Vote now: Are you excited about the Sony Xperia 1 IV? Results are in!
UPDATE: Well, what do you know! Sony fans are alive and kicking! Surprisingly, people are excited about Sony’s new flagship, which goes to show that the company got at least something right. More than 70% of the voters are waiting for the Xperia 1 IV eagerly, and while the buying situation is a bit different, there are surprises in the second part of the poll, as well. Granted, the majority voted that “you have to be out of your mind” to buy the Xperia 1 IV at $1,500 but some of you guys correctly stated in the comments that the price is not such an issue, compared to other big flagships. I completely agree, and if Sony somehow fixes the marketing side, the market share of Xperia phones might start to slowly crawl up that hill.
Ah, Sony… The Japanese company keeps going against the grain with its smartphones, both in design and marketing strategy. And while the latter can be a bit controversial (who launches a phone 3 months after announcing it?!), the former is actually a breath of fresh air in the industry.I won’t try to hide it, I’ve been a massive Xperia fan since my Xperia Ray days but even for me it’s clear to see that Sony is struggling to find its audience and market position. Xperia phones of late are technologically superior to many other models but at the same time awfully expensive, and sometimes they lack polish in the software department and are plagued by strange hardware bugs.
When the Xperia 1 III got announced last year, we asked you whether or not you would buy it at its $1,299 price. Unsurprisingly, more than half of the votes went saying the phone is too expensive for its own good. Now, we’re approaching the announcement of the Xperia 1 IV – the successor, and judging by the latest rumors, things might get even worse.
The Xperia 1 IV is rumored to have an even more sophisticated camera system with three 48MP sensors, plus a telephoto periscope zoom lens (probably sporting the variable zoom we saw in the previous model).
The problem? Well, as you might’ve guessed already, it’s the price – according to Chinese leakers, the phone will clock in at around $1,415 for the 256GB version and $1,572 for the 512GB model. These prices will definitely converse to higher numbers in Europe and North America, probably pushing $1,500 for the entry model.
Now, with all this in mind, are you still excited about this phone? And would you consider buying it at $1,500? I must admit, it’s far too expensive for me, especially when foldable phones now can be purchased for less, much less.