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Xperia 5 IV presented: Sony dispenses with optical zoom on smaller smartphone

Jan Johannsen
Jan Johannsen
01.09.2022

The Sony Xperia 5 IV shares many functions with the top model Xperia 1 IV, but is a smaller, slimmed-down version in some places. The price is still in the four-digit range.

Sony presented the Xperia 5 IV at the IFA. Compared to the Xperia 1 IV, the display is smaller and has a lower resolution, and the optical zoom is missing on the telephoto camera. Instead, it is said to be the first Xperia 5 with real-time eye autofocus and real-time tracking for portrait shots.

All three cameras are capable of 4K at 120 frames per second

. The OLED display of the Xperia 5 IV measures 6.1 inches and has a Full HD+ resolution. By comparison, the Xperia 1 IV measures 6.5 inches and has a 4K resolution. The maximum refresh rate for both is 120 hertz. The front and back of the smartphone are made of robust Gorilla Glass Victus. The entire casing is IP65/68 certified, meaning it has survived 30 minutes in 1.5-metre-deep water unscathed.

The Xperia 5 IV has the Pro apps (Photography Pro, Videography Pro, Cinematography Pro and Music Pro) pre-installed, which Sony does not offer for general download. On this smartphone, they access three 12-megapixel cameras on the back. These have Exmor RS image sensors that vary in size. The apertures and focal lengths are also not identical: the main camera is the fastest with f/1.7 and has a focal length of 24 millimetres. The wide-angle camera has f/2.2 and 16 millimetres, the telephoto camera f/2.4 and 60 millimetres. However, all three are capable of recording slow motion at 120 frames per second in 4K resolution. The front camera delivers selfies with twelve megapixels as well.

The Sony Xperia 5 IV comes in three colours.
The Sony Xperia 5 IV comes in three colours.

There is a 3.5 mm connector for connecting to audio devices. For wireless connections, the Xperia 5 IV supports the new Bluetooth LE standard.

The 5000 mAh battery is said to be charged to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. It can also be charged wirelessly, but then more slowly. Thanks to the Battery Share function, you can also use it to charge other devices.

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and eight gigabytes of RAM, the Xperia 5 IV should be on par with the Xperia 1 IV in terms of performance. However, the internal memory of 128 gigabytes might be tight if you record a lot of videos. However, the capacity can be increased with a microSD card. .

Price and availability

The Sony Xperia 5 IV will be available from mid-September for a recommended retail price of 1049 euros or Swiss francs.

Sony Xperia 5 IV (128 GB, ecru, 6.10 ", SIM + eSIM, 12 Mpx, 5G)
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Sony Xperia 5 IV (128 GB, Green, 6.10 ", SIM + eSIM, 12 Mpx, 5G)
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Sony Xperia 5 IV (128 GB, Black, 6.10 ", SIM + eSIM, 12 Mpx, 5G)
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When I was but a young student, I'd sit in my friend's living room with all my classmates and play on his SuperNES. Since then I've had the opportunity to test out all the newest technology for you. I've done reviews at Curved, Computer Bild and Netzwelt, and have now arrived at Galaxus.de. 


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