Device Review: Sony Xperia 5 IV – Features

The Sony Xperia 5 IV became widely available in September and comes after the Xperia 1 IV

It’s been a while since we last reviewed the phone and even more since we’ve reviewed a Sony product.

Our last Sony product review was about the Sony Xperia 1 II in 2020 and ten phones in the Xperia range have been released since then.

The Sony Xperia 5 IV is the latest in the range and is cheaper than its predecessor, with the Xperia 5 IV priced at £ 949 compared to £ 1299.99 for the Xperia 1 IV.

Will this premium smartphone be worth almost a grand?

Specifications

Operating system: Android 12

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Screen: 6.1 inch

Resolution: 2520 x 1080

Memory: 8 GB of RAM

Internal memory: 128GB

Rear camera: 12MP triple camera

Front camera: 12 MP

Battery: 5,000 mAh

Charging: USB fast charging

Dimensions: 156 x 67 x 8.2 mm

Weight: 172 g

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The first thing I noticed when unpacking the device was how tall, sleek and slim the phone is. At first, I found the phone too tight, but once I started using it, I found that the size wasn’t an issue due to the 6.1-inch screen.

The volume and camera buttons are located on the right side of the device, with a small camera lens in the upper left corner. The triple rear camera was vertical in shape and its size was suitable for the slim phone as it didn’t take up too much space on the back of the phone. The 3.5mm headphone jack was on the top of the phone on the left side and I was pleased to see that this premium device included a headphone jack.

The glass front, glass back and aluminum frame give it a great look and feel, as the device feels smooth in the hand. The matte finish means no fingerprints are left behind, which makes the phone look a bit cleaner than other phones that feel greasy when you use them extensively.

While unboxing, I noticed there was nothing in the box except the phone itself. This is part of Sony’s mission to be environmentally friendly as the box was 50% smaller than before and there was no plastic in the box. I was disappointed not to have a charger (even just a cable would have been nice) as I had to hurry to try and find a suitable one as I am an Apple user. However, I will suffer this inconvenience for the good of the planet.

Camera

As for the camera, I found the quality of the 12MP triple rear cameras to be excellent and I was able to capture some great photos that brought out the colors, the intensity and even when the sun was setting, this did not compromise the images. .

The zoom only came in at 2.5x and offers a 60mm telephoto lens which I found a little lackluster as it differs from some of the other Xperia’s that offer a periscope variable zoom lens.

The selfie camera also held up well, although I find some smartphones fall short of their front cameras. I didn’t take too many selfies, but once again it captured the colors and vibrancy of my dyed hair and was pleased with the result of the photos.

A different thing was the camera tricks Sony offered on the Xperia 5 IV. The three apps; Photo Pro, Video Pro and Cinema Pro are great additions to the device, but some consumers may have a hard time navigating as there are several modes such as manual mode which makes you feel like you are using a real professional camera. If you like photography and videography or want to test your creativity, this could be useful. But for the daily user, these apps probably won’t be used.

Performance

At a price of nearly a thousand pounds, I expected the device to have excellent qualities. I found that the device worked very well for the most part, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset was used, although after some research, I found that a newer Snapdragon chipset could have been used.

This didn’t have much impact on the device, as the processor did its job of ensuring excellent performance, but I found that when I was gaming, the phone got hot and there were a couple of issues in a couple of app games.

That said, I found that when I was watching YouTube or Netflix, the audio and video were great. The audio was clear and there was no distortion or vibration and my music sounded even better with some earphones.

The 21: 9 HDR OLED display is now 50% brighter – a great addition to the device as I could actually see what I was looking at in the dark.

What impressed me the most was the large battery life of 5,000mAh, as I found that I didn’t run out of charge despite using it for a full day. I really tried to get the battery to work but was struggling despite gaming, messaging, and watching Netflix and YouTube.

Fast charging could have been slightly faster, but I still managed to recharge the battery in an hour rather than overnight. My charger may have been responsible for a slightly less than fast charging experience since I just picked an old charger.

Summary

The hero of the device was definitely the battery life, as I was able to use the phone for a full day and still have about 20% battery left.

This is something that some smartphones lack, as many phones require daytime charging and overnight charging.

I also liked the camera as it was simple to use and worked well during the evening despite the lack of brightness. However, the 2.5x zoom was disappointing and the three camera apps will only be appreciated by photographers and those who like to play with technology.

Despite a couple of issues and a bit of overheating, the rest of the phone ran smoothly and I was impressed with the Xperia 5 IV’s design, performance and display.

The tall, slim look might take some getting used to, but you can’t fault the way the phone feels in the hand and the fact that there are no smudges on the glass.

It would take a lot for me to spend £ 949 on a phone, but I think this would attract a lot of customers and appear to be good value for money.

Verdict: 4/5

Speed ​​4/5

3.5 / 5 camera

Battery 5/5

Design 4/5

Value 4/5

Price: £ 949

Colors: Green, white, black

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