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Sony’s New Flagship Xperia 1 VI is Aimed at Photography Nerds

Sony has unveiled the Xperia 1 VI, the sixth generation of the company’s flagship smartphone, which could scare photography enthusiasts away from rival iPhone and Pixel devices. These benefits include true optical zoom, AI-assisted autofocus, and a unified app experience.

There are three cameras on the back: a 24mm main camera with a 48-megapixel Sony Exmor T sensor, a 16mm ultra-wide-angle camera and an 85-170mm variable-zoom telephoto camera that has an approximately Offers 3.5x to 7.1x magnification of the main camera. The Xperia 1 VI also uses this new telephoto camera for its macro mode.

The device features “human pose estimation” autofocus AI technology that can detect a subject’s body and head position and supports filming videos in 4K HDR at 120 frames per second, along with high-end color profiles such as the S-Cinetone work. Sony has also consolidated its various film and photo features into a single camera app, so users don’t have to switch between different software programs.

Inside the Xperia 1 VI you’ll find the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, 12GB of RAM and a choice between 256GB and 512GB of storage. Sony says the 5,000mAh battery will give users up to two days of juice on a single charge, and the device supports both 15W wireless charging and wireless battery sharing with other devices.

The optical zoom of the 12-megapixel telephoto camera shown below ranges from 85 to 125 mm.
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In addition to the camera upgrades, a few other changes have also been introduced that may be a harder sell for some customers. The previous 4K display now has a resolution of 2220 x 1080 and has been reduced from 7.1 inches to 6.5 inches, increasing the aspect ratio from 21:9 to a beefier 19.5:9. However, it now has a variable refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz, and Sony says the OLED display can achieve a peak brightness that’s 50 percent higher than the Xperia 1V.

The more compact size of the Xperia 1 VI could also be interesting for people who don’t want to have larger smartphones.
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The actual design remains largely unchanged. Visually, it is almost identical to the previous model, except for the fact that it is available in the same three colors: black, silver and khaki green. It also still features a dedicated shutter button and a 3.5mm headphone jack (a rarity on flagship phones these days), although Sony says the new “full-stage” speakers also feature improvements in “bass, clarity and Sound distribution “provide” for those who choose not to connect.

The model in the middle is supposed to be “Khaki” in case you’re as confused as I was.
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Unlike previous versions of the Xperia 1 series, Sony has no plans to launch the Xperia 1 VI in the US. However, the device is available to pre-order now in the UK and across Europe for £1,299 (approximately $1,640) and €1,399, respectively. Delivery begins on June 6th.

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