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Sony Xperia 1 II Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony Xperia 1 II 5G Smartphone w/ Alpha
Neoscore* 73%
  • Excellent camera system
  • Good battery life
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • 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[*] 75%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II has a 6.5-inch OLED display. It's a very squared-off device with a flat display, back, and sides. There are curves around the edges to keep the phone from feeling too sharp. The top of the phone houses a headphone jack, something which was curiously missing from the Xperia XZ2.
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Pros[**]
  • Fingerprint reader on all sides
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

androidauthority[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 1 II was as close as the company has come to a must-buy flagship smartphone in recent years. It boasts a fantastic display, professional-grade camera features, and even a headphone jack. Despite featuring mostly Google apps, the phone is rather bloated out of the box. In the end, the slightly more affordable Sony Xperia 5 II was the better buy.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Fantastic battery life
  • Solid performance
Cons[**]
  • Camera is a bit behind the curve

digitaltrends[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 4K OLED screen
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

nextpit[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Stereo speakers
  • Fast SoC
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 50%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright OLED display
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Long battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Only 12 months of warranty

phonearena[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 43%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful, slim design
  • Excellent camera
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Underwhelming software
  • Underwhelming performance

techadvisor[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • High refresh rate viewing isn't for everyone

techradar[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
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.
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Pros[**]
  • Stylish, minimalist design
  • Standalone camera
  • Built-in video features
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn't for everyone

trustedreviews[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 4K OLED display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

whathifi[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
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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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 21:9 OLED screen
  • Slim, premium design
  • Great camera
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

wired[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from wired have found the following[***]:
The new Xperia 1 II is (so far) one of my favorite phones of the year. Its best traits lie in its camera system, which was codeveloped with Sony engineers. There are three 12-megapixel cameras: a zoom, an ultrawide, and the main camera, which has a large, 1/1.7-inch image sensor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous, cinematic screen
  • Excellent camera system
  • Solid battery life
  • Solid build quality
Cons[**]
  • Lacks dedicated night mode

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. 2020-09-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. phonearena. 2020-07-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. techadvisor. 2020-09-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. techradar. 2020-09-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: it’s a stretch. theverge. 2020-07-13 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. trustedreviews. 2020-06-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. whathifi. 2020-09-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ 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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