Sony will continue to update its smartphone product line with the new Xperia 5 II to focus on photography and video. It is the smaller sibling of the very high and expensive Xperia 1 II, and this newer phone has improved it in many ways. It is a bit cheaper, and it will be available on September 29, priced at $949. Another major improvement from Sony is that it uses a 120Hz panel with a high refresh rate.
However, the strange thing is that Sony said it will not ship until December 4th, and even stranger is that it will have 5G, but it will not work with 5G networks in the US-just like Xperia 1
The basic idea of Xperia 5 II is that this is a mobile phone with a 21:9 high screen, but it is relatively small, only 6.1 inches. This sounds big, but because it is too high, it can only reach a width of about 2.68 inches. Compared with Xperia 1 II, this phone is more portable.
It has fairly standard 2020 flagship specifications: Snapdragon 865 processor, 4,000 mAh battery and the aforementioned 120Hz refresh rate display. Sony also insists on using dual front stereo speakers with Traditional headphone jacks, both of which are now officially classified as endangered species. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging.
As for the camera, the back of the Xperia 5 II is equipped with a standard three-camera array. Sony focuses on photography, which means that it prefers to use labels equivalent to 35mm focal length: 16mm, 24mm and 70mm.
Sony claims to be the first smartphone that can record 120FPS slow motion in 4K HDR. I would like to know how it works, and I would like to know if the Xperia 5 II has improved the previous video quality. Sony’s professional video application allows you to control video settings and package clips into projects for easy editing.
However, in fact, the Xperia product line claims its reputation among cameras because of its autofocus and shooting speed. Like Xperia 1 II, Xperia 5 II has Sony’s best-in-class autofocus function, which can lock the eyes of people or pets and keep the focusing speed sharp at an amazing speed-up to 60 times per second. It can also shoot in continuous shooting mode at 20fps.
Perhaps the most interesting photography feature is that you can set up the Xperia 5 II as an uploader that connects directly to one of Sony’s newer mirrorless cameras. It is not equivalent to a full USB tethering on a desktop computer, but it is faster and more efficient than the conventional Wi-Fi solutions provided on cameras today.
Sony is also talking about the Xperia 5 II’s gaming features-I think this is the first time ever that an Android gaming phone may not only have a head. Sony’s point of view is that the 120Hz refresh rate includes 240Hz touch scan rate, but this is not important to me.
Like many phones, Sony has a game enhancer mode, but its mode has some really useful features. I never thought about writing game enhancement software on Android phones.
You can directly set and lock the screen refresh rate, motion blur and touch response speed. What’s more interesting is that it has a power bypass feature-it allows you to set your phone to get power directly from the USB-C cable without charging the battery. This greatly reduces heat, which means that all silicon can perform better. Sony also added a graphene heat sink to absorb heat from the motherboard.
All in all, Xperia 5 II sounds like a fascinating phone with unique features and creepy shortcomings. However, if you have an in-depth understanding of Sony’s camera ecosystem, it will be a good choice. A better option might be to wait for Xperia Pro, which has already been released, but it hasn’t been covered in detail except for a key photographic feature-use your phone as an external HDMI monitor for the camera. Probably when the Xperia 5 II is released in December, we will hear more.