Sony’s newest top-of-the-line Xperia phone is the Xperia 1 III, which just came out. The Xperia 1 III has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, a triple camera setup with Zeiss optics, and other high-end features. So far as I know, the Google Pixel 7 Pro has not been officially announced or released.
The Pixel series is known for running stock Android, having great cameras, and getting software updates quickly. The last version, the Google Pixel 6 Pro, came out in October 2021. It had a big screen, Google’s Tensor processor, an advanced camera system, and the most recent version of Android at the time. But if you want to know specifics about the Google Pixel 7 Pro, it’s best to wait for official announcements from Google or new information after the date we knew about.
Sony Xperia 1 V vs Google Pixel 7 Pro Price and availability
The UK and Europe got the Sony Xperia 1 IV on June 16, 2022, and the US got it on September 1, 2022. It can’t be bought in Australia. The top model, with 512GB of space, costs $1,599 in the US. The 256GB model costs £1,299 in the UK and Europe. On October 13, 2022, the Pixel 7 Pro went on sale. Prices start at $899, £849, or AU$1,299 for the 128GB model, and you can pay $999, £949, or AU$1,449 for 256GB. So, the Pixel 7 Pro is the clear winner when it comes to price and availability.
|Feature||Sony Xperia 1 V||Google Pixel 7 Pro|
|Display||6.5-inch OLED, 4K HDR||6.7-inch OLED, QHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xx (exact version unknown)|
|RAM||8GB||8GB or 12GB (exact configuration unknown)|
|Storage||128GB or 256GB||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB (exact configuration unknown)|
|Camera (rear)||Triple camera setup: Main, ultra-wide, telephoto||Dual camera setup (exact specifications unknown)|
|Camera (front)||8 megapixels||Not specified|
|Operating System||Android (latest version at the time of release)||Android (latest version at the time of release)|
|Water and Dust Resistance||IP68||IP68|
|Biometric Authentication||Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Other Features||3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers||Not specified|
|Official link||Visit Website||Visit Website|
Sony Xperia 1 V vs Google Pixel 7 Pro Design and build
The Sony Xperia 1 V is clearly an Xperia phone because it has the same style as many of its predecessors. There are a lot of flat edges on the phone and none of them are sharp. The Google Pixel 7 Pro is also clearly a Pixel phone, with a unique camera visor that has become a part of the Pixel brand. The front and back of the phone are more rounded, and the middle of the frame is not as thick, which gives it a slim look.
Both Sony and Google use a glass sandwich design, but Sony uses Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and back while Google uses Gorilla Glass Victus from the previous generation. Both smartphones have an aluminum frame in the middle. The Pixel 7 Pro also has a metal camera visor that goes all the way across the back. The Xperia 1 V, on the other hand, has a long camera island on the side.
The Xperia 1 V is a phone that feels good in your hand. The flat middle frame has ridges, and the glass on the flat back is bumpy. The Pixel 7 Pro, on the other hand, is smooth and easy to drop. You should get a good Pixel 7 Pro case to protect your phone in case you drop it.
Sony Xperia 1 V vs Google Pixel 7 Pro Camera
Both of these phones are great for taking pictures, but in very different ways. With a physical shutter button, an in-depth manual camera interface, and Sony’s low-intervention image processing, the Xperia 1 IV is all about manual control and pro-level use. Google’s approach is all about taking great photos with a point-and-shoot camera. It uses the most advanced image processing on the market to make photos that are eerily sharp and clear no matter what the lighting is like. The Sony has three 12MP sensors, while the Google has a 50MP wide sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 48MP telephoto sensor.
That might make it sound like Google has better specs, but Sony wins at least when it comes to zoom. The Xperia 1 IV is the first camera that can physically zoom all the way from 70mm to 125mm, which is between 3.5x and 5.2x. The Pixel 7 Pro can only use a fixed 5x telephoto lens in the other corner. Sony’s autofocus system is also the fastest and most advanced on the market. That’s why having the prestigious Sony Alpha camera department on speed dial is a good thing. Still, we’d much rather have the Pixel 7 Pro in our pocket when we shoot and forget, which is how most people use their phones. It always takes the right picture and never seems to miss focus or underexpose our subject.
Google’s phone also has the best night mode, which lets you take pictures in low light that look almost real. The Sony doesn’t even have a night mode, but some people might like how it keeps a real sense of shadow. Google also wins the selfie round because its new 10.8MP selfie camera has autofocus, while Sony’s 12MP selfie camera doesn’t. Most of the time, autofocus means that the subject is clearer and sharper. Here, color science is looked at in a very different way, and it’s mostly a matter of taste.
Sony uses a natural color scheme, which will please serious photographers but may disappoint casual users who want their photos for social media to stand out. Google’s is much better for the second case, with photos that look cooler and have more contrast. In fact, the Pixel 7 Pro is all about Google’s processing tricks, which are made possible by its own Tensor G2 chip. Photo Unblur sharpens up blurry photos magically, and Magic Eraser lets you get rid of things in the background that you don’t want to see. It doesn’t work all the time, but when it does, it’s great.
Sony Xperia 1 V vs Google Pixel 7 Pro Battery and charging
When it comes to their batteries and charging, both devices are pretty similar. Both have 5,000mAh batteries, which should be enough to get them through the day. The Pixel 7 Pro has a battery life of about one to one and a half days, and we expect the Xperia 1 V to be close to this. We’ll add the final numbers from the Sony phone to this comparison once we have them.
The Xperia 1 V has a small cord for charging by wire. It has 30W of wired charging, while the Pixel 7 Pro only has 23W of wired charging. The second phone’s battery takes about 90–100 minutes to fully charge, but the Xperia 1 V will definitely be faster.
The Pixel 7 Pro can charge wirelessly at 23W, which is faster than the Xperia 1 V’s 15W. But the Pixel’s fine print says that the fastest speed is only available on the Pixel Stand. When used with regular Qi wireless chargers, the power drops to 12W.Even though neither phone comes with a charger, Sony also doesn’t include a cable. So you’ll need to buy a fast charger that’s recommended for either phone.
Sony Xperia 1 V: Pros and Cons
- High-resolution 4K HDR OLED display
- Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- Triple camera setup with Zeiss optics
- Water and dust resistance (IP68)
- 5G connectivity
- 3.5mm headphone jack and stereo speakers
- Limited information available
- Specific details about camera, battery, and other features unknown
Google Pixel 7 Pro: Pros and Cons
- Stock Android experience with timely software updates
- Excellent camera capabilities
- High-quality build and design
- Likely to have advanced features and optimizations
- Limited information available
- Specific details about camera, processor, battery, and other features unknown
- Lack of expandable storage (typical of previous Pixel models)
Which one should you consider?
These two top-of-the-line Android phones have great screens, cameras, and speeds. But when you look at the details, they are really very different. The Sony Xperia 1 IV is a tool for enthusiasts. It has a very flexible and user-friendly camera system and a 21:9 4K screen that begs to be used to watch 4K movies.
On the other hand, the Pixel 7 Pro is a mainstream phone that is easy to use every day, whether you’re taking clear photos or using its colorful and easy-to-understand interface. The Pixel 7 Pro wins because it has a wider range of uses, is better all around, and costs a lot less. It gives you a lot of value for your money. But if you care a lot about how pictures look and how well they play, you can’t do better than Sony’s Pro-tier phone.
The Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a all have the same ultra-wide sensor (a Sony IMX386) and what looks like the same optics. So far as I can tell, they always take photos that are nearly the same.