Sony launches its flagship 5G smartphone, Sony Xperia 1 II

sony launches flagship 5g smartphone

In an online event, Sony launched its flagship Xperia 1 II. It has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 6.5-inch 4K OLED CinemaWide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9.

While the display of the new phone is tall and appealing, Sony still hasn’t got rid of bezels. It has narrow bezels both at the top and bottom of the phone. This may be the phone for folks who want the full-screen experience without a punch hole or a circular cut-out in the screen.

While the 2020 Flagships are going for a 108 MP camera, Sony believes in its 12MP camera Zeiss lens. The telephoto camera has a 3x optical zoom. It’s great to see that all the three back cameras wide, ultrawide and telephoto are 12MP.  Videos are supported at 4K 60fps HDR with 5-axis gyro-EIS and OIS.

Also, the Snapdragon 865 supports 8K video recording but Xperia 1 II doesn’t have it as of now. Even the mmWave isn’t supported in the phone. The 5G on the Xperia 1 II can work only on sub-6GHz 5G networks. The phone comes with a 21W fast charger and can charge upto 50% of the 4000 mAh battery in 30 minutes.

It has been released in only one storage variant, which has 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 standard 256GB of storage. Strangely, Sony has once again included a 3.5mm audio jack which went missing in the last year’s flagship. The smartphone has a hybrid sim slot which can accommodate a microSDXC card. As it’s a camera-centric phone, it also has HDMI direct camera connectivity via USB- C.

The Xperia 1 II has been launched in two colors, Black and Purple with a price tag of $1300.