Updated | Sony Xperia 1 V: Live leak points to camera overhaul from Xperia 1 IV
The first render of the Xperia 1 V has leaked online, hinting at its impending release. Seemingly, Sony has made a few camera changes between the Xperia 1 IV and the Xperia 1 V. To recap, Sony upgraded front-facing and telephoto cameras for last year's model, with the Xperia 1 IV serving as the first smartphone to offer 'true optical zoom'.
There had been rumours that Sony would overhaul its primary and telephoto camera offering with this year's Xperia 1 V. Reputedly, the device could contain a modified Sony IMX803, a 1/1.28-inch sensor used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The same leak from last October also outlined that Sony will re-purpose the Sony IMX557 as the Xperia 1 V's telephoto camera.
Unfortunately, the image below does not reveal any camera specification details. It would appear that the Xperia 1 V retains its predecessor's rear-facing camera arrangement though, with an ultra-wide-angle sensor on top, followed by primary and telephoto cameras, respectively. Additionally, the ToF and RGB-IR sensors from the Xperia 1 IV have disappeared, with a larger 'ZEISS T*' logo in the place.
Moreover, Sony has moved the LED flash with the rear-facing camera housing, as well as a microphone like the Xperia PRO-I. The device shown below lacks the glossy finish across its camera housing too, with a matte finish punctuated by slightly concave lenses. Currently, Sony is expected to reveal the Xperia 1 V at MWC 2023, which runs between February 27 and March 2. Incidentally, alleged specifications have emerged online, covered separately.
Update - February 5
A closer look at the image above reveals that two of the camera lenses have been distorted or manipulated. In other words, it would seem that this image has been photoshopped in some form or another.