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Sony Xperia 1 IV


Sony Xperia 1 IV
Sony Xperia 1 IV (Xperia Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
12288 MB 
6.50 inch 21:9, 3840 x 1644 pixel 643 PPI, Capacitive, OLED, glossy: yes, 120 Hz
256GB / 512GB
USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, GSM, UMTS, LTE, 5G, Dual SIM, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 165 x 71 ( = 0.32 x 6.5 x 2.8 in)
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 12
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Quad: 12MP (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
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/2.0, 24mm, 1/2.9"
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
185 g ( = 6.53 oz / 0.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 82.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 8 reviews)

Reviews for the Sony Xperia 1 IV

Sony Xperia 1 IV Review: A different approach to mobile photography
Source: XDA Developers English
In a sea of similar-looking and feeling smartphones, I have a natural respect and fondness for Sony for thinking outside the box, for sticking to its guns, for zigging where others zag. To be honest, I still think something like the Google Pixel 6 Pro or the Vivo X70 Pro Plus can grab a better shot most of the time, but I like that the Xperia 1 IV challenges me to make the adjustments needed to find better exposure in a shot. But in between the still sub-par battery life (caused by the unnecessary 4K display), thermal issues, and a very high $1600 retail price, the Xperia 1 IV is hard to recommend to anyone but enthusiasts. The price has rightfully garnered some scoff from those who follow smartphone news, but honestly, people into cameras won’t be deterred by the price, because camera gear is expensive. My 20mm lens for my Sony camera alone is $1,200. A brand name Manfrotto tripod can easily go for $800. A camera bag, $300. To that group, $1600 for a phone isn’t high. But that group is a niche, and the Xperia 1 IV is a niche phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/15/2022
88% Sony Xperia 1 IV review
Source: GSM Arena English
Despite all these flaws, we found the Sony Xperia 1 IV an appealing smartphone with great potential and skills, especially when in the hands of camera professionals. We believe Sony will work out some of the throttling issues as this is a pre-production phone, and every aspect of it is worth it. We really liked this Xperia in spite of its issues, and we see no reason why not to get one. If you find it complicated or overengineered or cannot forgive some of its shortcomings, look elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% Sony Xperia 1 IV review: unapologetically Sony
Source: Phone Arena English
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is meant to be the one-stop Sony flagship for 2022. Packed to the brim with cutting-edge hardware and the latest features Sony has to offer. It’s not quite over-the-top like the Xperia PRO-I, with its 1.0-type sensor, but it’s obvious that the Xperia 1 IV is flying very close to the super-premium PRO-I. Sony wants this to be a smartphone for creatives, and that’s immediately apparent when you see that there are three different camera apps and a plethora of manual controls. Its 120 Hz, 4K display and meaty stereo speakers are there to help you enjoy any media you may wish. The light weight and grippy design make it an excellent everyday carry. And it’s kind of amazing that Sony keeps the headphone jack on its phones, despite the fact that the company has a plethora of wireless headphones that it would probably be more than happy to sell to you. I know, it’s weird, but I have to give props that this very basic connector is included on this very premium phone. However, at the asking price, it’s kind of hard to recommend the Sony Xperia 1 IV.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Sony Xperia 1 IV First Look: An Entire Film Studio In Your Pocket
Source: MrMobile English
It just doesn’t seem fair. You shouldn’t get plaudits from reviewers year after year saying you’re "one of the most-improved phone brands" … without eventually becoming an easily-recommendable phone brand. But when it comes to smartphones, Sony is the opposite of easy. I’m Michael Fisher and this is a very early preview of the Sony Xperia 1 IV.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/11/2022

Foreign Reviews

Echte Zoom-Kamera an Bord
Source: n-tv German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/10/2022
Mit diesen Funktionen glänzt das neue Flaggschiff
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2022
Zoom das mal ran
Source: Spiegel Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/11/2022
80% Test Sony Xperia 1 IV, le smartphone pour le photographe
Source: Journal du Geek French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%


Qualcomm Adreno 730: Graphics chip for smartphones and tablets that is integrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. Qualcomm claims that it is 30% faster than the Adreno 660 in the Snapdragon 888 SoC. For Android it should be one of the fastest graphics cards in late 2021.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

SD 8 Gen 1: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in late 2021 and manufactured in 4 nm at Samsung. Integrates one “Prime Core” based on a ARM Cortex-X2 architecture clocked at up to 3 GHz. Three more performance cores are based on the A710 but clock up to 2.5 GHz. Furthermore, four energy saving cores are integrated that are based on the ARM Cortex-A510 architecture and clock at up to 1.8 GHz. In addition to the processor cores, the SoC integrates a WiFi 6e modem, a Hexagon DSP (for AI acceleration) and a Spectra ISP. The integrated memory controller supports fast LPDDR5 memory with up to 3,200 MHz. 5G is now included in the chip with the Snapdragon X65 modem.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.185 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Sony: Sony Corporation is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Japan. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, video, communications, video game consoles, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its name is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. The company was founded 1946 with another name and renamed in 1958. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its five operating segments—electronics, games, entertainment (motion pictures and music), financial services and other. Sony is a notebook manufacturer of medium size according international market shares.

From 2014, Sony has reduced the production of Vaio laptops and finally discontinued them. Sony is still present in the smartphone and tablet market, yet not among the Top 5 manufacturers.

82.67%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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