Sony announces Xperia 1V with sensor with separated pixel layers for 1399 euros

Sony has announced the Xperia 1V. That phone is the company’s first to incorporate separate pixel layer technology into the camera sensor. This gives the devices a greater dynamic range, so that the cameras capture more light.

The Xperia 1V is a triple camera phone with the main camera having a double layer of sensors. Sony already said last year that phones with such separated pixel layers would come out in 2023. In April, the company announced a sensor with that technology, but the Xperia 1V is the company’s first device to come to the market that actually has that technology on board. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra previously released in China already has that sensor yes.

The main camera has a 24mm lens with an f/1.9 aperture that takes photos in 48-megapixel resolution. In that lens, the transistors and diodes are separated between the two pixel layers. This means that more surface area is available for the photodiodes, allowing pixels to collect more light per surface area and increasing the dynamic range. This should ensure that the noise in an image is reduced and the saturation is improved.

The phone also has two other lenses. There is also a 16mm wide-angle 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture on the device and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an optical zoom of 85 to 125mm with an aperture of f/2.3 to f/2.8. The phone also has a physical photo button in the housing.

In terms of software, too, the phone is optimized for photography and creating of video images. For example, Sony’s S-Cinetone color profile is on the device, which allows users to make photo and video images look more cinematic. There is also real-time eye-tracking autofocus on the device, which makes it possible to keep the focus on a person’s eyes during photography and filming.

The phone also has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The battery measures 5000mAh and can charge quickly with USB Power Delivery. The smartphone also has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and the device comes with 12GB of ram and 256GB of UFS storage. The phone also has a 3.5mm connection and dual SIM support.

The phone will be available from the end of June and will cost 1399 euros.