Sony introduced the Sony Xperia 5 IV this week, six months after first speculations. Sony isn’t what it used to be in the 2010s; the brand sells fewer smartphones than Apple and Samsung, but it still makes one a year. The Xperia 5 IV isn’t as luxurious as the Xperia 1 IV, but it’s still a really fascinating smartphone (especially its camera). Is it worth $999?
The Xperia 5 IV is virtually the same size as the previous version. The 6.1-inch OLED display is 50% brighter than the previous generation’s. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (not 8 Plus Gen 1), 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage power the gadget. Sony’s phone contains a microSD card slot for extra storage.
The Xperia 5 IV contains a microSD card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone port. The Sony Xperia 5 IV has a 5,000mAh battery and IP65/68 certification. Everything a flagship gadget should have is in Sony Xperia 5 IV.
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Xperia 5 IV updates
- 1000+ nits AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate
- 5,000mAh battery (versus 4,500mAh on the Mark III)
- Smaller chassis (1mm shorter, 1mm narrower)
- Closed speakers
- 12MP front-facing camera
- OIS-60mm 12MP telephoto camera (2.5x optical zoom)
- Charging wirelessly
Sony may no longer call these phones ‘Compact,’ but the Xperia 5 series has always targeted smaller smartphones. The tall, slim form and 6.1-inch screen make this phone easier to carry than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. I don’t have big hands, yet I can use this phone with one.
Visually, it resembles Sony’s Xperia 1 IV. This gadget has flat sides, a matte back, and an IP68 rating. The power button has a quick, reliable fingerprint sensor and a two-step shutter button.
The camera shutter button, a Sony phone hallmark, symbolises a trend. This phone maintains features other flagships drop.
There’s a 3.5mm Hi-Res Audio headphone port on top and a Micro SD card slot inside the SIM slot. The display lacks notches and cuts for an immersive experience.
These characteristics offer the Xperia 5 IV a special appeal to individuals who feel flagships like the Galaxy S22 Plus lack key touches.
The display doesn’t offer 4K resolution like the costlier Xperia 1 IV, but I’m not sure that many pixels are essential on a smaller screen. The 1080p (or FHD+) display is crisp, and OLED delivers deep blacks and contrast. Netflix HDR titles look great.
Sony claims the 5 IV is 50% brighter than the previous generation, but I’ve easily used it in brighter situations.
The display supports a fast and smooth 120Hz refresh rate, but it’s not adaptive, so it’ll stay at 120Hz until you manually convert it to 60Hz. This is frustrating, given the top phones have this capability.
Despite its smaller 6.1-inch screen, this Android phone is great for watching media and playing games. The 21:9 aspect ratio is terrific for movies (but not for 16:9 TV shows and YouTube videos), and the speakers are excellent. Game Enhancer features include live streaming.
Fans were disappointed that last year’s Xperia 5 III lacked wireless charging. Sony listened and replaced the tech. That implies cable-free charging and powershare for wireless earbuds.
As with other future Sony phones, you’ll need to supply your own power adaptor and USB-C connection to lessen the company’s environmental effect. A full charge takes just under two hours, slower than Chinese flagships but as fast as Apple or Samsung.
You won’t spend much time plugged in. Sony included a 5000mAh battery into the phone, enough to endure from dawn to night with considerable reserve. Looping video at 60Hz and medium brightness lasts nearly a day. In simulated testing, it outlasts Samsung’s newest Galaxy phones and most iPhone 13 models. We wonder whether the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 CPU would have made it even faster.