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Sony Xperia 5 IV Review : Novelty Convinces In The Preliminary Test | Tech Reviews

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Sony Xperia 5 IV Review : Novelty Convinces In The Preliminary Test | Tech Reviews



So far, Sony’s 2022 smartphone generation has consisted of the Xperia 10 IV mid-range model and the Xperia 1 IV top model . What is missing is the compact version of the top model. Now the Xperia 5 III gets its successor: The Sony Xperia 5 IV (read: Sony Experia five mark four). And so much can be revealed: It can do everything better, looks better and comes as close as never before to the big model – even at the price of 1,049 euros (RRP).

Slim, chic case

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Sony Xperia 5 IV

The Xperia 5 IV is immediately recognizable as an Xperia. It stays with the elongated, rectangular design, which the Xperia 5 brought. At 156 millimeters (mm) long and 67 mm wide, the latest generation is 1 mm more compact than its predecessor. It’s still 8.2 mm thin and 4 grams heavier at 172 grams – but they’re all big! In particular, the small width is rare today and ensures a special handiness. We still complained about the glossy surfaces of the predecessor Xperia 5 III. The Xperia 5 IV, on the other hand, is a perfect hand flatterer. Not only the Gorilla Glass Victus back, but also the aluminum frame is soft, matt and resistant to fingerprints. Only the Victus disc on the front is smooth. The transitions to the frame are rounded and not noticeable when swiping. Traditionally, the latest Xperia 5 is also waterproof according to IP certification (tested to IP65 and IP68). It is unlocked via the fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button on the side. Face recognition? There is not any.
Sony Xperia 5 IV


Sony Xperia 5 IV
As before, the Xperia 5 IV has a 6.1-inch 21:9 display. Not only is it smaller than the 6.5-inch screen of the Xperia 1 IV, it also does without its extremely high 4K resolution. The difference (3840×1644 to 2520×1080 pixels) is more dramatic on paper than in everyday life. You really can’t blame the Xperia 5 IV for lacking sharpness with 449 ppi. Size, format and resolution have been stable for generations. In landscape format, neither the notch nor the punch hole interfere with film enjoyment because the front camera is located in the edge above the display. Thanks to OLED, the contrast is great. The HDR-capable “CinemaWide” display with 10-bit color display changes images at up to 120 Hertz, which leads to smoother scrolling and enables buttery-smooth scrolling. However, this must first be set with reference to increased battery consumption. Unfortunately, there is no content-based dynamic control that saves and slips if necessary. Sony has improved another weak point: Compared to the predecessor, the brightness is said to have increased by 50 percent. In fact, the 5 IV fared better in everyday use. Perhaps the clouds also played their part. The lab will show whether Sony’s promise of brightness, like that of the Xperia 1 IV, is true. Perhaps the clouds also played their part. The lab will show whether Sony’s promise of brightness, like that of the Xperia 1 IV, is true. Perhaps the clouds also played their part. The lab will show whether Sony’s promise of brightness, like that of the Xperia 1 IV, is true.
Sony Xperia 5 IV

Xperia 5 IV with super-fast autofocus

Sony Xperia 5 IV

As with the Xperia 1 IV, all lenses at the front and rear are 12 megapixels (MP). The cameras on the back have a particularly fast autofocus (60 calculations per second) with eye tracking, which also recognizes cats and dogs. The object recognition also worked well in the practical test and even passing cars were continuously focused (“real-time tracking”). A tap on the screen is enough to mark it. If you’re in a hurry, you can shoot continuously at 20 frames per second. Sony has given all three imaging lenses the so-called 120 fps high-speed read-out image sensor.
Sony Xperia 5 IV
The ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.2; 1/2.5″) corresponds to a focal length of 16 mm.
Sony Xperia 5 IV ultra wide angle photo
For standard shots, the focal length of the main lens (f/1.7; 1/1.7″) corresponds to 24 mm.
Stock Photo Sony Xperia 5 IV
In contrast to the Xperia 1 IV with its variable optical zoom, the telephoto lens (f/2.4; 1/3.5″) of the Xperia 5 IV has a fixed focal length of 60 mm. It is used from a magnification of 2.5x.
4x zoom taken with the Sony Xperia 5 IV
Larger zoom levels are digitally interpolated. At 7.5x magnification it’s over. This limits the loss of detail.
7.5x zoom Sony Xperia 5 IV
The main and telephoto lenses have optical image stabilization. Compared to the Xperia 5 III, the sensor of the selfie camera (1/2.9″) is larger, more light-sensitive and has a higher resolution (12 instead of 8 MP). Ambitious photographers and videographers will find a similar user interface apart from the quick snap basic mode as with Sony’s Alpha cameras.
Sony Xperia 1 IV
Operation is designed for landscape format from automatic mode onwards. Snapping is done with the two-stage photo button on the edge, with which you can focus with light pressure like on a real camera and release with stronger pressure. In the other programs, you can then specifically adjust the settings and tease everything out of the Xperia.
Sony Xperia 5 IV Program Auto mode

Strong videos

If necessary, the Xperia pumps up the memory with 4K videos at 120 fps. The music video “People Pleaser” by pop singer Cat Burns, which was shot entirely with the Xperia 5 IV in a professional context with lighting and gimbal, is intended to show what the Xperia 5 IV can do in the field of moving images. Even here, the director relied on eye recognition at times to keep actors in focus. The special moving image ambitions underline that there are already three apps for making a video.
Sony Xperia 5 IV Video
Sony Xperia 5 IV Video Pro
Sony Xperia 5 IV Cinema Pro

Speed, equipment and handle

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor is used. This ensures very high computing power and of course 5G. When asked why it wasn’t a more recent 8+ Gen 1, the answer was: because the 8 Gen 1 offers more than enough power. The way the Xperia masters benchmarks and games can be left as it is. As one of the last top models, the new Sony continues to rely on a jack socket (on the top). This way, your old favorite headphones can also be connected. The Xperia comes with High-Res Audio and 360 Reality Audio. Compared to its predecessor, the speakers are more isolated from the case and generate less unwanted vibrations and background noise. On board are 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM and 128 GB of device memory. If necessary, set up one microSD card . Dual SIM works with a normal and an eSIM. Android 12 is used as the operating system at the start. Sony promises security updates for three years. You might want to lean further out of the window.
Sony Xperia 5 IV

Bigger battery with wireless charging

As mentioned at the beginning, the Xperia 5 IV is more compact than its predecessor. Nevertheless, the capacity of the battery increases significantly from 4,500 to 5,000 milliampere hours. This should exceed the measured usage time of the Xperia 5 III of 9:37 hours. For profit-enhancing sustainability reasons, a power supply unit has to be purchased separately, as is the case with Apple and Samsung. The scope of delivery does not even include a cable. It doesn’t have to be. The reason is a real innovation in the 5 series: For the first time, the Xperia 5 IV charges a small Xperia wirelessly using the Qi standard. This eliminates a flaw compared to the Xperia 1 series. USB Type C is faster. Up to 30 watts of charging power are possible. According to the manufacturer, that’s enough to go from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. Other cell phones charge much faster .
Menus Sony Xperia 5 IV

Sony Xperia 5 IV: price, colors and release

Sony Xperia 5 IV
The Sony Xperia 5 IV will be available in black, white and green from mid-September. The recommended retail price (RRP) is 1,049 euros. If you buy between September 1st and October 9th, you get the wireless headphones LinkBuds S for free. During the campaign period, a used smartphone or tablet can be purchased for up to EUR 800 plus a EUR 200 exchange bonus. Buyers receive a 12-month subscription to Bravia Core, Sony Pictures’ streaming service, which currently includes 100 titles. You will also receive a voucher for five purchase films (out of 500 at the moment).
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Test conclusion: Sony Xperia 5 IV

Appearances are deceptive: Visually, the Xperia 5 IV is nothing new, but it is superior to its predecessor in many areas and even puts the Xperia 1 IV under pressure. With the Xperia 1 IV and the 5 IV, Sony is targeting “content creators” in particular with its photo and video skills, but “normal” people also get a really good cell phone. The frame and the back are pleasantly non-slip in Generation 4, the display is brighter, the endurance is better, the processor is faster. And then there’s finally wireless charging. The Xperia 5 IV is a very successful facelift and undoubtedly the best compact Xperia to date. At best, face recognition and adaptive frame rate control would still be good for the 5 IV.

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