Sony suddenly unveils game-changing Xperia 1 IV smartphone: gadgets

There are a total of three cameras on the new phone, one of which has a variable focal length, 85-125mm. That means it offers the equivalent of 3.2x zoom compared to the main 24mm lens, but can then be adjusted to a little over 5x.

Since 3x optical zoom is common, you’ll really notice up to 5x steps, and being able to do that without losing image quality is sensational.

It’s not cheap. When the phone launches (September in the US, 16 June in the UK), it will be priced at $1,599 (£1,299 in the UK).

You can shoot slow-motion video in Ultra HD quality on all three 12MP cameras. It also has another Sony specialty: real-time eye autofocus, making sure the subject’s face is in focus. The 5,000mAh battery is enough to keep the phone running for a long time, and it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers, Sony includes 4K displays on its high-end phones. This is Sony’s preferred widescreen (21:9) screen ratio for a 6.5-inch display. Of course, this makes it easier to hold in the hand. Oh, and it comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor.

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