Sony Xperia 1 IV: Promotional videos highlight the many features of Sony's new flagship smartphone
The Xperia 1 IV has arrived, less than a year after Sony released the Xperia 1 III. Pre-orderable from today, the Xperia 1 IV features several upgrades compared to the Xperia 1 III, as we have covered in our launch article. Although the switch to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC would give the Xperia 1 IV a few advantages over its predecessor, Sony has sought to highlight all its new handset's greatest features in a slew of promotional videos.
Unsurprisingly, a few are short and barely last a minute or so. However, it has also published half a dozen tutorials about its Music Pro service, which it pre-installs on the Xperia 1 IV. Embedded below, Sony has shared videos on recording vocals and guitar, in a bid to show that the Xperia 1 IV is good enough to use as a professional audio recording device. It is worth stressing that Music Pro is subscription-based software and is partly cloud-based.
Moreover, Sony has showcased Bravia Core, a streaming service that it includes in its Bravia XR TVs. For reference, 'Core' is an acronym of 'Centre of Real Entertainment' and provides 4K streaming options, which the Xperia 1 IV can take advantage of with its 1644 x 3840-pixel display. Currently, Bravia Core is only available on Bravia XR TVs and the Xperia 1 IV. Unfortunately, Sony has not confirmed why it has decided against enabling the service on the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 1 III, which also have 4K displays. All this technology does not come cheap though, seeing as Sony charges €1,399 for the Xperia 1 IV with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.