Sony announces Xperia 5 IV: a little less phone for much less money

tl; DR

  • Sony launches a new version of the Xperia 5 series.
  • Xperia 5 IV will get multiple improvements over the previous generation, such as a bigger battery and a brighter screen.
  • The new phone will lose the variable telephoto lens of its predecessor.

For those who love the Xperia 1 series but shy away from price, there’s always the Xperia 5 line. The Xperia 5 serves as a fairly compact and affordable alternative to Sony’s flagship, and it’s still a premium phone that can pack many of the same features as its bigger brother. Sony today announced its latest entry in the Xperia 5 series – the Xperia 5 IV – and here’s what you can expect to find in it.


Starting with the design, you will not find anything completely different from this model. The phone retains its usual thin rectangular body and rounded edges. It will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a pleasant surprise given the current trend of other companies phasing out headphone jacks.

As for durability, the devices will use Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is an improvement over Gorilla Glass 6 used in last year’s device. It will also have an IP65 / IP68 dust and water protection rating. When asked why the phone got two ratings, Sony claimed that other brands only test IP68; They test for both. If you are not familiar with IP ratings, we have explained everything you need to know here.


Unchanged from the previous generation, the Xperia 5 IV will have a 6.1-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9. The screen will also have an OLED screen and a 120Hz refresh rate, similar to the Xperia 5 III. However, unlike last year’s model, Sony claims the screen will be 50% brighter, feature FHD+ resolution, and improve image quality using a real-time HDR engine.


Despite competing with the likes of Google’s iPhone and Pixel phones, the Xperia 5 series has always managed to hold its own. This year, its camera lineup features 16mm, 24mm, and 60mm 12MP rear cameras. The front of the phone will get a 12MP selfie camera, capable of shooting 4K HDR video. This is a 4MP throwback from the Xperia 5 III’s 8MP selfie camera.

In addition, the cameras will feature such specifications as:

  • 120 fps readings
  • Zeiss paint
  • High-speed eye AF (all lenses)
  • Object tracking (photo and video)
  • 60fps autofocus and auto exposure (all lenses)
  • 20 fps HDR burst
  • shutter button
  • 4K 120 fps with up to 5x slow motion (all lenses)
  • Wide dynamic range for video
  • Hybrid image stabilization

Sony Xperia 5 IV Specifications

A surprising absence from the Xperia 5 IV’s specs list is the lack of a variable telephoto lens. Found in the Xperia 5 III, it looks like Sony has taken this lens out of its new phone. Sony states that the reason for this choice was that users preferred battery and compactness over a telephoto lens with a longer zoom.

Sony Xperia 5 IV


6.1 inch HDR OLED FHD +
120 Hz display
Aspect Ratio 21:9


Snapdragon 8 first generation


8 GB


128 GB
microSDXC support (up to 1TB)


5000 mAh battery
30W wired charging (30 min 50% charge)
Wireless charging
Battery share


– 16 mm, 12 MP, 1 / .25 inch, ƒ / 2.2
– 24 mm, 12 MP, 1 / 1.7 inch, ƒ / 1.7, 1.8 µm OIS
– 60 mm, 12 MP, 1 / 3.5 inch, ƒ / 2.4, OIS

120 fps readings
High-speed Eye AF on all lenses
Object tracking in photos and videos
60fps AF/AE calculations on all lenses
20 fps HDR burst
4K 120 fps (up to 5x slow motion)
Wide dynamic range for video

In front of me:
– 12 MP, 1.29 inch

4K HDR video from the front camera

My voice

3.5 mm headphone jack
Full Stage Stereo Speakers
Dolby Atmos
Hi-Res Audio
DSEE Ultimate
LDAC Support
360 Reality Audio Upmix


Bluetooth Audio LE
5G support


156 x 67 x 8.2 mm, 172 g



Black, green, white picro


IP65 / IP68, Corning Gorilla Glass protection

My voice

Turning to the acoustic capabilities of the device, Sony has developed new speakers housed in a special enclosure that dampens unwanted vibrations and provides clearer sound. There will be two of these speakers on the front, creating a full-stage stereo system. To enhance the sound, the phone will use Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio Upmix to provide high-quality audio and an immersive 3D audio experience.

Plus, you can expect high-resolution audio through wired or wireless connections. For wireless networks, the Xperia 5 IV will use LDAC, DSEE, and Bluetooth LE Audio.


Powering the Xperia 5 IV will be the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Sony believes that this chipset will be more than enough to power the features in the device. However, this puts the phone behind other devices that use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. This model will also launch with Android 12, receiving three years of security updates and two OS updates. The SIM card setup will be the same as that of the Xperia 1 IV with a physical SIM tray, microSD, and eSIM for the second SIM slot.

See also: Should you buy a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 phone?

It will also be equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery with adaptive charging, compared to last year’s 4,500 mAh battery. Sony claims that adaptive charging will extend battery life by three years. With a 30W charger, the battery can be quickly charged up to 50% in just 30 minutes. The phone will also support wireless charging and a battery sharing function.


Xperia 5 IV will have a variety of entertainment features that come with the device. One such feature is the Music Pro app which will come with 1 month of free cloud processing up to 100MB.

You’ll also get a Bravia Core for Xperia with five movies to redeem and 12 months of unlimited streaming of older shows included. With Videography Pro and an external monitoring app, users will have the ability to stream their own content, similar to the Xperia 1 IV.

Finally, gamers will have game streaming capabilities and will be able to record their gameplay with Sony’s Game Enhancer app. To aid in the gaming experience, the device offers 240Hz Motion Blur Reduction and allows users to customize picture and sound settings.

Release date and pricing

Sony Xperia 5 IV All three colors plus interface

Although the device does not have a specific release date yet, it has a release window at the end of September in most countries. In the US, the launch window is sometime in October.

Available in black, green and Ecru White, the phone will launch at £949 (around $1,103) in the UK at a price in the US of “about $1000” (Sony’s exact words). Pre-ordering the phone will provide you with a pair of new Sony LinkBuds S or WF-1000XM4 earbuds, depending on your location/retailer.

Sony Xperia 5 IV

Sony Xperia 5 IV

Built-in Headphone jack microSD card slot

Sony’s cheapest 2022 phone is just as good as the more expensive Xperia 1

The Sony Xperia 5 IV is for people who love the Xperia 1 IV but can’t afford the price. The Xperia 5 IV comes in at hundreds of dollars less, has a similar build and similar internals, and even has a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. The cameras and screen are cut out, but the average user will find a lot to love here.

Based on this information, it appears that Sony has addressed a lot of issues that plagued the previous model. In our Xperia 5 III review, our biggest complaints were the lack of wireless charging, slow charging time, no selfie camera, pre-installed bloatware, and no promises of a software update. On paper, the Xperia could prove to be one of the devices that has taken care of these issues.

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