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Sony Xperia 5 II Smartphone

MSRP 899 EURNEX score 70%

Product Overview

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.
For photography, the Xperia 5 II is able to shoot continuously at 20 fps with Real-time Eye AF, AF tracking, and autoexposure (AE). It is also the world's first smartphone to offer 4K HDR 120 fps video recording, producing up to 5x slow-motion pictures.
The 21:9 CinemaWide OLED display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz and 240 Hz touch scanning rate, making the Xperia 5 II a great option for mobile gaming.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Beautiful 21:9 aspect ratio screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent cameras
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb camera performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Underwhelming performance
  • No 5G support
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 3.1, 3.5mm audio jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4000 mAh
Camera | Front
8MP f/2.0 84-deg FOV
Camera | Rear
12MP f/1.7 24mm equivalent 82-deg FOV + 12MP f/2.4 70mm equivalent 34-deg FOV + 12MP f/2.2 16mm equivalent 124-deg FOV
Speakers
Front stereo

Dimensions

Size | Depth
8 mm
Size | Height
158 mm
Size | Width
68 mm
Weight
163 g

Display

Aspect Ratio
21:9
Display Diagonal
6.1 inch
Display Type
OLED CinemaWide, 10-bit, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Gamut
DCI-P3 100%
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Resolution
FHD+, 2520 x 1080

Function

Audio
Hi-Res Audio, High-Resolution Audio Wireless, LDAC, Dolby Atmos
Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform
Fast Charging
Yes
GPS
A-GPS, A-Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
Operating System
Android 10
Sensor
Fingerprint
SIM
2x Nano SIM
Video Codecs
H.264, H.265
Video Recording
4K 120p
Weather Resistance
IP65/68 Water resistant

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Sample Rate
240 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS + microSD

Production

Debut
2020-09-16

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • No 120Hz screen
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review second opinion: Heading in the right direction. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/sony-xperia-5-ii-review-second-opinion-1166439/. 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review: A true compact flagship, with classic Sony problems. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cell-phone-reviews/sony-xperia-5-ii-review/. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II smartphone in review – On its way with 5G and cinema format. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Sony-Xperia-5-II-smartphone-in-review-On-its-way-with-5G-and-cinema-format.505499.0.html. 2020-11-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-ii. 2020-12-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. [phonearena]. https://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sony-Xperia-5-II-Review_id4887. 2020-10-20. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/sony-xperia-5-ii-3797457/. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-ii-review. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-ii. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 5 II review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-ii. 2020-12-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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