Sony’s 2023 flagship, the Xperia 5 V, has started receiving the Android 14 update. However, international users who have undergone the upgrade are facing noteworthy issues.
Following the Android 14 update, there have been reports of the display refresh rate randomly decreasing. Even when the Xperia, designed to support a 120Hz display, is set to low afterimage mode (essentially 120Hz display mode), the refresh rate automatically drops to 60Hz under specific high-load or heat generation conditions, in line with the device’s specifications.
Remarkably, users have observed that this refresh rate decrease appears to be unpredictable, occurring regardless of the device’s load or heat generation.
Sony has not yet acknowledged the frame rate drop issue. However, a few workarounds that have come up suggest enabling “Automatically adjust brightness” might trigger this issue. However, turning off adaptive brightness as a temporary fix option seems to provide a workaround.
It’s noteworthy that the Android 14 update was released to Xperia 1 V users overseas around two months ago, with no reported issues related to refresh rate problems on this platform.
Given the numerous reports on platforms like Reddit, some users have already sought assistance from Sony’s official support. There is a possibility that this issue will be addressed by the time the Android 14 update for the domestic version of Xperia 5 V is released.
Apart from the frame rate drop issue, some Xperia 5 V users have reported difficulties with the screen not turning on when pressing the power button. Instead, they are met with a black screen and need to activate the camera using the shutter button and then exit the camera to regain access to a functional phone.
In another case, a user has noticed a screen issue or animation problem when unlocking the Xperia 5V. Specifically, there is a brief white flash or delay when unlocking with the fingerprint scanner. Interestingly, this problem seems to be linked to the phone’s refresh rate, as it occurs only when set to 60Hz and not at 120Hz. The user is questioning whether this might be a software bug rather than a hardware issue and has shared a video attachment to illustrate the problem.
These concerns and observations hint at a potential software-related issue, particularly considering the correlation with the refresh rate setting. Users experiencing these problems may want to check for software updates. If the issue persists, reaching out to Sony’s official support or seeking assistance on relevant online forums could help find a resolution or workaround.
About Sony Xperia 5 V
The Sony Xperia 5 V was officially unveiled on September 1, 2023, showcasing a 6.10-inch touchscreen display with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, delivering a resolution of 2520×1080 pixels (FHD+) and an aspect ratio of 21:9. Powering this device is an octa-core Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor paired with 8GB of RAM. Operating on Android 13, the Xperia 5 V is supported by a robust 5000mAh non-removable battery and boasts proprietary fast charging capabilities.
In the realm of photography, the Xperia 5 V features a dual-camera setup on the rear, comprising a 52-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel secondary camera. For capturing selfies, it incorporates a single 12-megapixel front camera.
Running on Android 13, the Xperia 5 V offers ample storage with its 256GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via a microSD card (up to 1000GB). The phone supports dual-SIM functionality and measures 154.00 x 68.00 x 8.60mm (height x width x thickness), with a weight of 182.00 grams. Available in Black, Blue, and Platinum Silver colors, the Xperia 5 V is equipped with an IP68 rating for dust and water protection.
Connectivity options on the Xperia 5 V encompass Wi-Fi 802.11 ax, GPS, Bluetooth v5.30, NFC, and USB Type-C. The phone is equipped with various sensors, including an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a fingerprint sensor for enhanced security.