Nothing says “Pro” quite like this.
This is the Sony Xperia 1 V. A phone aimed at photography experts. Unlike other so-called “Pro” phones, this one’s the real deal. It even features Zeiss T* Coating and Sony’s professional-grade camera software. The main feature here is the in-house Exmor T for mobile. A camera sensor designed exclusively for Sony’s phones based on the popular Alpha series of cameras. The primary camera has 52MP in resolution, and combined with the sensor, the phone can take great night pictures at greater heights and its dynamic range is very similar to that of professional DSLRs.
In terms of design, it is nearly similar if not identical to the previous phone, the Sony Xperia 1 Mk. IV. Sony’s one of the last major companies to not feature a dot notch for their cameras which makes their designs consistent. However, while the design may look dated to some, it is packed with serious display specs. We’re talking about a 4K HDR OLED screen here with a 120Hz refresh rate. That alone is something not even Samsung or Apple have. It has a tall 21:9 aspect ratio and is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2. Also, it is IP68 rated so taking pictures underwater has never gotten easier.
The newly stacked CMOS sensor, especially the aforementioned 52MP 24mm Exmor T primary camera, can capture night shots sharply and brightly and Sony claims this photography experience reaches greater heights not a single smartphone has seen. The other two are also T* Zeiss coated and both have a resolution of 12MP. These are the 16mm ultrawide and the 85mm telephoto lens with OIS and 3.5-5x optical zoom. The phone could also capture 4K@60fps video but unfortunately, no mention of 8K video anywhere.
As expected, the phone is using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset with 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The phone is also one of the rare times where a MicroSD Card Slot is present. This was prevalent in the early 2010s but has completely disappeared from flagships since 2018. This could store up to 1TB of data so you won’t lose those videos and memories that you cherish deeply.
It charges via a 30W USB-C port. The phone has a typical 5000mAh battery to power itself. It supports Qi Wireless charging and Battery Share which is a fancy term for reverse charging. As for connectivity, you have 5G services, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 7, and NFC. The phone also has support for PlayStation access.
It will launch with Android 13 out of the box. For this professional-level camera, you have to pay a hefty price. In the US alone, the phone is priced at USD 1399.99 (~PHP 78.4K) and will roll out in the EU, US, Japan, and the UK. We’re not expecting any Philippines release anytime soon but you could get it via Amazon and ship it to the Philippines.