As anticipated, Sony introduced a brand new smartphone on the morning of September 17. It’s the Xperia 5 II, little brother of the Xperia 1 II and changing the Xperia 5. Just like the latter, it’s impressed by the flagship of the start of the yr to supply an nearly similar expertise in a lighter footprint.
A number of days in the past, Sony gave us an appointment on YouTube to comply with the launch of a brand new smartphone. An announcement that follows just a few hours the livestream dedicated to the PlayStation 5. A reside which you’ll find the replay in our columns. And above all, you’ll find all the knowledge on the 2 Sony consoles within the devoted folder. Keep in mind that the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Version shall be out there in France on November 19 at a value of 499 euros and 399 euros. And pre-orders are already open.
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This morning, Sony’s announcement was maybe much less anticipated by online game followers, nevertheless it was removed from uninteresting to techies. Sony launched the Xperia 5 II (pronounced Mark 2). The identification of the cellphone was not a shock: a yr in the past, nearly on the identical date, Sony revealed its predecessor, the Xperia 5. And the Japanese agency likes well-run calendars.
The Xperia 5 II additionally retains the positioning of this primary Xperia 5: taking the perfect of the flagship of the start of the yr, right here the Xperia 1 II, in a barely smaller format. This contains the display screen know-how, the platform, the battery and far of the digital camera gear, to not point out the design. This reminds us of fine reminiscences we spent with the Xperia Compact vary of which the Xperia 5 are the religious successors.
Sony Cellular’s first 120 Hz show
Let’s go into element. The Xperia 5 II takes nearly identically the scale of the Xperia 5: identical width, identical peak and a barely decrease thickness (0.2 mm much less). The Xperia 5 II, nevertheless, isn’t as skinny because the Xperia 1 II. The Xperia 5 II is waterproof (IP68 certification) and withstands a great bathtub (as much as 1.5 meters deep), like all high-end Xperias.
On the show facet, it takes the scale and display screen ratio of the Xperia 5: a 6.1 OLED panel inches in 21 / ninth format. In a yr and a half, this format has develop into an vital differentiating level for Sony. The slab remains to be Full HD + (decision of 449 pixels per inch). Not Extremely HD right here. The display screen is HDR appropriate, in fact. And its refresh charge is 120 Hz. It is a shock, as a result of the Xperia 1 II isn’t appropriate with excessive charges. It’s even the primary Sony display screen appropriate with this charge. It stays to be seen whether or not will probably be variable. And if will probably be computerized. The refresh charge of the contact floor reaches 240 Hz.
The smartphone shell is product of mineral glass (Corning Gorilla 6) on both sides and the perimeters are lined with foil, as at all times. Additionally word that Sony retains its fingerprint reader on the proper edge. Sony was the primary firm to have the wonderful concept of inserting this gear on this location. At the moment, everyone seems to be doing the identical: let’s give Sony the laurels of this ergonomic innovation.
4K video seize at 120 frames per second
You additionally discover the identical borders slightly thicker than with the rivals on the prime and backside of the slab. That is utilized in explicit to combine a selfie sensor. This is identical module eight megapixels than that of the Xperia 5. In return for these borders, you additionally uncover two entrance audio system. Tools that we significantly appreciated within the Xperia 1 II. You additionally discover a 3.5mm jack port to attach a wired headset. This port had disappeared from the Xperia 5 and Xperia 1 of 2019. It’s subsequently again in power in 2020, because it has additionally been reintegrated into the Xperia 1 II.
On the again, you discover a photograph module with three sensors. The photographic configuration of the Xperia 5 II is a contented medium between the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 5. There are subsequently the identical sensors 12 + 12 + 12 megapixels than within the flagship. Optical stabilization for 2 sensors, Twin Pixel autofocus, 3x optical zoom for the second, wide-angle lens for the third, Carl Zeiss optics, video seize in 4K at 120 frames per second (a world first). Sony says steady autofocus will compensate for the shortage of a ToF digital camera. Lastly, the Xperia 5 II is supplied with Professional modes for photograph and video.
27% extra beneficiant battery
Inside you discover the Snapdragon 865. No “Plus” model right here, as for the Xperia 5 which took benefit of the “basic” Snapdragon 855. Appropriate with 5G, the SoC is accompanied by eight GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage, expandable by microSDXC. The Xperia 5 II is supplied with a 4000 mAh, just like the Xperia 1 II. This corresponds to a rise of 27% in comparison with the battery of the Xperia 5. The autonomy ought to subsequently improve, regardless of the Snapdragon 865, 5G and 120 Hz display screen. The battery is appropriate quick cost 27 watts. It recharges midway in half an hour. And instruments have been constructed into the interface to stop overheating and degradation.
For the remaining, nothing out of the abnormal. The Xperia 5 will include Android 10 on board and the Sony interface. It will likely be out there in Europe throughout the fourth trimester in 4 colours. Its value shall be 900 euros about. Or 300 euros cheaper than the Xperia 1 II. At this value and with these nice advantages, here’s a smartphone that ought to compete with OnePlus, Xiaomi and Asus.