Reviewing Sony Xperia 1 II

Here is the Sony Xperia 1 II, was it worth waiting? Confirmed back in February, Sony's new ultimate smartphone is just releasing it now so we have one to seek and decide how successful Sony has been in the last few months of modifying.

A few items need to get out of the way until we drill down. One, although the handset is presently available in Japan, Europe and the US, it is only in the pre-order stage, with shipments arriving between mid-June and late July, depending on where you are and how fortunate you are.

Two, it is indeed officially called the Sony Xperia One, mark two-do n't go and call it the Xperia One-Two, or the One-point-Two, or X1.2 or something along those lines. Sony's taking the naming tradition to smartphones and generations from its full-frame mirrorless camera lineup is identified with an implicit 'date' and a Roman numeral.

Not only is it the naming that comes from the camera division, but there is also some actual camera impact. A standalone Photography Pro app imitates the interface of the ILCs of the A-series, but under that surface, you 're also having super-fast autofocus, EyeAF for humans and pets, 20fps burst shooting and quick sensor readings-just like an A9.

The A9, as the Xperia 1 II aspires to imitate, fits beautifully with a package of 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm lenses - Sony's latest plays on what is known in the photography universe as the holy trinity. The phone also has primary camera with a focal length of 24 mm equivalent, an ultra-wide 16 mm module, and a 70 mm rated telephoto-all three produce 12MP images. The 'kind of' bit arises from the idea that all other non-native focal lengths are created by the digital zoom-after all, it's a camera. The A9 has no selfie cam and Sony hasn't messed much either with the Xperia's-it 's the same 8MP model of the previous version.

Directly from the Mark I, we have the only 4 K display in the market. It's a 6.5-inch OLED with far more pixels than you will possibly like, large coverage of the gamut and a package of device modification capabilities.

Of course, the Xperia 1 II packs the new high-end Snapdragon, and although RAM may be 'only' 8GB, the 256GB of storage is more than sufficient. A bump in battery capacity means that the 1 II now packs a 4,000mAh cell (up from the 1 I 3,330mAh) with USB PowerDelivery support up to 21W and wireless charging-the last bit that marks a return from the XZ3. There's one more item back on a Sony flagship too, and one we figured was gone for sure-the only 3.5 mm headphone jack used on the XZ1.


Body: 165.1x71.1x7.6mm, 184g; Gorilla Glass 6 front and back, aluminum frame; IP65/68 rating; Black and Purple color options.
Screen: 6.5" OLED, 3840x1644px resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 643ppi; 60Hz refresh rate.
Chipset: Snapdragon 865 (7nm+): Octa-core CPU (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650 GPU.
Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB built-in UFS 3.0 storage, microSD slot 
OS/Software: Android 10.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/1.7" sensor, 1.8µm pixel size, 24mm equiv. focal length, f/1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, 1/3.4", 70mm, f/2.4, PDAF, OIS. Ultra wide angle: 12MP, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 16mm, f/2.2, Dual Pixel PDAF. 4K/60 video recording; 5-axis gyro-EIS.
Front camera: 8MP, 1/4", 1.12µm, 24mm, f/2.0, fixed focus. 1080p/30fps video recording.
Battery: 4,000mAh, 21W wired charging support, wireless charging.
Misc: Capacitive side-mounted fingerprint reader; NFC; stereo loudspeakers; 3.5mm headphone jack.


The Xperia 1 II comes in the very same package as last year's Xperia 5 (which was designed to fit slightly from the Xperia 1's) and it's a pretty simple white cardboard set. Inside it the phone is held by a paper tray.

Below, there's a basic set of accessories waiting for you. You 're getting a PowerDelivery adapter for 18W USB (yes, the phone supports 21W PD, but Sony doesn't make such an adapter yet) and a cable for USB-C to C. Also included is a set of earbuds.

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