There are three cameras on the new phone, and one of them has a variable focal length, 85-125mm. That means that compared to the main 24mm lens, it offers the equivalent of a 3.2x zoom, but which can then adjust to just over 5x.
Since a 3x optical zoom is common, you’ll really notice the step up to 5x and to be able to do it with no loss of picture quality is sensational.
It doesn’t come cheap. When the phone is launched (September in the US, June 16 in the UK) it will cost 1,599 (£ 1,299 in the UK).
You can shoot slo-mo video in Ultra HD quality on all three of the 12MP cameras. It has another Sony specialty: real-time eye autofocus to make sure your subjects’ faces are in pin-sharp focus. The 5,000mAh battery is enough to keep the phone going for a long time, and it’s worth noting that unlike other manufacturers, Sony puts a 4K display on its premium phones. This is a 6.5in display in Sony’s preferred widescreen (21: 9) screen ratio. This makes it an easier fit in the hand, for sure. Oh, and it has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Gen 1 processor powering it.