Sony Xperia 1 VI is here – SD 8 Gen 3, better zoom and more conventional screen

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The Sony Xperia 1 VI is official and it’s looking like a welcome refinement of the Xperia 1 V formula.

The biggest change is the move away from the staple 4K OLED in its cinema 21:9 aspect ratio and towards a more conventional 19.5:9 1080x2340px panel. The diagonal is still 6.5 inches, but with the new aspect it’s actually a slightly larger screen.


Sony Xperia 1 VI for both work and play
Sony Xperia 1 VI for both work and play
Sony Xperia 1 VI for both work and play
Sony Xperia 1 VI for both work and play

Sony Xperia 1 VI for both work and play

The display is now brighter too – up from 900 nits to 1,300 nits – and smarter – the LTPO panel variably adjusts between 1Hz and 120Hz, whereas the Xperia 1 V mostly toggled between 60Hz and 120Hz.

This will likely have a positive impact on battery life – Sony is quick to tout that the 5,000mAh battery will last for two days of use and our review found it to be marvelous performer. The battery can recharge 50% in 30 minutes with a 30W charger, and retain at least 80% of its capacity after 4 years of use thanks to Battery Care and Xperia Adaptive Charging.






Sony Xperia 1 VI colorways

Audiophiles will be glad to learn that the Xperia 1 VI brings louder and balanced full-stage front-facing stereo speakers with reduced distortion. The 3.5mm headphone jack has a new Premium Audio Circuit for improved output.

As expected, the Xperia 1 VI moves up to the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with 12GB of RAM. People in Europe can pair the hardware with 256GB of storage, while buyers in Japan and East Asia will get a 512GB version.


A closeup of the defining features of the Xperia 1 VI
A closeup of the defining features of the Xperia 1 VI
A closeup of the defining features of the Xperia 1 VI
A closeup of the defining features of the Xperia 1 VI

A closeup of the defining features of the Xperia 1 VI

Sony finally put a vapor chamber in their flagship phone, which should help tremendously with thermals. The new FPS Optimizer dynamically adjusts CPU use and frame rates, depending on the gaming environment.

Sony Xperia 1 VI is here - SD 8 Gen 3, better zoom, but ditches the 4K screen

Let’s talk cameras. The Xperia 1 VI’s camera system may sound the same as that of the V but there are fundamental changes that should make a big, positive difference. The main 48MP 1/1.35″ camera is seemingly unchanged but offers a full-res 48MP mode this year. The lens is a 24mm f/1.9 optically-stabilized unit. The ultrawide is unchanged as well – it’s a 12MP f/2.2 lens with a 16mm focal length and PDAF.

Sony Xperia 1 VI is here - SD 8 Gen 3, better zoom and more conventional screen

However, Sony made strides with the zoom camera. The sensor is the same 1/3.5″, but the Xperia 1 VI brings a longer-reaching 85mm-170mm optically-zooming module (3.5x all the way to 7.1x) versus the 85-110mm lens of the V. Also new this year is the much closer focusing for the telephoto camera and even a dedicated tele-macro mode at 120mm – the zoom camera offers fixed 4cm close focus (2x magnification) with a focus peaking aid.

Sony Xperia 1 VI is here - SD 8 Gen 3, better zoom, but ditches the 4K screen

Both sides of the phone feature Gorilla Glass Victus – 2 upfront, version 1 on the back. The back glass has a textual finish with microfabrication and a frosted finish, just like the previous model. Textured strips are grooved along the entire aluminum frame, also like the Xperia 1 V.

Sony Xperia 1 VI is here - SD 8 Gen 3, better zoom, but ditches the 4K screen

Sony Xperia 1 VI boots Android 14 at launch and will get three Android version updates and four years of security updates.

The Xperia 1 VI comes in Black, Platinum Silver, and Khaki Green. It starts from €1,399/£1,299 and will be available from early June.

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