Sony XPeria 5 IV

The Xperia 5 IV shows that Sony isn’t done making small phones

Today, at IFA 2022, Sony introduced the Xperia 5 IV, a compact smartphone. Like all Sony smartphones, the company highlights its camera capabilities with a laser-sharp focus on videography features. It will go on sale in Europe and the United States at the end of September and October, respectively.

Xperia 5 IV comes with a small 6.1 inch OLED display capable of 120Hz refresh rate for smooth scrolling and 240Hz motion blur reduction for gaming. Sony says this is its brightest Full HD display yet and is up to 50% brighter than the Xperia 5 III. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack that supports higher quality audio, as well as the latest Bluetooth LE (low energy) audio standard, although that will come in a future update.

In terms of cameras, the Xperia 5 IV has a triple array of cameras. All three cameras support object tracking and eye autofocus (autofocus). Sony is also touting support for 4K HDR and 120fps super slow motion cinematography. All of this is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 paired with 8GB of RAM and a 5000mAh battery.

Sony Xperia 5 IV in exclusive green.

“We are delighted to introduce the new Xperia 5 IV as a continuation of our Xperia series. We are always listening to our customers to develop the latest technologies that meet their needs as creators, gamers and music and video enthusiasts,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. in a statement. “The Xperia 5 IV is a powerful and compact tool that’s perfect for anyone looking for the very best in technology in a small, stylish package.”

Compact phones have been going extinct for a while now. Apple is expected to abandon the iPhone Mini with the iPhone 14 series, and Google’s pixel size has been steadily increasing. Only the Asus Zenfone 9 along with the Sony phone are now serving this small market. While Sony’s phone features a fairly standard 6.1-inch diagonal screen size, the company’s choice of aspect ratio means its phones are thinner and narrower than competing products.

Sony sure charges a pretty penny for that. The Xperia 5 IV will go on sale at the end of October in the US for $1,000. Pre-orders open September 1, with pre-order bonuses available in the form of Sony’s WF-1000XM4 true wireless noise canceling earbuds. It will cost £950 in the UK and availability will start earlier on September 23rd.

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