Sony Xperia 1 V review (2023) with light weight and grippy design

The workmanship is unique and exquisite, the screen is still 4K, and still slim.

Today, there are a lot of top-of-the-line phones to choose from, but only one is made for both amateur and professional photographers. It’s the one with a classic look, a good grip, great cameras with a hardware shutter key, a 4K screen, and stereo speakers on the front. Yes, it is a Sony Xperia 1, which is the fifth phone in that line. The Sony Xperia 1 V is a small improvement over the Xperia 1 IV, which is not surprising given how good the last one was. Still, the 1 V has the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which now has a better cooling system and promises to throttle less and not get too hot.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Description

The main camera has been improved with a multi-aspect 52MP sensor, and, drum roll, there is now a Night mode. The design has been thoughtfully improved, and you are looking at the only non-rugged smartphone that gets a Perfect mark for grip. The Xperia 1 V has two panels made of Gorilla Glass Victus. The back panel is matte and has dots on it to make it easier to hold. The metal frame is also all ridged, which is how a high-end phone can be easy to hold without giving up its good looks.

The 4K OLED screen is staying, and so are the stereo front-facing speakers, which now have a better amplifier for a fuller sound. There is also the nice haptic feedback that Xperia phones are known for. The main imager got a big update in the form of a 52MP Sony sensor with multiple angles and a 48MP resolution. Sony says that the new stacked architecture will give it the noise performance and dynamic range of a full-frame camera in low light.

The rest of the cameras are the same as on the Xperia 1 V. There is a 12MP telephoto camera with a 3.5x-5.2x optical zoom, a 12MP ultrawide-angle camera with autofocus, and a 12MP fixed-focus selfie camera. All of the back cameras can record in 4K120, but the front one can only do so in 4K60. The Sony Xperia 1 V has a 5,000mAh battery and can be charged with a wired 30W charger, as well as wirelessly and backwards wirelessly. Android 13 with Xperia UI is what the phone uses.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High-quality 4K OLED display with HDR
  • Generous amount of RAM and storage
  • Water and dust resistant design
  • 5G capable

Cons

  • Expensive price point
  • No headphone jack
  • Limited availability in some regions
  • Battery life could be better

Specification Table

SpecificationDescription
Dimensions158 x 68 x 8.2 mm
Weight164 g
Display6.5 inch OLED HDR with 21:9 aspect ratio, 1644 x 3840 pixels (4K)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 865
GPUAdreno 650
RAM8 GB
Rear CamerasTriple camera setup: 12 MP wide-angle, 12 MP telephoto, 12 MP ultra-wide
Front Camera8 MP
Battery4000 mAh with fast charging
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Official linkVisit Website

Design and Build

Sony Xperia 1 V review

Even though everyone else in the Android world is wild about curved glass, Sony is sticking to what it does best. The Xperia 1 V is a tall, thin slab of a phone with a flat front and back, angular sides, and a design that is both simple and elegant. It comes in black, just like every other model has, but this time it also comes in Khaki Green and Platinum Silver.

At first glance, it looks the same as last year’s model, but if you look closer, you’ll see that all four sides have grooves that make it easier to hold. The micro-dot texture on the back should also keep you from slipping. Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and IP65/IP68 dust and water resistance make it safe to drop, but the narrow 21:9 aspect ratio makes it much easier to hold than most big-screen competitors.

Almost all of the things that people know and love about Sony are back, like a SIM tray that doesn’t require tools and can also be expanded with microSD cards, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a physical camera shutter button. The power button is still a fingerprint sensor, and it still works just as quickly. Given how thin the phone is, left-handed people should be able to reach it just as easily as right-handed people. The notification LED, on the other hand, is no longer good enough.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Display

Sony Xperia 1 V review

The Sony Xperia 1 V has a design that looks a lot like the Sony Xperia 1 IV. It is also tall and thin. It measures 165 x 71 x 8.3 mm, weighs 187 g, and has Gorilla Glass Victus 2 on the front and textured glass on the back. The frame is made of aluminum.

The phone will come in Black, Khaki Green, and Platinum Silver. It has both an IP68 and an IP65 certification, which means it can handle water better than most phones.

The screen is 6.5 inches and has a resolution of 1644 x 3840. It has a refresh rate of 120Hz and a narrow aspect ratio of 21:9. It’s an unusual display, both because of the way it looks and because it has a very high resolution of 4K. Still, Sony has been doing the same thing for years, so it’s only strange when compared to other smartphone brands.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Cameras

Three of the four cameras have the same hardware as the Sony Xperia 1 IV from last year. There’s a 12-megapixel selfie camera on the front, and a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera on the back. Even though it’s not new, the Xperia 1 V’s telephoto feature is one of the most interesting things about it. The phone has an optical zoom range of 3.5x to 5.2x thanks to its variable telephoto lens.

Compared to the iPhone 14 Pro, which only has a 3x optical zoom and a digital zoom for anything beyond that, this is a lot better. Or, take a look at the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which has a camera with a 3x optical zoom and a camera with a 10x optical zoom. In between the 3x and 10x zooms, the Galaxy S23 Ultra only has digital zoom. When a phone digitally zooms in, the image starts to get blurry the more it does it.

With the tele lens, the Xperia is a much better camera than the iPhone. Even though it doesn’t have the 100x digital “space zoom” of the S23 Ultra, it’s just as useful for taking close-up photos and videos when you’re far away from your subject. Like the S23 Ultra, the Xperia 1 V might be a rich parent’s dream phone. It would be easy to get a close-up shot of their child’s face at a school play, recital, or soccer game.

But the big news is that Sony’s main camera now has a 52-megapixel sensor. Most phones have sensors that look like squares, but this one is wider. When you take a picture with almost any other phone, the camera uses the whole sensor, and when you record a video, the phone cuts out the middle 16×9 section.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Battery life

Sony hasn’t tried anything too new with 2023’s battery sizes or charging speeds. The Xperia 1 V has the same 5000mAh battery as the old Xperia 1 IV. It can be charged at a maximum of 30W over USB-C and 15W over a Qi pad. That’s about the same as Samsung, Apple, and Google, but it’s a long way behind China’s big guns like the Xiaomi 13 Pro.

There’s also no power brick in the box, but you probably have one sitting in a drawer that can charge the phone at its fastest speed. We got to 50% in just over half an hour, and it took about an hour and a half to fully charge.

A more efficient CPU and better way to get rid of heat do make each charge last a little bit longer than it did last year. We found that Sony’s estimate of 20 hours of 4K video playback was too high, but 17 hours of UHD Amazon Prime Video downloads at 50% brightness is still a good showing. For daily tasks, like watching videos, streaming music, playing games, using the camera, and scrolling through social media, it lasted easily from morning to night. It can last just as long as other flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones.

Sony Xperia 1 V: Pricing

Sony Xperia 1 V review

The Xperia 1 V is worth thinking about if you want to use it as an external field monitor and video recorder for a dedicated camera. You can not only livestream from an external camera through the Xperia, but you can also record the video feed. The Xperia is different from other external monitor recorders like Atmos, SmallHD, or Blackmagic, which usually have FHD displays, because its screen has a 4K resolution.

At $1,400, the Xperia is a good deal compared to the cost of buying a separate phone like the $1,000 iPhone 14 Pro and a $400 FHD display. The Sony Xperia 1 V will be available to order on July 28, but you can start preordering it today at 8 a.m. PT. Sony has a deal where if you preorder the Xperia, you can get a pair of $180 Sony LinkBuds for free.

Final Words

With the Xperia 1 IV, Sony has stuck to its goal of making a phone for enthusiasts. It’s even better than the Xperia 1 III in a lot of ways, like having a camera system that’s even more flexible and easy for pros to use.

It also kept its unique widescreen 4K display, which is the best place to watch movies on a phone. Audiophiles are still better served by this flagship phone than by any other.

But the Xperia 1 IV’s endurance, while better in general, still suffers a bit when it’s being used a lot. This could be because it tends to run a little hot. With a point-and-shoot camera that is still not competitive and a price that is even higher, this is probably not the year that Sony’s uncompromising flagship vision will reach a wider audience.

FAQs

Is Sony Xperia 1 a 5G phone?

Verizon® and T-Mobile® are the only U.S. carriers that support 5G on the Xperia® PRO I, Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III, Xperia 1 IV, and Xperia 5 IV.

Is Xperia 1 waterproof?

The Sony Xperia 1 has an IP65/68 certification, which means it can handle water. This means that it is safe from the effects of low-pressure water jet spray and immersion in water deeper than 1 meter.

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The Sony Xperia 1 V is Sony's latest flagship smartphone, and it looks like it's in the running for our list of best camera phones, as the camera has received the bulk of the upgrades. The 120Hz 4K display and powerful stereo speakers help you enjoy all the media you want. The light weight and grippy design make it a great everyday companion.Sony Xperia 1 V review (2023) with light weight and grippy design