Sony keeps things simple with its smartphone lineup these days, with just a few handsets released each year.
Its most expensive 2022 phone is the Xperia 1 IV, which was first revealed back in May. The compact Xperia 5 IV and mid-range Xperia 10 IV have also launched this year, but it’s Sony’s flagship that’s the focus here.
Cameras are the priority once again, with a new variable focus length telephoto that delivers optical zoom from 3.5-5.2x. It’s joined by an upgraded selfie camera, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 4K OLED display and a 5,000mAh battery.
Price remains the big sticking point, but some useful offers right now mean you might be able to get a great deal. Here’s where to buy one in the US and UK this December.
Best Sony Xperia 1 IV deals in the US
The Xperia 1 IV finally arrived in the US in September, and there are now some great deals available:
In terms of carriers, Verizon only has the option to connect an unlocked phone to its network. It’s not available at T-Mobile or Verizon.
Best Sony Xperia 1 IV deals in the UK
In the UK, check the following:
Sony – no discountsAmazon – £370 off or bundle with WH-1000XM4 headphones for £963.49Very – no discounts but free WH-1000XM4 headphones, also available in purpleEbuyer – no discountsLaptops Direct – no discounts, despite apparent £101 savingAO – no discountsJohn Lewis – no discounts, but up to £300 off with eligible trade-in and two-year guarantee
If you’re looking to buy the phone on contract, here are your options:
EE – from £60 per month with £100 upfront for 5GB data O2 – from £36.62 per month with £30 upfront for 2GB data, EU roaming up to 25GB and one month of free Disney+Mobile Phones Direct – £60 per month with £79 upfront for unlimited data (O2)
Vodafone and Virgin Media have sold Sony phones in the past, but the Xperia 1 IV isn’t available at either. Judging by past releases, the won’t ever be on sale via Three.
Best Sony Xperia 1 IV prices right now
This article is regularly updated, but the widget below provides the very latest pricing information:
How did the Sony Xperia 1 IV cost at launch?
There’s only one configuration of the Xperia 1 IV, but some variation in specs. It offers 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £1,299/€1,399. However, the $1,599.99 RRP in the US reflects it doubling the storage to 512GB.
For context, that starting price is significantly higher than 2021’s Xperia 1 III, which cost $1,299/£1,199/€1,299
Not quite ready to commit to buying the phone? Read our full Xperia 1 IV review, or learn more in our full guide to the phone. The more affordable Xperia 10 IV and Xperia 5 IV are also worth considering.
We have a similar guide for Google’s mid-range Pixel 6a, too.