Sony Unveils New 5G Flagship, the Xperia 1 II

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 8 Comments

Sony is revealing some new hardware today. The company is revealing its newest Android flagship, the new Xperia 1 II (read: Xperia 1 mark 2). The company is also revealing a “super mid-range” phone today — more on that here.

The branding of the device is, obviously, pretty terrible. But aside from that, the hardware itself actually looks pretty promising. Like many other flagships in recent months, the new Xperia 1 II comes with built-in 5G connectivity.

The design of the device consists of glass on the back, and it is a pretty minimalistic and sleek design. The glass on the back and the display on the front are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. And if you need it, the headphone jack is still here.

The device is powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor, which allows for the built-in 5G connectivity. The display itself is a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Under the hood, there is a 4,000mAh battery. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with the device.

Sony is focusing heavily on the cameras of the new Xperia 1 II. First up, Sony is using Zeiss optics for the first time on a smartphone. The device boasts a triple-camera setup on the back, all three of which are 12MP. They do have different focal lengths, however: 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm, allowing users to capture different types of photos, ranging from super-wide-angle shots to portraits. There’s also a time-of-flight sensor for the super-fast autofocus Sony is promising. On the front, there is an 8MP sensor.

The new Xperia 1 II will be available in black, purple, and white, sometime this Spring. Sony is yet to reveal pricing details.

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8 responses to “Sony Unveils New 5G Flagship, the Xperia 1 II”

  1. johnh3

    A interesting device. Sony bring back the 3.5 mm headphone jack on a flagship.

  2. james_rainey

    Always a fan of their Hardware, wishing more out of their implementation of OS.

  3. Sykeward

    The Xperia phones have always been appealing to me, but the story up till now has been superior camera hardware let down by inferior camera software. Sony's new CEO integrated their smartphone and camera divisions a year or so ago, so I'm interested in seeing if they've turned a corner here

  4. Jeremy Turnley

    Apparently Sony isn't shy about copying bad naming schemes from MS.

    • IamDefiler

      In reply to illrigger:

      It's naming is actually in line with how they name their DSLRs. Besides, I drive a Golf R MK VII. Nothing wrong with that naming convention.

      I feel this Xperia will be the 1 II punch Sony needs in the phone market to start making up for past meh phones. ;)

  5. JJanner

    Now I have to get AT&T to identify which 5G sub-6 bands they are using, to see if the UK version of this phone is compatible. The US version of this phone will not, according to media reports, have 5G.

  6. Awhispersecho

    My Xperia 1 is the best phone I have ever owned with slightly less than the best camera I've owned. It has been so much more enjoyable than my previous Androids including the Note phones so I will be sticking with Sony and looking forward to picking this up. As long as it's not 1200 bucks. Not doing that. I paid 950 for my X1 with headphones and I would pay 950 for this but not crossing the thousand buck barrier for a phone.

  7. chuck willemsen

    I currently own a Sony Xperia XZ2 phone (H8276) which I love but had an extremely difficult time finding even the simplest of OEM accessories for this device. Sony Mobile in Canada displayed accessories on their website but didn’t carry anything in my country. I ended up going to a third-party in the UK at double the price due to shipping and UK VAT.

    Currently the Sony Mobile website in Canada no longer exists on the Sony Canada homepage so buying a Sony branded mobile phone in Canada is unlikely as neither of the two major Telecommunications carriers (Bell & Telus) have any Sony phones on their websites. Even the current line of products are only available through third-party websites and via Amazon so warranty support will be zero. Based upon threads on various websites this feeling holds true in several other countries.

    I wish that Sony would really deliver what they promise and ship actual accessories in a timely fashion because as a corporation they hardly ever follow through.

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