When the Xperia 1 came out last year, it was clear that Sony wants to turn things around in its mobile division. The 21:9 aspect ratio and the 4K notch-less display marked a fresh start for Xperia smartphones. The Xperia 5 launched last September, reminding us of Sonys expertise in making compact flagships, and the good-ol Xperia Compact days. Now the Japanese company is ready with a successor, behold the Sony Xperia 5 II.
The lack of true compact flagships puts the Xperia 5 II in a unique position, especially if we talk design. The phone keeps the narrow waistline of the Xperia 5, courtesy of that 21:9 aspect ratio of the 6.1-inch OLED display. The Xperia 5 II is narrow and tall, something thats becoming a trademark for Sonys smartphones of late. Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is on duty on both sides of the phone, while a metal frame keeps everything tightly secured together.
The capacitive fingerprint scanner resides just below the volume rocker on the right side of the phone and looking further down we find two separate buttons - one is a camera shutter, while the other is a dedicated Google Assistant button. The 3.5 mm audio jack is still present, adding flexibility to the audio experience.The Sony Xperia 5 II features a 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The latter, coupled with the 240Hz touch scanning rate, promises a great gaming experience. The 21:9 CinemaWide display of the Xperia 5 II also features X1 Bravia mobile HDR technology and Creator mode powered by CineAlta. This Hollywood-conceived package ensures that when you watch a movie youll get the best cinematic viewing experience. When you factor in the front-facing stereo speakers with DolbyAtmos, the result is a beast of an entertainment platform.
Moving to the internals, the Xperia 5 II is built around the Snapdragon 865 5G platform. The phone features 8GB of RAM and either 128 or 256GB of internal storage. Its a step up from the previous model, offering a 25% bump in performance. The Xperia 5 II is more than capable of handling intensive gaming, and Sony has added some bonus features to emphasize that. Theres a 240Hz simulated blur-reduction that you can add on top of that 120Hz screen refresh rate to further enhance the gaming experience.
Game Enhancer is a software tool that offers quick and easy access to all game-related features and lets you control the refresh rate, record your screen, access various audio settings, customize the screen touch area, and more. The full DualShock 4 support is back, rounding up the gaming aspect of this phone.
Theres a triple camera system on the back of the Xperia 5 II, with three focal lengths (16mm, 24mm, and 70mm) that should cover all the possible shooting scenarios, according to Sony. All three cameras feature 12MP sensors with ZEISS optics on top. Theres a big 1/1.7-inch Dual PD sensor under the 24mm lens that should help with light gathering in low-light conditions.
The Xperia 5 II continues to borrow camera technology from Sonys Alpha camera lineup, namely the Real-time Eye-AF that allows autofocus calculations at up to 60 times per second. This result is up to 20fps autofocus tracking burst shots. Theres no dedicated Night Mode on this phone but clever AI algorithms work behind the scenes to ensure good results when shooting on gloomy days or starry nights.
Theres a new camera interface for the photo enthusiasts out there, called Photo Pro, offering a deep dive into camera settings, and allowing pictures to be saved in RAW format. Cinema Pro, on the other hand, takes video recording duties and can record slow-motion 4K HDR clips at 120fps, which Sony labels as worlds first. The interface features various Hollywood-inspired filters, as well as an Intelligent wind filter to help in challenging conditions.
The Xperia 5 II will be available in Black, Blue, and Grey in the US with pre-sales starting on 29 September.
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