Sony has unveiled two new Xperia smartphones for 2023, with the Xperia 1 V and Xperia 10 V coming later this year. These Android phones serve as successors to two of our favorite smartphones of yesteryear, the award-winning Xperia 10 IV and the five-star Xperia 1 IV.
Starting with the flagship Xperia 1 V, most of the upgrades this year have centered around the camera, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as was the case last year. It uses a new sensor, the Exmor T for mobile, which Sony says is 1.7 times larger than the sensor in the 1 IV. This new camera module allows the Xperia 1 V to produce images with better dynamic range, as well as clearer and brighter shots in low light.
Sony is targeting budding content creators and vloggers with this device, with an additional third microphone in the triple-lens camera cluster, as well as upgrades to the Camera Pro app, including a vertical shooting mode and a product review video setting that locks focus on an item if you place it in the foreground of the shot. While these are all great additions for content creators, we’re more concerned with content consumption, so what’s new there?
Unfortunately not much. Given that the Xperia 1 IV is still a benchmark device, that’s perhaps not a bad thing. Sony has equipped the Xperia 1 V with the same display as the 1 IV. The 6.5-inch, 4K HDR 120Hz OLED with the unique 21:9 aspect ratio that’s perfect for watching movies on supported services returns, and if it’s anything like last year’s model then we don’t have any complaints.
Sony is also highlighting the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, being one of the few companies to have it on its smartphones. It supports wired Hi-Res Audio, though there’s also Bluetooth with Hi-Res, LDAC and Bluetooth LE support. The Xperia 1 V also features a stereo speaker system with a combination of earpiece and low speaker.
The phone has a slightly revised design that Sony says should offer improved grip and comes in three colors; Black, khaki and platinum. It features the same 5000mAh battery, 12GB RAM and 256GB storage as last year, but we do get the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. A release date and pricing are yet to be confirmed, but the previous generation model has been released in June last year, priced at £1299 / $1599 / AU$2300 for reference.
Moving on to the more basic Xperia model, and arguably the more interesting of the two, the Xperia 10 V. The 10 IV was a surprise hit for 2022, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable AV experience despite its reasonable asking price.
The Xperia 10 V has more picture and sound upgrades than the 1 V, with the 6.1-inch OLED screen (also 21:9 aspect ratio) now apparently 1.5 times brighter, which Sony claims improves outdoor visibility. The 10 V also gets a stereo speaker setup this year, with a 20 percent increase in volume and a more balanced and direct sound, which Sony says is supported with a low-noise amplifier.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is there, with wired and wireless Hi-Res Audio support and LDAC over Bluetooth. Elsewhere, the Xperia 10 V has a larger main camera sensor in its triple-lens range and is even slightly lighter than the IV – with Sony claiming it to be the lightest 5G smartphone.
It’s the internal specs that leave something to be desired, though, as the Xperia 10 V uses nearly identical components to last year. The 10 V is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, as well as a 5000 mAh battery. While the Xperia 10 IV certainly wasn’t unusable by any means, it wasn’t the smoothest performing smartphone we’ve ever tested, so a newer processor would have been appreciated.
Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed, but we do know it will be available in four finishes; Black, white, sage green (replacing mint from the IV) and lavender. These colors go perfectly with the new WF-C700N wireless earbuds, which is a nice touch, and the design uses Gorilla Glass Victus for the screen for improved durability.
Sony’s latest smartphone duo has certainly piqued our interest, so expect reviews for both devices soon.
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