Sony Xperia 1VI review

Introduction and specifications

The new Xperia 1 VI is finally here, and Sony is changing things up this time. In a surprising shift in product strategy, the new Xperia 1 VI loses some of the lineup’s key features. To appeal to a broader audience, Sony has made design and feature changes that have proven successful for its competitors. Despite these changes, the phone retains its quirky identity and continues to cater to creators and power smartphone users.

The Xperia 1 VI ditches the extra-long 21:9 4K display for a standard 19.5:9 FHD+ panel, which also happens to be LTPO, for added energy efficiency. We don’t think this move is a big loss, as their 4K display in all previous models mostly ran in FHD resolution anyway (4K resolution was rarely used only in certain apps and only for certain content). We like the change, especially since the company promises other upgrades to the panel, including higher brightness, better HDR video, and better energy efficiency.

The camera hardware remains largely the same, but the telephoto unit now gets a longer range. It still features variable optical zoom, but instead of being limited to 5.2x, it can now go up to 7.1x.

Plus, Sony streamlines the camera experience and puts everything you need (including Photo and Video Pro modes) in the default camera app. It makes everything less complicated.

Sony Xperia 1 VI specs at a glance:

  • Body: 162.0×74.0x8.2mm, 192g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus 2), glass back (Gorilla Glass Victus), aluminum frame; IP65/IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5 m for 30 minutes).
  • Display: 6.50″ LTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120 Hz, HDR BT.2020, resolution 1080x2340px, aspect ratio 19.5:9, 396ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8650-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520); Adreno 750.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
  • Operating system/software: Android 14.
  • Reversing camera: Broad (head): 48 MP, f/1.9, 24mm, 1/1.35″, 1.12 µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.3, 85mm, f/3.5, 170mm, 1/3.5″, PDAF, 3.5x-7.1x continuous optical zoom, OIS, 4cm macro @ 120mm; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm, 1/2.5″, dual pixel PDAF.
  • Front camera: 12 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/2.9″, 1.25µm.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K at 24/25/30/60/120fps HDR, 1080p at 30/60/120fps; 5-axis gyro EIS, OIS; Front camera: 4K at 30/60 fps, 1080p at 30/60 fps, 5-axis gyro EIS.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 30W wired, PD3.0, PPS, 50% in 30 min (advertised), Wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Double SIM card; WiFi 7; BT 5.3, aptX HD, aptX adaptive; NFC; 3.5mm jack.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); Stereo speakers; Support for native Sony Alpha cameras.

The audio department also gets some love: the 3.5mm audio jack gets new premium circuitry and the speakers are supposedly louder and cleaner than before.

In terms of performance, the device is expected to use Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip with a dash of optimizations on behalf of Sony. The system offers FPS optimization, which balances frame rate, graphics quality and power consumption.

Sony Xperia 1 Vi review

There’s still a lot to cover, but we won’t do that in the introduction, so let’s dive deeper and see if Sony can get back to business with its new, polished, high-end Xperia.

Unpacking the Sony Xperia 1 VI

The device comes in a plain box made from recycled paper, without anything else inside. There isn’t even a cable for charging or data transfer.

Sony Xperia 1 Vi review

So if you want a compatible charger, you’ll need to buy one of Sony’s 30W PD chargers or a third-party charger with the same specs.

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