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Sony Xperia 1 V: what we want to see

The Sony Xperia 1 IV was in many ways one of the most interesting phones of 2022, with features you won’t find anywhere else.

But it’s also a phone with flaws and one with a very high price tag, so there are definitely changes we want to see in the Sony Xperia 1 V, and we’ve listed them below.

Ahead, though, we’ve included details about when the Sony Xperia 1 V will launch, how much it will cost, and what specifications and features it might have. We haven’t heard much yet, but as more leaks and rumors spread, we’ll be sure to update this article.

cut to the chase

  • What is this? The next flagship phone from Sony
  • When is the exit? Possibly mid 2023
  • How much will it cost? Expect a very high price

Sony Xperia 1 V: release date and price

Sony hasn’t been terribly consistent with releases of the Xperia 1 line, so we can’t be too sure when the Sony Xperia 1 V will land, especially in the absence of any rumors.

For reference, the Sony Xperia 1 IV was announced on May 11th of 2022, and then hit UK stores on June 16th — but the US didn’t get it until September 1st, and Australia didn’t get it at all.

The announcement of the Sony Xperia 1 III was a little earlier than the previous year, in April 2021 — but the phone didn’t go on sale anywhere until August. For the two models before that, we’ve seen a February announcement and a May on-sale date.

So what can we take from this? The Sony Xperia 1 V will likely be announced in the first half of 2022. Possibly in May that will be a year after the Xperia 1 IV, but that’s far from a guarantee.

It’s hard to guess the actual release date, since there’s sometimes a long delay after an announcement, but some regions may get it in or around June, and Australia probably won’t get it at all.

For the price, the Sony Xperia 1 IV costs $1,599 in the US, which gets you a model with 512GB of storage. In the UK, only the 256GB version is available, and that costs £1,299.99.

So the Sony Xperia 1 V may be priced similarly, but we’re not sure. Hopefully it won’t be more expensive anyway, because the Xperia 1 IV is already one of the most expensive non-foldable phones you can buy.

Sony Xperia 1 IV in someone's hand, with tree leaves in the background

Sony Xperia 1 IV is very expensive (Image credit: Future)

Sony Xperia 1 V: news and leaks

There aren’t many leaks of the Sony Xperia 1 V yet, but we’ve now seen a leaked image that allegedly shows the back of the phone. You can see this below and it looks a lot like the back of the Sony Xperia 1 IV, except that this time all the camera sensors are in the camera block.

There are changes to the lens selection and sensors available as well. It’s still a triple-lens camera but those lenses appear to be larger, so some or all of them may be new.

There’s also now a hole for what’s supposed to be a microphone, but no sign of the RGB IR sensor or ToF (time-of-flight) sensor found on the Xperia 1 IV. However, we take this picture with a pinch of salt.

A leaked image shows the back of the Sony Xperia 1 V

(Image credit: Speckles)

Moreover, there is evidence that the camera may be a major focus for Sony.

For one thing, Sony usually puts a lot of emphasis on the cameras of its flagship phones, but on top of that, the company said it expects still image quality from smartphones to surpass that of DSLRs by the end of 2024.

That suggests it can expect significant smartphone camera improvements in the next couple of years, some of which will likely be evident in the Sony Xperia 1 V.

One of these improvements could be a new sensor – likely a new 1-inch sensor revealed by the company, which has already been used in the Xiaomi 12s Ultra among other phones.

Sony Xperia 1 V: what we want to see

There are a few key things Sony could do to make the Xperia 1 V significantly better than the Sony Xperia 1 IV. They include the following.

1. Lower price

Sony Xperia 1 IV from behind, in someone's hand

Sony Xperia 1 IV is very expensive (Image credit: Future)

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is an amazingly expensive phone, coming in at a price tag even higher than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

While it has some specs and features that Samsung and Apple phones lack, it’s also inferior in some ways, and it’s certainly priced in a way that a truly flagship phone isn’t likely to be.

So for the Sony Xperia 1 V we want to see a lower price. Obviously, this phone is still going to be outrageously expensive, but if Sony can bring its price down by a few hundred dollars/pounds, they can turn in more units.

2. A better fingerprint sensor

Paying the big bucks doesn’t guarantee you a good fingerprint sensor, and that’s the case with the Sony Xperia 1 IV, which has a sensor that we found in our review failed more times than it did.

On top of that, the phone doesn’t even have an in-display phone — it’s side-mounted, which makes it look a little dated. So for Sony Xperia 1 V we want the fingerprint sensor to be more reliable, preferably also integrated into the display.

3. More polished software

Sony Xperia 1 IV front, exterior with trees in the background

The Sony Xperia 1 IV was a little bolder than we’d like (Image credit: Future)

In our review of the Xperia 1 IV, we found the software wasn’t quite as polished as the hardware, with app crashes, a deplorable amount of bloatware, and worst of all — video playback simply didn’t work on some video recording apps.

All of these things can be fixed with updates, of course, but for the Sony Xperia 1 V we want a smooth and seamless experience out of the box.

4. Faster charging

The Sony Xperia 1 IV supports charging at up to 30W, which isn’t terrible — in fact, it has Apple and most Samsung phones, but it pales in comparison to many others, some of which can now reach 150W.

So for Sony Xperia 1 V we want to boost charging power. We’re thinking at least 60 watts, but the higher the better, we can power up the phone quickly.

5. Zoom in longer distance

One of the star features of the Sony Xperia 1 IV is its continuous optical zoom – letting you zoom in on anything between 3.5x and 5.2x. This isn’t something you’ll find in other phones, but with this nice feature, we’d like to see Sony make the most of it and increase the zoom level to around 10x, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

This phone offers 3x or 10x optical zoom, but if Sony can offer optical zoom at every level within that range, it’ll have Samsung — and every other phone maker — excelling on that front.

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