Sony Xperia 1 IV Launches With eSIM Support and Android Pie

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Sony and Qualcomm are partnering up to create the Sony Xperia 1 IV, the latest flagship smartphone from the manufacturer. Running on Android Pie with eSIM support, this new handset has some impressive hardware that could take the business away from Apple and Samsung in the year ahead. We’ve got all of the details on the new Sony Xperia 1 IV after the break! The device is expected to arrive as the Sony Xperia 1 IV.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is a successor to last year’s flagship, the Sony Xperia 1 III. Like its predecessor, it will come with eSIM support and Android Pie out of the box. Specifications for both devices are pretty much identical except for one important point—the Sony Xperia 1 IV has a better camera setup on paper.

Other specs include 6GB RAM, 128GB of onboard storage space, a microSD card slot that supports up to 512GB of additional storage and an Android Pie at launch time.

The device also comes with NFC support and appears to have wireless charging support as well based on firmware evidence. If nothing else, it’s safe to say that you can expect some solid performance from Sony’s new phone if preliminary benchmark scores are anything to go by.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV was recently spotted on Geekbench with key specifications listed in full detail. According to rumors, Sony plans to launch two variants of its upcoming flagship smartphone. Both models are expected to ship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processors but only one model will be equipped with 5G connectivity support.

Specs-wise, both phones should be nearly identical save for screen size and battery capacity differences. The smaller version of Sony’s upcoming flagship smartphone is expected to feature a 5-inch display panel and a 3,300mAh battery while the larger variant should come equipped with a 6-inch display panel and a 4,000mAh battery instead.

Sony Xperia 1 IV Launch Sony launched its first flagship smartphone of 2019 earlier today. The Sony Xperia 1 IV is an upgrade over last year’s top-tier offering, which itself was a worthy competitor to other flagships released.

There are a few differences between these two handsets including design changes (Sony ditched its rectangular fingerprint sensor for something more modern) and software improvements (Sony added support for Google Assistant).

However, it looks like there could be another difference between these two handsets soon enough—the Sony Xperia 1 IV might get updated to Android Q before its predecessor does so.

Sony Xperia 1 IV specs leaked, to come with eSIM

Based on leaked images, it’s clear that Sony is opting for a very familiar design with its upcoming Xperia 1 IV. The phone is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ processor, but given its position as a flagship device, it will almost certainly be paired with 6GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage.

While not mentioned in early reports, eSIM support has now been confirmed thanks to information from Sony’s website. And if you ask us, eSIM support makes perfect sense given how easy it is to switch carriers with a single phone number these days. Specs Sony Xperia 1 IV specs leaked, to come with eSIM:

As noted above, Sony has opted for a traditional look with its upcoming flagship. That means there’s no notch or punch-hole display on board—though there are slim bezels along each side of the screen.

The biggest feature here is Sony’s triple-camera setup on the back: there are two 12MP sensors (wide-angle and telephoto) accompanied by an additional 16MP sensor that supports 5x optical zoom. In addition to taking amazing photos, all three cameras work together to create 3D scans when used in conjunction with Sony’s new 3D Creator app.

Sony Xperia 1 IV Hands-On

In terms of specifications, Sony Xperia 1 IV packs a 6.5-inch TRILUMINOS display with 3120 x 1440 pixel resolution. The device also has a Snapdragon 855 SoC under its hood coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

For photography, it comes with a Dual Rear Camera setup consisting 12MP primary camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens. As per the listing on Geekbench, it runs on the Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV features 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display (3840 × 2160 pixels) with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. Sony Xperia 1 ships with a USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. It supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ technology which allows you to charge your phone up to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Sony Xperia 1 IV Benchmarks

Given that Xperia 1 IV is expected to launch in just a few weeks, it’s not surprising to see it pop up on benchmarking sites. It has shown up on Geekbench with some pretty decent scores. On single-core tests, it managed to get an impressive 1730 score, which should be more than enough for day-to-day use.

The multi-core test gave a solid score of 6560 points, which is rather low considering Sony has been using Snapdragon 855 processors for over six months now. We’re expecting to see a heavy custom skin running Android Pie make its way onto Xperia 1 IV when it launches in mid.

Until then, however, we’ll have to wait and see what benchmarks reveal next time around. In addition to these changes, Sony also launched a new version of its proprietary charging standard – dubbed Qnovo Adaptive Charging – which aims to provide users with longer battery life and better charging efficiency.

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