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Sony Xperia 1 IV Unveiled As World’s First Smartphone with True Optical Zoom Lens

Sony Xperia 1 IV Unveiled As World’s First Smartphone with True Optical Zoom Lens

by Aiman MaulanaMay 12, 2022
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Sony Xperia 1 IV Unveiled

Sony Xperia 1 IV Unveiled As World's First Smartphone with True Optical Zoom Lens

Sony has officially unveiled their newest flagship device, the Sony Xperia 1 IV. Apart from the usual boost in performance as one would expect from a successor, it features a “world’s first true optical 85-125mm zoom lens”, which makes it quite an interesting smartphone for avid mobile photographers and videographers.

To start things off, the Sony Xperia 1 IV uses a 6.5-inch 120HZ Bravia HDR OLED display with 240Hz motion blur, touch sampling rate, and its signature CinemaWide 21:9 aspect ratio. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, that makes use of Snapdragon Elite Gaming for a performance boost, alongside a “heat suppression power control” to avoid thermal throttling.

What makes the Sony Xperia 1 IV interesting is the camera system as it consists of a 16mm shooter, a 24mm shooter, the aforementioned telephoto camera with true optical zoom lens, and a time-of-flight sensor. All of the cameras use the 12MP Exmor RS sensor with 120FPS readout speeds, allowing you to capture true 4K 120FPS video recordings or an equivalent 5x slow motion in 4K.

Sony Xperia 1 IV Unveiled As World's First Smartphone with True Optical Zoom Lens

All of the cameras also make use of Zeiss Optics with Zeiss T* coating for improved contrast, sharpness, and reduced reflections. What makes this an even more enticing offer is its ability to livestream, as the Videography Pro app lets you stream directly from it and overlay the chat on the display. Moreover, Sony is also releasing accessories designed to make IRL streams more convenient with it.

For a better look at the device, check out the specifications right below here:

Sony Xperia 1 IV Specifications

Processor Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
(1 x Cortex-X2 @ 3GHz, 3 x Cortex-A710 @ 2.4GHz, and 4 x Cortex-A510 @ 1.7GHz), 4nm
GPU Adreno 730
Storage 256GB / 512GB, expandable up to 1TB microSDXC
Display 6.5″ 4K (3840 x 1644) Bravia HDR 120Hz OLED, 21:9
240Hz motion blur and touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
84.2% screen-to-body ratio
Rear Camera 12MP f/1.7 24mm wide angle, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12MP f/2.3 85mm to f/2.8 125mm telephoto, 3.5x to 5.2x zoom, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12MP f/2.2 124° 16mm ultra-wide, Dual Pixel PDAF
0.3MP TOF 3D (depth)
ZEISS T* Lens Coating
Zeiss Optics
Eye Tracking
4K HDR 24/25/30/60/120 video
Selfie Camera 12MP f/2.0 24mm wide angle
5-axis gyro EIS
Audio Stereo speakers
3.5mm audio jack
24-bit / 192kHz audio
Dynamic vibration system
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E (Dual band)
Bluetooth 5.2 with A2DP, LE, aptX HD, and aptX Adaptive
USB-C 3.2
Battery 5000mAh
30W USB-PD fast charging
Fast wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8.2 mm, 185g

The Sony Xperia 1 IV will be officially available in Malaysia starting sometime in early July 2022, with retail prices expected to be announced at a later date. In case you were wondering, it’s available in the US sometime in September 2022 with a retail price of USD $1,599, so be prepared to stomach the cost if you’re interested in getting one for yourself.


Pokdepinion: I am actually tempted to get one myself, mostly for work, but perhaps I’ll take it out for a spin and review it first before I do that. It does sound promising but I’m more concerned about battery life and its heat output.

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