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Sony Xperia 1 VI is here – SD 8 Gen 3 and 85-170 mm zoom

The Sony Xperia 1 VI left out everything it didn't need and did the rest better. It starts in June for €1,399.
Sony Xperia 1 VI

The Sony Xperia 1 VI is official and it appears to be a welcome evolution of the Xperia 1 V. The biggest change is the new display – Sony was the last manufacturer to part with its 4K OLED panel in the cinema aspect ratio of 21:9. Instead, the Japanese opted for the more common 19.5:9 format and a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. The diagonal is still 6.5 inches, but with the new design it’s actually a slightly larger display.

The display is now brighter at 1,300 instead of 900 nits and, thanks to LTPO technology, switches flexibly between 1 and 120 Hz. In the case of the The battery charges to 50% in 30 minutes with a 30 watt charger. According to Sony, thanks to Battery Care and Xperia Adaptive Charging, it retains at least 80% of its capacity even after 4 years of use.

Additionally, the Sony Xperia 1 VI got louder and more balanced front-facing stereo speakers with reduced distortion. The 3.5mm headphone jack features new premium audio circuitry for improved output. As expected, it is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. There is also a 512 GB version in Japan and East Asia. Sony has also finally built a vapor chamber into its flagship smartphone, which should help tremendously with thermals. The new FPS optimizer dynamically adjusts CPU usage and frame rates depending on the gaming environment.

The Sony Xperia 1 VI’s camera system may sound just like its predecessor. But there are some fundamental changes. The 48-megapixel 1/1.35-inch main camera is seemingly unchanged, but this year it offers a full-resolution 48-megapixel mode. The 24mm lens offers an f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization. The ultra-wide-angle lens is also unchanged at 12 megapixels, an f/2.2 aperture, a focal length of 16mm and PDAF.

Telephoto camera with 85-170 mm focal length

However, Sony has made progress with the zoom camera. The sensor is the same 1/3.5-inch chip, but the Xperia 1 V. Also new this year is the much shorter focusing distance for the telephoto camera and even a special telephoto macro mode at 120mm. The zoom camera offers a fixed close focus of 4 cm with focus peaking.

Additionally, there is Gorilla Glass Victus 2 protection on the front and regular Victus on the back. Like the previous model, the back glass has a textured, matte surface with a microstructure. An aluminum frame holds the whole package together. The Sony Xperia 1 VI launches with Android 14 and receives three Android version updates and four years of security patches. There are three colors – black, platinum silver and khaki green. The price is €1,399/£1,299 and sales start in early June.



Thomas Dietrich
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