The Sony Xperia 1 IV has been introduced. Depending on your perspective, the phone is either extremely early or slightly late, as the Sony Xperia 1 III was unveiled 13 months ago but only went on sale nine months ago.
Regardless, the new model is already available. This is Sony's first and possibly only flagship phone for 2022, as the Sony Xperia 5 IV has yet to be released, while the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 IV has.
You'd expect the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is now one of the best smartphones, to be the most expensive. However, the new Sony Xperia 1 IV makes the Samsung phone's pricing appear reasonable.
This is the fourth generation of Sony's flagship line, and while the Xperia 1 series has always been expensive, this is the most expensive ever. It costs $1,599 / £1,299 (about AU$2,300), up $300 / £100 from the Xperia 1 III. But keep in mind that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra starts at just $1,199.99 / £1,149 / $1,849. Thus the Samsung is significantly less expensive for the most basic version of both.
When considering the uncomfortable fact that the Xperia in the United States has 512GB of capacity and the Xperia in the United Kingdom has only 256GB of storage, neither area can change this. You can purchase microSD cards with expandable memory.
Although the Samsung with 512GB costs $1,399 in the United States and £1,249 in the United Kingdom, the Xperia is still more expensive, necessitating more detailed comparisons.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV boasts some intriguing technical capabilities. It includes the first continuous optical zoom in a smartphone, which will undoubtedly justify its high price tag for zoom photographers. It also supports 4K 120fps HDR video recording on its rear cameras, including pro-level video and audio recording apps, a burst photography mode for action footage, and Sony's eye autofocus mode.
This is incredibly beneficial for professional photographers. However, this may be excessive for the majority of phone users. Consequently, the Galaxy is the superior alternative.
The Ultra's handy settings are ideal for taking the most outstanding photos using AI and software trickery. Single Take is the best illustration of this, as it allows you to capture a video of a topic and then have an algorithm select the best stills from it to edit into dramatic images.
There is also the Food mode. It allows you to focus on a specific portion of the image, adds a substantial amount of artificial bokeh to the remainder of the image, and then applies a substantial amount of oversaturated processing.
In some ways, the Samsung and Sony phones are two sides of the same coin, geared at different photographers. However, they are both gifted in different ways.
The Samsung offers a premium design with a curved-edge screen, robust build, and an S Pen stylus for sketching, drawing, and taking notes. On the other hand, the Sony features a 4K display, a long, thin design, and a 3.5mm headphone port.
They both feature the same processor, battery size, similar charging speeds, and software that isn't too dissimilar - after all, they run Android. Therefore, choosing between two phones boils down to your photography skills, although the Xperia's slightly higher price may sway some towards the Galaxy.