The Sony Xperia 1 V is a top-end flagship that appears quite a bit like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia 1 IV. The query is, what’s the distinction between the 2 flagships?
Whereas the telephones might look near-identical on the floor, the Xperia 1 V fixes among the greatest complaints with its predecessor not solely when it comes to digicam prowess however efficiency and thermal efficiency particularly.
Right here, we define among the greatest variations (and, after all, the similarities) between the Sony Xperia 1 V and Sony Xperia 1 IV that will help you determine which is finest to your wants.
Each telephones look near-identical
Let’s get this out of the way in which first; you most likely gained’t discover a lot of a distinction in construct and general design whether or not you go for the year-old Xperia 1 IV or the brand new Xperia V.
Each sport the identical boxy, angular design that Sony has used for years at this level, although the Xperia 1 V sports activities a ribbed grippy texture alongside the perimeters of the telephone for added grip.
That’s nice in case you recognize the appear and feel of Sony’s smartphone assortment, however in case you had been hoping for one thing smooth and curvy just like the Honor Magic 5 Professional or Xiaomi 13 Professional, you’ll be sorely disillusioned.
There’s a plus facet to Sony’s method to design although – the inclusion of options that many different flagships have ditched in recent times. This consists of not solely a 3.5mm headphone jack – a rarity in telephones basically, not to mention flagships – however a microSD card slot to additional improve the storage by as much as 1TB post-purchase if want be.
Each telephones additionally sport dual-SIM connectivity, ultimate for people who often use two telephones.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV has overheating points
One in all our greatest complaints concerning the Sony Xperia 1 IV was its thermal efficiency.
The telephone sports activities the notorious Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 that suffered from overheating points not solely on the Xperia 1 IV however different flagship smartphones that used the chipset. Nevertheless, it appears that evidently the Sony Xperia 1 IV was the worst hit of the bunch – probably because of the design of different internals – that resulted in main overheating issues after only a few minutes of use.
Our reviewer famous that the telephone grew to become scorching to the contact after only a few minutes of utilizing the digicam or recording a video, and benchmark stress testing confirmed extreme body fee throttling in video games after only a minute of play, and efficiency solely bought worse over time.
It could possibly be an actual dealbreaker not just for smartphone addicts consistently scrolling via apps and taking part in video games, but additionally for people who wish to use the telephone for picture and video seize – arguably the options Sony champions most with its flagship Xperia gadgets.
The excellent news is that the newer Sony Xperia 1 V and its up to date Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset don’t undergo from the identical poor thermal efficiency, providing secure and clean assist no matter what you’re doing. Our reviewer remarked that the chipset “makes it fly in day-to-day use” with no notable warmth spots on the telephone.
The Sony Xperia 1 V has an improved essential digicam
The Sony Xperia 1 IV makes use of the identical main rear digicam sensor because the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 1 III.
Extra particularly, the Sony IMX557 on supply is pretty small compared to the flagship competitors, and it shuns pixel-binning tech too – a function utilized by opponents to enhance not solely the element however mild by combining a number of pixels (as much as 16 within the case of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely’s 200MP lens) into one.
As such, our reviewer discovered the digicam array “somewhat disappointing” with quite unintelligent image processing delivering unnatural tones (a slight shade of inexperienced in what’s speculated to be a blue sky, for instance), with most pictures captured needing an edit to actually carry out the element and color. Night time mode pictures was wonderful, but it surely lacked the element of competing 2022 flagships just like the Huawei P50 Professional.
That has lastly modified with the Xperia 1 V although; it sports activities a brand new essential 52MP Exmor T sensor that the corporate claims delivers a 2x enhance to nighttime mode efficiency in comparison with the IV, and that’s one thing we discovered to be the case in our assessment. It’s not fairly one of the best on the market nonetheless, however it’s a huge enchancment with a lot much less noise, extra mild and higher colors in low-light circumstances.
It’s additionally higher in well-lit circumstances, with Sony apparently doing quite a lot of work on its digicam tuning tech to ship extra correct colors than its predecessor. Even in well-lit circumstances, it’s nonetheless not the final digicam telephone, but it surely’s definitely a stable flagship expertise this time round.
Each have high-end 4K shows
Whatever the mannequin you go for, you’ll get entry to a real 4K show – sure, that’s proper, true 4K. Sony is the one smartphone producer to supply 4K decision on a smartphone show, and it has been a staple of the top-end Xperia because the Xperia Z5 Premium again in 2015.
Nevertheless, reviewers of each the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 1 V remarked that the 4K decision is fairly pointless in most eventualities, with the telephone robotically defaulting to an FHD+ decision in any app that doesn’t particularly require 4K – and even then, some 4K video apps don’t get the 4K decision remedy. Moreover, it’s simply as pixel-packed on the downscaled decision too, with no notable downgrade in general display screen high quality.
Decision apart, each telephones sport a 6.5-inch OLED panel with a clean 120Hz refresh fee, delivering deep blacks, vibrant colors and nice HDR efficiency. There’s additionally a Creator show mode that boasts a warm-looking tone you’d count on to see within the “professional calibrated” modes of a Sony TV.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is now less expensive
Whereas the Sony Xperia 1 IV was initially priced on the identical (ridiculously excessive) Sony Xperia 1 V at £1,299/$1,399, the 2022 flagship has since dropped in worth, with the telephone out there at a barely extra tempting worth of round £999 on the time of writing. Whether or not the low cost makes up for poor digicam efficiency and the overheating points is one other downside altogether, although.