The new phone is also set to differentiate itself from other Sony offerings: the company has seemingly focused on the device’s more gaming-centric utility, even though externally it doesn’t have the flow of gaming phones. With a new internal heat dissipation system and a 120Hz refresh rate OLED and 240Hz sample rate touch input, the Xperia 5 II blows above its weight when it comes to liquidity.
Sony has achieved all this while retaining the Xperia 5’s form-factor and weight – even cramming into the new 4000mAh battery based on improved internal engineering. This is Sony’s most competitive package in years, let’s go to the details:
|Sony Xperia 1 Series|
Sony Xperia 1 II
|Sony Xperia 5 II|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 1x Cortex-A77 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A77 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz
Adreno 650 @ 587 MHz
3840 x 1644 (21: 9)
2520 x 1080 (21: 9)
120Hz Refresh w / 240Hz Touch
|Shape||The height||166 mm||158 mm|
|The width||72 mm||68 mm|
|The depth||7.9 mm||8.0 mm|
|Weight||181 grams||163 grams|
18W USB-PD Adaptive Charging
|Main||12MP 1.8µm Dual pixel pdf
1 / 1.7 “sensor
24 mm /
|Telephoto||12MP 1.0 PDm PDAF
1 / 3.4 “sensor
70mm / / 3x zoom
|Wide||12MP 1.4m Dual pixel pdf
1 / 2.6 “sensor
16 mm / 130 °
|Apart from||3D Time-of-Flight (TOF)||–|
|front camera||8MP 1.12µm
f / 2.0
f / 2.0
|128 / 256GB
|I / O||USB-C
3.5mm headphone jack
|IP Rating||IP65 and IP68|
|other features||Dual speakers|
|dual SIM||1x nano + microSD
|Launch price||$ 1099 / £ / 1199 €||$ 949 / € 899|
At the core of the phone we get the Snapdragon 865 SoC which allows the device to perform excellently. Although the SoC is fairly conservative in terms of its power draw, the Xperia 1 II had some very low throttle under a continuous workload like gaming. To mitigate this, Sony has developed an improved thermal dissipation system inside the phone, mostly thanks to a new larger graphite pad capable of transferring heat from SoC to the screen panel’s larger footprint. This should help the device achieve near-indefinite continuous performance under normal conditions.
Memory wise we still see a reasonable 8GB DRAM and storage capacity 128 and 256GB, which is expandable with microSD card.
In terms of design, the Xperia 5 II queues up with the Xperia 1 II because of the features and nearly identical front and back design. On the front, this means that there are still two top and bottom bezels instead of the more modern notches or hole-punch cameras, though it comes on the advantage of having two surprisingly good ones and what Sony has to be a better balanced stereo front speaker. Claims we see in other competing smartphones.
One change to the phone’s ergonomics is the fact that the Xperia 5 II comes with a rounded side-frame design, rather the 1 II’s more rectangular and boxy design – in that sense the phone feels more similar to the Xperia 1, and clearly it One is positive as I think the 1 gives better in-hand feel and ergonomics than the II.
It is still a small phone by today’s standards (and today’s standards are big phones!). At a width of 68 mm, it is narrower than the smallest Galaxy S20, and still only weighs 163 grams. Sony has been able to increase the battery capacity from the original Xperia 5 to a new 4000mAh unit from 3110mAh, as well as re-starting the phone’s internal and remanufacturing motherboards and using a multi-stack design. The battery compartment also uses a wider footprint inside the phone and maximizes the space used in the frame.
The performance of the Xperia 5 II is brand new to Sony. It is a 2540 x 1080 resolution OLED screen, but this time around it has a 120Hz refresh rate, and even a 240Hz touch rate sample rate. This is a big jump not only from the Xperia 5, but also from this year’s Xperia 1 II. I have never been a fan of Sony’s choice, as their Xperia 1 line-up has to chase after a 4K display because it is completely overkill, which is a great price for battery life. A 120Hz refresh rate on FHD + such as the Xperia 5 II is a better choice for user experience, and the resolution loss should not be worse at this 6.1, as it is much smaller than today’s standard so PPI is still very high.
The rear camera design is similar to the Xperia 1 II. In fact, it is essentially a similar camera setup in terms of modules:
A main 24mm equivalent module with a 12MP 1 / 1.76 ”sensor with 1.8MP pixels and an f / 1.7 optics system with OIS serves as an excellent primary camera. It is augmented by a 70mm equivalent 3x optical zoom 12MP 1.0 / mf / 2.4 module with OIS acting as a telephoto camera, and also a 16mm equivalent 12MP 1.4µm f / 2.2 module as an ultra-wide angle unit. is.
The one thing missing from the Xperia 5 II that is present on its older siblings is the flight-of-flight depth sensor – not such a big loss for photography.
Sony’s camera experience was never hardware, but rather their approach to software processing. The company has a more hands-off approach to pictures such as its digital camera or mirrorless system – which is not always successful in the smartphone space because you need more computational photography to counter the negative effects of a smaller camera sensor Phone. In that regard while the Xperia 5 II looks great on paper, don’t expect a great daily experience on an iPhone or Galaxy.
The phone is only 8.0 mm thick, which is still very useful given its narrow width.
Sony brought back the 3.5mm headphone jack this year, and in the Xperia 5 II they claim to improve audio quality by improving cross-talk and audio signal paths. It’s great to see companies removing this port was a mistake and reversing their previous options – it actually now gives the Xperia 5 II a significantly different advantage over the competition because almost no one else has this capability.
With IP68 water resistance, it seems that the Xperia 5 II will tick almost every single feature check-box in a phone in 2020, which is highly unusual, and highly unpredictable from Sony.
As an overall package, the phone looks incredibly competitive, and I could never say no to a Sony phone in ages.
The only real cavity of the device is its price: at $ 949 or € 899, it is still slightly more spicy than other flagships in 2020, especially as it is late in the generation cycle. In Europe, the Xperia 5 II will be available in October, while the US is again quite late with availability starting only on December 4Th – Which is too late and at that point you would be better off waiting for the 2021 spring refresh from the competition.
Still, it’s been a long time since I’ve been excited for Sony phones like this, and it’s a definite positive for the company’s new path into the mobile space.