Sony has given a new firepower and a bigger battery for their 2022 flagship and midrange phone.

Since Qualcomm announced both Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 695 before the start of 2022, smartphone brands have been queueing up to get their hands on both chipsets. This week, Sony turned up to showcase their new phone with the aforementioned chipsets.

At first glance, both Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 10 IV retain the same design as previous-generation models. That said, it still possesses a true sense of individuality among the sea of current generic smartphone designs. But while the design remains the same, there have been some hardware changes underneath the body.

Photo: Sony USA

The Xperia 1 IV carries over the same 6.5" 4K CinemaWide 21:9 OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate capability from last year's Xperia 1 III. The memory configuration is also unchanged with 12GB RAM and an option of 256GB or 512GB internal storage onboard. While the body still has IP65/68 dust and water resistance, the new model now has Gorilla Glass Victus glass protection on both sides.

The new flagship is now powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with Android 12 pre-installed out of the box.  The battery capacity is rated at 5,000mAh, which is a 500mAh capacity increase over last year's model. The most notable upgrade can be seen with the camera hardware. While the main and ultrawide cameras remain unchanged, the periscope telephoto camera has been upgraded to offer continuous zooming from 3.5x zoom (85mm) to 5.2x zoom (125 mm). The front selfie camera has also been upgraded to a larger 12MP 1/2.9" sensor with 4K/30fps video recording capability.

Photo: Sony USA

Photo: Sony USA

There is no word for official availability in Malaysia as of May 2022, but EU customers can pre-order the 1 IV with 12/256 memory configuration for €1,399 and deliveries starting next month. Sony enthusiasts in the USA will have to wait a little longer as it will be available in September 2022 with 12/512 memory configuration selling for $1,600.

Photo: Sony UK

Moving on to the Xperia 10 IV, there is no substantial difference between it and last year's model apart from Gorilla Glass Victus glass protection, an all-new Snapdragon 695 chipset with Android 12 pre-installed out of the box, and a 5,000mAh battery capacity. The 10 IV make use of 6.0" FHD 21:9 OLED screen, IP65/68 dust and water resistance, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. At the time of this writing, it's only available for the EU and UK region with a price tag of €499 and £429 respectively.

What do you think of this phone? Which one of them will be your next daily driver? Let us know in the comment section down below. 

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