Sony is not exactly the biggest player in the mobile market, but the Japanese company still seems to have found the cadence when it comes to the company’s latest products in the Xperia smartphone series.
2019 marked a new beginning for Sony, which with the flagship model Sony Xperia 1 and the more compact version Sony Xperia 5 especially focused on the camera enthusiasts, and this year came the Sony Xperia 1 II, which corrected several of its predecessor’s flaws and without hesitation must be considered Sony’s best smartphone to date.
Now the time has come for this year’s compact version, the Sony Xperia 5 II, and just like last year, the compact model has most of its specifications in common with the absolute flagship. Just in a slightly smaller wrap.
Thus, the Sony Xperia 5 II also comes with HDR OLED screen in 21: 9 format and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, just like the Xperia 1 II is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 5G processor, 8 GB RAM and a battery of 4000 mAh. And of course, it also has both Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1.
With its 6.1 ″ screen, it is of course smaller than on the top model, and instead of 4K resolution, you have to settle for FHD +. The camera is also not identical to that of the Xperia 1 II.
Admittedly, the Xperia 5 II camera has the same three lenses with focal lengths of 16 mm (12 Mp ultra-wide angle), 24 mm (12 Mp + optical image stabilization) and 70 mm (12 Mp short telephoto + optical image stabilization), respectively, but must do without the small 3D iToF lens from Xperia 1 II, which measures distance and helps with sharpness and bokeh effects in the images.
But of course, the Xperia 5 II comes with both the Cinematography Pro app, which was introduced last year with the Xperia 1, and the Photography Pro camera app, which came with the Xperia 1 II, and has pretty much the same interface as Sony’s Alpha cameras and thus offer manual setting of exposure, white balance, shutter speed, etc.
Xperia 5 II will be available with Android 10 in the colors black, blue and gray. The phone can be pre-ordered from 29 September and will hit stores on 20 October.