There’s a new player in the battle for the best gaming smartphone: the Sony Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition. There’s no flashy game design, but there should be some hardware and software improvements on board. With Xperia Stream, the smartphone is expanded to include additional cooling and connections, including Ethernet, among other things.
Smartphones specially designed for gaming are now available from various manufacturers. You have the option to choose between slightly cheaper models, like this one Poco F4 GT (Review)or superior high-end models, such as the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro (Review). After Sony has had several years of gaming experience with PlayStation, this experience will now also be used in the area of smartphones.
The new Gaming Edition is based on the Xperia 1 IV, which was introduced in the spring. So you can still expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC and thus (unfortunately) no upgrade to the more powerful and efficient Plus version. However, the RAM memory has been increased from 12 GB to 16 GB and there is also 512 GB of internal storage. The battery has a generous 5,000 mAh capacity.
Perfect for gaming: 4K OLED with 120 Hz
The 120Hz OLED panel with sharp 4K resolution and 240Hz touch sampling rate is still at the front. Since Sony does not have a notch or punch hole and instead uses a narrow chin/forehead, you can enjoy a smooth picture. The particularly narrow 21:9 format should also be an advantage, meaning your fingers should cover less of what’s happening when you play. If you want, you can also stream your gameplay live directly on YouTube, without any external recording device or computer.
A 12 MP front camera is available for selfies, and there’s a quad camera on the back with a 12 MP main sensor, 12 MP ultra-wide angle (124 degrees), and 12 MP telephoto lens (variable, 3.5 optical zoom). -5.2x) and 3D ToF sensor.
Xperia Stream: case with HDMI and Ethernet connection
However, the Sony Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition only really becomes a gaming smartphone with the right accessories. The Xperia Stream is something of a combo Protective case, cooling and docking station. On the one hand, the smartphone is inserted into the Xperia Stream and connected to it via USB-C. A small fan provides additional cooling so the Snapdragon SoC can maintain its performance for as long as possible.
But the highlight must be the additional connections, because in addition to another USB-C port, there is also a 3.5mm jack, an HDMI and even an RJ45 Ethernet connection. So if you need the best internet connection possible, you can simply plug in your network cable and then another Full HD monitor with up to 120Hz. However, Sony has dispensed with additional buttons or side buttons, as is the case with Asus ROG’s AeroActive Cooler 6, for example.
There’s bad news, at least for now: Sony will only release both in Japan. The Sony Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition will be from October 14 included with Xperia Stream for 190,000 yen (approx. 1,300 euros) start, individually, the flow case should go without a prescription for 24,000 yen (approx. 165 euros). But: Would you also like the truck in this country?
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