It has been a while since we last review a Sony handset. In this review we will take a look at the Sony Xperia 1 V.

The Sony Xperia 1 V – a compact smartphone designed to snugly fit in your hand, boasting sleek dimensions of 165x71x8.3mm and a weight of 187g.

This device showcases an elongated design enhanced by a 21:9 wide-screen 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display with a smooth 120 Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, it houses a substantial 12 GB of RAM and a capacious 256 GB UFS memory, expandable via microSDXC storage to accommodate up to 1 TB. Fueling its performance is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, paired with a 5000 mAh battery that charges rapidly through USB PD fast charge technology.

The Xperia 1 V is equipped with an ensemble of cameras – three on the rear and one on the front.

At the forefront is a 52 MP f/1.9 Exmor T sensor, measuring 1/1.35″, and offering a 24mm focal length with an expansive 84-degree field of view.

The secondary camera sports a 12 MP 1/3.5″ Exmor RS sensor, spanning apertures from F2.3 to F2.8. It provides focal lengths ranging from 85mm to 125mm, with field perspectives of 28 degrees (at 85mm) to 20 degrees (at 125mm).

The third rear camera boasts 12 MP and a 1/2.5″ Exmor sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. It captures a wide field of 123 degrees, maintaining a focal length of 16mm.

For selfies and video chats, the front-facing camera is a 12 MP 1/2.9 Exmor sensor, featuring an f/2.0 aperture, 24mm focal length, and an 83-degree field of view.

Diving into its video capabilities, the Xperia 1 V supports S-Cinetone for mobile, granting videos a cinematic aesthetic in terms of tone and color. All three rear cameras can handle up to 30fps AF/AE burst shooting, Real-time Eye AF & tracking, and 4K HDR 120fps video recording.

Co-developed with the engineers behind the Alpha 1 series cameras, and benefiting from insights from professional photographers, the Xperia 1 V offers superior autofocus across all its lenses. Leveraging advanced computational processing, it excels at reducing noise and enhancing dynamic range, enabling vivid imaging even in dimly lit environments.

Unveiling the “Music Pro” feature, the Xperia 1 V empowers users to record high-quality vocal sounds without an external microphone, accommodating settings ranging from quiet spaces to those with reverberations. This extends to acoustic guitar and piano recording, broadening musical possibilities.

On the networking front, the Xperia 1 V supports common LTE bands used worldwide and boasts sub-6 NSA and SA 5G support across various bands. 5G BAND
NSA: n1, n3, n5, n7, n8, n28, n38, n40, n41, n77, n78, n79
SA: n1, n3, n7, n8, n28, n40, n77, n41, n78, n79

Rounding out its features, the Xperia 1 V exhibits durability with its water-resistant (IPX5/IPX8) and dust-proof (IP6X) attributes. The device incorporates Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® 2 for the front and Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus® for the rear, ensuring robust protection against wear and tear.

By Harry