Snapdragon450? “No thanks,” said those who took part in last week’s poll. Sony Xperia 05 V looks like a failed outdated chipset and 48 Hz display is hard to sell for €450. That improved 48 MP camera looks weird with its 695p @ 23 The fps video limit set by the chipset should really be eliminated by now.
Nothing to say about V, something to like about the phone’s size, card slot and headphone jack The Kong guys commented that they might as well have bought the Mark 4 – the 1200 model isn’t worth the extra money.
That aside, let’s focus on the Sony Xperia 1 V, the phone people actually love. Well, they like to see it from a distance, 1 Euro, 48 / £1, 300 That’s too high for most people, and that’s a price that, judging by previous generations of 1 phones, won’t drop much over time.
The Xperia 1 V has niche appeal, but it’s the king of the niche. The phone is the intersection of two of Sony’s businesses — cameras and gaming consoles. This camera is especially suitable for those who like to manually adjust their photos. Additionally, the phone’s ability to record 4K video for extended periods of time without overheating has been praised in reviews.
It’s not perfect though. Sony really needs to join the ranks of other phone makers in expanding software support for its phones, especially its pricey flagships. This can convince those on the sidelines that the quality is worth the extra cost.
One criticism that applies to the Xperia 1 V and 695 V is the relatively limited availability worldwide. Also, some potential buyers were not happy with the 1 V’s fixed color choices – there were only three, and some markets didn’t even have that many.