Whereas LG has abandoned the smartphone market and HTC’s handsets have turned from popular to laugh at in recent years. Sony continues to produce high-end mobile devices with aspiring price points.
Sony is still making smartphones, but they aren’t making many. The low to mid-end Xperia phones are gone, but the high-end Xperia phones are still being made.
Android phones that are at the ultra-high-end tend to look very similar nowadays, for better or worse. It appears that the trend is moving towards curved displays with centred punch holes and thin bezels, while features such as 3.5mm headphone jacks, visible fingerprint scanners, and microSD card slots are becoming out.
However, some nostalgic consumers may see the Sony Xperia 1 IV as a breath of fresh air in an increasingly stale landscape. If you are looking for a flat or tall screen with minimal bezels, you may want to wait until April or May when the device is expected to be released.
The next Sony flagship, at first glance, looks very similar to its 6.5-inch predecessor. It is said to have the same screen size, an off-centre hole punch, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and three vertically arranged rear-facing cameras.
The phone has a boxy and sharp-edged design that will keep the headphone jack alive while getting rid of the dedicated Google Assistant button from its predecessor. Its overall dimensions are very similar to the Xperia 1 III, so it’s likely that the battery capacity won’t change much.
The Xperia 1 IV is a possible alternative to the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It is narrower, thinner, and just as tall as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but offers significantly less screen real estate.