Sony Xperia 1 V Flagship and Xperia 10 V Entry-Level Phones Introduced

Sony Xperia 1 V Flagship and Xperia 10 V Entry-Level Phones Introduced

Sony introduced their new Xperia 1 V camera phone with new technology to achieve almost “alpha camera image quality”. The new flagship phone includes three 1.35″ sensors with two fixed and one variable zoom lens. New sensor technology enables better low-light performance and S-Cinetone will produce better color tones. The new entry-level Xperia 10 V is the lightest 5G phone with a 5000mAh battery.

Sony keeps pushing mobile phone camera sensor technology even further with the Xperia 1 V. By 2024, predicting that smartphone image quality will exceed that of interchangeable lens cameras. The Xperia 1 V has improved reduction in video noise in low-light scenes and improved color filters.

2-layer transistor pixel technology

One cornerstone of this ambitious roadmap is the brand new 2-layer transistor pixel technology, which enables a larger pixel pitch and better noise performance. Since Sony manufactures sensors that many other phone makers have access to, we will surely see this technology in other phones soon (under different names).

S-Cinetone built-in

Next to image quality, another key feature of this Xperia 1 V is the inclusion of S-Cinetone. If the performance of this device is similar to that of the FX3, FX6, and others, then it should result in a significantly improved color rendition, particularly for skin tones.

Sensor, lenses & processor

Sony Xperia 1 V lenses and cameras
Lenses and sensors on the Xperia 1 V. Image credit: Sony

The Xperia 1 V has two 1.35″ 12MP and one 48MP imaging sensor. Using pixel binning, 4 pixels become 1 pixel and the resulting 12-megapixel image is much cleaner with a pixel pitch of 2.24 μm.

The camera array features 3 lenses:

  • 16mm ultra-wide 12MP
  • New 24mm 12MP (pixel binned from 48MP)
  • 85-120mm optical zoom lens 12MP

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Sony also applies a large database for image processing generated from all alpha cameras to optimize the smartphone camera images and videos.

Xperia 1 V lens array
Lens array on Xperia 1 V. Image credit: Sony

According to Sony, hardware heat management was significantly enhanced by 45%. Thanks to the new Snapdragon processor and software power management, the phone doesn’t get hot so quickly; therefore, the battery lasts longer.

The Xperia 1 V also features a new and more intuitive vertical UI for both Photo Pro and Video Pro Apps.

4K 120Hz display

1 V OLED screen
4K 120Hz OLED screen on Xperia 1 V. Image credit: Sony

What really stands out with all the Xperia 1 phones are their displays. The Xperia 1 V features a 4K 120Hz OLED display with improved brightness and contrast when compared to the previous model.

Sound improvements

Improving the sound quality for consuming content was also a major focus for Sony. There are new amplifiers for a more natural, clear sound with more depth, especially in the low range. This is in response to requests from Sony Xperia users who watch videos on platforms such as videos on YouTube and Netflix. The audio bitrate has also been bumped up to 320 kbps, compared to 165 kbps on the Xperia IV.

Using LDAC Hi-Res Audio, the wireless connection for audio has been optimized for less interruption, especially in crowded areas.

Battery capacity & charging

5000 mAh battery on Sony Xperia 1 V
5000 mAh battery capacity. Image credit: Sony

Powering the Xperia 1 V is a 5,000 mAh battery, which can add 50% of charge in 30 minutes. This is a 10% improvement over the previous model.

Materials and colors

Sony Xperia 1 V color options
Color options for Xperia 1 V. Image credit: Sony

The back of the Xperia 1 V features a new functional tactile structure for the glass. The phone is also slightly thicker than the 1 IV.

The phone is available in 3 colors – black, silver, and khaki green.

Sony Xperia 10 V

Also announced today was the Xperia 10 V, which, according to Sony, is the lightest 5G phone with a 5,000 mAh battery. The Xperia 10 is the entry model in the Xperia smartphone line.

Sony Xperia 10 V
Xperia 10 V in four different colors. Image credit: Sony

It features a 6.1″ OLED that is 1.5 times brighter than the Xperia 10 IV. It also features a triple-lens array with a 1/2″ wide image sensor.

The front stereo speakers have been enhanced and now there is optical image stabilization for stills and videos. The front camera has improved HDR performance as well.

The rear panel of the phone is made of frost-finished plastic and comes in black, silver, lavender, and green.

You can find more information on the new Xperia phones on the manufacturer’s website.

Do you own a Sony Xperia 1 phone? How do you like using it for filming? Will you upgrade to the 1 V? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


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