Should we crack for Christmas for the Sony Xperia 5 IV?
In the world of telephony, Xperia smartphones are more a matter of insiders than of the general public. Will this Xperia 5 IV be the exception that will not confirm this rule?
When it comes to cameras, televisions, audio and video games, Sony has a legitimacy and reputation that is beyond doubt. However, in terms of smartphones, an object that is ultimately the condensed version of these aforementioned experiences, the Japanese manufacturer has a hard time correlating this know-how with sales worthy of the name.
At the beginning of the year, the manufacturer had given us an Xperia Pro-I at an exorbitant price and with a semi-professional positioning. Before the summer, the Xperia 1 IV, billed at 1399 euros, came to expand Sony's high-end catalog, still with a rather high price. With the Xperia 5 IV, Sony is trying to make the right compromises to lower the bill a little.
A more compact and more affordable version of the 1 IV, this Xperia 5 IV would have the ambition of s open to a wider audience? To achieve this, Sony continues in any case to cultivate its difference. Are the manufacturer's arguments enough to drag us his latest smartphone under the tree? The answer in our test.
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- Yes, if you like compact formats
- Yes, for its versatile camera
- Yes, for its ability to entertain us
- No, for its software interface
- No, for its autonomy and its charge
- No, for its price (except super promotion)
- Our opinion on the Sony Xperia 5 IV
Yes, if you like compact formats
Taking in hand an Xperia smartphone can be surprising the first time as it goes against current standards. Indeed, with its compact look and its 6.1-inch OLED screen in 21: 9 format, it's a bit like the last of the Mohicans. Despite such a diagonal, our offspring of the day handles with rare ease, whether with one or two hands, thanks to well thought-out proportions (156 x 67 x 8.2 mm) and a rather contained weight (172 grams) . To give you an idea, the iPhone 14 is 4.5mm wider with the same screen size.
The overall design does not suffer from any flaw in its design. In aluminum, the sides of the smartphone are of good quality. The edges perfectly match the screen, the finishes are impeccable and the flat, matte back retains very few fingerprints. If you like stripped back sides, you'll be served.
All the sensors are placed in a very discreet vertical bar covered with a ZEISS T coating. Some will appreciate this sobriety taken to the extreme, others will call it old-fashioned asceticism. For our part, we opted for the first proposal.
Yes, for its camera versatile
In this regard, Sony has always set the bar high to seduce amateur photographers. Whether in terms of sensor or functionality, Xperia smartphones offer a unique photographic experience. Here is the hardware configuration of Sony's latest addition:
- A 12-megapixel (f/1.7) wide-angle sensor, 24mm focal length, 82° angle of view.< /li>
- A 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor (f/2.2), 16mm focal length, 124° angle of view.
- A 12-megapixel telephoto lens (f/2.4), too, 60mm focal length, 40° angle of view.
- A 12-megapixel front sensor.
Pleasant to use, the wide-angle captures scenes with impressive sharpness and natural color reproduction. Whatever the scene, the Xperia 5 IV handles white balance beautifully. It is even more visible against the light. Not once did he let himself be caught out. Especially since the autofocus allows you to focus really quickly.
For its part, the ultra wide-angle is also very comfortable whatever the situation. It offers a most appreciable perspective for photographing monuments and the level of detail is quite satisfactory. The center of the shot is always brighter than the edges, giving the photos a particularly shimmering look, much like increasing the thumbnail option slightly on an Instagram post.
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This versatility is really appreciable. On the selfies, nothing to say either, the smoothing is not too present on the faces and the brightness is well managed. At night, however, the main sensor disappointed us a little. The rendering is sometimes too dark, especially on the edges of the frame. Too bad, because the colorimetry is quite good.
All of these shots were taken from the “Basic” mode. of the Xperia 5 IV. By entering the “Pro” mode, the smartphone offers a number of settings that will delight amateur photographers. For novices, it is a bit lost at the beginning as the possibilities are numerous. To take full advantage of this photographic potential, you will need patience, practice and desire.
Yes, for its ability to entertain us
For a smartphone to be an excellent daily companion for leisure, it must respect a triptych: screen, sound, power. The Xperia 5 IV almost ticks all of its boxes hands down.
At the front, what about this OLED panel with an FHD+ definition (2,520 x 1,080 pixels)? Real-time HDR compatible and with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, the display brings content to life in any situation. The contrasts adjust according to the environment, the brightness – minimum and maximum – is exceptional and the colors really natural. This is great art. To complete this masterpiece, Sony offers the possibility of adjusting the screen like no one else.
At the sound level, it is also the foot. First of all, as a good audiophile, the Japanese manufacturer is the only one in the high-end segment to offer a jack socket and such a wide range of audio codecs (Hi-Res, LDAC, Bluetooth LE Audio, etc.). Arranged around the screen, at the top and bottom, and not on the edges, the two speakers deliver clear and powerful stereo sound. In landscape mode, the immersion is really present since our hands do not skew the rendering. During a film or a series, the bass never drowns out the whole thing, especially the mids. A real delight for our esgourdes.
In terms of power, Sony relies on a SoC that we no longer need to introduce, the famous Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. You know the song, this fast chip will allow you to do almost anything without slowing down. For gaming on powerful 3D games, be sure to put the graphics in medium mode to avoid overheating too quickly.
This is indeed the well-known defect of this chip, it quickly heat up smartphones. It's a pity that Sony has not turned to the most recent SoC 8+ Gen 1 which better manages this problem of heat production and which already equips some smartphones at the end of the year.
No, for its software interface
Delivered under Android 12, the Xperia 5 IV is enriched with a very light manufacturer overlay. Whether in the notification pane, the app drawer or the home screen, we are very close to Android Stock. The handling is therefore rather intuitive, but it is sorely lacking in graphic customizations. It's pretty frugal. Another point that could frustrate some of you, there is no photo manager, you would have to go through Google Photo.
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As usual, Sony provides a string of Pro applications in the field of music, photo, video and cinema from the outset. Although complete, this ecosystem is really difficult to handle for the uninitiated. The settings abound everywhere, the possibilities are multiple and the interfaces are not always the most ergonomic. It's like opening Photoshop for the first time in your life.
We feel the potential, but at first we are completely confused. Amateur videographers, seasoned photographers and committed music lovers will enjoy it, for others, the learning time will be almost discouraging. This elitism pushed to its climax is a long-standing choice for Sony. However, it is a pity that the manufacturer does not deliver a few homemade tutorials in order to attract the crowds around its smartphone more widely.
No, for its autonomy and its charge
On paper , the Xperia 5 IV honors its rank as a high-end smartphone with its 5,000 mAh battery. In fact, the smartphone is a bit disappointing. With a 120Hz refresh rate and a bright screen 80% of the time, the smartphone lasts a day with standard use.
On weekends, using it a little more, especially for video and video games, we had to charge it lightly at the start of the evening so that it could accompany us until bedtime. The Xperia 5 IV is therefore in a low average in terms of autonomy.
For charging, it gets even more complicated. First of all, Sony doesn't supply any AC adapters and whatever you have on hand it will make do with a maximum charging power of 30W. Using a 33W charger, we put more an hour and a half to charge it from 2 to 90%, which in itself seems like a small eternity to us.
However, the brand told us that its smartphone would be able to regain 50% battery in 30 minutes. Would an official Sony charger almost cut our calculations in half? Hard to believe, impossible to confirm as it stands
No, for its price (except super promotion)
Available in France since September 2022, this Sony Xperia 5 IV was marketed at a price of 1,049 euros. The smartphone is available in three colors (Black, Green and Ecru White) and in a single configuration, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, expandable up to 1 TB via a microSD card. This year again, Sony is doing it again with an ambivalent price positioning.
Finishes, screen, audio, photo sensors… Yes, the Xperia 5 IV is a high-end product in its proposal. However, when you see the value for money, for example, of the latest Google Pixel 7 Pro… the positioning of Sony's latest offspring is rather circumspect.
For the general public to learn about the particularities of the Xperia family, it would take a more attractive price. This is particularly the case at the moment at Sosh and Orange, which offer until December 29, the smartphone alone for … 699 euros. At this price, we can only recommend it to you, if it drops below 800 euros in 2023, ditto. Beyond that, only Sony aficionados and creative amateurs will find what they're looking for.
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Our opinion on the Sony Xperia 5 IV
With this Xperia 5 IV, Sony gives us pure and hard Sony. Understand by this that the manufacturer delivers a smartphone that is practically flawless in terms of screen, power, sound, photo and design. Its average autonomy and slow charge are to be deplored, but these defects are not unique to Sony. We therefore half forgive him.
On the other hand, what bothers us a little more is Sony's propensity to remain too elitist. In its niche market, a smartphone for semi or pro photo and video users, the Xperia 5 IV is the best of all. For movie buffs and music lovers, it's a smartphone that can easily be put under the tree.
And the others? For all those who would like to enter these universes little by little, the step seems almost too high. Blame it on a very “Pro ” overall impression which clearly forgets those who are not. At its launch price, it is therefore likely to frustrate the general public more than anything else. In promotion, the question arises. Do you have the patience and curiosity to take it in hand in order to realize its full potential? It's up to you to think about it and make an informed choice.
Sony Xperia 5 IV
Screen and audio
Performance and interface
Autonomy and recharging
- Good grip
- Bright screen
- Multimedia experience (games, movies, music)
- Versatile photo block
- Jack port and SD card slot
We like less
- Slow charging, no charger provided
- Average battery life
- Home apps too elitist
- Graphic customization p work