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Sony Xperia 1 V review: Good flagship without a purchase recommendation

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After we last looked at this Xperia 5V have examined in a detailed test report, let's now take a closer look at its bigger brother - the Sony Xperia 1 V.

In addition to the size, the design and the camera system differ greatly from the Xperia 5. You can read here whether these differences are enough to make you choose the Sony short test.


The Sony Xperia 1 V is a very good smartphone with a great display, excellent performance, long battery life and good stereo speakers, but I can hardly recommend it at this point. In my opinion, there are currently alternatives with a better zoom camera, thinner display bezels and faster fast charging for around 1.000 euros. In addition, the successor – the Sony Xperia 1 VI – will probably be presented soon. I would therefore advise all potential buyers to wait for the successor, look at the competition or choose something cheaper Sony Xperia 5V with better battery life.

Buy Sony Xperia 1V

Design and display

The Sony Xperia 1 V is a large smartphone that is not suitable in every situation procan be easily operated with one hand. Nevertheless, I like the form factor quite a bit, because Sony is once again using an elongated aspect ratio of 21:9, which makes it easier to use with one hand than similarly sized smartphones with 19:9 or 20:9 aspect ratios. It also weighs only 187 grams and at 8,3 millimeters is neither particularly thin nor thick.

Both the front and the frame have a special structure that not only looks cool, but also contributes to pleasant handling. Although I find that the Xperia 1 V feels quite angular in the hand, it is nowhere near as bad as its smaller brother - the Sony In my opinion, the power button is located far too far down and doesn't have a particularly good pressure point. It sometimes happened to me that I pressed the volume up/down button instead of the power button, because it should actually be where the volume up/down button is. However, since the smartphone is so long and the buttons are higher than on the Sony Xperia 5 V, I don't think it's quite as bad with the 5 V.

A 6,1-inch OLED display is used on the front, which is surrounded by fairly thick edges. Sony uses the space for good stereo speakers, but the fact that smartphones can have both thin display bezels and good stereo speakers is evident in this price range Procenter of competitors. The Xperia 1 V simply looks old-fashioned.

At least the quality of the screen is very good. Sony has finally managed to get the maximum brightness under control, which has always been a big deal in the past Problem of Sony flagships. It doesn't get as bright as the current iPhones or the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, but the panel can handle it even on sunny days Proproblems can be read. The sharpness of 3.840 x 1.644 pixels is terrific, colors are reproduced beautifully and naturally, the viewing angle stability is solid and the smooth refresh rate of 120 Hertz rounds off the great display quality.

Software, Proprocessor and battery

The software used is Material You based on Android 13. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the look, but I have to give Sony credit for the fact that the software is quite simple and has a lot of useful functions. In addition, there is hardly any bloatware. Unfortunately, there is no update guarantee.

Inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2, which is supported by 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage. The latter can even be expanded via a MicroSD card, which is hardly possible with any other flagship smartphone. Apps start and close extremely quickly and you'll look for stuttering in vain. The overall operating speed is at an extremely high level and animations are played back smoothly at all times. The Xperia 1 V doesn't have any facilities for complex apps or games ProSony has managed the problems and heat development much better than with its predecessor, although it still gets warmer than other smartphones when used intensively.

A 5.000 mAh battery ensures long battery life. At the end of the day I still had a maximum of 59 with a screen-on time of four to five hours Procent and at least 35 Procent of battery power left. Although it has to admit defeat to the smaller Xperia 5 V, the battery life is still really good. Unfortunately, the battery can only be fully charged with up to 30 watts in about 100 minutes, which is pretty weak in 2024. At least it supports wireless charging.


One of the biggest differences compared to the Xperia 5 V concerns the camera. While the main camera and the ultra-wide-angle camera are completely identical, the Xperia 1 V also has a telephoto camera:

  • 52 megapixel main camera (f/1.9), 1/1,35 inch
  • 12 megapixel ultra wide angle camera (f/2.2), 1/2,5 inch, 123°
  • 12 megapixel telephoto camera with variable focal length (85mm - 125mm), F2.3 (85mm) - F2.8 (125mm), 1/3,5 inch
Sony Xperia 1V camera

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Not only on paper, but also in terms of the ultimate image quality, there are absolutely no differences between the 1 V and 5 V in both the main and ultra-wide-angle cameras, which is why we will only look at the telephoto camera in this review. If you are interested in the main and ultra-wide-angle camera as well as videos, you are welcome to take a look here:

Zoom recordings are significantly better than the smaller brother, but - as with the predecessor - I would have expected a lot more. The dynamic range is decent, but colors are often displayed too pale and the sharpness is sometimes really weak. And yes, even at 5,2x magnification, which is still optical. As impressive as this variable focal length technology is, the quality is a bit stagnant. Samsung, HUAWEI, Google and Apple are visibly better and with that Vivo X100 Pro I don't even have to start.

Other – fingerprint sensor, vibration motor, etc.

Although the screen edges are quite wide, Sony uses the space effectively for high-quality stereo front speakers. In my opinion, these could be louder, but the sound quality is really good.

The vibration motor delivers a high-quality feel, but is a bit too loud for me, especially when the smartphone is on the table and receiving notifications.

Unlike all other flagship smartphones, the fingerprint sensor is located in the power button and not in the display. Since the button is a little too far down, it often happened to me that my finger didn't hit the sensor optimally. However, if I hit it optimally, the smartphone is unlocked quickly and reliably.

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Fabian Menzel

Fabian has been part of since mid-September 2020 TechnikNews and regularly supplies the site with various news, but also with some test reports on smartphones. He's having so much fun and is extremely grateful to have such a great team by his side. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and occasionally taking photos with his Huawei Mate 50 Pro.

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