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Sony Xperia 1 II 5G Smartphone w/ Alpha

MSRP 1200 USDNEX score 73%

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Product Overview

Xperia 1 II is Sony's new flagship smartphone built for speed with 5G connectivity. It features 3 rear-facing cameras using ZEISS optics that can shoot up to 20 fps continuously with Eye Autofocus. Up front, it sports a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display; combined with Dolby Atmos sound, Sony Xperia 1 II is a powerhouse for entertainment.
The industry-leading autofocus camera technology offers up to 20 fps bursting shooting and real-time Eye AF for humans and animals. Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta" can record in multiple frame rates, including 2K 120fps 10bit HDR, and offer more manual controls to enhance video shooting.
Sony Xperia 1 II offers superior entertainment experience. The Xperia 1 II delivers a truly authentic listening experience with audio tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment, both through the front facing stereo speakers and via wireless or wired headphones. The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5" 4K HDR OLED offers a cinematic experience. Combining with PlayStation 4's DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, the Xperia 1 II enables easy gaming anywhere.
Last but not least, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system enables 5G speeds and improves performance with 25% faster CPU and GPU compared to their predecessors.

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Ratings

What we found**

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

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Excellent performance
  • Good value for money
  • Excellent screen
  • Excellent camera performance
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No IP rating
  • No 5G support
  • No NFC
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5mm audio jack, USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth 5

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4000 mAh
Camera | Front
8MP f/2.0
Camera | Rear
12MP 24mm f/1.7, 12MP 70mm f/2.4, 12MP 16mm f/2.2

Dimensions

Size | Depth
7.9 mm
Size | Height
166 mm
Size | Width
72 mm
Weight
181 g / 6.4 oz

Display

Aspect Ratio
21:9
Display Diagonal
6.5"
Display Type
CinemaWide display HDR OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Resolution
3840 x 1644

Function

Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G
GPS
Yes
SIM
2x nanoSIM
Weather Resistance
IP 65/68

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Storage
256 GB + microSD

Production

Availability
2020-06-01
Debut
2020-02-24

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: A Sony phone I'd love to keep in my pocket (Video!). [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/sony-xperia-1-ii-review-1135013/. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II revisited: A good buy one year later?. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/sony-xperia-1-ii-review-revisited-1235766/. 2021-07-10. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: Stand out from the crowd. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/sony-xperia-1-ii-review/. 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: Sony's best smartphone is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/sony-xperia-1-ii-review. 2020-08-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Smartphone Review: The Alpha-camera flagship. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Sony-Xperia-1-II-Smartphone-Review-The-Alpha-camera-flagship.494651.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/sony-xperia-1-ii-3793183/. 2020-09-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-xperia-1-ii-review. 2020-09-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review: it’s a stretch. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/21322518/sony-xperia-1-ii-review-smartphone-new-camera-photo-pro. 2020-07-13. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-xperia-1-ii. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ Sony Xperia 1 II review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-xperia-1-ii. 2020-09-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ Review: Sony Xperia 1 II. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/sony-xperia-1-ii/. 2020-06-06. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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