Get ready to meet the Sony Xperia 1 II. Pronounced Sony Xperia One, Mark Two, this handset has been inspired by Sony's ground-breaking Alpha 9 camera series, and has a huge range of features designed to help users take professional-looking photos directly on their smartphone. Loaded with amazing specs, plenty of tech for gamers and 5G-ready too, there's a lot to love about this Sony release. Let's take a look together and find out exactly what the Sony Xperia 1 II can offer below.
Sony Xperia 1 II Design
Despite being jam-packed with the latest smartphone tech, the Sony Xperia 1 II sports a stunning design with an elegant frame that's just 7.9mm wide. Weighing in at only 181g too, this streamlined handset has been created to deliver an ergonomic fit and, thanks to its sleek aluminium frame, promises to look the part no matter what colour you go for.
Covered by glass on both the front and the back, the Sony Xperia 1 II uses Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for added durability and has an IP65/68 water and dust resistance rating, protecting it from the elements and making sure it looks great for as long as possible.
You'll also find an advanced fingerprint scanner conveniently mounted on the side of the handset for fast yet secure access - just place your finger over the scanner to unlock the device in milliseconds. On the bottom you'll also notice Sony has brought back the 3.5mm audio jack, meaning you can listen to your favourite music with either wired or wireless headphones.
Sony Xperia 1 II Display
As for the screen, the Sony Xperia 1 II features an incredible 6.5-inch 4K HDR display created with OLED technology. With its wide gamut coverage and high frame rate, you can expect nothing less than vivid, vibrant colours and smooth transitions, and the brilliant 4K resolution is one of the best on the market. Delivering unrivalled details, you're sure to instantly become immersed in whatever you're doing.
This 6.5-inch Sony CineWide display has a widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio. Helping to create an all-round cinematic experience, you'll be able to view films in the format they were originally created in, and thanks to being much longer than the typical smartphone screen, you'll have far more space to browse and scroll through social. In fact, the design of this smartphone enables Sony's Multi-window feature, which allows you to use two apps at the same time. With this mode activated, the screen will split into two, so you can multi-task at your leisure, whether that’s sending a text while continuing to watch a YouTube video, or keeping an important document open to reference while you write an email.
Sony Xperia 1 II Camera
The triple-lens camera system on board the Sony Xperia 1 II has been co-developed with the engineers behind Sony's very own Alpha 9 camera series, which is renowned in the photography world for its impressive autofocus technology. As you'd expect, the camera quality on this Sony smartphone is exceptional, with loads of added features that have been designed to mirror Sony's best professional camera tech.
You'll find three 12MP lenses produced by ZEISS Optics, and a 3D iTOF (indirect Time-of-Flight sensor) on the rear. This rear camera system has been created with a versatile range of lenses, each with different focal lengths that mimic those found on the Alpha 9 cameras.
You'll be able switch between each lens whenever you please, making it easy to take both wide and ultra-wide photos. The 70mm telephoto lens will enable you to effortlessly create the perfect blurred background effect too, and master those close-up macro shots. The 3D iTOF sensor, meanwhile, helps to intelligently calculate the distance between the camera and the subject of your photo, ensuring instant autofocus and helping you to make the most of AR apps.
The rear camera has an all-new interface too, where you'll be able to choose between automatic settings or enjoy more creative freedom by adjusting the ISO, shutter speed and so much more. There's RAW support for serious photographers, Eye Autofocus for both humans and animals and Dual Photo Diode sensor that's just one of the key players when it comes to delivering extremely fast autofocus.
The 8MP front camera is also impressive, and videos can be filmed in CineWide view by shooting in 4K, 21:9. There's even an intelligent wind filter to keep annoying noises out of the audio.
Sony Xperia 1 II Power
With its advanced 4K display, state-of-the-art camera system and so much more, the Sony Xperia 1 II needs a high-spec core to ensure a fast, efficient performance - and that's exactly what it's got. Working away behind its slick exterior you'll find the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB RAM and an octa-core CPU. Combined, this core can deliver a seamless performance that's ready to tackle just about anything you can think of. Whether you're streaming in HD, making the most of the device's multi-window feature or gaming with friends online, this handset has it covered.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming ensures you receive the best gameplay by optimising graphics quality, audio quality and online performance, while the built-in motion blur reduction technology helps to maximise touch response speed and reduces in-game lag. You can even access screen recording tech, add commentary and connect to a DUALSHOCK 4 controller (sold separately) with this smartphone - your gaming options really are endless.
It is also a 5G-ready handset, meaning you can expect much faster gameplay, as well as lightning-fast download speeds when you want to watch films or view other media. With reduced latency and a much more reliable network connection to offer, you're guaranteed to have an amazing experience with this Sony device. Better yet, the Xperia 1 II even has the latest Android operating system - Android 10 - preloaded, meaning the newest Android features are ready and waiting for you as soon as you lift the device out of its box.
Sony Xperia 1 II Battery
Fuelling the powerful Sony Xperia 1 II and its many photography features is a 4,000 mAh battery, that's capable of taking you from day to night on one full charge. The handset supports wireless charging, and with a 21W charger (sold separately), you'll also be able to boot back up to 50% using fast charging in a mere 30 minutes.
Battery Care prevents overcharging by intelligently controlling how quickly your device charges - ideal for users who prefer to power up overnight - while Adaptive Charging will monitor how you use the handset, and extends battery health by automatically stopping the transfer of power as soon as you reach 100%.