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Sony Xperia 5 II Review Rundown

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

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons**
  • 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

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is a very serviceable phone and it's cheaper than the Xperia 1 II while offering many of its best features. Sony's camera apps are caught between overly complex and underbaked, with nothing in the middle for the typical consumer. The Android side is sleek and essentially stock, but there's a catalog of individual apps you might need.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Solid performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Software is a little bloated
  • No wireless charging

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II is available to pre-order in the U.S. ahead of a December 3 release for $949 (it has already been discounted to $900) The 4,000mAh battery has proven very strong, easily lasting me a full day with average use of between two and four hours of screen time each day. It's unfortunate the phone still has Android 10 rather than Android 11, and there's no confirmed date for the software update.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II has a 6.1-inch OLED panel in the 21:9 format with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The screen content can be easily read even in bright ambient light, and the display only shows moderate glare and reflections. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM ensure a smooth system operation.
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Pros[**]
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Good camera performance
Cons[**]
  • Display could be brighter
  • No fingerprint scanner

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset with 8GB RAM. Its 4,000mAh battery lasted 9 hours and 18 minutes in our battery drain test. It supports fast charging via USB Power Delivery 3.0. Wireless charging isn't available, which is a strange omission for a flagship phone, especially at this price.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent cameras
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 5G

phonearena[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 II comes equipped with Android 10 out of the box and there's very little bloatware onboard. The PS App is preinstalled, as well as AccuWeather, Tidal, and Call of Duty. Side Sense is still present for better or worse. There are practically no alternatives to the 21:9 aspect ratio that Sony uses in its smartphones.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 21:9 display
  • Excellent performance
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Underwhelming charging
  • Underwhelming performance

techadvisor[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 II will set you back £799/US$949. It's a £100 increase on what last year's Xperia 5 cost at launch. There's only one configuration on offer, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone comes with a 4000mAh battery, identical to the Xperia 1 II. No wireless charging, a major omission at this price point.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous 120Hz display
  • Superb camera performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
There's a single 8MP front-facing camera, which produces nice-looking selfie shots. The Xperia 5 II is available in two storage variants – 128GB or 256GB. The phone comes with 5G built-in, so if you have a supporting network and data plan you'll be able to make the most of next-gen internet connectivity.
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Pros[**]
  • Fast-charging
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No notch
  • No wireless charging

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Xpera 5 II offers solid battery life, but it comes with a few compromises compared to most phones this price. The biggest is the lack of any form of wireless charging. It doesn’t come with a decent fast charger out of the box, despite supporting it, though this is annoyingly a common compromise in today’s world, even in the top end of the market.
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Pros[**]
  • 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No 4K video recording

whathifi[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 1 II has a 21:9 aspect ratio screen and a 120Hz refresh rate. It has the same 12MP f/1.7 wide lens and 12MP telephoto lens. The fingerprint sensor is on the right-hand side of the phone. It's reliable and fast, though easier to accidentally wake in your pocket. Using the headphone jack or via the wireless connection, we are treated to a musical, clear and dynamic sound. Sony's LDAC technology aims to maximise performance over Bluetooth.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • No 120Hz screen
  • No wireless charging

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review second opinion: Heading in the right direction. androidauthority. 2020-10-19 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review: A true compact flagship, with classic Sony problems. digitaltrends. 2020-11-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II smartphone in review – On its way with 5G and cinema format. notebookcheck. 2020-11-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. pcmag. 2020-12-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. phonearena. 2020-10-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. techadvisor. 2020-10-30 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. techradar. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. whathifi. 2020-12-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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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