Sony Xperia 1 IV Review – Andrea Galeazzi

As a Sony fan, I start by saying a lot of theory and a little practice. The Xperia 1 IV is the best in the range with very high sound quality, a great 4K display and enviable technical refinement on the camera side but it doesn’t then lead to equally exciting results both in terms of rooms and in terms of performance..

Weight and volume

165 x 71 x 8.2
185 g

The operating system

Android 12


256 GB


6.5 inches
1644 × 3840


12 MP f / 1.7
Front 12 Megapixels


Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm)


HSPA 42.2 / 5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G


5000 mAh

Packaging and content

there Packaging It’s made from recycled paper and contains no plastic, very good, but it’s a pity that it doesn’t contain anything at all. No power supply, no cable.

Material design, touch and feel

mostly 8.2 mm and a weight equal to 185 g As for the build, the Xperia 1 is IP65 / 68 certified and its screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.

L ‘always available There it is customizable while regarding Connection We find 5G, WiFi6, Bluetooth APTX, NFC, Android Auto (which is still present), audio jack and USB-C port with video output.


The Show it’s a OLED From 6.5″ accurately 4k, HDR and refresh rate 120 Hz. The settings are quite a lot and it’s a great screen but if I understand such refinement on a TV here is less. Brightness sensor calibration can be improved.

processor and memory

The Healer he is Snapdragon 8 first generation around her 12 GB From RAM And the 256 GB From Expandable internal memory via microSD.


The battery is one 5000 mAh accused of 30 watts (ie from 50% in 30 minutes) Sony claims that the durability is a full three years without losing efficiency.
independence Unfortunately, it’s very variable, with a behavior I’ve known as Dr Jackill and Mr Hide because with basic use it’s satisfying but with video, navigation, video calling and gaming, the battery temperature goes up and down. But at the end of the stress day, I’m there at 10%.

Software and ecosystem

On the ship we find Android 12 With corrections updated in May. Sony was once the first to update but now its content to stay average. The software is almost stock, there is no drawer, and there is a lot of interest in multimedia applications. The side button is nice for shooting but uncomfortable when using a mobile phone holder for example.

phone section

The ability to own 2 SIM cards There is only one with one SIM card normal and one eSIM. The Student These are Google’s, so report potential numbers Spam emails But it does not allow you to record calls, and the sound quality of the calls is excellent. Around Recepion Looking at the cracks, it looks like it takes a little but in the end it’s average.

Photos and video

The room room Consists of:

  • area owner 12 MP f / 1.7 optically stable with autofocus,
  • area Ultra wide angle 12 MP f / 2.2 with autofocus,
  • room with optical zoom From 12 MP f / 2.3 with a variable focal length between 85 and 125 mm (translates to a magnification of 3.5X to 5.2X) optically stable with autofocus.
  • 0.3 MP depth sensor,
  • area In front of me 12 megapixel f / 2.0.

The results are obviously good but the expectations were so high that they disappoint. Well, the innovation of continuous zoom but not extended and the images are not great, perhaps because it is a bit dim.

My voice

One of the strong points From this smartphone isMy voiceHigh quality from the speakers but above all from the headphone jack and also with the protocols taking into account the least possible data loss and thus for high fidelity.

apps and games

to be fast It’s fast but not fast enough for the processor. Actually we are talking about the best rolling processor but it is anyway to heat up a lot and laja Enough, symptoms of poor improvement. there vibration It’s special, it has its own motor designed to be superior and in fact when you type it it’s accurate but when it plays with your ringtone and music it loses that precision and it becomes a bit of a unique ‘with the tail’ vibe.

The Toys It works fine, the smartphone heats up a lot but it works. ok too game type Which allows you to record your gameplay and broadcast it live.

final verdict

I’ll say it right away without beating around the bush: I stayed Disappointed. this is good 1600 EUR And I won’t waste them on too much theory and ultimately a little practice and everyday use. What a pity, said Sony fans!

Sony Xperia 1 IV 16.5 cm (6.5 “) Dual SIM Android 12 5G USB Type-C 12 GB 256 GB 5000 …

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