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Sony Xperia 5 II Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony Xperia 5 II Smartphone
Neoscore* 77%
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Sony Xperia 5 II is a premium smartphone that features flagship-level photographic and multimedia functionalities found in the Xperia 1 II. Tailored for single-handed use, the device is rather compact. It also keeps a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is the compact flagship smartphone many have been hankering for. But to get the best from this desirable high-spec/small-package combination, you will have to work hard and pay a substantial price. The phone is easy to handle, compact enough for everyone, made from premium materials, and just about the perfect size for a smartphone.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Beautiful stereo speakers
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is the successor to last year's Xperia 5. Pronounced ‘Xperia Five Mark Two’, the phone costs £799 in the UK. It shares most of the Xperia 1 II's core specifications, despite costing a lot less. The screen measures 6.1in across the diagonal and uses one of Sony's HDR-capable OLED panels, with an FHD+ resolution.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic 120Hz display
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is running Android 10 with security patches at the level of August 1, 2020. The screen consists of a 6.1-inch OLED panel in the 21:9 format with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM ensure a smooth system operation.
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Pros[**]
  • Long battery life
  • Good cameras
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • 5G support
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • Slow WLAN

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II is a solid flagship phone from Sony with excellent build quality, very nice cameras with pro photography and cinematography features, and fast performance. At $949.99, it's also priced quite high, especially considering it lacks 5G, doesn't support wireless charging, and has poorer battery life than some less expensive phones. For everyone else, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE provides similar hardware, along with wireless charging and an $250 cheaper version.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent cameras
  • Fast performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support 5G

phonearena[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II features a 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. The 21:9 CinemaWide display also features X1 Bravia mobile HDR technology and Creator mode powered by CineAlta. There are three 12-megapixel sensors on the back of the Xperia 5. II with three different Zeiss lenses on top - a 16mm ultra-wide lens, a 24mm wide F/1.7 lens, and a 70mm telephoto camera.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful OLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II is powered by a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 processor. It also adds 5G to its predecessor, but with the technology still in its infancy, I wasn't able to test out how well it works. The phone comes running Android 10, although an update to Android 11 is in the works and expected soon. The Photo Pro app allows you to customise image settings to your liking, just like you would on a mirrorless camera. Shots from the 8Mp selfie camera are impressive overall, offering good level of accurate colours.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb camera performance
  • Superb battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is a smaller version of the Xperia 1 Mark II. It's got the same narrow 21:9 aspect-ratio display, though it's only 6.1 inches. The phone's USB-C port is on the bottom of the phone and the 3.5mm headphone jack is at the top. It comes in a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect-ratio display
  • Great battery life
  • Great cameras
Cons[**]
  • 4K display isn't for everyone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack is gone

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II is one of the prettiest and best designed phones Sony has made in quite some time. It's got the same atypically tall design as Sony's current flagship, the Xperia 1 II. Like the 1 II it's trying to bring some of the pro features seen on the firm's A-series cameras to the Xperia line.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Some apps don't work to 120Hz

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II is the second Sony smartphone we've reviewed in 2020. We were blown away by the performance of the 4K screen on the Xperia 1 II, so we're intrigued to see how this phone compares. Using the headphone jack or via the wireless connection, we are treated to a musical, clear and dynamic sound. Sony's LDAC technology allows for hi-res audio transmission and aims to maximise performance.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright, detailed 4K screen
  • Fast and responsive operation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review: A true compact flagship, with classic Sony problems. Digitaltrends. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review: Sony’s better-value flagship. Expertreviews. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II smartphone in review – On its way with 5G and cinema format. Notebookcheck. 22 November 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. Pcmag. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. Phonearena. 20 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. Techadvisor. 30 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. Techradar. 02 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. Trustedreviews. 09 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. Whathifi. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. *. 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.
  11. **. 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.
  12. ***. 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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