Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Sony announces Xperia 1 IV: True optical 85-125mm zoom in your hand

Sony continues to improve its high-end smartphones with advanced optics, and the Xperia 1 IV offers the latest in photography, gaming, and immersive entertainment experiences.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer
Image: Sony

Sony continues to innovate in the smartphone market with a focus on improvements in the camera, gaming, video, and audio experiences. The Xperia 1 IV (Mark four) offers the latest in flagship specifications with a true optical 85-125mm zoom lens.

The new phone will be available in September for approximately $1,600 in black and purple. It is interesting to see an announcement more than three months ahead of availability with pre-orders starting today. Those who pre-order the phone will receive the Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless noise-canceling earbuds ($280 value).

Some of the advanced photography features from the Sony Xperia Pro-I smartphone will be available on the Xperia 1 IV. That phone was a camera with phone features, while this new model is more of a phone with advanced camera features.

Also: Sony WF-1000XM4 review


  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Main display: 6.5-inch 21:9 OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB internal storage with microSD card slot
  • Dust/water resistance: IP68
  • Cameras: 12MP 24mm wide, 12MP 16mm ultra wide, and 12MP 85-125mm telephoto. 12MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 5000mAh non-removable with wireless charging and fast charging support
  • Colors: Black and Purple
Image: Sony

Also: The best Android phones: Better than the iPhone?

Some of the advanced features include Videography Pro, Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye, external monitor support for Sony Alpha cameras, Cinematography Pro, Game Enhancer, advanced music support, Music Pro recording function, and much more.

The Xperia Pro-I will also receive a future software update that enables live streaming through the external monitor and Videography Pro. These updates are planned for a July 2022 release.

Editorial standards