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Sony’s New Smartphone Could Poach Photographers from Apple and Google

Sony used to be a pretty major player in the smartphone space, but its offerings never really made a big splash in the US. Still, the company releases annual updates to its Xperia smartphone lineup and it seems to be the perfect device for both amateur and professional photographers. After all, Sony is no slouch.

The sixth generation of the company’s flagship smartphone is packed with so many camera-centric features that it might actually turn people away from competing iPhone and Pixel devices. There’s a true optical zoom, AI-assisted autofocus and a telephoto camera for macro shots.

This is divided into three cameras on the back: a 24 mm main camera with a 48 megapixel Sony Exmor T sensor, a 16 mm ultra-wide-angle camera and the aforementioned 85-170 mm telephoto camera with variable zoom . The latter offers 3.5 to 7.1 times magnification compared to the main camera. The ladybug in your garden is begging for a close-up.

As for AI-powered autofocus, Sony touts a technology called “Human Pose Estimation” that can detect a person’s body and head position to deliver the perfect focus. The camera system also supports filming videos in 4K HDR at 120 frames per second. All of these features work together in Sony’s new unified camera app, so users don’t have to constantly switch between different software programs to get their work done.

Of course, this is a smartphone and not just a bunch of cameras attached to a rectangle. The Xperia 1 VI features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, 12GB of RAM and a choice between 256GB and 512GB of storage. According to Sony, the integrated 5,000 mAh battery should provide up to two days of use before needing to be charged. To this end, the device supports both 15W wireless charging and wireless battery sharing with other devices.

There is a nice OLED display, but it has a resolution of 2220 x 1080 and the . The aspect ratio also takes a hit here and is reduced from 21:9 to 19.5:9. However, this display now offers a variable refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz and can achieve a 50 percent higher peak brightness compared to last year’s model. Also, 4K resolution is kind of unnecessary on a phone screen and this thing can record in 4K, which is what really matters.

The Sony Xperia 1 VI is available to pre-order now in the UK, starting at the eye-watering asking price of $1,640. There’s more bad news for U.S. consumers. Unlike previous releases, the company currently has no plans to bring this phone to the US.

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