Sony Xperia 1 IV: more details leak for Sony's music and movies super phone

Sony Xperia 1 IV: more details leak for Sony's music and movies super phone
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More details have emerged for the Sony Xperia 1 IV – the successor to the best smartphone for music and movies. And if they're legit, we could be looking at a big upgrade in the camera department.

We say "if" because this information comes via Chinese social media site Weibo (via NoteBook Check), and so there's no way to verify it. The post includes what it claims is information from a Thai factory manufacturing the device, and says that the main camera will upgrade to 48 megapixels while the front-facer will get the jump to 12 megapixels. Those are up from 12 megapixels and 8 megapixels respectively on the Sony Xperia 1 III.

(When translated into English, the post also claims the Xperia 1 IV will have a 4K 120Hz HDR 21:9 "with fish screen", so there's every chance something has been lost in translation.)

Considering the Xperia 1 III's main focus was music and movie playback, this could be an attempt by Sony to also get keen photographers excited about the Xperia 1 IV. Of course, there's also a lot more to photo quality than mere megapixels, but the Xperia 1 III boasted a fine camera (albeit one lacking a night mode for low-light photography). Hopefully these improvements will make it even better.

The post also mentions 33W fast charging, and that there will be no bundled charger in the box. That's no great surprise – most major phone manufacturers have stopped including charging blocks to cut down on environmental waste (most of us have a few knocking about at home already). They usually include a charging cable, and Sony is likely to be no different.

The Xperia 1 IV looks set to be revealed on 11th May. We're expecting a very similar design to the 1 III, the same 21:9 screen and 3.5mm headphone jack, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.

  • Bloke
    'Upgrade to 48MP'. I know you're just posting Sonys PR verbatim, but be aware that binning doesn't generally yield better results, which is why (anecdotally) the 50MP main camera on the Samsung S22 is considered inferior to previous 12MP iterations on the S21 & S20. We shall see...