The next compact flagship phone from Sony is here, following the tick-tock cycle established with the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 models. The Xperia 5 II promises the same compact treatment that Xperia 1 received in order to reincarnate as Xperia 5, only this time were talking next generation. So, its only logical to pit both Mark II devices against each other and find out whats what.
Well, not really. Although Sony markets the new Xperia 5 II as a compact flagship, just like its predecessor, theres no real Compact lineup happening here. Sony just wants us to know that the Xperia 5 II is smaller than the Xperia 1 II. As you can see from the comparison below that this is true, the new phone is 4 millimeters narrower and 8 millimeters shorter that the Xperia 1 II. The Xperia 5 II is also nearly 20 grams lighter at 163g. No real surprises here, as the previous generation sported almost exactly the same proportional difference in size and weight.
The hardware specs of both phones are identical. Both are built around the Snapdragon 865 chipset, both sport 8GB of RAM, and although the Xperia 5 II has "only" 128GB internal storage, there's another version that doubles that amount to match the Xperia 1 II to the dot. Both phones support microSD cards with capacity up to 1000GB, and both have 4,000mAh batteries. Where's the catch? Maybe we should look more closely into the camera system?
Sony has delivered on the promise to bring a compact version of its flagship model each year, and that's a good thing. Basically, the main difference between the Xperia 5 II and Xperia 1 II is the display (hence the size). Everything else is pretty much identical between both devices. It's a stretch to call a 6.1-inch 21:9 phone "compact" but for some people the Xperia 5 II will be a welcomed option. The price difference will make things a bit easier for those on a budget, as the Xperia 5 II is almost $400 cheaper than its bigger sibling. The price tag of the Xperia 5 II in the US remains a bit of a mystery right now, but it's expected to be somewhere in the vicinity of $799.
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