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Sony introduces the Xperia 5 IV smartphone aimed at content creators

Overnight, Sony introduced the Xperia 5 IV, a premium smartphone with many of the same features found in the flagship Xperia, but in a more compact design. The smartphone features best-in-class audio and video with the latest chipset, along with a powerful battery that lasts through the day.

“We are thrilled to introduce the new Xperia 5 IV as a continuation of our Xperia series. We are always listening to our customers to develop cutting-edge technology that meets their needs as creators, gamers, and music and video enthusiasts,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The Xperia 5 IV is a powerful and compact tool that is perfect for anyone looking for the best technology in a small, sleek form factor.”

The Xperia 5 IV incorporates some of Sony’s latest Imaging technologies including Eye AF and Object Tracking on all rear-facing cameras. Creators can now enable cinematic video features on all three lenses including 4K HDR, 120 fps (frames per second) super slow-motion recording to create a cinematic look, thanks to the sensor’s high read-out speed of 120 fps. The Videography Pro application also enables livestreaming.

The new front camera has an improved and larger 12-megapixel sensor that enables 4K HDR content with outstanding contrast. The larger sensor also allows user to take clear selfies in tough lighting settings such as high glare or dark environments.

For Vloggers and video creators, the Xperia 5 IV comes with an external monitor function. By connecting a mirrorless camera (such as Alpha series cameras), creators can monitor their work on the Xperia 5 IV‘s 6.1” FHD display and instantly share their content using the new livestreaming function.  When paired with Sony’s Vlog Monitor (XQZ-IV01, sold separately), this setup allows for even more creative control.

Experiential entertainment

The Xperia 5 IV offers Sony’s 360 Reality Audio and has three options for high-quality audio, which includes a wired 3.5mm audio jack, wireless headphones, or front-facing Full-Stage stereo speakers. The stereo speakers include a new structure that produces clearer sound and low-frequency performance. By combining DSEE Ultimate and LDAC support, the Xperia 5 IV supports streaming services with high resolution sound quality. The Xperia 5 IV also supports the latest Bluetooth LE Audio. 

Individuals can also use Music Pro to record vocals and music as if recorded in a professional studio. This allows individuals to record and edit multiple tracks directly on the Xperia 5 IV and upload their recordings to the cloud. From there, AI can be applied using Sony’s unique sound source separation technology to reduce noise and separate vocal and acoustic guitar sounds. 

This new device is Sony Xperia’s brightest ever FHD+ display and is approximately 50% brighter than the previous 5 series model. Viewing and experiencing content is improved on the Xperia 5 IV with Real-Time HDR Drive. This increases the image quality by reproducing gradation of overexposed and underexposed areas. The Xperia 5 IV also offers a uniquely immersive viewing experience with a 6.1″ 21:9 FHD+ HDR OLED display. 

Powered for everyday needs

The Xperia 5 IV combines powerful, reliable performance with a range of practical features to enhance everyday life.​ The flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform delivers groundbreaking performance and innovation in AI, gaming and connectivity for a premium experience.

Create and view content throughout the day

The Xperia 5 IV offers plenty of power with a 5,000mAh battery and adaptive charging that allows the battery life to be extended up to three years. When needing a boost, the device can fast charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes with the charger XQZ-UC1 (sold separately). The Xperia 5 IV also offers Battery Share, to easily charge additional devices. For additional charging options, the Xperia 5 IV allows for wireless charging.


As part of Sony’s sustainability initiative, the Xperia 5 IV features no plastic in its packaging, with plastic components either eliminated or replaced with paper materials.

Pricing and availability

The Xperia 5 IV will be available at the end of October 2022. It will be sold unlocked in black at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout the United States, and a green color variation will be available exclusively through Sony.

Preorders are now available for $999.99 through B&H Photo. Customers who preorder the Xperia 5 IV will be eligible to receive Sony’s latest WF-1000XM4 true wireless noise cancelling earbuds with purchase (a $280.00 USD value).

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