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.

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.

Mike Viray
A writer and content creator with a love for tech and music, Mike is also an avid gamer as well. He and his wife are big fans of Mario Kart.

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