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The Sony Xperia 1 VI is finally here, but there's a Catch

 

Regardless of how you look at it, it can be said that Sony's flagship Xperia 1 VI is probably its most divisive one yet. The launch of the Japanese electronics giant's newest premium Android handset has raised a few eyebrows mostly due to some interesting hardware decisions, but that's not to say that the entire phone is "bad." Let's take a look.

 

Sony implemented some considerable changes to the display - the phone ditches the tall 21:9 aspect ratio for a slightly stouter 19.5:9 screen, but that's not all - in lieu of Sony's signature 4K resolution panel, the Xperia 1 VI downgrades to an FHD+ resolution display - for context, this is the same resolution found on the much cheaper Pixel 8a.

 

The Sony Xperia 1 VI is finally here, but there's a Catch

 

It's not all bad though - the phone comes with Sony's patented Bravia display technology which should make for vibrant colors, in addition to a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, and higher brightness.

 

Another highlight of the Xperia 1 VI is the camera setup on the rear panel, which features Sony's Exmor T sensor in addition to Zeiss optics. This includes a 48 MP, f/1.9, 24mm primary lens, a 12 MP, f/2.3, 85mm telephoto lens, as well as a 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm ultra wide camera; selfies are handled by a 12 MP camera in front. Video on the main setup maxes out at 4K at 120fps, and the phone does pack a ton of in-depth imaging functions with the overhauled camera app.

 

As with most other flagship phones this year, the Xperia 1 VI comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 inside, which is assisted by up to 12GB of RAM (no 16GB action on here), and up to 512GB of internal storage. The phone also runs on a 5,000 mAh battery with 30W charging support, all wrapped up in an IP68 chassis with Gorilla Glass on both the front and back.

 

With that being said, the phone will get up to four years of support, and will come priced at around $1,600 when converted, making it one of the more expensive Android devices on the market right now.


Sony Confirms Product Launch for May 15

 

Following a number of leaks which reveal some design and hardware aspects of its upcoming Xperia phones, Sony has finally confirmed an official launch date for its 2024 series of Android handsets. More specifically, the company is set to reveal new hardware on May 15th, which will be broadcast at 16:00 Japan time / 09:00 CEST.

 

The announcement was posted by Sony's official Xperia social media page, although not much else was mentioned in the post. With that said however, we can expect the Xperia 1 VI to make its debut during the event.

 

 

Recent leaks suggest that the phone will feature a triple-camera setup consisting of an ultra wide angle 16mm lens, a wide angle 24mm lens (48mm with 2X optical zoom), as well as a telephoto zoom 85-170mm lens (up to 7X zoom). It's predicted that the 24mm lens comes with Sony's "Exmor T for mobile" stacked CMOS image sensor.

 

Sony is also expected to ditch its "Pro" photo and video software, which will be replaced by a single app which will pack features from the company's Alpha line of cameras. For audio, there will be a new high-performance audio chip and circuit improvements, in addition to Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Audio Wireless, 360 Reality Audio, LDAC, DSEE Ultimate, and the reliable 3.5mm jack.


Sony Xperia 1 VI Specs Leak Online

 

A while back, we got a look at the upcoming Xperia 1 VI's design from several product renders that were shared online, giving us an idea of what to expect from Sony's 2024 Xperia flagship. With that in mind, new leaks regarding the phone's specifications have been shared, painting a more complete picture of Sony's upcoming flagship smartphone.

 

New information on the Xperia 1 VI suggests that the phone will feature a triple-camera setup consisting of an ultra wide Angle 16mm lens, a wide angle 24mm lens (48mm with 2X optical zoom), as well as a telephoto zoom 85-170mm lens (up to 7X zoom). It's predicted that the 24mm lens comes with Sony's "Exmor T for mobile" stacked CMOS image sensor.

 

Interestingly, Sony is expected to ditch its "Pro" photo and video software, which will be replaced by a single app which will pack features from the company's Alpha line of cameras. For audio, there will be a new high-performance audio chip and circuit improvements, in addition to Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Audio Wireless, 360 Reality Audio, LDAC, DSEE Ultimate, and the reliable 3.5mm jack.

 

There have been earlier rumors that Sony might ditch the 21:9 aspect ratio that it often uses on its handsets; additionally, the phone is expected to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 inside.


Sony Feels Microsoft's Presence in its Own Digital Storefront

 

As the never-ending battle for gaming industry dominance continues, it looks like Microsoft has gained an upper hand of sorts over rival Sony - it's reported that several of Microsoft's properties rank among the best-selling games on the PlayStation storefront, a phenomenon that several years ago would be unthinkable.

 

This new trend comes after Microsoft's massive content shopping spree, which saw the company acquire several big names in the industry including the likes of Activision Blizzard, Bethesda, id Software, and more. As posted by Derek Strickland from TweakTown, Microsoft currently has more games on the PlayStation Store's top 25 best-sellers versus Sony-owned IPs.

 

More specifically, seven of the most-purchased games on PlayStation (at the moment at least) are all owned by Microsoft - this includes Call of Duty at the number one spot, followed by Overwatch 2, Sea of Thieves, Fallout 4, Minecraft, Fallout 76, and Grounded.

 

In the midst of this competition though, this situation also works for both brands - Microsoft's IPs get additional exposure and sales via the PS store, while Sony takes a cut from the same sales. It's a bit strange to think about, especially for folks who grew up during the fierce console wars of the early 2000s.


Sony Confirmed to be Working on a PS5 Pro Model

 

Sony is no stranger to launching its mainline consoles in different special editions and revisions, and it looks like the company is at it again - new reports confirm that the Japanese tech giant is working on a more powerful version of the PlayStation 5, currently known as the PS5 "Pro."

 

According to a report from the folks over at The Verge, Sony has been in talks with various developers to prepare games ready over the summer - it's also said that the company will make ray-tracing support a top priority with the Pro model. The report also states that sources have confirmed a number of hardware specifications for the upcoming console.

 

The PS5 Pro is codenamed "Trinity," and packs a more powerful GPU (45% faster than the standard model) and slightly faster CPU mode. Supposedly, the PS5 Pro will be capable of rendering games with ray tracing enabled, as well as higher resolutions and frame rates in certain titles. Select titles will also be able to use a "Trinity Enhanced" (PS5 Pro Enhanced) if they come with "significant enhancements."

 

 

Additionally, a document from Sony to developers says that while the Pro model comes with the same CPU on the standard PS5, a new mode will be included for faster clock speeds, with up to as much as 10% faster speeds.

 

PS5 Pro dev kits will supposedly have changes to system memory, running to as high as 576GB/s on the PS5 Pro. Futhermore, games can use an additional 1.2GB of system memory on the PS5 Pro - 13.7GB overall compared to the 12.5GB allocated to games on the regular PS5 model. At this point, no solid launch date has been set, although it's strongly believed that Sony might get the PS5 Pro launch in time for the holidays.

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