Sony’s digital camera sensors are discovered inside the perfect Android smartphones. However the firm’s personal Xperia lineup has by no means impressed with its imaging efficiency. And surprisingly, whereas Sony has provided sensors as huge because the IMX989 to the likes of Xiaomi and Vivo, it has used smaller sensors on its telephones. After which there’s pricing, one thing the corporate has at all times fumbled with, a minimum of within the US. Studying from its errors with the 2022 Xperia 1 IV, Sony is again with the Xperia 1 V this yr, packing high-end internals and an equally excessive price ticket.


Sony’s largest improve with the Xperia 1 V is to the first digital camera. It makes use of a brand new 1/1.35″ 52MP Exmor T sensor, which is 1.7x bigger than the Xperia 1 IV’s predominant shooter. Sony claims the sensor gives virtually double the low-light efficiency and might seize images with a wider dynamic vary.

Apparently, the 52MP sensor has a 4.3:3 side ratio, although it solely makes use of about 48 million pixels for stills and movies. And since 4-to-1 pixel binning is employed, the cellphone outputs images at 12MP decision. This new major digital camera is paired with a 12MP variable telephoto shooter — providing a zoom vary of three.5x to five.2x — and a 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide.

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The standard digital camera options that you simply discover in a Sony flagship are all current, together with S-Cinetone, real-time AF, Artistic Look, Videography Professional, and extra. For vloggers, Sony has added an additional mic close to the rear digital camera, permitting the cellphone to seize your voice clearly, even in noisy environments.

Sony makes use of the identical 6.5-inch 4K 120Hz OLED panel on the Xperia 1 V as final yr’s Xperia 1 IV. The Japanese firm stays among the many few smartphone producers to make use of a 4K panel on its flagship cellphone. Nevertheless, this isn’t an LTPO panel, so it will not drop its refresh fee decrease than 60Hz to avoid wasting battery life.

Fortunately, with a extra environment friendly Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and a 5,000mAh battery with 30W quick charging assist, the Xperia 1 V ought to have sufficient juice to make it via a day of heavy use.

To forestall overheating points that plagued its predecessor, Sony is utilizing 60% extra warmth diffusion sheets. Different specs of Sony’s latest flagship embody a “full-stage” stereo speaker, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack (!), 256GB storage, a devoted shutter key, and sub-6GHz 5G assist. There is not any mmWave assist, so you may’t take pleasure in blazing-fast gigabit+ 5G speeds on the cellphone.

The IP65/68-certified cellphone goes on sale within the US beginning July 28, 2023. Regardless of packing spectacular specs and a brand new digital camera sensor that guarantees vital low-light enhancements, the Xperia 1 V is unlikely to search out takers because of its whopping $1,400 price ticket.

This makes the cellphone costlier than even the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely, which packs a extra versatile digital camera. Plus, in contrast to Sony, Samsung has a wider presence within the US market and a observe document for rolling out well timed updates for its gadgets.