‘Sony Xperia 1 V image leaked’
Sony is not a major player in the smartphone market, but it does release a number of Android devices every year. The Xperia 1 V is expected this year, the successor to the Xperia 1 IV. Very little is known about the smartphone, but a photo has now surfaced on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
The image shows the back of the Xperia 1 V. Although there is not much to see, it is striking that the device ‘only’ has three cameras on the back. It looks like Sony is omitting the ‘Time of Flight’ sensor from the Xperia 1 IV. This lens was used with that device to collect depth information for photographs.
We also see the logos of Sony and camera manufacturer Zeiss, and a narrow camera island. The bottom camera is a periscopic zoom lens, which allows the phone to zoom in far without losing quality. In addition, we expect that the Xperia 1 V is equipped with a main camera and wide-angle lens for wider images.
We don’t know what specifications the new Sony phone has and when it will be announced. The Xperia 1 IV was unveiled in May last year with a hefty suggested retail price of 1299 euros. Sony may show the new flagship at the Mobile World Congress, the technology fair that will start on February 27 in Barcelona. However, this has not been confirmed.
Successor of the Xperia 1 IV
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has been available in the Netherlands since June last year. The device was hardly convincing in our review. FADVICES editor Mike writes, for example, that the smartphone gets way too hot, doesn’t get updates long enough and has a mediocre battery life. You can read the whole story in the Sony Xperia 1 IV review the conclusion of which is shown below.
Much of our criticism of the Sony Xperia 1 IV is related to its high price. The cameras offer innovation and many possibilities, but are inferior in quality to the competition. The update policy is at most reasonable and the same applies to the battery life. You can also see from the better screen that this is a device of 1399 euros.
What really kills this Sony is the overheating. What good is a lightning-fast chip if it can no longer perform its work properly even under average load? We can therefore hardly recommend the Xperia 1 IV, unless you are very fond of the elongated screen or the now rare headphone jack.