Sony announces the Xperia 5 IV: A little less phone for a lot less cash

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Sony Xperia 5 IV Hero Shot of all three colors

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  • Sony is releasing a new iteration of the Xperia 5 series.
  • The Xperia 5 IV will have multiple improvements from the previous generation, like a bigger battery and brighter screen.
  • The new phone will lose the variable telephoto lens found in its predecessor.

For those who love the Xperia 1 series, but shy away because of the price tag, there’s always been the Xperia 5 line. Acting as a slightly more affordable, compact alternative to Sony’s flagship device, the Xperia 5 is still a premium phone that manages to pack many of the same features as its big brother. Today, Sony has announced its latest iteration in the Xperia 5 series — the Xperia 5 IV — and here’s what you can expect to find in it.


Starting with the design, you won’t find anything drastically different with this model. The phone maintains its usual thin rectangular body and rounded edges. It will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is a pleasant surprise given the current trend of other companies phasing out headphone jacks.