Sony unveils Xperia 1 V flagship with stacked Exmor T sensor, memory card support and 3.5mm headphone jack for €1399

Sony introduced the flagship smartphone Xperia 1 V, which received the first of its kind stacked (multilayer) image sensor Exmor T, promising a new level of shooting in low light conditions. In addition, the model is equipped with an OLED display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a resolution close to 4K, as well as the latest generation Snapdragon platform.

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Image Source: Sony

The 6.5-inch display offers a resolution of 3840×1644 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. Uses X1 technology to optimize video quality, the same technology used in the Xperia 1 IV with some software additions. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus 2 glass, the front camera received a 12-megapixel sensor. It is noteworthy that the back surface is made of the same version of Gorilla Glass, the smartphone is protected from dust and moisture.

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The novelty is built on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform, uses 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM. Unlike many other flagship smartphones, the Sony model additionally received a microSD memory card slot. Compared to the Xperia 1 IV model, the cooling system has become 60% larger. In addition, the developer has made a lot of efforts to reduce the power consumption of the camera – it is its sensor that emits quite a lot of heat in modern smartphones.

The main camera received a 52-megapixel 1 / 1.35-inch sensor with an aspect ratio of 4:4.3 – 70% more than it was in the Xperia 1 IV. Notably, this aspect ratio does not match either standard 4:3 shots or standard 16:9 video. The model uses a BSI Quad-Bayer sensor structure with individual 1.12 micron pixels – for photos they are combined into 2.24 micron pixels for 12-megapixel shooting. Stacked sensor – the photodiode and transistor are placed on different layers, which helps to increase light capture and reduce noise. Sony claims that the new sensor will allow you to take twice the best pictures than were available on the Xperia 1 IV.

There is also a 12-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens (85-125 mm, f/2.3-F/2.8), while the ultra-wide-angle camera also has a 16-mm lens with a sensor resolution of 12 megapixels. The ToF sensor is now gone as Sony believes it is being successfully replaced by AI algorithms. The Photo Pro and Video Pro apps have also been updated.

Sony Xperia 1 V is equipped with improved stereo speakers with increased volume and deeper bass. Unlike many flagships, the novelty has a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The model received a 5000 mAh battery with support for 30 W fast charging, providing a 50% charge in 30 minutes. There is also wireless charging with the possibility of reverse powering other devices; for three years of operation, at least 80% of the battery capacity should be preserved.

It is known that the Sony Xperia 1 V will be available in black, platinum silver and khaki options from the end of June. Release times for selected markets will be announced at a later date. The model will cost €1,399 in the EU and £1,299 in the UK.

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