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Sony Xperia 1 II Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent camera system
  • Good battery life
  • Beautiful OLED display
Cons**
  • Large bezels compared to its competition

Summary

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.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II runs Android 10, and it does something that I wish more OEMs would do: use Google apps as defaults. Sony doesn't try to make many proprietary apps for things Google can already offer, and that makes for a much nicer experience. Sony does have some cool apps that work well with this device, like the PlayStation app which lets you attach a DualShock controller natively. There's no doubt that $1,200 is a lot to pay for a smartphone.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 21:9 OLED display
  • Excellent camera system
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 45%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II's camera can take some excellent pictures but the experience remains too inconsistent for all but the most patient photographer. It's the fingerprint verification process that's a little slow, as unlocking secure apps feels equally sluggish. Sony packs in some truly powerful features, particularly in the Photo Pro and Cinema Pro apps. However, the user experience remains a mishmash of separate applications.
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Pros[**]
  • Sizzling design
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • No 5G
  • No microSD card slot

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Sony has put stereo front-facing speakers on the Xperia 1 II, and they're excellent, with a full, deep, and engaging sound. Audio is enhanced with a feature called Dynamic Vibration, which uses haptic motors to add a vibration to media played on the phone. The 4,000mAh battery lasts for about five to five-and-a-half hours of screen time each day.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent screen
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera
Cons[**]
  • No 5G in the U.S

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II is the equivalent of the Alpha 9 full format camera. It can keep up with an Alpha 9 in a certain way when it comes to continuous shooting mode: including autofocus and exposure. The 4K OLED display is sharp, high-contrast and there is the possibility to adjust the settings to suit your own needs.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp, high-contrast 4K OLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The 6.5-inch OLED display has a native resolution of 3840x1644 and a 21:9 aspect ratio. The Xperia smartphone takes the bottom spot in our comparison chart when it comes to the screen brightness. In day-to-day use, the scrolling is very smooth and webpages load very quickly. The smartphone gets quite warm under load, but it never feels hot.
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Pros[**]
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No NFC

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II is available to buy SIM-free, direct Sony's Xperia official partner store, as well as the likes of Currys, Carphone Warehouse and Amazon, in the UK. With an RRP of £1099, it sits just above the iPhone 11 Pro and is notably more expensive than similarly-specced Android rivals, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8 Pro. The saving grace is that it is dropping in price, albeit slowly, so keep your eyes peeled.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent performance
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 21W charging
  • No wireless charging

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II is powered by the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. It has a 6.5-inch 4K display and 256GB of storage. The phone is the first from Sony to offer 5G connectivity in the US. It's not particularly easy to use, and you need a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

theverge[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
Sony's Photo Pro app even goes so far as to imitate the actual user interface of Sony's Alpha cameras. Where other Android phones try increasingly arcane tricks to fix their photos, the Xperia 1 II simply puts the control in the hands of the photographer. The high $1,200 price combined with the strange lack of 5G in the US makes it a confusing device at best.
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Pros[**]
  • Stunning photos and videos
  • Very good battery life
  • Good value for money
Cons[**]
  • No 5G in the US
  • No HDMI-in

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Sony’s software has often felt hamstrung in the past. There are two distinct Sony apps: Cinema Pro and Photo Pro. Both give you more control over video and photos. Shooting with this phone feels more like taking snaps and capturing video with an actual camera than any other phone on the best camera phones list.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb cameras
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No 120Hz refresh rate

whathifi[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 93%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II has a top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and 8GB of RAM. There's also a 4000mAh battery that is capable of powering a full day's typical usage. Sony's 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED screen is all about enjoying videos ‘as the creators intended’ There's even a Creator mode, “powered by CineAlta’, that promises to use Hollywood studio techniques to bring unrivalled colour accuracy.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging

wired[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 88%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II has a 6.5-inch OLED screen. It shoots in 4K with a widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio and at 24 frames per second. You can also shoot at 120 fps for some cinematic-looking slow motion. It doesn't support 5G in the US, though it does support it internationally.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 4K HDR OLED display
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G support
  • No headphone jack or microSD card slot

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: A Sony phone I'd love to keep in my pocket (Video!). androidauthority. 2020-07-24 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II revisited: A good buy one year later?. androidauthority. 2021-07-10 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: Stand out from the crowd. digitaltrends. 2020-08-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Smartphone Review: The Alpha-camera flagship. notebookcheck. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. techadvisor. 2020-09-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. techradar. 2020-09-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: it’s a stretch. theverge. 2020-07-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. whathifi. 2020-09-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Review: Sony Xperia 1 II. wired. 2020-06-06 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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