Smartphone companies have a history of copying things from each other. Apple copies features from Android and Android companies do the same. However, Android OEMs also have a history of copying bad things from Apple such as that dreaded notch, removing key features like the headphone jack, MicroSD cards, and even essential components like headphones and chargers. But in the midst of all these Android companies, one company stood apart all these years and that's Sony.
They refused to follow trends and decided to follow their consumers instead. So they said no to notches and punch holes, they continued providing basic and essential features such as headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, and more. But in a surprising turn of events, Sony could be joining this no charger club soon when it launches its new phone, the Xperia 1 IV in a few days on May 11th.
This news is coming from Weibo from this user who has a good track record that Sony has also decided to follow Apple, Samsung, and others in removing this key accessory from the box.
Even though at their event, I'm sure Sony is going to mention that they are doing this to make the process more environmentally friendly, but we all know it's an additional stream of revenue. So far Apple saved or made $6.5 billion just by removing the charger, so it's no wonder why even a company like Sony wants to hop on this bandwagon.
Moving on, we also have other information about the Xperia 1 IV starting with the camera. Sony will upgrade the front camera from 8MP on the III to 12MP on the Xperia 1 IV. The rear camera will get an upgrade as well. It will again feature the quad-camera setup with two telephoto cameras but Sony is using a bigger 48MP sensor with 1/1.28" of size for all the three cameras which is a big improvement over a 12MP triple camera system on the Xperia 1 III.
The battery is getting an upgrade as well to 5000mAh from 4500mAh on its predecessor. The battery will apparently support 33W charging, too. Other information includes 256 and 512GB storage versions, 12 and 16GB RAM, 4K 120Hz OLED, front stereo speakers, headphone jack, MicroSD card slot, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Sony will launch the phone on May 11th.
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