Sony Xperia 1 II Review Rundown
Sony Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Sony wants the Xperia 1 II to be the next king of camera phones. The new hardware on offer, as well as the new software features, are very impressive. Sony Mobile was dissolved as an independent unit at Sony and merged with the Camera Division. It makes for a very particular blend of Sony technologies that lacks the mass appeal of phones like the Galaxy S20, though its camera functions are second to none.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II isn't a curvy all-screen phone, and it doesn't have an in-display fingerprint sensor. To get the most from the camera, it expects you to know your camera tech already. While Sony gets a lot right, the direction it takes in its effort to make the phone stand out is a little too niche.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II is Sony's latest flagship smartphone. It's one of the few smartphones with a 4K screen and can access 5G networks. It also has a trio of 12-megapixel rear cameras, all of which are optically stabilised. The phone costs £1,100 SIM-free, or around £47/mth on a contract.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II is the equivalent of the Alpha 9 full format camera. It has Qualcomm's fastest SoC including the Adreno 650 GPU and the X55 5G modem. 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory with the option of expanding the latter via a microSD memory card is definitely impressive. Sony Mobile was dissolved as an independent unit at Sony and merged with the Camera Division.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II comes in the following colour schemes: Purple and Black. Weighing in at 181 grams (~6.4 oz), the Sony smartphone is considerably lighter than comparable devices. Sony's smartphone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a stunning phone. It has an incredible camera that rivals the very best phones and in some cases beats them. The software is buggy and undercooked. It ships without support for US 5G bands. It is priced at an outrageous $1,200.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II has been engineered to offer a stellar audiovisual experience and as such, promises great sonic capabilities to back up those top-notch visuals. Sony has all but eliminated the colour, brightness and contrast issues of its earlier 4K display-toting handsets. The result is one of the clearest and most arresting pictures you'll find on a phone, particularly when viewing compatible content that truly matches the display's capabilities.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II was unveiled in February 2020, at the company's replacement event for MWC 2020. At $1,199 / £1,099 (around AU$1,840) it's one of the most expensive smartphones on the market at the moment, costing more even than the iPhone 11 Pro Max in the US. The phone has a 6.5-inch display, a size that's been well worn on a lot of other brand's phones; but that's measuring the screen diagonally. We found the colors looked natural, and the maximum brightness seems to be higher than on previous Sony phones.
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
Sony's new Xperia 1 II smartphone is purpose-built for one very specific thing: to make your phone work a little bit more like a standalone Sony Alpha camera. It's a long time coming: Sony has made dozens of Xperia phones since its first one in 2008, but until now, none of them have had an identity this clear or compelling.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II is Sony's best phone in years. It takes inspiration from some of the brand's biggest products and melds them into a phone that feels very different from the usual Android competition. With the 4K OLED display that takes some skills from the Bravia line to the Alpha-inspired triple camera array, this is a Sony phone through-and-through.
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II costs £1099 ($1199, AU$1840) and is in the same price band as the dearest offerings from Apple and Samsung. The phone has a 21:9 aspect ratio with a 6.5in display, giving it a long, slim appearance. Despite those large dimensions, the phone is relatively light compared with other premium mobiles, at 181g. Sony's LDAC technology allows for hi-res audio transmission and aims to maximise performance.
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- 2. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: One-two punch. Expertreviews. 02 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: Sony's best smartphone is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Nextpit. 17 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Smartphone Review: The Alpha-camera flagship. Notebookcheck. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. Phonearena. 01 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. Techadvisor. 18 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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- 8. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: it’s a stretch. Theverge. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. Trustedreviews. 19 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. Whathifi. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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