As expected, Sony presented a new smartphone on the morning of September 17. This is the Xperia 5 II, little brother of the Xperia 1 II and replacement of the Xperia 5. Like the latter, it is inspired by the flagship of the beginning of the year to offer an almost identical experience in a lighter footprint.
A few days ago, Sony gave us an appointment on YouTube to follow the launch of a new smartphone. An announcement that follows only a few hours the livestream devoted to the PlayStation 5. A live which you can find the replay in our columns. And above all, you can find all the information on the two Sony consoles in the dedicated folder. Remember that the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will be available in France on November 19 at a price of 499 euros and 399 euros. And pre-orders are already open.
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This morning, Sony’s announcement may have been less anticipated by video game fans, but it was far from uninteresting to techies. Sony introduced the Xperia 5 II (pronounced Mark 2). The identity of the phone was no surprise: a year ago, almost on the same date, Sony revealed its predecessor, the Xperia 5. And the Japanese company likes well-run calendars.
The Xperia 5 II also retains the positioning of this first Xperia 5: taking the best of the flagship of the beginning of the year, here the Xperia 1 II, in a slightly smaller format. This includes the display technology, the platform, the battery and much of the camera equipment, not to mention the design. This reminds us of good memories we spent with the Xperia Compact range of which the Xperia 5 are the spiritual successors.
Sony Mobile’s first 120 Hz display
Let’s go into detail. The Xperia 5 II takes almost identically the dimensions of the Xperia 5: same width, same height and a slightly lower thickness (0.2 mm less). The Xperia 5 II, however, is not as thin as the Xperia 1 II. The Xperia 5 II is waterproof (IP68 certified) and withstands a good bath (up to 1.5 meters deep), like all high-end Xperias.
On the display side, it takes the size and screen ratio of the Xperia 5: a 6.1 OLED panel inches in 21 / 9th format. In a year and a half, this format has become an important differentiating point for Sony. The slab is still Full HD + (resolution of 449 pixels per inch). Not Ultra HD here. The display is HDR compatible, of course. And its refresh rate is 120 Hz. This is a surprise, because the Xperia 1 II is not compatible with high rates. It’s even Sony’s first display to support this rate. It remains to be seen whether it will be variable. And if it will be automatic. The refresh rate of the touch surface reaches 240 Hz.
The smartphone shell is made of mineral glass (Corning Gorilla 6) on each side and the edges are covered with aluminum, as always. Also note that Sony keeps its fingerprint reader on the right edge. Sony was the first company to have the great idea to put this equipment in this location. Today, everyone is doing the same: let’s give Sony the laurels of this ergonomic innovation.
4K video capture at 120 frames per second
You also find the same borders a little thicker than with the competitors at the top and bottom of the slab. This is used in particular to integrate a selfie sensor. It is the same module 8 megapixels than that of the Xperia 5. In return for these borders, you also discover two front speakers. Equipment that we particularly appreciated in the Xperia 1 II. You also find a 3.5mm jack port to connect a wired headset. This port had disappeared from the 2019 Xperia 5 and Xperia 1, so it is making a strong comeback in 2020, as it has also been reintegrated into the Xperia 1 II.
At the back you find a photo module with three sensors. The photographic configuration of the Xperia 5 II is a happy medium between the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 5. There are therefore the same sensors. 12 + 12 + 12 megapixels than in the flagship. Optical stabilization for two sensors, Dual Pixel autofocus, 3x optical zoom for the second, wide-angle lens for the third, Carl Zeiss optics, video capture in 4K at 120 frames per second (a world first). Sony says continuous autofocus will compensate for the lack of a ToF camera. Finally, the Xperia 5 II is equipped with Pro modes for photo and video.
27% more generous battery
Inside you find the Snapdragon 865. No “Plus” version here, as for the Xperia 5 which took advantage of the “classic” Snapdragon 855. Compatible with 5G, the SoC is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage, expandable by microSDXC. The Xperia 5 II is equipped with a battery of 4000 mAh, like the Xperia 1 II. This corresponds to an increase of 27% compared to the battery of the Xperia 5. The autonomy should therefore increase, despite the Snapdragon 865, 5G and 120 Hz screen. The battery is compatible fast charge 27 watts. It recharges halfway in half an hour. And tools have been built into the interface to prevent overheating and degradation.
Otherwise, nothing out of the ordinary. The Xperia 5 will come with Android 10 on board and the Sony interface. It will be available in Europe during the fourth trimester in four colors. Its price will be 900 euros about. Or 300 euros cheaper than the Xperia 1 II. At this price and with these great benefits, this is a smartphone that should compete with OnePlus, Xiaomi and Asus.