The Sony Xperia 1 III is probably the most amazing phone Sony has made in quite some time, So we look forward to what he's going to do next with the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

There are already some gossip about the phone, all of which you can locate now, as well as details on the date and likely launch cost, and we'll update this article whenever we hear about Sony's next flagship phone.

But since we don't know much about it yet, we've also included a wish list of things we wish the Sony Xperia 1 IV would offer, due to the fact that as great as the Xperia 1 III is, our 4-star review quite appreciated it. number of issues and areas that could be improved.

Come to the point

  • What is it? Sony's next flagship phone
  • At what point did it come out? Expect an announcement in early 2022
  • How much will it cost? Unknown, safer than the cost will be high

Sony Xperia 1 IV launch data and price

There are still no real gossip about the launch date of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, but it will most likely be announced in early 2022, probably in the month of April, since the Sony Xperia 1 III was announced in the month of April 2021. That said, the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 1 were revealed in the month of February of its launch years, so this month is also possible.

As long as the Sony Xperia 1 IV is announced, the wait until it goes on sale can be considerably longer, since the Xperia 1 III will not go on sale until the end of August, which is about 4 months. After its announcement, and the wait for the 2 preceding models, from the announcement to the launch, lasted about 3 months.

There is no cost information yet for the Sony Xperia 1 IV, but the Sony Xperia 1 III costs $1,299.99 / €1,199 / AU$2200), so the next model could have a similar cost. In any case, we would expect it to be very expensive.

A Sony Xperia 1 III on a table, with the screen on

The Sony Xperia 1 III is a very expensive phone (Image credit: LaComparacion)

News and Leaks

While the Sony Xperia 1 IV is probably still a long way off, we've already heard a few things in this regard, including, according to @NodSikharulidze, it's supposedly going to have a 50MP prime camera.

It's supposed to have the exact same 50MP camera as the Google Pixel XNUMX, but this phone hasn't been released yet, so while this leak is fitting, we can't be too specific about the camera. The fountain doesn't have much of a history either, so we'd take it with a pinch of salt.

Also in the camera news, we have heard that Sony may be using a self-made sensor for the front camera of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, as self-made sensors for the rear cameras.

The Xperia 1 III used a Samsung sensor for the front camera, but it is unclear whether the move from Samsung to Sony would be an upgrade or not.

What we want to see

There are many things that Sony could add or alter to make the Xperia 1 IV a better phone than the Xperia 1 III, including the upcoming ones.

1. An in-screen fingerprint scanner

Virtually all flagship Android phones now have an in-display fingerprint scanner, but not the Sony Xperia 1 III, which puts its scanner on the side of the phone.

While it's not the worst place for this, we'd rather see it move under the screen, as it's a considerably more modern situation for a fingerprint scanner, given the cost of Sony's cutting-edge technology.

2. Lower cost

Speaking of cost, Sony's Xperia 1 flagship line is seriously overpriced, with the Sony Xperia 1 III competing with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and iPhone XNUMX Pro Max on cost.

With its 4K 120Hz display, it arguably justifies the price, or at least comes close, but Sony doesn't have the appeal of Samsung or Apple, so a lower price would help it move more units around.

3. A longer zoom

A photo of the Sony Xperia 1 III, focused on the camera

We want a longer range zoom than the Xperia 1 III offerings (Image credit: LaComparacion)

Arguably the star of the Xperia 1 III's camera setup is its adaptive telephoto lens, which has two lenses that share a sensor and offers two different optical zoom distances, giving you a choice of 2.9x or 4x.

Sharing a sensor with them is faster than switching between two completely separate telephoto lenses (as the Galaxy S21 Ultra does, for example)So with all that in mind, it's clear that Sony is taking telephoto seriously. However, compared to the 10x zoom offered by the Galaxy S21 Ultra and some Huawei phones, the range on offer here isn't very impressive.

Sure, zooming in at a shorter distance might be more useful for some people, but if Sony goes to the trouble of offering two different zoom distances, we'd like them to be very different, with the top option ideally extending to 10x, with what who can shoot all those shy animals and distant buildings.

4. Long-term software support

Sony said it plans to support the Xperia 1 III for 2 years after launch, which probably means 2 major Android updates. That's in line with some other phone makers, but when you consider how much the Xperia 1 III costs, it's not really much support, especially since Apple supports its phones for up to around six years, and Google is supposed to offer five years of updates for Pixel 6.

At a minimum, we'd love to see Sony match Samsung (and a few others) with three years of Android updates for the Xperia 1 IV, but ideally it'll go even further and lead the way for the Android Software takeover.

Of course, some of that might be out of Sony's reach - if Qualcomm doesn't support the Snapdragon chipset that the company will inevitably use, it could be locked, but we want as much support as is reasonably possible.

5. A bigger battery

In our tests, we found the Sony Xperia 1 III to last quite a while between charges, but it only has an average 4500mAh battery, so we'd like to see that jump to 5,000mAh on the Xperia 1 IV with hopefully even better life.

We would also appreciate faster charging, due to the fact that while the Xperia 30 III's 1W is reasonable, it is dwarfed by the speeds offered by Xiaomi and OnePlus.

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