Sony has released this September 1 in IFA 2022 the Xperia 5IV, a new compact smartphone. Like all smartphones Sony, the company highlights its camera capabilities with laser sharp focus in its videography features. It goes on sale in Europe and the United States at the end of September and October respectively.
The Xperia 5 IV ships with a compact 6.1-inch OLED display capable of 120HZ refresh for smooth scrolling and 240Hz motion blur reduction for gaming. Sony says this is its brightest Full HD display yet and up to 50% brighter than the Xperia 5 III. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack that supports high-quality audio, as well as the new Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) audio standard, though that’s coming in a future update.
As for the cameras, the Xperia 5 IV has a triple set of cameras. All three cameras support object tracking and eye AF (autofocus). Sony is also touting support for 4K HDR and 120fps video capture for super slow-motion cinematography. All of this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 paired with 8GB of RAM and a 5,000mAh battery.
“We are delighted to introduce the new Xperia 5 IV as a continuation of our Xperia series. We are always listening to our customers to develop cutting-edge technology that meets their needs as creators, gamers, and music and video enthusiasts,” said Yang Cheng, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics Inc. release. “The Xperia 5 IV is a powerful and compact tool that is perfect for anyone looking for the best technology in a small and stylish form factor.”
Compact phones have been extinct for a while now. Apple is expected to ditch the iPhone Mini with the iPhone 14 series, and Google’s Pixels have been steadily increasing in size. Only the Asus Zenfone 9 along with Sony’s phone now service this small market. Although Sony’s phone boasts a somewhat standard 6.1-inch diagonal screen size, the company’s choice of aspect ratio means its phones are thinner and narrower than rival products.
Sony is certainly charging a pretty penny for it. The Xperia 5 IV will go on sale in late October in the US for $1,000. Pre-orders open on September 1, with pre-order bonuses available in the form of Sony’s WF-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones. It will cost £950 in the UK and availability will begin earlier on September 23.