The Sony Xperia 1 IV is in many ways one of the most interesting phones of 2022 so far, as it has features you won’t find anywhere else.
But it’s also a flawed phone and an extremely high price, so there are definitely some changes we want to see for the Sony Xperia 1 V, and we’ve listed them below.
Ahead of that, we’ve included details on when the Sony Xperia 1 V might launch, how much it might cost, and what specs and features it might have. We haven’t heard much yet, but as more leaks and rumors multiply, we’ll be sure to keep this article updated.
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- What is that? Sony’s next flagship phone
- When did he come out? Probably mid-2023
- How much will it cost? Expect a very high price
Sony Xperia 1 V: release date and price
Sony hasn’t been very consistent with its releases of the Xperia 1 range, so we can’t be too sure when the Sony Xperia 1 V will land, especially in the absence of rumours.
For reference, the Sony Xperia 1 IV was announced on May 11, 2022, then in UK stores on June 16 – but the US won’t get it until September 1 and Australia won’t get it at all.
The Sony Xperia 1 III announcement was only slightly earlier than the previous year, in April 2021 – but the phone didn’t go on sale anywhere until August. For the previous two models, we saw an announcement in February and an on-sale date in May.
So what can we learn from this? The Sony Xperia 1 V will likely be announced in the first half of 2022. Potentially in May since that would be a year after the Xperia 1 IV, but that’s far from guaranteed.
The actual release date is even harder to guess, as sometimes there is a long delay after the announcement, but some regions might get it in June or around June, and Australia probably won’t get it at all .
For the price, the Sony Xperia 1 IV costs $1,599 in the US, which gets you a model with 512GB of storage. In the UK only a 256GB version is available, and it costs £1,299.99.
So the Sony Xperia 1 V might have a similar price, but we’re not sure. Hopefully it won’t be more expensive anyway, as the Xperia 1 IV is already one of the most expensive non-folding phones you can buy.
Sony Xperia 1 V: news and leaks
There are no Sony Xperia 1V leaks yet, but there is evidence that the camera could be a major focus for Sony.
On the one hand, Sony usually places a lot of emphasis on the cameras of its flagships, but on top of that, the company has said that it expects the quality of still images from smartphones to surpass that of DSLRs. by the end of 2024.
That suggests he expects big smartphone camera improvements over the next two years, and some of those will likely be evident in the Sony Xperia 1 V.
One of those improvements could be a new sensor – possibly a new 1-inch sensor that the company has unveiled, which will first be used in the Xiaomi 12S Ultra.
Sony Xperia 1 V: what we want to see
There are a few key things Sony can do to make the Xperia 1 V noticeably better than the Sony Xperia 1 IV. They include the following.
1. A lower price
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is a surprisingly expensive phone, priced even higher than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
While it has some specs and features that Samsung and Apple phones lack, it’s also inferior in some ways, and certainly at such a price point that it’s likely never to be a truly mainstream handset.
So for the Sony Xperia 1 V, we want to see a lower price. It’s obviously still going to be an extremely expensive phone, but if Sony can bring the price down a few hundred dollars/pounds, it could move a lot more units.
2. A better fingerprint sensor
Paying big bucks doesn’t guarantee you a good fingerprint sensor, and that’s the case with the Sony Xperia 1 IV, which has a sensor that in our review failed more times than it did. successful.
On top of that, the phone doesn’t even have an in-screen phone – it’s side-mounted, which looks a bit dated. So for the Sony Xperia 1 V we want the fingerprint sensor to be much more reliable, and preferably also integrated into the screen.
3. More refined software
In our review of the Xperia 1 IV, we found that the software wasn’t as polished as the hardware, with crashing apps, an unfortunate amount of bloatware and, even worse, video playback just not working on some video recordings. apps.
Of course, all of this can be fixed with updates, but for the Sony Xperia 1 V, we want a smooth and smooth experience out of the box.
4. Faster charging
The Sony Xperia 1 IV supports up to 30W charging, which isn’t great – in fact, it beat Apple and most Samsung phones, but it pales in comparison to many other handsets, some of which can now reach up to 150 W.
So for the Sony Xperia 1V we want an increase in charging power. We’re thinking at least 60W, but the more the better, so we can speed up the phone quickly.
5. Longer Distance Zoom
One of the main features of the Sony Xperia 1 IV is its continuous optical zoom, which allows you to zoom between 3.5x and 5.2x. It’s not something you’ll find on other phones, but with such a fancy feature, we’d like to see Sony make the most of it and increase the zoom level to around 10x, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
This phone offers optical zoom at either 3x or 10x, but if Sony can offer optical zoom anywhere within that range, Samsung – and every other phone maker – will be beaten on that front.