Sony Xperia 1 V: New flagship debuts for nearly US$1,400 with first Exmor T stacked camera sensor
Sony has revealed the Xperia 1 V, its latest flagship that debuts alongside the Xperia 10 V, a new mid-range option. As expected, the Xperia 1 V builds on its predecessor with new camera hardware, as well as improved cooling performance and design tweaks. The Xperia 1's overall design language remains unchanged, but the Xperia 1 V weighs 2 g more than the Xperia 1 IV while maintaining its 165 mm height and 71 mm width. However, the Xperia 1 has grown 0.1 mm thicker to 8.3 mm.
This year's Xperia 1 continues to feature a 5,000 mAh battery though, as well as 30 W wired charging support. Likewise, the 6.5-inch OLED display returns, which outputs at 3,840 x 1,644 pixels with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 643 PPI pixel density in a 21:9 aspect ratio. In saying that, Sony's usage of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2 should make the Xperia 1 V more drop resistant than its predecessor. Unsurprisingly, Sony has shifted the Xperia 1 series on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which it complements with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. Please note that some markets will only receive a 256 GB storage option. Supposedly, Sony has improved cooling performance compared to the Xperia 1 IV too.
Arguably, the Xperia 1 V's standout feature is its new primary camera, which outputs at 48 MP with an f/1.9 aperture, a 24 mm equivalent focal length, 1.12 um-wide pixels and 1/1.35-inch optical format. Hence, the Xperia 1 V has a 70% larger primary sensor than its predecessor. In short, the sensor debuts Sony's new Exmor T stacked sensor technology, which combines dedicated photodiode and transistor layers to improve light capture while simultaneously reducing image noise.
Purportedly, the new sensor will deliver twice the performance of the Xperia 1 IV in low-light conditions. The Xperia 1 V carries over the 12 MP telephoto, 12 MP ultra-wide-angle and 12 MP front-facing cameras from its predecessor though, albeit without its 0.3 MP TOF sensor. Apparently, Sony's AI algorithms are now powerful enough to negate the need for a dedicated TOF camera.
The Xperia 1 V retails for €1,399 in the Eurozone and £1,299 in the UK. The company's pre-order period will open on June 1, during which it will offer a complimentary pair of WH-1000XM5 headphones. In comparison, Sony has priced the handset at US$1,399.99 in the US with a pair of LinkBuds earbuds included for pre-orders.
Seemingly, China is one of the few markets that will receive 256 GB and 512 GB versions of the Xperia 1 V, which retail for CNY 8,999 (~US$1,298) and CNY 9,799 (~US$1,413), respectively. In short, the Xperia 1 V is one of the most expensive smartphones around, with Sony charging more at launch than the cost of a comparable iPhone 14 Pro Max or Galaxy S23 Ultra.