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Sony Xperia 1 IV

Sony Xperia 1 IV
Brand: Sony
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 12 GB / 256 GB, 512 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Cortex-X2 & Cortex-A710 & Cortex-A510
  • Camera Back / Front: Quad (12, 12, 12, 0.3 MP) / 12 MP
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, Li-Po
  • Display: 6.5 inches, OLED, 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • OS: Android 12

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 10 / 10
  • Display 10 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Camera 10 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Features 10 / 10
  • Price 7 / 10

Sony Xperia 1 IV is a photography-centric phone whose target audience seems to be creators and artists. However, it comes in at an ultra-premium starting price of $1190. Safe to say, affordability isn’t one of its strengths. What is surely a plus, is the phone’s overall camera performance. It has a 12 MP wide-angle, 12 MP telephoto, 12 MP ultrawide, and 0.3 MP TOF 3D depth sensor camera on the back. All cameras support Dual Pixel PDAF except the camera with the depth sensor, while the first two support OIS. The telephoto camera supports 3.5x to 5.2x continuous optical zoom, which is its biggest highlight.

Selfies are handled by the 12 MP wide-angle camera. As you might have guessed, the phone is great for clicking portrait pictures. The gadget has several uncommon camera features such as Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, and eye-tracking. Video recording is supported up to 4K@120fps. Creators will surely find apps like Cinema Pro, and Video Pro very useful. Sony Xperia 1 IV has a phenomenal design. It has an aluminum frame besides a glass front and back, both protected by the top-of-the-line Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Not only that, but the phone also has an IP65/IP68 certification for dust/water resistance. Sony has also paid attention to the in-hand feel of the phone, as it is slim and slightly lightweight. To be precise, Sony Xperia 1 IV weighs 185 grams and measures 6.50 by 2.80 by 0.32 inches. For colors, the options are Black, Violet, and White. If camera-centric phones don’t come with a good quality screen, the experience is ruined to a huge extent. That’s not the case here, as the phone has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

It’s a rare phone with a 4K resolution screen. While the phone’s screen-to-body ratio of 84.2% is good, the PPI density of 643 is highly impressive. The device can go up to around 1000 nits of brightness, which means you shouldn’t have any issues using it outdoors. As far as audio experience is concerned, the phone is perfect. It doesn’t only feature high-resolution audio and stereo speakers, but high-resolution audio and headphone jack as well. In fact, it is among the best phones when it comes to speaker quality. Sony Xperia 1 IV has Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which expectedly delivers incredibly smooth performance.

Adreno 730 GPU handles things on the gaming front. The phone runs Android 12 out of the box and delivers a near-stock Android experience, which is also a plus. It’s worth mentioning here that it does come with little Bloatware. Where the phone doesn’t quite meet expectations is in the battery life. Sony Xperia 1 IV will get you over the day, but you shouldn’t expect much beyond that. The gadget has a 5000 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery that supports 30W fast charging. This is supremely disappointing since several budget mid-range phones come with 33W fast charging.

Additionally, it supports fast wireless and reverse wireless charging. For communication, the device has USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go, video output, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Hotspot. The phone has a barometer and color spectrum besides the usual sensors. It comes in two RAM/ROM combinations, which are 12 GB/256 GB and 12 GB/512 GB. Sony Xperia 1 IV supports an SD card, for which the manufacturer deserves credit. However, it has a Hybrid SIM slot, so by using an SD card, you won’t be able to use your second Nano-SIM card. Connections are supported up to 5G.



Announced Date 2022, May 11
Release Date 2022, June 11


Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8.2 mm (6.50 x 2.80 x 0.32 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
Colors Black, Violet, White


Display Type OLED, 120Hz
Size 6.5 inches, 98.6 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~643 ppi density)
Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus


Primary Quad (12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS | 12 MP, f/2.3, 85mm (telephoto), f/2.8, 125mm (telephoto), 1/3.5", Dual Pixel PDAF, 3.5x-5.2x continuous optical zoom, OIS | 12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.5", Dual Pixel PDAF | 0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth))
Secondary 12 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.9"
Video 4K@24/25/30/60/120fps HDR, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS
Camera Features Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking


Chipset Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3x2.40 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4x1.70 GHz Cortex-A510)
GPU Adreno 730


Card Type microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 256 GB / 512 GB


OS Android 12


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 5000 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker
Features Stereo Speakers


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE Audio, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
USB USB Type-C 3.2, USB On-The-Go, video output


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM or eSIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum



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