Sony has just announced the Xperia 1 IV, a phone capable of optically zooming between 85mm and 125mm. It also heralds the arrival of a new “Pro” app dedicated to music.
Along with its next entry-level model, the Sony Xperia 10 IV, Sony has just announced its next flagship, the Xperia 1 IV. Very close in design to the Sony Xperia 1 III, it also takes up a good part of its technical sheet, while bringing its share of interesting new features.
The first most impressive new feature is undoubtedly the arrival of a true “optical zoom”. The previous model offered two focal lengths of 85 mm and 125 mm. Now it will be possible to zoom from one to the other without any cropping. A real achievement. In addition, each of its 12 megapixel sensors is capable of shooting in 4K 120 FPS. There is also the famous trigger button which allows you to find part of the experience of a box.
To finish on the photo part, the Xperia 1 IV can be used as an external screen with an Alpha box from Sony.
Music for the pros
The other notable novelty is on the music side, since Sony is introducing with this model a new app called Music Pro, somewhat in the same spirit as the Pro apps for the camera and the camera already present on the Mark models. III. This was designated by the engineers of the music branch of the Japanese giant.
The idea is simply to be able to record where you want with a sufficient level of quality, which Sony claims to be professional. A system called Studio Tunning can even erase extraneous noise if you’re recording in a noisy environment. In addition, the phone can act as a DAW, ie you can mount your music tracks directly without having to extract them to a PC.
For the sound part, the Xperia 1 IV also benefits from a wired input for headphones and offers Hi-Res, LDAC and 360 reality audio compatibility. For those who prefer wireless headphones and headsets, Hi-Res Wireless and Bluetooth LE are also included.
Sony also wants to appeal to gamers with a mode called Game enhancer. This allows you to stream live from the phone by adjusting its interface, its audio or the quality of its stream. It is also possible to display the in-game chat to react live.
An accessory to cool the phone will also be offered. What cool the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which powers this Xperia, a chip deemed powerful, but which heats up a little quickly.
To take full advantage of it, Sony is once again offering a 4K Oled panel at 120 Hz, with a slightly elongated 21:9 ratio, but which allows you to enjoy films in good conditions. Let’s add that the 12-megapixel selfie camera does not pierce this screen, but finds itself relegated to the top, in a thin black band.
To complete the tour of the technical sheet, let’s add that the Xperia 1 IV is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery and has an IP 65/68 certification, as well as Corning Gorilla Glass Victus to protect it.
The phone is not expected to be available until September 2022. It will be offered in three colors: black, white and purple.
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