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Sony Xperia 1 IV review: The first smartphone with real optical zoom, 4K OLED & jack

DSLR replacement for your pocket? Sony's Xperia 1 IV comes with a variable zoom lens, thus making use of real optical zoom in a smartphone. Cameras aside, the flagship phone sports other unusual features such as a status LED, a microSD slot, a headphone jack and a shutter button.
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

After the dual telephoto lens of the Xperia 1 III, Sony is going one step further in its flagship for 2022. The Xperia 1 IV uses a periscope lens with a true variable optical zoom for the first time in a smartphone. In contrast to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the Sony phone does not only use a fixed focal length for the zoom, but can continuously zoom in on the subject between 85 mm and 125 mm.  

That said, the Xperia 1 IV offers more than just exceptional camera hardware. Sporting a 6.5-inch 21:9 OLED display with 4K resolution and 120 Hz, support for microSD cards and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, the Japanese flagship takes a slightly different route than its competitors in the high-end smartphone segment. 

But the Xperia 1 IV does have one thing in common with the competition: its high price. The Sony smartphone with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is largely available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for a RRP of between US$ 1250—1399 (depending on your location) and is thus around US$100 cheaper than its predecessor. In the US, a 512 GB variant is available for $1,599.99.

Sony Xperia 1 IV (Xperia 1 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 21:9, 3840 x 1644 pixel 643 PPI, Capacitive Touchscreen, OLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 219 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1TB, exFAT Support , 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, OTG, Miracast
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900; 3G: 2.100 (Band 1), 1.900 (Band 2), 1.700 (Band 4), 850 (Band 5), 800 (Band 6), 900 (Band 8), 800 (Band 19); 4G: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66; 5G: n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 165 x 71 ( = 0.32 x 6.5 x 2.8 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.7, 24mm, 1/1.7", 1.8µm) + 12MP (3.5x-5.2x optical zoom, f/2.3, 85mm, f/2.8, 125mm ) + 12MP ( f/2.2, 16mm) + 0.3MP TOF, camera2API: Level3
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.9)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Virtual, USB cable, Sony UI, 24 Months Warranty, widevine L1, SAR value: 0.880W/​kg Head, 0.920W/​kg Body, fanless, waterproof
Weight
185 g ( = 6.53 oz / 0.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1399 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
87.7 %
08/2022
Sony Xperia 1 IV
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
185 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.50"3840x1644
89.2 %
04/2022
Oppo Find X5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
221 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"3216x1440
89.4 %
03/2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
228 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"3088x1440
87.6 %
02/2022
Xiaomi 12 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
204 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.73"3200x1440
87.5 %
08/2022
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
204 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2480x1116
88.6 %
07/2022
Honor Magic4 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
215 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.81"2848x1312

Case - Sony smartphone without a notch

Sony Xperia 1 IV in white
Sony Xperia 1 IV in white
Sony Xperia 1 IV in black
Sony Xperia 1 IV in black

The glass and metal case of the Xperia 1 IV leaves a strong impression with its very good build quality. For a flagship smartphone in 2022, the Xperia 1 IV is relatively light at 185 grams despite the high battery capacity of 5,000 mAh and is quite slim at 71 millimeters due to its elongated 21:9 display. However, the 8.2 millimeter thin and IP68-certified Gorilla Glass Victus sandwich case looks sharp-edged due to the flat black and is thus less ergonomic than other representatives in the high-end segment.

The flat 6.5-inch OLED panel is limited by thin lateral edges, but the size ratio between the display and the device's front only amounts to 84.2% because the upper and lower display edges are rather large. Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra, for example, uses the available surface much more efficiently at over 90 percent. At least Sony's flagship does not have a notch or a punch hole on the front.

Besides the usual volume and power buttons, the Xperia 1 IV has a dedicated shutter button that starts the camera app and can be used as a shutter release.  

Sony Xperia 1 IV in violet
Sony Xperia 1 IV in violet
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone
Test Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone

Size Comparison

165 mm / 6.5 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs163.6 mm / 6.44 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 9.15 mm / 0.3602 inch 215 g0.474 lbs163.6 mm / 6.44 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.66 mm / 0.3409 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs163.3 mm / 6.43 inch 77.9 mm / 3.07 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 228 g0.503 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 73.9 mm / 2.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 221 g0.4872 lbs163.28 mm / 6.43 inch 73.56 mm / 2.9 inch 8.41 mm / 0.3311 inch 204 g0.4497 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Equipment - Xperia 1 IV with 3.5 mm jack

With its Xperia 1 series, Sony continues to go unusual ways for a high-end phone. No other flagship smartphone offers a package consisting of a status LED, a 3.5 mm jack for headphones and an expansion of the internal memory via a microSD card. The latter has a capacity of 256 GB, although the actual available storage is lower at 219 GB due to the operating system and the preinstalled apps.

The 5,000 mAh battery is charged via the Type-C port with the USB 3.2 specification, which recognized external peripherals (such as memory sticks) without issue via USB OTG under testing. In addition, the USB port allows for image transfer (via USB-C to HDMI adapter cable) at a maximum of 4K60. Wireless transmission of display content to external monitors via Miracast or Google Cast is also possible. Video content from streaming services can be viewed in HD quality, since the smartphone has undergone the  Widevine L1 certification process.

Left side of case
Left side of case
Right side of case (buttons)
Right side of case (buttons)
Bottom side of case (USB port, microphone)
Bottom side of case (USB port, microphone)
Top side of case (3.5 mm jack, microphone)
Top side of case (3.5 mm jack, microphone)

microSD Card Reader

The integrated microSD slot masters the current SDHC and SDXC standards up to 1 TB. In combination with our AV PRO V60 reference card, the microSD performance in the Cross Platform Disk Test is limited; the read rates in particular are low. The Xperia 1 IV's copy speed of less than 15 MB/s is also below average.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Sony Xperia Pro-I
Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
22.7 MB/s +54%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
14.7 MB/s

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Sony Xperia 1 IV Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø27 (20.2-30.1)
Sony Xperia Pro-I Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø36.8 (29.7-46.1)
Sony Xperia 1 IV Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø39.4 (28.4-71)
Sony Xperia Pro-I Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø78.6 (58.6-120)

Software - Sony smartphone with Android 12

The Xperia 1 IV ships with Android 12, which, according to Sony, will be provided with security updates and two Android upgrades for at least three years after the initial release. Considering the price range, this is very little. Samsung's top models for example, are supposed to receive new Android operating systems for four years and even five years of security updates in the future.

As usual, the Japanese manufacturer combines the Android system with its in-house user interface, Sony UI, version 5.71. During the review period, the security patches were from June 2022. 

Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

Communication & GNSS - Xperia 1 IV with WiFi 6E

For home WLAN, the Xperia 1 IV offers the fast 802.11ax standard with WiFi 6E, which ensured very high transfer rates in our measurements. We registered over 1700 MBit/s in the 6 GHz frequency band in combination with our Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 reference router. The smartphone also manages a very strong 1600 MBit/s in the 5 GHz frequency range. The values are stable overall, even if the start-up phase is lower in our measurements.  

In addition to the fast WLAN, Sony's flagship also makes use of Bluetooth 5.2, dual-SIM and 5G (but without mmWave support) as well as an NFC chip for contactless payment. On top of the 5G standard, the Xperia 1 IV also supports access to a total of 24 LTE bands - all relevant LTE frequencies for the German-speaking region, including band 28, are covered. The Xperia phone is also well equipped for trips abroad, such as in the US.  

Networking
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1226 (min: 590) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1590 (min: 1449) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1748 (min: 870) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1459 (min: 723) MBit/s ∼86%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
820 (min: 799) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
890 (min: 433) MBit/s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
716 (min: 539) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
521 (min: 311) MBit/s ∼33%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1704 (min: 852) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1702 (min: 1642) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1465 (min: 1307) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1214 (min: 516) MBit/s ∼76%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
900 (min: 844) MBit/s ∼61%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
831 (min: 428) MBit/s ∼52%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1369 (min: 720) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1499 (min: 1195) MBit/s ∼94%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
653 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
688 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1532 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼88%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1362 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼80%
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Sony Xperia 1 IV; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1720 (870-1823)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1434 (723-1535)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1206 (590-1346)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1590 (1449-1712)
Positioning indoors
Positioning indoors
Positioning outdoors
Positioning outdoors

In order to better assess positioning accuracy in everyday use, we took the Sony smartphone on a short trip and recorded the route in tandem with a Garmin Venue 2 for comparison purposes. The positioning module of the Xperia 1 IV uses satellite systems ranging from GPS (L1), GLONASS, QZSS to Galileo (E1) for localization, but only in single-band. The satellite-based supplementary system SBAS also comes into play

The Sony flagship's positioning capabilities are not always perfect. The deviations in the detailed view of the GPS record are quite significant for a high-end smartphone, so minor inaccuracies are often visible. But such deviations should not be a big issue for car navigation.

Sony Xperia 1 IV vs. Garmin Venu 2
Sony Xperia 1 IV vs. Garmin Venu 2

Telephony & Voice Quality - Sony Xperia 1 IV with dual SIM

Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

There is little to criticize about the voice quality of the Xperia 1 IV. Voices are reproduced intelligibly and our conversation partner also characterized them as clear. Users who require dual-SIM functionality can connect an eSIM to Sony's flagship in addition to the physical nanoSIM card.

Thanks to Wi-Fi calling, the Xperia Phone can be used to make calls via the Wi-Fi network when mobile reception is limited. In addition, calls can be made via the LTE network using the VoLTE feature.

Cameras - Xperia 1 IV with triple cam

Portrait mode of the Sony Xperia 1 IV
Portrait mode of the Sony Xperia 1 IV

The 12 MP front-facing camera with its in-house IMX663 takes solid selfies, but they are relatively blurred. The exposure does not function well, especially in portrait mode, and bright areas of the image are overexposed. In addition, the subject appears very strongly "filtered" (i.e. "prettier") ex works.

The IMX557 is installed in the main camera, as in the predecessor. The lens are optically stabilized and offer good results in daylight, even if subjects are heavily resharpened. In dark surroundings, photos are reasonably illuminated, but with lots of noise and the image sharpness is not very pronounced - not really ideal for this price range. On the other hand, the image quality can still be optimized via the very extensive camera software. Like the Xperia 1 III, the current Xperia flagship not only offers numerous parameter adjustments, but also the well-known Alpha camera features, such as eye autofocus with real-time object tracking and continuous HDR shooting at 20 fps.

The highlight of the Sony flagship is clearly the variable periscope optics with loss-free zoom between 85 mm and 125 mm. Behind the variable telephoto lens is an optically stabilized 1/3.5-inch sensor that works steplessly between a magnification of 3.5x and 5.2x. However, we are not very impressed by the image quality. The sharpness could be much better and details are not accentuated either. Even an iPhone 13 Pro with the 5x hybrid zoom (3x optical) produces a sharper picture of our test subject than the Xperia 1 IV. 

The 16 mm ultra-wide-angle camera of the Xperia 1 IV has good dynamics and a solid level of sharpness. However, the camera optics with EIS also produce some image flaws and other high-end smartphones offer more in terms of details.

Where Sony's flagship stands out is in videography, since all three lenses allow for recording up to 120 fps in UHD quality, and the front-facing camera now allows for 4K HDR videos. The Xperia 1 IV also offers the Videography Pro app known from the Xperia Pro-I for more professional videos and a wide array of adjustment settings. You can also switch between the lenses during a running video recording, but subjects with the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras are displayed much more warmly than with the periscope lens.

Ultra wide angle
wide angle
3.5x zoom
5.2x zoom
15.6x zoom (max)
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide angleWide angleLow LightUltra wide angleZoom 5x
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We used ColorChecker passport to check the color calibration of the 12 MP main camera on the back under controlled lighting conditions. We analyzed color representation in comparison to the actual reference colors under standardized conditions - once in full studio lighting and once in 1 lux light intensity.

The colors are very well reproduced for a smartphone. No serious flaws are present: only two DeltaE deviations of over 10. However, the white balance still leaves room for improvement and black tones also have a gray haze.

ColorChecker
6.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
0.5 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Sony Xperia 1 IV: 6.23 ∆E min: 0.48 - max: 10.29 ∆E
ColorChecker
27 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
35.4 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
54.5 ∆E
44.8 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
31.8 ∆E
26.2 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
55 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
41 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
58.5 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
41.1 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
51.7 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Sony Xperia 1 IV: 37.51 ∆E min: 12.89 - max: 58.53 ∆E

Accessories & Warranty - Sony smartphone without power adapter

The matching style cover for the Xperia 1 IV
The matching style cover for the Xperia 1 IV

Sony does not provide the matching 30-watt power adapter (RRP: ~US$50) together with its flagship smartphone upon purchase. A USB cable and the usual information material are included. Similar to the Xperia Pro-I, the Vlog Monitor (RRP: ~US$200) is offered as an accessory for the Xperia 1 IV, with which the rear-facing camera can be used for vlogging. In addition, the manufacturer's homepage offers a matching style cover with a stand (RRP: ~US$35) and a recording grip with wireless remote control (RRP: ~US$200). 

Sony provides a 24-month warranty for the Xperia 1 IV in Germany. This may vary from region to region, so be sure to check with your supplier before purchasing.

Input Devices & Operation - Sony smartphone with 120 Hz

Inputs on the 6.5-inch OLED display are implemented swiftly and accurately right up to the corners of the touchscreen. A high refresh rate of 120 Hz also ensures buttery-smooth image changes when scrolling. The built-in vibration motor provides nice haptic feedback and makes typing very pleasant.

The Xperia 1 IV does not have an optical or ultrasound-based fingerprint sensor underneath the OLED screen. Instead, the fingers can be placed on the power button, where the biometric recognition functions quickly and very reliably. There is no face recognition unlock option via the front camera. Presumably, Sony considers a FaceUnlock function via 2D method to be unsecure. 

Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

Display - Xperia 1 IV with "4K"-Panel

Representation of the subpixel grid
Representation of the subpixel grid

The Xperia 1 IV possesses a 6.5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 3840x1644 and a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. Users wanting to save energy can also run Sony's flagship at 60 Hz. However, the Xperia 1 IV does not offer adaptive adjustment like LTPO panels, which negatively impacts runtimes. 

Not only the pixel density of over 600 ppi, but also the achieved luminance is very good. The high-end smartphone from Sony achieves an average of 890 cd/m² with a full white display. In the APL18 measurement, however, this drops slightly to 870 cd/m² - a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra achieves 1,788 cd/m² here. The panel of the Xperia 1 IV is thus bright enough for rendering HDR content, but not optimally suited. 

Due to the OLED technology, we observed screen flickering that varies between 161 and 481 Hz. A DC dimming mode does not appear to be available in the settings.

896
cd/m²
882
cd/m²
907
cd/m²
898
cd/m²
890
cd/m²
903
cd/m²
898
cd/m²
893
cd/m²
909
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 909 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 897.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.88 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 890 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.21
Sony Xperia 1 IV
OLED, 3840x1644, 6.50
Oppo Find X5 Pro
AMOLED, 3216x1440, 6.70
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 3088x1440, 6.80
Xiaomi 12 Pro
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.73
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
AMOLED, 2480x1116, 6.80
Honor Magic4 Pro
OLED, 2848x1312, 6.81
Screen
-2%
6%
-12%
-53%
-68%
Brightness middle
890
746
-16%
1077
21%
959
8%
682
-23%
956
7%
Brightness
897
744
-17%
1093
22%
977
9%
683
-24%
959
7%
Brightness Distribution
97
97
0%
97
0%
96
-1%
94
-3%
94
-3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.9
0.9
-0%
1.2
-33%
1.1
-22%
1.8
-100%
2.4
-167%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.4
1.6
33%
2
17%
3.1
-29%
4.7
-96%
5.2
-117%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.4
1.6
-14%
1.3
7%
1.9
-36%
2.4
-71%
3.3
-136%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.23 99%
2.37 93%
2.22 99%
2.16 102%
2.26 97%
CCT
6320 103%
6499 100%
6526 100%
6498 100%
6634 98%
6804 96%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 480.5 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 480.5 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 480.5 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17788 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum panel brightness
min.
25% panel brightness
25%
50% panel brightness
50%
75% panel brightness
75%
maximum manual panel brightness
100%

Series of measurements with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Display settings
Display settings

Sony's UI of the Xperia 1 IV offers a manual white balance as well as the well-known "Creator Mode" that is compatible with the large BT.2020 color space and 10-bit colors. In addition, the standard mode for individually configurable apps can be expanded with the BT.2020 color gamut, which means that compared to other standards,  a significantly larger part of the color spectrum perceptible to humans is supported.

We examined the color calibration of the OLED panel with the CalMAN analysis software. In Creator mode, the sRGB color space is almost completely covered. The large color space may only be supported in certain applications (video editing, etc.). The DeltaE values indicate minor deviations in the colors, only minimal differences can be seen in the blue tones. The representation of grayscale is also very accurate. 


Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Color space (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB; profile: Creator mode)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.07 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5245 ms rise
↘ 0.543 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.75 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5745 ms rise
↘ 1.17 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

The Xperia phone is well equipped for outdoor use. Its high brightness stands up well to bright ambient light. Only the highly reflective surface prevents better readability in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the Xperia 1 IV does not have the large brightness reserves of a Galaxy S22 Ultra.  

The viewing-angle stability of the AMOLED display is very good. The typical brightness drop is seen at flat viewing angles, and we also noticed a faint purple haze on the OLED panel.

Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

Performance - Sony smartphone with Snapdragon SoC

Sony uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for its flagship. The 4nm SoC is based on a cryo-CPU consisting of three clusters, which constitute a prime core (Cortex X2), three performance cores (Cortex A710) and four power-saving units (Cortex A510). The CPU unit can also make use of the integrated Adreno 730 for graphics processing.

As expected, the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 in the Xperia 1 IV performs very well in our battery of benchmark tests. The smartphone did not deploy overheating protection under prolonged load, even in summer temperatures, and all benchmark tests ran smoothly. Compared to the Qualcomm-equipped competition, the Xperia 1 IV is inconspicuous in the CPU tests. Only the Antutu V9 score is quite low.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1257 Points +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1237 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1181 - 1298, n=21)
1231 Points 0%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1226 Points -1%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1217 Points -2%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1192 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1154 Points -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=215, last 2 years)
916 Points -26%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3738 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
3560 Points +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3269 - 3839, n=21)
3548 Points +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3489 Points
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3488 Points 0%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
3377 Points -3%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
3289 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=215, last 2 years)
3005 Points -14%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
962824 Points +39%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
940036 Points +36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (692924 - 1041980, n=18)
928953 Points +34%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
922942 Points +33%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
856953 Points +24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=149, last 2 years)
746268 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
704479 Points +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
692924 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
14283 Points 0%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
14267 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (10140 - 17025, n=21)
13216 Points -7%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13131 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
12579 Points -12%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12144 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=214, last 2 years)
11885 Points -17%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
10745 Points -25%
CrossMark - Overall
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1079 Points +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (749 - 1169, n=14)
993 Points 0%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
990 Points
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
956 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
942 Points -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=164, last 2 years)
842 Points -15%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
811 Points -18%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
749 Points -24%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
7665 Points +5%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
7567 Points +4%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7277 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6007 - 7665, n=15)
6951 Points -4%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6799 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6319 Points -13%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6007 Points -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=164, last 2 years)
5868 Points -19%
System
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
11338 Points
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
10990 Points -3%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
10464 Points -8%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10340 Points -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (9273 - 11338, n=15)
10312 Points -9%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10006 Points -12%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
9873 Points -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=164, last 2 years)
9813 Points -13%
Memory
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
8906 Points +22%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
7806 Points +7%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
7293 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (5125 - 8906, n=15)
6787 Points -7%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6523 Points -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=164, last 2 years)
6373 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6212 Points -15%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
5125 Points -30%
Graphics
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
21944 Points +9%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
21737 Points +8%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
21650 Points +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (15216 - 22308, n=15)
20338 Points +1%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
20093 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
17104 Points -15%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
15216 Points -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=164, last 2 years)
14657 Points -27%
Web
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1813 Points +5%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
1758 Points +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1728 Points
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1669 Points -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1291 - 1888, n=15)
1659 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=164, last 2 years)
1510 Points -13%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1444 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
1434 Points -17%
AImark - Score v2.x
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
72572 Points +1057%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1043 - 139804, n=45, last 2 years)
21723 Points +246%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1046 - 96317, n=14)
17097 Points +173%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
6602 Points +5%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 8192
6442 Points +3%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
6273 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Samsung Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920, 8192
6217 Points -1%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
5982 Points -5%

In the graphics tests, the Xperia 1 IV is clearly below the values of a Xiaomi 12 Pro. That the onscreen results would be lower due to the 4K panel was to be expected, but the large gap in the GFX benchmark offscreen values was not. The waste heat of Sony's flagship seems to have a negative impact here. 

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2585 Points +27%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2523 Points +24%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2513 Points +23%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2188 Points +7%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2038 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1916 Points -6%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2639 Points +27%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2609 Points +26%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2575 Points +24%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2528 Points +22%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2073 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2044 Points -1%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10384 Points +31%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10317 Points +30%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10175 Points +28%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9593 Points +21%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7932 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7288 Points -8%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9927 Points +26%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9826 Points +24%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7901 Points
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7236 Points -8%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points -100%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4150 Points +82%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4033 Points +77%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3957 Points +73%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3902 Points +71%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3801 Points +66%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2283 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18581 Points +68%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18090 Points +63%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14143 Points +28%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13950 Points +26%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12972 Points +17%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11082 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10005 Points +67%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9968 Points +67%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9149 Points +53%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
9083 Points +52%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8612 Points +44%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5983 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
12123 Points +79%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11556 Points +70%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
11000 Points +62%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10958 Points +62%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10415 Points +54%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6784 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
25324 Points +66%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
25285 Points +66%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20842 Points +37%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
20795 Points +36%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18689 Points +22%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
15268 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4296 Points +92%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4153 Points +86%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4120 Points +84%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4085 Points +83%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3981 Points +78%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2237 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
121 fps +34%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps +32%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
118 fps +31%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
114 fps +27%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -33%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
439 fps +45%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
426 fps +41%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
425 fps +40%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
380 fps +25%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
303 fps
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
302 fps 0%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +43%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
117 fps +39%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps +37%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
108 fps +29%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
84 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps -29%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
251 fps +50%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
193 fps +16%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
187 fps +12%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
182 fps +9%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
181 fps +8%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
167 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
111 fps +85%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps +68%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87 fps +45%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps +18%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps -7%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
169 fps +51%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
151 fps +35%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
127 fps +13%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
115 fps +3%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
111 fps -1%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps +33%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps +21%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
48 fps
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -19%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
39 fps -19%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps -25%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
97 fps +47%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
71 fps +8%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
70 fps +6%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps +3%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
66 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps -5%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52 fps +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51 fps
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps -12%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
36 fps -29%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -39%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
27 fps -47%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
46 fps +59%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps +38%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
34 fps +17%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
34 fps +17%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +3%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
29 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
76 fps +33%
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67 fps +18%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
57 fps
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53 fps -7%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
44 fps -23%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
42 fps -26%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Honor Magic4 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
113 fps +55%
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
94 fps +29%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
92 fps +26%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
80 fps +10%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
73 fps
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps -7%

The Xperia 1 IV makes an excellent impression in everyday use as well as during browsing, since thermal issues are insignificant here. System performance and benchmark values are first class.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
130.189 Points +5%
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Chrome 103)
124.37 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (72.8 - 134.6, n=16)
107.9 Points -13%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=170, last 2 years)
107.8 Points -13%
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Chrome 99)
103 Points -17%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
96.8 Points -22%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
84.1 Points -32%
Honor Magic4 Pro (Chrome 102)
77.337 Points -38%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
118.5 runs/min +6%
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Chrome 103)
112 runs/min
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=154, last 2 years)
109.8 runs/min -2%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
108 runs/min -4%
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Chrome 99)
104 runs/min -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (64.4 - 129.3, n=16)
104 runs/min -7%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
73.5 runs/min -34%
Honor Magic4 Pro (Chrome 102)
65.5 runs/min -42%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Chrome 103)
161 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (79 - 193, n=15)
142.9 Points -11%
Average of class Smartphone (39 - 304, n=118, last 2 years)
136 Points -16%
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Chrome 99)
133 Points -17%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
124 Points -23%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
119 Points -26%
Honor Magic4 Pro (Chrome 102)
101 Points -37%
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
99 Points -39%
Octane V2 - Total Score
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
47182 Points +2%
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Chrome 103)
46339 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (27730 - 50626, n=17)
42391 Points -9%
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Chrome 99)
38407 Points -17%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
34055 Points -27%
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=215, last 2 years)
33521 Points -28%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
29750 Points -36%
Honor Magic4 Pro (Chrome 102)
27730 Points -40%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=170, last 2 years)
1545 ms * -82%
Honor Magic4 Pro (Chrome 102)
1440.1 ms * -70%
Xiaomi 12 Pro (Chrome 97)
1330 ms * -57%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G (Chrome 99)
1259 ms * -49%
Oppo Find X5 Pro (Chrome 99)
1125 ms * -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (814 - 1440, n=16)
1010 ms * -19%
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Chrome 103)
847.4 ms *
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra (Chrome 103.0.5060.71)
813.5 ms * +4%

* ... smaller is better

The write and read rates of the UFS storage in Sony's flagship are on par with other competing high-end smartphones. The read speed in particular is very strong at almost 2,000 MB/s. 

Sony Xperia 1 IVOppo Find X5 ProSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5GXiaomi 12 ProZTE Axon 40 UltraHonor Magic4 ProAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-33%
-10%
11%
-11%
1%
-8%
-16%
Sequential Read 256KB
1982.56
1410
-29%
1653
-17%
1620
-18%
1638.15
-17%
1868.5
-6%
1759 ?(1004 - 2037, n=88)
-11%
Sequential Write 256KB
1262.21
894
-29%
1074
-15%
1465
16%
1065.13
-16%
1367.48
8%
1130 ?(452 - 1873, n=88)
-10%
Random Read 4KB
293.95
183.7
-38%
322.3
10%
324.9
11%
313.35
7%
268.76
-9%
Random Write 4KB
334.19
210.4
-37%
273.1
-18%
448.9
34%
273.19
-18%
366.13
10%

Games - Sony smartphone manages 60 fps

Sony also thought of gamers, providing a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz, a game optimizer, and the Snapdragon Elite gaming features. In addition to the benchmark tests, we checked the Xperia 1 IV's graphics performance with Android games from the Play Store. Frame rates were logged during gaming sessions with the GameBench tool. 

In good display quality (HD), PUBG Mobile is consistently rendered at 60 fps. A very solid 40 fps also makes it playable in UltraHD. Strong drops in the frame rate are not really noticeable, even under the highest graphics settings. However, the values for Armajet are surprisingly weak, probably due to a limitation on the part of the Japanese manufacturer. Here we would have expected over 100 frames per second, at least for a short time.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG mobil
PUBG mobil
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Sony Xperia 1 IV; Armajet: Ø59.6 (23-61)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø58.9 (43-61)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø59.1 (44-61)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.2 (46-61)
Sony Xperia 1 IV; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD: Ø39.8 (36-42)

Emissions - Xperia 1 IV gets warm

Temperature

GFX test with no result
GFX test with no result

The case's surface temperatures of over 40 °C are clearly noticeable. We used the 3DMark stress test to check how consistently the Xperia 1 IV performs. In both test scenarios, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 throttles significantly - as does the Qualcomm competition. A reduction in the refresh rate also occurs under high load, which could become a problem during long gaming sessions.

Max. Load
 39.2 °C
103 F
38.5 °C
101 F
38.3 °C
101 F
 
 40.3 °C
105 F
37.9 °C
100 F
37.7 °C
100 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
38.6 °C
101 F
35.9 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 40.3 °C = 105 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
35.3 °C
96 F
36.9 °C
98 F
37.3 °C
99 F
33.5 °C
92 F
37.9 °C
100 F
37.9 °C
100 F
32.9 °C
91 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.1 °C
97 F
Maximum: 37.9 °C = 100 F
Average: 35.9 °C = 97 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.9 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.3 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.9 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62.7 % +5%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.6 %
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58.5 % -2%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47.2 % -21%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Oppo Find X5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62.7 % 0%
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
62.5 %
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61.8 % -1%
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
% -100%
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Sony Xperia 1 IV Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø10.4 (9.54-15.3)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø10.9 (9.64-15.4)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.8.1: Ø9.2 (7.76-12.6)
Sony Xperia 1 IV Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø36.8 (31.8-53.4)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø41.7 (37.2-59.4)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø32.2 (25.9-44.2)
Xiaomi 12 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø37.8 (27.4-58)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø43.7 (38.1-60.9)
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø32.3 (26.8-43.4)
Xiaomi 12 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø49.5 (34.8-61.7)
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review
Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone in review

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the Xperia 1 IV sound very good and are sufficiently loud. In addition to High-Res Audio, DSSE Ultimate and 360 Reality Audio, users are offered Music Pro, a recording service that can be used to record music without any external equipment. In the case of the latter, however, the cloud-based audio functions are subscription-based. 

Music output via the two front-firing speakers hardly has any bass, but the mids are linear. Dips can be seen in the pink noise diagram in the super high tones.

The audio jack of the Xperia 1 IV offers a solid noise level with an SNR value of 81. Music playback via Bluetooth 5.2 is made possible by codecs ranging from SBC, AAC aptX, AAC, LHDC to LDAC.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2042.640.2252928.73127.832.14025.8305032.535.16322.424.38024.525.610019.433.912516.541.616018.451.320012.851.72509.956.631511.360.840013.163.250011.471.66301173.680011.676.2100012.376.112501277.3160012.473.7200012.274.225001376.3315012.877.3400013.274.9500013.475.2630013.871.5800013.370.11000013.366.71250013.565.51600013.155.5SPL24.986.7N0.669.7median 13median 71.5Delta0.88.23533.93030.921.926.822.832.334.842.524.331.623.23327.831.514.733.720.950.221.250.717.55513.46114.164.113.167.511.571.413.175.511.780.511.879.21380.212.180.612.180.812.380.412.577.41378.113.272.71367.213.768.813.569.314.266.425.190.20.779.8median 13.1median 71.41.511.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia 1 IVSamsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Sony Xperia 1 IV audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.3% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - Sony phone with wireless charging

Power Consumption

The 5,000 mAh battery only charges at a maximum of 30 watts via USB-C-PD and wirelessly at a maximum of 15 watts. The power consumption is not particularly efficient, but not conspicuously high either. At an average of 1.7 watts, we still see room for improvement, particularly when idling.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.15 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.06 / 1.71 / 1.89 Watt
Load midlight 4.99 / 8.91 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Sony Xperia 1 IV
5000 mAh
Oppo Find X5 Pro
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 12 Pro
4600 mAh
ZTE Axon 40 Ultra
5000 mAh
Honor Magic4 Pro
4600 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
15%
15%
12%
10%
-1%
-12%
8%
Idle Minimum *
1.06
1.24
-17%
0.58
45%
0.94
11%
0.88
17%
0.87
18%
1.255 ?(0.7 - 3.18, n=15)
-18%
Idle Average *
1.71
1.39
19%
0.71
58%
1.24
27%
1.57
8%
2.04
-19%
2.02 ?(1.04 - 4.38, n=15)
-18%
Idle Maximum *
1.89
1.42
25%
1.16
39%
1.34
29%
1.6
15%
2.26
-20%
2.21 ?(1.15 - 4.45, n=15)
-17%
Load Average *
4.99
3.58
28%
7.07
-42%
5.7
-14%
5.06
-1%
4.97
-0%
5.49 ?(3.58 - 8.04, n=15)
-10%
Load Maximum *
8.91
6.99
22%
11.32
-27%
8.12
9%
7.91
11%
7.46
16%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Sony Xperia 1 IV Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Ø6.98 (1.297-12.1)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Ø5.27 (0.963-10.9)

Power Consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Sony Xperia 1 IV Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.42 (6.85-11.9)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.58 (7.9-10.8)
Sony Xperia 1 IV Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.51 (1.406-1.71)
Oppo Find X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.933 (0.856-1.058)

Battery Life

The runtimes of the Xperia 1 IV are not very long due to the permanent 120 Hz and high resolution. Our comparison devices are best compared with an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m². In the practical WLAN test, Sony's flagship manages only 7 hours and 10.5 hours with the WLAN module disabled during unending video playback.

The Xperia 1 IV also has below-average endurance values under full load, but the differences to an Oppo Find X5 Pro or Xiaomi 12 Pro are not so significant. Users who take a lot of pictures with Sony's flagship and play the occasional Android game during the day will not be able to avoid intermediate recharging of the 5,000 mAh battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
16h 19min
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 103)
7h 04min
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