According to Sony, the Xperia 1 IV is a smartphone with the world’s first true optical zoom lens and intended for content creators. For example, it has advanced photo and video capabilities with 4K 120 fps in slow motion with all lenses.
Sony today announced the new Xperia 1 IV smartphone. This phone features innovative imaging technology, advanced gaming capabilities and powerful audio features in a compact and modern design. These are the main features:
• 85-125mm lens with the world’s first true optical zoom and 120fps on all three lenses to ensure you don’t miss a moment.
• Cinematic video capabilities with 4K 120fps and 5x slow motion video recording.
• Real-time Eye autofocus (AF) and 20fps AF/AE burst shooting in HDR on all three lenses, for photos with the richest colors and the brightest contrast.
• “Videography Pro” and “External Monitor” functions with live streaming.
• 120Hz display delivers smooth graphics performance and fast 240Hz touch detection for gamers puts you in complete control of the action.
• The game support function “Game Enhancer” can be used to fine-tune the picture and sound quality and supports live streaming for real-time content sharing.
• 50% Brighter 4K 120Hz HDR display and Real-time HDR drive.
• Enhanced Full-stage stereo speakers and high-quality sound recordings with “Music Pro”.
• Powerful 5000 mAh long-life battery, featuring Corning’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform and Gorilla Glass Victus.
• Plastic-free packaging with a 50% smaller pack size compared to previous models. Reduced CO2 emissions up to 36% per unit compared to regular packaging.
Image sensor and optical zoom
The Xperia 1 IV features three lenses: an ultra-wide 16mm lens, a wide 24mm lens and a unique optical telephoto zoom (85–125mm) to give content creators the ability to capture a wide variety of content.
All lenses have a 12MP “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor with 120fps. This allows the phone to shoot with any lens at 4K 120fps for videos with 5x slow motion and Real-time Eye AF and Real-time tracking for photos. The Xperia 1 IV also uses depth information – using the 3D iToF sensor – and AI (artificial intelligence) based object recognition for precise and accurate AF and tracking in low light. In addition, the ZEISS optics are specially calibrated for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISS T* coating contributes to accurate rendering and contrast by reducing reflections for all camera lenses.
The front camera is also equipped with an “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor with 12MP, a larger image sensor than in the previous model. This makes noise reduction in dark rooms possible and taking selfies in 4K HDR.
Create professional video content
The Xperia 1 IV offers excellent video capabilities. Based on direct feedback from content creators, Sony developed the “Videography Pro” feature. It brings video settings together at one point. Settings such as focus, exposure and white balance are easy to adjust, even while filming.
Users can capture and play back fast-moving scenes and videos in 5x slow motion. The phone records 4K HDR 120fps video with all lenses. Shooting smooth videos is easier than ever with the latest Optical SteadyShot with Flawless Eye. The Xperia 1 IV also supports Eye AF technology and object tracking for video, allowing the user to stay focused on the subject and spend more time composing the shot.
Sony’s latest smartphone also offers multi-frame recording for video, allowing the creation of videos with a wider dynamic range without loss of resolution. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV allows seamless zooming from the ultra-wide angle to the telephoto perspective for even more creative freedom.
Live streams: anytime, anywhere
The Xperia 1 IV improves the quality of live streaming and simplifies the process. The device enables “Eye AF” and “Object Tracking” while using Videography Pro for live streaming. In addition, users can stream high-quality videos from a compatible Alpha camera while using the Xperia 1 IV as an external monitor. Combined with Sony’s Vlog Monitor, users can livestream content with even higher resolution by using the rear cameras.
Photography with technology from Alpha cameras
The Xperia 1 IV combines a powerful optical telephoto zoom lens with beautiful bokeh and advanced autofocus technology. The device enables Real-Time Eye AF and 20fps burst with AE (auto exposure)/AF in HDR for all three lenses. This makes it easy to capture portraits of people and animals, even when shooting fast-moving objects and in difficult shooting conditions. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV uses AI white balance to capture and correct colors in difficult lighting conditions, delivering true-to-life results.
Cinematography Pro Powered by CineAlta
The Xperia 1 IV allows users to create cinematic content with ease. The Cinematography Pro “Powered by CineAlta” feature allows content creators to record movies with parameters and color settings comparable to those used by professionals. All rear camera lenses are capable of 4K 120fps frame rate and 5x slow motion shooting. In addition, with new multi-frame recording now available for movie recording, videos can be recorded with a wider dynamic range without loss of resolution.
Excellent mobile gaming experience
Advanced gaming features in the form of a 120Hz display, 240Hz motion blur reduction and 240Hz touch scanning rate. The game enhancer function is equipped with Ly (low gamma) raiser, audio equalizer and voice chat optimization for a pleasant gaming experience. The Xperia 1 IV is optimally matched to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Elite Gaming for superior gaming performance. It also has a “Heat Suppression power control (HS power control)” function to prevent performance loss and battery degradation due to high temperatures.
The Xperia 1 IV makes sharing gameplay easier with the “RT record” feature. A gamer can record about 30 seconds before pressing the button. When players use Game Enhancer with the new Xperia 1 IV, they can also livestream their gameplay Gamers can view their audience’s comments even during live streaming so they can interact with followers in real time.
The new Xperia 1 IV also makes live streaming via a PC easier. The unit mixes all sounds including the player’s voice, game music and voice chat with other players and sends it to a PC via a single cable connection. The Xperia 1 IV has been chosen as the official device for PUBG MOBILE’s E-sports Global Tournament 2022.
Listening to authentic music
The Xperia 1 IV is designed to provide an authentic listening experience and features signal processing in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment. The Xperia 1 IV has new full-stage stereo speakers to enhance the sound of basses and bass drums. The speaker can also play “360 Reality Audio (360RA)” sound. The unique hardware decoding optimizes sound quality while listening to well-encoded music on TIDAL and nugs.net. The unit is equipped with “360 Reality Audio Upmix” which converts stereo sound sources into multi-channel sound sources. The device also supports DSEE Ultimate, so the sound quality of streaming services comes close to high-resolution sound quality. The Xperia 1 IV also offers Bluetooth LE Audio to reduce audio lag while listening to content compared to a normal Bluetooth connection.
Professional Recording by Music Pro
A new music recording function, “Music Pro”, enables high-quality audio recordings using cloud processing. Music Pro converts vocal sounds recorded by the Xperia 1 IV in a way that looks like they were recorded in a professional studio. The cloud processing removes unwanted noise from the recorded sound using sound source separation technology. It then reproduces the frequency response of Sony’s premium condenser microphones. When vocals and acoustic guitar are combined at the same time, Music Pro can separate the vocal sounds and guitar sounds and mix them in any desired balance. Sound recording and editing is free, while cloud processing with high-quality sound comes with a monthly fee.
The Xperia 1 IV features a 4K HDR OLED display with 120 Hz. The display has no notches that obstruct the view of the 6.5” wide 21:9 screen, for a pleasant viewing experience. The Xperia 1 IV’s screen is 50% brighter and features Real-time HDR drive for better visibility of both bright and dark areas, even in overexposed environments.
The X1 for mobile adds BRAVIA HDR remastering technology to everything the user watches. Even streaming content has more contrast, color and clarity. In the cinema field, watching a movie with Dolby Atmos is an excellent experience with multi-dimensional sound above and around. Viewers can now experience Dolby Atmos sound tuned in conjunction with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
New “BRAVIA CORE for Xperia” service
The Xperia 1 IV offers exclusive BRAVIA CORE for Xperia to enjoy movies in high 4K quality on the Xperia 1 IV’s wide 21:9 display. Choose from hundreds of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s latest releases and classic blockbusters; Go behind the scenes with Studio Access, and experience IMAX Enhanced titles and immersive audio from DTS, all included in BRAVIA CORE for Xperia.
Performance and design
The Xperia 1 IV is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile platform, which works with 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM and a 5000 mAh battery with a lifespan of up to 3 years. Fast charging delivers a 50% battery in 30 minutes and also has wireless charging options. The Xperia 1 IV has a water and dust resistance of IP65/68 and is equipped with Gorilla Glass Victus from Corning on the front and back. The Xperia 1 IV’s signature super-thin and super-matte design is available in black and purple and is housed in a minimalist housing with premium materials. This device has a special ergonomic shutter release button, with relief finish for more user-friendliness.
Road to Zero
The Sony Group has developed an environmental plan called “Road to Zero” with the aim of achieving a zero environmental impact by the year 2050. As with the previous model, the Xperia 1 IV does not use plastic in its packaging. The packaging size is approximately 50% smaller compared to previous models, reducing shipping weight and reducing CO2 emissions during transport by up to 36% per unit.
Pricing and Availability: Xperia 1 IV and Accessories
The matching ‘Style Cover with Stand’ has the same innovative and modern design as the smartphone. This cover has a built-in kickstand and is made of antibacterial material and is designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The Style Cover with Stand also comes in black and purple and will be available in the Benelux from mid-June for € 34.99. The Xperia 1 IV will be available from mid-June 2022 for approximately €1399.
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