Sony Xperia 5 IV review: a camera and screen (almost) as powerful as its price tag

Sony Xperia 5 IV: key specs

Chipset: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
OS: Android 12
Screen: 6.1in, OLED, 120Hz, 1080 x 2520
Cameras: 12MP x4 – wide, ultrawide, tele, selfie
Video: 4k/30, 1080/60, EIS
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, USB-C 3.2
Dimensions: 156 x 67 x 8.2 mm
Weight: 172g

Android phones like the Sony Xperia 5 IV require updates, at least they do if you care about things like the security of your payment information and getting new features. Google’s phones get updates for five years from their first availability, as do Samsung’s. OnePlus phones get four. With the Xperia 5 IV, Sony is offering three years of security updates, and only two of OS updates.

We tell you this up-front because the rest of this review is going to be positive. The Xperia 5 IV is a great phone, with good specs, a sharp, bright, colorful screen, and a nice camera cluster with an excellent app. It’s even relatively water-resistant and comes in green. That limited update policy, though, means you may find yourself thinking about an upgrade earlier than you might want.

In many ways a cut-down version of the range-topping Xperia 1 IV, although it doesn’t have that phone’s excellent zoom camera to make it quite the best camera phone (opens in new tab). It takes a step back in the processor department too, but it also doesn’t cost £1,300. The Xperia 5 IV is still an expensive phone, but Sony is chasing a price/performance sweet spot here, and largely hits it.

A black Sony Xperia 5 IV being held above and laid on a stony surface

(Image credit: Ian Evenden)

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