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Sony's Newest Compact, High-End Phone is the Xperia 5 IV

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Sep 1, 2022, 10:14 AM   by Rich Brome
updated Sep 1, 2022, 3:12 PM

Updated: Added US network support info.

Sony has a new edition of the Xperia 5, its smaller sibling to the flagship Xperia 1 series. As Sony is known for making its own high-quality camera sensors, Xperia phones focus on photography and video, and this new model is no exception. The Xperia 5 IV sports three high-quality (Exmor RS for mobile), 12-megapixel cameras on the back, including wide-angle and telephoto lenses. All three rear cameras support 4K HDR 120 fps video recording and Sony's advanced AF/AE system. The front camera also sports a 12 megapixel Exmor RS for mobile sensor that supports 4K HDR video. Specs and features are high-end all around, including a 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED display with 120 Hz refresh, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 8 GB RAM, Bluetooth 5.2 with LE Audio, 5,000 mAh battery, and two-way wireless charging. The 128 GB of storage is expandable with the memory card slot (up to 1 TB), and it has a 3.5mm headset jack. Advanced connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6E, USB 3.2, NFC, and wired video out (HDMI and DisplayPort) up to 4K/60fps. However its US network support may be limited. Sony's web site shows that it supports 5G in bands 5, 41, and 77; and 4G in bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 25, 26, 41, and 66. But it does not support mmWave 5G, nor the full set of 5G nor 4G bands for any major US carrier. The body is IPX5/IPX8 water resistant and protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. It will be available in the US in black or green for $1,000. Pre-orders start today and it ships at the end of October. For a limited time, customers who pre-order the phone will receive Sony's latest WF-1000XM4 earbuds (a $280 value).


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Sep 1, 2022, 12:10 PM

Glad someone still makes smaller flagships!

I loved all of the Sony Compact models, and enjoy my unfortunately larger Xperia 5 III, but have gotten used to it and am glad there's an upgrade path when I need it. Strange they dropped the optical zoom lens that provided 70mm and 105mm equivalent in favor of a fixed 60mm, but at least still has microSD slot, side fingerprint sensor, headphone port, and no notch!
Must be nice to have enough R&D cash around to make smartphones as a hobby
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