Sony suddenly reveals a unique and revolutionary Xperia 1 1V smartphone

Sony suddenly reveals a unique and revolutionary Xperia 1 1V smartphone

Sony has just announced a new smartphone, the Xperia 1 IV, and it’s an innovator. The company is known for its expertise in camera sensors, providing excellent cameraphone sensors to many manufacturers. But the new phone aims to overcome a major flaw that smartphone photography has: the lack of optical zoom.

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With a regular camera, you can rotate the lens or press a lever to zoom in and out, with no loss of resolution. With smartphones, there is a problem. Almost all smartphones already have fixed focus lenses. The only ways around the problems related to this are digital zoom (which quickly reduces image quality to almost unusable) or multiple lenses.

Even the multi-lens solution has major limitations, with full resolution possible only at the native focal length of each camera. Adjust from there and you’re back in digital zoom territory.

So Sony’s new phone is completely different. There are three cameras on the new phone, and one of them has a variable focal length, 85-125mm. This means that compared to the 24mm main lens, it offers the equivalent of a 3.2x zoom, but that can be adjusted to just over 5x.

Since 3x optical zoom is common, you’ll really notice the step up to 5x and being able to do it without any loss of image quality is sensational.

It doesn’t come cheap. When the phone launches (September in the US, June 16 in the UK) it will cost $1,599 (£1,299 in the UK).

There are other great new features, though none as unique as the genuine optical zoom.

You can record slow motion video in Ultra HD quality on all three 12 MP cameras. It has another Sony specialty: real-time eye autofocus to ensure your subjects’ faces are in sharp focus. The 5,000mAh battery is enough to keep the phone running for a long time, and it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers, Sony puts a 4K display on its premium phones. This is a 6.5-inch display in Sony’s preferred widescreen (21:9) aspect ratio. This makes for an easier adjustment in the hand, that’s for sure. Oh, and it has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor.

The optical zoom alone makes this proposition highly intriguing, and while it’s far from cheap, Sony’s immaculate build quality and sleek design are highly appealing.

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