Sony announced the new Xperia 1 IV smartphone, developed specifically for those looking for the very latest in smartphone technology including cutting-edge imaging technology, advanced gaming capabilities and powerful audio features, all wrapped in a compact and modern design.
Xperia 1 IV features three lenses; a 16mm ultra-wide lens, 24mm wide lens, and a new unique true optical telephoto zoom 85–125mm lens, to give creators the ability to capture a wide range of content.
All lenses have a 12MP “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor with a readout speed of up to 120fps. This capability allows the device to record at 4K 120fps for up to 5x slow-motion video recording, Real-time Eye AF and Real-time tracking for still shooting with every lens. The Xperia 1 IV also combines depth information, using the 3D iToF sensor, and AI (artificial intelligence) based subject detection for precise and accurate AF and tracking in low light.
Additionally, ZEISS optics have been calibrated specifically for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISS T* coating contributes to accurate rendering and contrast by reducing reflections for all rear camera lenses.
The front camera is also equipped with an “Exmor RS for mobile” image sensor with 12MP, which is larger image sensor than the previous model. It enables noise reduction in dark places and selfie shooting in 4K HDR.
Xperia 1 IV provides unparalleled video capabilities. Based on direct feedback from video creators, Sony developed its “Videography Pro” feature, which centralizes settings for video. This allows users to easily adjust settings such as focus, exposure, and white balance – even while recording.
Users can capture and playback fast-moving scenes and slow-motion video at up to 5x due to the device’s ability to record in 4K HDR 120fps video on all its lenses. Capturing smooth, shake-free video is easier than ever thanks to the latest Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye. The Xperia 1 IV also supports Eye AF technology and object tracking for video, allowing the user to keep sharp focus on the subject and spend more time composing their shot.
Sony’s newest smartphone also features multi-frame shooting for video recording, which allows videos to be recorded with wider dynamic range without losing resolution. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV allows for seamless zoom from its ultra-wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for even more creative freedom.
The Xperia 1 IV improves the quality of live streaming, while simplifying the process. The device enables “Eye AF” and “Object Tracking” when using Videography Pro while livestreaming to YouTube for example. Alternatively, users can stream high-quality video from a compatible Alpha camera while using Xperia 1 IV as an external monitor. When paired with Sony’s Vlog Monitor, users can livestream content at an even higher resolution by using the rear cameras.
The Xperia 1 IV combines a powerful optical telephoto zoom lens with beautiful bokeh and advanced autofocus technology to deliver stunning imagery. Xperia 1 IV enables Real-Time Eye AF and 20fps burst with AE (auto exposure)/AF in HDR on all three lenses to capture portraits for both people and animals, even when photographing fast-moving subject and in challenging shooting conditions. In addition, the Xperia 1 IV uses AI white balance to capture and correct colors under challenging lighting conditions, delivering true to life results.
The Xperia 1 IV allows the user to create cinematic-looking content with ease. Using the Cinematography Pro “Powered by CineAlta” feature, creators can record movies with similar parameters and color settings that professionals use. All rear camera lenses enable 4K 120fps high frame rate and up to 5x slow-motion shooting. In addition, with new multi-frame shootingx now available even for cinema recording allows videos to be recorded with wider dynamic range without losing resolution.
Advanced features for gaming include a 120Hz display, 240Hz motion blur reduction and touch-scanning rate. In addition, the game enhancer feature includes L-y (low gamma) raiser, audio equalizer and voice chat optimization to provide an immersive gaming experience. The Xperia 1 IV is optimized with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming for superior gaming performance. It also has an “Heat Suppression power control (H. S. power control)” function that suppresses performance deterioration and battery deterioration due to high temperature of the terminal even during game play and while connecting a charger.
The Xperia 1 IV simplifies gameplay sharing with the “RT record” function that allows a user to record about 30 seconds before pressing the button. When using Game Enhancer with the new Xperia 1 IV, players can also livestream their gameplay to YouTube™. A gamer can check their audience’s comments even during live streaming, so the gamer can communicate with them at real time.
The new Xperia 1 IV also facilitates better live streaming via a PC. It mixes all sounds including, the player’s voice, game music and the voice chat with other players, and sends it by single cable connection to a PC. Xperia 1 IV has been chosen as the official device for the PUBG MOBILE E-sports Global Tournament 2022.
Gaming Gear, exclusively for “Xperia 1 IV”, supports long-term play by its cooling function and live streaming of high-quality game play. Utilising this gear with Xperia 1 IV is currently under development.
This Gaming Gear is under development with supervision of the Japanese professional e-sports team SCARZ, and is scheduled to be launched in some regions in Autumn of 2022.
The Xperia 1 IV has been engineered to deliver a truly authentic listening experience and implements audio tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment. The Xperia 1 IV features new full-stage stereo speakers to improve the sound of bass and bass drums. The speaker can also playback “360 Reality Audio (360RA)” sound. Its unique hardware decoding optimizes sound quality when listening to music properly encoded on TIDAL and nugs.net. It is equipped with “360 Reality Audio Upmix” that converts stereo sound sources into multi-channel sound sources like 360RA. It also supports DSEE Ultimate, which can improve the sound quality of streaming services to close to high-resolution sound quality. The Xperia 1 IV also supports Bluetooth® LE Audio, via an upcoming software update, to reduce the sound delay to less than that of a conventional Bluetooth connection when listening to content.
A new music recording function “Music Pro” enables professional-level recording with just the Xperia 1 IV, using unique cloud processing. Music Pro up-converts vocal sounds recorded with Xperia 1 IV as if it was recorded in a professional studio, allowing the user to record full-scale songs at home or on-the-go. The cloud processing removes unwanted noise from the recorded sound using sound source separation technology. It then reproduces the frequency response of Sony’s high-performance condenser microphones while producing reverberation similar to that of a professional studio. When singing and playing an acoustic guitar simultaneously, Music Pro can separate the vocal and guitar sounds and mix them at any balance. Sound recording and editing is free of charge, while cloud processing for high-quality sound is subject to a monthly fee.
Boasting a stunning 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh Rate display, and no notches to interrupt the view on the 6.5” 21:9 Wide display the Xperia 1 IV offers a uniquely immersive viewing experience. The display on Xperia 1 IV is approximately 50% brighter and includes Real-time HDR drive for improved visibility of both bright and dark areas, even in over-exposed environments.
The X1 for mobile engine brings BRAVIA HDR remaster technology to everything the viewer watches. Even streaming content will have more contrast, color, and clarity. In the realm of cinema, watching a movie with Dolby Atmos® is an immersive experience with multi-dimensional sound flowing above and around. Now the viewer can experience Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Xperia 1 IV exclusively offers BRAVIA CORE for Xperia, allowing users to enjoy movies in high-quality 4K on the Xperia 1 IV’s 21:9 wide display. Users of the service are able to 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 by DTS, all included with BRAVIA CORE for Xperia.
Xperia 1 IV features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile platform, which works on 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM, a 5,000 mAh battery with up to a 3-year long life. Quick charge gets to 50% battery in 30 minutes and has wireless charging capabilities.
The Xperia 1 IV has IP65/68 water and dust resistance and uses Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back.
Xperia 1 IV’s signature super flat, super matte design comes in three colour options: Black, Ice White, Purple and blends minimalist style with premium quality materials and craftsmanship. It features a dedicated ergonomic shutter button, with an embossed finish for enhanced usability.
The Xperia 1 IV will be available to buy from mid-June 2022 for approximately €1399.
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