When the Xperia 1 was launched last year, it was clear that Sony wanted to revolutionize the mobile phone industry. This was evident in the 21:9 aspect ratio and the notch-free 4K screen, which paved the way for a new beginning for Xperia smartphones. The Xperia 5 was launched last September, reminding us of the company's expertise in making compact flagship phones, it really made us remember the good old days of the Xperia Compact. Now the Japanese company has launched its new flagship phone, Sony Xperia 5 II.
Sony Xperia 5 II specifications
Xperia 5 II comes with Snapdragon 865 5G processor. The phone features a RAM capacity of 8 GB and an internal storage space of 128 or 256 GB. It's a step up from the previous version, which comes with 25% stronger performance for sure.
The Xperia 5 II is a beast when it comes to handling graphics-heavy games, and Sony has added some extra features to underscore that. And certainly not forgetting the wonderful screen that is among the best in its class and comes with a smooth refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Game Enhancer is a new feature that provides quick and easy access to all game related features and allows you to control the refresh rate, record your screen, access various audio settings, customize the screen touch area and more. Full DualShock 4 controller support is back, in order to give the user a unique gaming experience.
The Sony Xperia 5 II features a 4000mAh battery, which is a significant increase in capacity compared to the Xperia 5's 3,140mAh battery.
There is support for 18W fast charging via charger included in the retail box. Sony also introduced something called heat suppression power control. It allows you to forgo the battery and power the Xperia 5 II directly from the charger, reducing heat and extending battery life. Finally, the phone maintains the IP65 / 68 standard for dust and water protection that was also present in the Xperia 5.
Design and display
The lack of a flagship phone in a decently sized and comfortable fit puts the Xperia 5 II where it fully deserves it, especially if we're talking about the design. The phone maintains the slim thickness of the previous generation, thanks to the aspect ratio of 21:9 along with the presence of a wonderful 6.1 inch OLED screen. The Xperia 5 II is very thin and tall, which has become a hallmark of Sony smartphones lately. There is a protection layer of Gorilla Glass 6 wrapping the phone, while the metal frame comes to add a great aesthetic touch to the design.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the side of the screen and specifically below the volume button on the right side of the phone, and if we look down we will find two separate buttons - one is a camera shutter, and the other is a Google Assistant button. The 3.5mm audio jack is still present, adding flexibility to the audio experience.
The Sony Xperia 5 II features a 6.1 inch OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sensitivity, which promises a great gaming experience. There are also impressive features like Cinema Wide alongside the X1 Bravia mobile technology and a Creator mode powered by CineAlta. Designed in Hollywood, this package ensures that when you watch a movie, you get the best cinematic viewing experience. When you consider the front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, the end result is an unforgettable multimedia viewing experience.
There is a triple camera system on the back of the Xperia 5 II, with three focal lengths of 16, 24, and 70mm which should cover all possible shooting scenarios, according to Sony. All three 12MP cameras come with ZEISS designed lenses.
The Xperia 5 II continues to borrow camera technology from the Alpha series of cameras, specifically the Real-time Eye-AF feature that allows autofocus calculations up to 60 times per second. This score is up to 20fps for consecutive shot tracking. There is no dedicated night shooting mode on this phone but smart AI algorithms work behind the scenes to ensure good results when shooting on dark nights.
There's a new camera interface for photo enthusiasts, called Photo Pro, that gives an in-depth look into the camera's settings, and allows images to be saved in RAW format. On the other hand, the Cinema Pro feature takes care of the video recording tasks and can record slow-motion 4K HDR clips at 120 frames per second, which Sony ranks as number one in the world. The interface features various Hollywood-inspired filters.