Sony apparently decided some time ago that it doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel with each new version of its flagship smartphone, and each successive release of its flagship Xperia 1 phone has only brought a few minor tweaks and changes.

The Sony Xperia 1 IV is arguably the biggest upgrade we’ve seen in the series, with plenty of extra functions and tools to give it an edge over its predecessors and rivals. This is the closest we’ve seen Sony come to competing with the big dogs like Apple and Samsung, and we can actually see creative pros opting for the new Xperia over the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro Max.