October 4, 2023

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Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia 1 V is much loved but expensive, Xperia 10 V fails to impress

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia 1 V is much loved but expensive, Xperia 10 V fails to impress

Snapdragon 695? “No, thanks,” said the people in last week’s survey. The Sony Xperia 10 V looks like a flop because the old chipset and 60Hz display are hard to sell at €450. And that improved 48MP camera looks weird with the 1080p @ 30fps video limitations set by the chipset that really should have been discontinued by now.

Not much to say about the 10V, a few people who like the phone for its size, card slot and headphone jack have commented that they might as well get the Mark 4 — the few upgrades from the 2023 model aren’t worth the extra cost.

With that out of the way, let’s focus on the Sony Xperia 1 V, the phone people already love. Well, they liked it from a distance, €1,400 / £1,300 is a pretty high price for most people, and based on previous generations of phones it won’t drop much over time.

The Xperia 1 V has its own charm, but it’s the king of its niche. This phone sits at the intersection of two Sony businesses – cameras and game consoles. The camera in particular is ideal for people who like to manually edit photos. Comments also praised the phone’s ability to record 4K video for long periods of time without overheating.

However, it is not perfect. Sony really needs to join other phone makers in expanding software support for its phones, especially its expensive flagships. This is something that can convince people on the fence that the quality is worth the extra cost.

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One criticism that applies to both the Xperia 1 V and 10 V is the relatively limited availability around the world. Also, many potential buyers aren’t happy with the color selection for the buttons for 1V – there are only three and some markets don’t even get that many.