The Sony Xperia 5 IV was unveiled the identical week as main bulletins at IFA, however the international tech occasion feels extra like a coincidence than anything Sony launches its telephones when they’re prepared relatively than aiming for a particular time of the yr. And it actually doesnt care what different Android makers are doing.
Thats what makes the Xperias recognizable the flat, rectangular show, the side-mounted fingerprint reader on an OLED flagship, the three.5mm headphone jack nonetheless worn with satisfaction, the microSD slot that allows you to load all of your FLAC flies. You wont get these anyplace else.
The Mark 4 stands out as the 5-series mannequin but and that’s approaching the again of a well-crafted Mark 3. In reality, save for the telephoto digicam the 2022 mannequin is significantly better than final years Xperia 5.
Whereas its not a Compact, we do benefit from the telephones slender profile simply 67mm large, a millimeter narrower than final yr. And it’s a millimeter shorter, whereas preserving the identical 6.1 21:9 show measurements.
Sony Xperia 5 IV (left) and the Xperia 1 IV (proper)
Impressively, Sony managed to suit a 5,000mAh battery within the smaller physique (up from 4,500mAh). The Galaxy S22 (3,700mAh) and even the Zenfone 9 (4,300mAh) can solely look on with envy. This helped the cellphone enhance on the endurance of its predecessor, lasting 116h in our standardized take a look at. Sony has glorious options for preserving the batter wholesome too.
And if the additional capability wasnt sufficient, that is the primary Xperia 5 with wi-fi charging (one thing that was unique to Xperia 1 fashions till now).
We had to make use of our our charger and USB cable for the Xperia 5 IV
The 120Hz OLED show nonetheless measures 6.1 in diagonal and has 1,080 x 2,520px decision. Nonetheless, the brand new panel is 50% brighter and it’s guarded by Gorilla Glass Victus (the again is as effectively).
Weren’t certain why Sony selected the older Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset to energy the Xperia 5 IV. The revamped 8+ Gen 1 runs cooler, which might have benefited the petite flagship because it struggles with sustained efficiency in our assessments it began thermal throttling after 5 minutes. Nonetheless, for brief bursts of exercise this cellphone punches above its weight.
Transferring on to the digicam, Sony is sticking to the triple 12MP setup, nevertheless, it used upgraded sensors that assist 120fps readout. This implies it may possibly seize 4K @ 120fps video with all three cameras in addition to sooner operation of the autofocus system Eye AF and Actual-Time Object monitoring can be found on all three modules.
The selfie digicam improved as effectively, transferring from the 8MP sensor to a barely bigger 12MP sensor, which additionally will increase the video decision cap to 4K at 30fps (up from 1080p @ 30fps). The one factor preserving it from perfection is the dearth of autofocus.
The one factor that weren’t fairly offered on is the brand new telephoto module with solely a 60mm lens you dont get a lot magnification and the focal size is mounted. The Mark 3 might change between 70mm and 105mm, the Xperia 1 IV added easy zoom, which we anticipated the 5-series mannequin to get as effectively. It didn’t. Additionally, the sensor within the tele module is smaller (1/3.5 vs. 1/2.9 on the 5 III). The brand new tele module is pretty succesful, however we nonetheless dont love the downgrade.
Total we had been very impressed with the Sony Xperia 5 IV, take a look at our evaluation for extra particulars. And dont miss our video evaluation.
There are a couple of flaws on this in any other case standout cellphone, however as had been about to debate, the competitors has extra. Earlier than we get to that, remember that the 5 IV is a $1,000/1,050/950 cellphone if youre getting the 8/128GB mannequin (coming later this month).
The Asus Zenfone 9 is probably the most direct competitor small-ish, pure Android, no-nonsense strategy. It does have the sooner 8+ Gen 1 chip and a model with 16GB of RAM. It has a 3.5mm jack too, in addition to stereo audio system, but it surely misses out on the microSD slot. This leaves you with 128GB or 256GB storage. Additionally, Asus tasked the 50MP (1/1.56, 1.0m) fundamental digicam with zoom duties as there isn’t any telephoto lens on board. And, as talked about earlier, the battery is smaller (4,300mAh) and it lacks wi-fi charging.
Like Sony, Asus is simply promising 2 Android updates, which isnt a lot for a succesful flagship. That mentioned, the 8/128GB Zenfone 9 solely prices 800, even the 16/256GB unit is 900 a far cry from Sonys demand for 1,050.
Asus Zenfone 9
In order for you a comparatively small cellphone (effectively, relative to the 6.5+ inch crowd) with lengthy software program assist there are two choices. For Android that’s the Samsung Galaxy S22. It’s 10mm shorter and three.6mm wider than the Xperia and weighs a couple of grams much less. You’ll be getting 4 OS updates (and an additional yr of safety patches), however you higher deliver some Bluetooth headphones (or not less than a USB-C adapter). And the small 3,700mAh batter falls quick by way of endurance score.
The Galaxy S22 has an MSRP of 850 for an 8/128GB unit, however you could need to spend an additional 50 to get 256GB storage as there isn’t any microSD slot right here. Additionally remember that you’re looking at an Exynos 2200 chipset in Europe and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in many of the remainder of the world.
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
Apple presents even higher software program assist than Samsung (and Google, for that matter). The iPhone 13 Professional is barely bigger than the S22, making it 4.5m wider than the Xperia (and simply over 9mm shorter). It weighs 32g extra and youre going to really feel that.
The 13 Professional additionally has triple 12MP cameras on the again (that may do 4K @ 60fps), however in case you are affected person you may get the upcoming iPhone 14 Professional a couple of weeks from now. That one will allegedly have a 48MP fundamental and a brand new extremely large digicam.
The iPhone 13 Professional begins at 1,150 for a 128GB unit, these items arent low cost. Rumor has it that the 14 Professional will probably be barely costlier too.
Apple iPhone 13 Professional
Alright, time to vote who will decide up a Sony Xperia 5 IV when it turns into later this month?
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