Sony Xperia 1 VI and 10 VI: lots of photos and a very small dose of AI

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The two smartphones had been the subject of leaks of information before their presentation, they are officially revealed today. Sony's Xperia 1 VI and 10 VI debut today, one in the premium smartphone market, the other in the mid-range model market.

Sony Xperia 1 VI

The Sony Xperia 1 VI

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The Xperia 1 VI follows a very good Xperia 1 V, and more or less retains its design. On the other hand, Sony is abandoning the 21:9 display ratio previously used on its series of mobiles, to adopt 19.5:9, that is to say a much less stretched, and more conventional format. The device thus measures 162 x 74 x 8.2 mm and houses a 6.5-inch screen benefiting, thanks to LTPO applied to Oled technology, from a refresh rate varying between 1 and 120 Hz. Note that the Japanese manufacturer abandons the 4K definition offered on the Xperia 1 V and switches to Full HD+, but in return promises brightness increased by 50%; the Xperia 1 V having recorded 861 cd/m² under our probes, we can therefore hope that its heir will happily exceed 1000 cd/m². The other characteristics of the device are unsurprising: a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip from Qualcomm, 12 to 16 GB of RAM, storage of 256 to 512 GB (with microSD port), a 5000 mAh battery and charging wireless. The brand announces support for wifi 7, but via a later update. Let us point out in this regard that Sony announces three years of OS upgrades, and four years of security patches.

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Sony Xperia 1 VI

The Sony Xperia 1 VI.

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Focus on AI

As always, it is through its photo component that the new generation Xperia 1 hopes to stand out. And in fact, Sony is pulling out all the stops, integrating into its smartphone a unit including a 48-megapixel main sensor (stacked CMOS type) accompanied by wide-angle optics (24 mm equivalent, f/1.9 ), a second 12 Mpx with an ultra wide-angle (16 mm, f/2.2) and, above all, a final 12 Mpx sensor associated with optics equivalent to 85-170 mm. Understand that the smartphone offers a variable magnification which ranges between 85 and 170 mm, i.e. a continuous zoom x3.5 to x7.1, while the Xperia 1 V did not go beyond a 125 mm equivalent. This same module is also used for macro photography, with focusing from a distance of 4 cm, Sony announces.

Sony Xperia 1 VI

The Sony Xperia 1 VI.

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This hardware is associated with a focus based on artificial intelligence, which results in AF tracking “with human pose estimation”, inspired by Alpha cameras, also from Sony. Good news, the manufacturer indicates that it has redesigned the Photo application of its device, and promises to have created “an intuitive interface”a characteristic that was actually missing until then.

An Xperia 10 VI designed for autonomy, but not only

The Xperia 1 VI is accompanied by a less ambitious Xperia 10 VI, but promising to follow in the wake of the Xperia 10 V, whose endurance had convinced. The newcomer, whose weight remains very contained (164 g), thus has a 5000 mAh battery ensuring, according to the brand, two days of use. It has a 6.1-inch Oled screen (Full HD+, but limited to 60 Hz), and is based on the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chip, accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage ( with microSD). On the photo side, Sony has opted for a 48 Mpx main sensor (wide angle f/1.9) and an 8 Mpx secondary sensor, with an ultra wide angle (f/2.2). Like the Xperia 10 V, the terminal therefore skips a dedicated telephoto lens, but only in appearance: its main sensor, indicates the brand, is accompanied by two focal lengths, one equivalent to 26 mm, the other to 52 mm, i.e. an optical magnification x2. The formula is unique at this price level, and does not fail to appeal. Finally, we note that the device, like the Xperia 1 VI, is IP68 certified, and that it is only accompanied by 2 years of OS updates.

Sony Xperia 10 VI

The Sony Xperia 10 VI.

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The Xperia 10 VI will be available from mid-June at a price of €399, in blue, black or white. A price very far from that of the Xperia 1 VI, which will be billed at €1,399 from the start of the same month; the two terminals thus retain the pricing placement of their predecessors.

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