December 2, 2023
Sony Xperia 5 IV: Is the camera punch and compact design worth it?  🇧🇷 Hands-on video

Sony Xperia 5 IV: Is the camera punch and compact design worth it? 🇧🇷 Hands-on video

The Sony Xperia 5 IV was launched in the already distant September 2022, and although the Japanese manufacturer no longer officially sells its smartphones in Brazil, this hasn’t stopped TudoCelular from doing a short hands-on with the device.

With the typical design of a Sony device, the Xperia 5 IV attracts the attention of the overseas audience for offering a good package. Case in point, it has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and complimenting cameras.

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The screen of the Sony Xperia 5 IV is a 6.1-inch OLED display with FHD Plus resolution and supports 120Hz refresh rate content. Of course the real highlight here is the 21:9 aspect ratio, something Sony uses extensively.

The panel used by the Japanese is good and now manages to reach a high level of brightness, which makes the Xperia 5 IV comfortable outdoors and easy to view content.

However, it should be remembered that the Xperia 5 IV does not have the adaptive refresh rate LTPO technology. In fact, the company uses a dynamic rate between 60Hz and 120Hz.

Thus, multimedia content is displayed at 60Hz, but the interface is at 120Hz all the time. The video watching experience is excellent. The Sony Xperia 5 IV has two speakers that work together at the same volume, providing a distortion-free experience.

The Sony Xperia 5 IV’s processor is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and this could end up being one of the problems with this smartphone, as Sony has gone to great lengths to reduce the heating of the chipset, killing its performance in long hours of gaming, for example.

To round out the group, the Sony Xperia 5 IV has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and 5G and NFC connectivity for near-pay.

The battery capacity is 5000 mAh and the full autonomy can reach 6 hours of active viewing and this guarantees a whole day away from the socket.

But when you go to recharge, despite its support for 30W fast charging, the Xperia 5 IV doesn’t have the accessory in the box. Finally, we have wireless and reverse charging.

  • 6.1-inch OLED screen with FullHD + resolution, HDR, 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform
  • 12 GB of RAM
  • 128 internal storage capacity
  • microSD support
  • 12 MP front camera
  • Three rear cameras:
    • 12MP main sensor (24mm, f/1.7,)
    • 12MP ultra wide angle sensor (16mm, f/2.2)
    • 12MP telephoto sensor (60mm, f/2.4)
  • 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and IP68 certification
  • 5000 mAh battery supports 30W charging
  • Android 12
  • Dimensions: 156.1 x 67 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 187 grams



The biggest problem with the Sony Xperia 5 IV is with night shots, since it doesn’t behave like a smartphone. Thus, the program raises the exposure time and the result is blurred photos at different times.

It lacked a Pixel-like night mode to make up for this problem and use artificial intelligence to render snappier photos. We should also mention that HDR is almost absent in night shots.

In general, the Sony Xperia 5 IV has good camera settings and the number of applications is excellent for amateurs. But for casual users, this level of detail can be quite problematic.

Finally, in videos, the Xperia 5 IV has 4K recording at 30fps in the popular Camera app and records great, but in the Pro app it’s possible to hit 120fps.

First impressions and the price

Sony Xperia 5 IV is not yet available in Brazilian stores. To be notified when it arrives.