Sony Xperia 5 II review


When was the final time that the smaller cellphone of a high-end pair was the superior one – and never simply since you favor compact handsets? Properly, that appears to be the case with the Sony Xperia 5 II now we have right here for assessment.

How is it higher, you ask? For one, it has a 120Hz show whereas the Xperia 1 II makes use of a traditional 60Hz panel. Regardless that it is not 4K because the Xperia 1 II, the 450ppi density of the X5II’s display screen is greater than a lot, so we cannot take into account {that a} downgrade.

The opposite bit the place 5 II is best than 1 II is battery capability – that is to say, it is the identical – the smaller measurement cellphone comes with a battery that is simply as massive because the 4,000mAh energy pack within the bigger mannequin. It is most likely the primary time we’re seeing such absolute parity between two differently-sized handsets from (roughly) the identical technology.

The following factor that most likely qualifies as a bonus of the 5 II over the 1 II is the introduction of the Google Assistant button on the suitable aspect. Thoughts you, the 5 II has 5 mechanical buttons, in 2020 – we will see folks liking it for that alone.

The remainder of the 5 Mark II is kind of carried over from the 1 Mark II. The digital camera system, for instance, has the identical triple-module configuration – a 16mm-equivalent ultra-wide, a 24mm predominant cam, and a 70mm tele, all of them producing 12MP pictures. Sony axed the ToF pair for the small mannequin, nevertheless, and we’ll should see how that impacts close by low-light focusing and portrait mode outcomes.

Two Mark Twos – Xperia 1 II (left) subsequent to the brand new Xperia 5 II

The Snapdragon 865 powers the Xperia 5 II (not the 865+), and the cellphone has 8GB of RAM. Not like the 1 II, which solely got here with 256GB of storage, the 5 II will be had with both 128GB or 256GB.

Sony Xperia 5 II specs

  • Physique: 158x68x8.0mm, 163g; Glass entrance (Gorilla Glass 6), glass again (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum body; IP65/IP68 mud/waterproof (as much as 1.5m for 30 minutes); Colours: Black, Grey, Blue, Pink.
  • Show: 6.1″ OLED, 1080x2520px decision, 21:9 side ratio, 450ppi; 120Hz refresh fee, 240Hz contact sampling.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.eight GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
  • Reminiscence: 256/128GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (shared with SIM slot 2 on twin SIM variants).
  • OS/Software program: Android 10.
  • Rear digital camera: Large (predominant): 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, 1/1.7″, Twin Pixel PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS; Extremely broad angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm, half.55″, Twin Pixel PDAF. Zeiss optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye monitoring.
  • Entrance digital camera: eight MP, f/2.0, 24mm (broad), 1/4″, 1.12µm; HDR.
  • Video seize: Rear digital camera: [email protected]/25/30/60fps HDR, [email protected]/60/120fps; 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS; Entrance digital camera: [email protected] (5-axis gyro-EIS).
  • Battery: 4000mAh; Quick charging 21W, USB Energy Supply.
  • Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), {hardware} Google Assistant button, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, colour spectrum; NFC; stereo audio system (front-mounted), 3.5mm headphone jack.

A couple of welcome generational enhancements embrace the return of the three.5mm headphone jack and the relocation of the underside speaker to fireside in the direction of the entrance of the cellphone – each options shared with the 1 II, too.

What’s not shared with the larger mannequin is the wi-fi charging functionality – you will want a cable to prime up the 5 II. You may nonetheless do this over USB PowerDelivery as much as 21W although Sony solely ships (and, for that matter, makes) 18W chargers. Talking of…

Sony Xperia 5 II unboxing

Our Xperia 5 II assessment unit arrived in a typical Sony white cardboard field with the cellphone’s title stamped on the entrance in shiny letters. Contained in the field, the minimalist method continues – you get the cellphone, the 18W charger we talked about, and a USB-C-to-C cable to go together with it. That is it.

Sony Xperia 5 II review

It is value mentioning that the Xperia 1 II had a pair of earbuds within the bundle and Sony’s had a historical past of tailoring retail bundles to totally different markets, so it’s possible you’ll find yourself getting a headset with the 5 II in spite of everything.

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