Sony’s subsequent flagship cellphone – the sequel to the Xperia 1 – is now official, and it comes with a stunning new title together with 5G tech and new advances below the hood.
The Sony Xperia 1 II (pronounced Mark 2) is a brand new flagship cellphone from the corporate that we anticipate to see on sale later in 2020, which takes a variety of what made final 12 months’s cellphone nice and appears to enhance it additional. We had anticipated the handset to be referred to as the Xperia 2 however is definitely referred to as the Xperia 1 II.
We’ve not but been capable of deal with the cellphone at TechRadar, however under we have now all the pieces that we’ve learnt thus far in regards to the cellphone.
Sony Xperia 1 II launch date and worth
Sony hasn’t but instructed us the discharge date or the value of this handse, however we’ve been instructed it’ll be on sale at some stage throughout “spring 2020”. Meaning we’ll seemingly see it earlier than the tip of June, however an actual date has but to be made clear.
Sony’s Xperia 1 was introduced at an identical time in 2019, however it wasn’t on sale till June so we’d anticipate an identical launch schedule for this handset.
We are able to use the Xperia 1’s worth as a decide of how a lot the Xperia 1 II will price too. That cellphone price $949 / £849 (roughly AU$1,365), so anticipate a equally excessive flagship worth for this sequel handset.
Sony Xperia 1 II design and show
For those who’ve seen the Xperia 1, you’ll know a variety of the design particulars which might be right here. It’s not a dissimilar wanting cellphone to final 12 months’s handset by any means.
This handset includes a 21:9 side ratio show, which suggests the design could also be a contact longer than your present handset. It’s designed to look higher when enjoying widescreen content material in your cellphone, however it additionally makes the cellphone’s display screen look elongated in comparison with different handsets.
It comes with a 6.5-inch show that has a 4K decision. It’s a HDR OLED panel, and it appears on paper to be a really related show as to what’s included on the Sony Xperia 1.
The corporate has included a brand new impact that can enable for 90Hz impact on the display screen, however it doesn’t appear to incorporate an precise 90Hz panel. That’s an odd selection given the transfer towards excessive body price screens from rivals just like the OnePlus 7T or Samsung Galaxy S20.
The phone has dimensions of 166 x 72 x 7.9mm, plus it weighs 181 grams.
The design is glass on the front and back – both are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6 technology – and it’ll come in either black or purple. There’s a USB-C connector on the bottom of the device, while the top-right hand edge features a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Even though the Xperia 1 dropped the headphone technology, Sony has decided to reintroduce it here for those who like to use wired headsets, and many will rejoice at its re-inclusion as the Galaxy S20 is the first flagship from Samsung to drop the tech.
The phone is also water and dust resistant like recent Sony flagships have been too, so it should be able to survive the odd splash of water or a trip to a sandy beach.
Sony Xperia 1 II camera
The camera is another area where Sony has focused here, and speed is the name of the game.
The camera has three 12MP rear cameras alongside a 3D time of flight sensor that the company claims will offer groundbreaking autofocus technology.
It’s using a technology that Sony developed for its Alpha range of cameras, and the aim here is to give you the best shot through stronger auto focus. The tech can complete auto focus and auto exposure calculations at 60 frames per second while the camera itself can take 20 shots in burst mode per second.
We’ve yet to see this in practice, but Sony claims it improves autofocus for low-light conditions as well as in everyday shooting as well.
On the front of the phone is an 8MP selfie camera, and Sony has yet to explain whether there are any significant improvements for front-facing shots.
Sony Xperia 1 II specs and battery life
Inside the Xperia 1 II is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, which is one of the very best processors on the market. It’s likely to offer some strong performance and be able to cope with all the tasks that most other top-end phones can do.
It’ll come with 8GB of RAM to keep the phone running. Storage-wise you’ve got 256GB of space to play with here, but it’s also worth noting that there isn’t any option to upgrade that with a microSD card.
5G is one of the big talking points of the Xperia 1 II, and it’ll include the technology here – there’s no 4G variant of this phone. We won’t know how well the 5G tech works on the Sony until we get to try one, but it’s something we’ll be testing at the time of our full review.
Sony has also made some big improvements to the battery on this device by increasing it to 4000mAh on the Xperia 1 II. That may allow for some improved battery life, and there’s also fast-charging here that will allow for up to 50% in 30 minutes. To get those results you’ll have to buy a separate charger though.
This is the first phone from Sony in a while to include wireless charging too. We don’t know much about how well this will work, but we know it’ll be compatible with chargers that work up to 15 watts.
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