The Sony Xperia 1 IV is the fourth-generation version of Sony’s top-end smartphone, but it lacks one feature that the previous three generations of Xperia devices have.
That’s because, while having a budget option in the Sony Xperia 10 IV, there’s no middle ground: the Sony Xperia 5 III hasn’t been updated this year.
That’s a strange omission, because the Xperia 5 line usually offered a lot of the Xperia 1’s specifications to a somewhat smaller phone with a slightly lower price. But why is there no such handset this year?
When asked for an explanation, Sony refused, so we had no choice but to take matters into our own hands. We’ve come up with three possibilities; you can choose one.