Test verdict on the Sony Xperia 1 V - More a camera (replacement) and DSLR companion than a smartphone?
The Xperia 1 V reveals many strengths in our test, but there are also some compromises compared to the flagship competitors that you have to accept. Like its predecessor, the Xperia 1 V uses a real variable zoom. In contrast to a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Sony flagship doesn't only use a fixed focal length for tele photography but is able to enlarge the object variably between 85 mm and 125 mm (~3.3 - 4.9 in).
But what's at the center of the Xperia 1 V is the extensive camera software, so that photo enthusiasts should have a lot of fun with the Sony flagship. Professional users should also get what they need with the extensive adjustment options together with the optional accessories, particularly since compatibility to Sony Alpha cameras was now also introduced for the Xperia 1 V.
However, this equipment package unique in the world of smartphones also comes with some certain weaknesses. The at this point fifth generation of the Xperia 1 series is very similar to its predecessor in many regards, and unfortunately the Xperia 1 V also includes many of its deficits. In addition to some smaller blemishes such as the inefficient display-to-surface ratio, the unsatisfactory selfie quality, and the slow charging, as well as being limited to single-band GNSS, the low update support period is a large point of complaint compared to a Galaxy S23 Ultra or Xiaomi 13 Ultra. Sony urgently has to offer some improvement here, for its flagship smartphone to be able to catch up with its competitors in terms of sustainability.
If you value the option for storage expansion and a 3.5 mm audio port and are looking for a premium smartphone, you can get a detailed impression of the Sony Xperia 1 V by looking at our extensive test of the Sony smartphone. If you prefer a long battery life, you can find some suitable alternatives in the premium price segment with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra or Xiaomi 13 Ultra.