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Sony Xperia 1 II

February 24, 2020.

Sony Xperia 1 II.

Sony Xperia 1 II.

Sony Xperia 1 II. © Sony.

Sony unveiled the next version of its Xperia 1 high-end Android phone. Named Xperia 1 II, it is the first Sony device to support 5G connectivity. Like the previous generation, it has a 6.5-inch OLED screen (3840×1644) and its size is almost identical (166×72×7.9mm), but the other essential features have seen an upgrade: 8GB of RAM (instead of 6), 256GB of storage (instead of 128) and a 4000mAh battery (instead of 3330). The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC replaces the 855. In collaboration with Zeiss, Sony says it has further enhanced the optics of the camera, which were already excellent on the Xperia 1. Support for Qi wireless loading is among other nice new features. But be aware, the price is not within everyone’s reach: EUR1,200, or CAD1,735. The device is offered in two colors: black and purple. Its availability is “soon” with no further details announced. Finally, note that this phone is equipped with what is becoming increasingly rare: an audio jack (the Xperia 1 did not have one).

Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo, “New Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone looks handsome, costs a ridiculous $1,300.”

AnandTech, Andrei Frumusanu, “Sony Announces New Xperia 1 II Flagship, Teases Xperia PRO.”