December 1, 2022

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’ve done a phone review, and even longer since we’ve reviewed a Sony product.

Our last Sony product review was on the Sony Xperia 1II in 2020, and since then ten phones in the Xperia line have been launched.

The Sony Xperia 5 IV is the latest addition to 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 high-end smartphone be worth nearly a grand?

Specifications

Operating System: Android 12

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Screen: 6.1 inches

Resolution: 2520×1080

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Internal storage: 128 GB

Rear camera: 12MP triple camera

Front camera: 12MP

Battery: 5000mAh

Charging: USB fast charging

Dimensions: 156 x 67 x 8.2mm

Weight: 172g

Design

The first thing I noticed when unboxing the device was the size, sleekness and thinness of the phone. At first I found the phone too narrow, but once I started using it I found the size was not 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 top left corner. The rear triple camera was vertical in shape and its size suited 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 high-end device included a headphone jack.

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

Upon unboxing, I noticed that there was nothing in the box other than the phone itself. It’s part of Sony’s mission to be eco-friendly, as the box was 50% smaller than before and there was no plastic in the packaging. I was disappointed that I didn’t have a charger (even just a cable would have been fine) as I had to scramble trying to find a suitable one as I’m an Apple user. However, I will suffer this inconvenience for the good of the planet.

Camera

Camera wise, I found the quality of the 12MP triple rear cameras to be excellent, and managed to capture some great images that showed off color, intensity, and even when the sun was going down – it didn’t. did not compromise the images.

The zoom has only increased to 2.5x and offers a 60mm telephoto lens which I found a bit lackluster as it differs from some of the other Xperias which offer a periscope variable zoom lens.

Even the selfie camera held up well, although I find some smartphones lack front cameras. I didn’t take too many selfies, but again it captured the colors and vibrancy of my dyed hair and I was happy with how the photos turned out.

One thing that was different was the camera tricks that Sony offers 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 find it difficult to navigate as there are different modes such as manual mode which feels like using a real professional camera . If you like photography and videography or want to test your creativity, this could be useful. But for the everyday user, these apps are unlikely to be used.

Performance

At a price of almost a thousand pounds, I expected the device to have excellent qualities. I found the device to work 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 instead square.

This didn’t have much of an impact on the device as the processor did its job to ensure great performance – but I did find that when gaming the phone got quite warm and there were a few issues on a few games. apps.

That being said, I found that when watching YouTube or Netflix the audio and video were fantastic. The sound was clear and there was no distortion or vibration – and my music sounded even better with headphones.

The 21:9 wide OLED HDR display is now 50% brighter which is 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 long 5000mAh battery life, as I found that I didn’t run out of juice despite using it for a full day. I tried really hard to get the battery to work, but I was having trouble despite gaming, messaging, and watching Netflix and YouTube.

Fast charging could have been slightly faster, but I still managed to top up the battery in an hour rather than overnight. My charger may have been to blame for a slightly slower charging experience as I just chose any old charger.

Summary

The hero of the device was definitely the battery life, as I could use the phone for an entire day and still had around 20% battery left.

This is something that some smartphones lack, as many phones require charging throughout the day as well as overnight charging.

I also liked the camera because it was simple to use and worked well in the evening despite the lack of light. 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 few glitches and some overheating, the rest of the phone ran smoothly and I was impressed with the design, performance and display of the Xperia 5 IV.

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

It would take me a lot to spend £949 on a phone, but I think it would appeal to a lot of customers and it seems like good value for money.

Verdict: 4/5

Speed ​​4/5

Camera 3.5/5

Battery 5/5

Design 4/5

Value 4/5

Price: £949

Colors: Green, White, Black