest to ever find its way onto a smartphone. In short, it seems Sony is sick of being an also-ran in the smartphone camera wars and has brought out its full arms to bare.

Unlike the incredibly expensive Xperia Pro from last year that was marketed as a very expensive professional camera monitor with cellular capabilities, the Xperia Alpha (or Xperia Pro-1 as it could also be called) is on another level altogether. It’s starting point is the Xperia 1 III and clearly it shares a lot of its hardware and design language, but its year camera array is where all the action is at.

According to the source of the leak, the main camera features what likely the most sophisticated variable aperture lens (f2.0 and f4.0) yet seen on a phone. Hidden behind it is a massive 1-inch Sony sensor in the style of what we have previously seen (if not the same Sony sensor) on the Sharp Aquos R6 and sister Leica Leitz Phone 1. This follows in the footsteps of the Xperia 1 III which features the world’s first variable telephoto lens.

As you can see from the rest of the images accompanying the article, Sony has built out a full ecosystem of professional Alpha accessories to help turn the Xperia Alpha into the ultimate vlogging tool. This includes a secondary display, microphone, sock, gimbal and mount. Sony also seems to have developed a new headset for viewing the content shot on the new Xperia Alpha in up to 8K HDR 360 content.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to learn all the details about exactly what this fascinating new device from Sony is fully capable of achieving.

Buy the Sony Xperia 1 III from Amazon.

Is this the first smartphone camera with a variable aperture? (Image: Weibo)
Is this the first smartphone camera with a variable aperture? (Image: Weibo)
The sensor is a massive 1-inch in size. (Image: Weibo)
The sensor is a massive 1-inch in size. (Image: Weibo)
The secondary display acccessory. (Image: Weibo)
The secondary display acccessory. (Image: Weibo)
All the accessory a cashed up vlogger could want or need. (Image: Weibo)
All the accessory a cashed up vlogger could want or need. (Image: Weibo)
The device looks ideal for shooting movies too. (Image: Weibo)
The device looks ideal for shooting movies too. (Image: Weibo)
The Xperia Alpha may feature object tracking capabilities. (Image: Weibo)
The Xperia Alpha may feature object tracking capabilities. (Image: Weibo)
It looks very much like an Xperia 1 III except for the central camera array. (Image: Weibo)
It looks very much like an Xperia 1 III except for the central camera array. (Image: Weibo)
Pure Xperia 1 III from this angle. (Image: Weibo)
Pure Xperia 1 III from this angle. (Image: Weibo)
Is this a new VR headset from Sony? (Image: Weibo)
Is this a new VR headset from Sony? (Image: Weibo)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-10-25 (Update: 2021-10-25)