Sony Suddenly Reveals Exclusive Game-Changing Xperia 1 1V Smartphone

Sony Suddenly Reveals Exclusive Game-Changing Xperia 1 1V Smartphone

Sony has just announced a new smartphone, the Xperia 1 IV, and it’s groundbreaking. The company is known for its skill in camera sensors, supplying outstanding camera phone sensors for many manufacturers. But the new phone aims to overcome the biggest flaw in smartphone photography: the lack of optical zoom.

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With a normal camera, you can rotate the lens or press a lever to zoom in and out, with no loss of resolution. With smartphones, there is a problem. Almost all smartphones have fixed focus lenses. The only ways to fix issues related to this are digital zoom (which quickly reduces image quality to almost unusable) or multiple lenses.

Even the multi-lens solution has major limitations, as full resolution is only possible at each camera’s native focal length. Adjust from there and you’re back in digital zoom territory.

So Sony’s new phone is radically different. There are three cameras in the new phone and one of them is varifocal, 85-125mm. That means compared to the 24mm main lens it offers the equivalent of a 3.2x zoom, but that can then be adjusted to just over 5x.

Since 3x optical zoom is common, you’ll really notice the step up to 5x and being able to do that without any loss of image quality is great.

It is not cheap. When the phone launches (September in the US, June 16 in the UK), it will cost $1,599 (£1,299 in the UK).

There are other great new features, though none as unique as the genuine optical zoom.

You can record slow-motion video in Ultra HD quality on all three 12MP cameras. It has another Sony speciality: real-time eye autofocus to make sure your subjects’ faces are in razor-sharp focus. The 5,000 mAh battery is enough to keep the phone going for a long time and it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers, Sony packs a 4K display into its premium phones. This is a 6.5-inch screen in Sony’s preferred widescreen ratio (21:9). This makes it easier to fit in your hand, for sure. Oh, and it has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor powering it.

The optical zoom itself makes this a very intriguing proposition and while it’s far from cheap, Sony’s immaculate build quality and sleek design are very appealing.

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