Sony’s subsequent flagship smartphone, a followup to the Xperia 1 II launched earlier this 12 months, is the Xperia 5 II. Just like the earlier cellphone, the 5 II is a top-tier flagship with a Snapdragon 865 SoC, but it surely comes with a smaller display and eventually bumps the show as much as a sooner refresh fee.

The Xperia 5 II is called equally to Sony’s digicam line, so it is pronounced “Xperia 5 mark two.” The show is the primary distinction from the Xperia 1 II: a 6.1-inch, 2520×1080 OLED show with a 120Hz refresh fee. The 1 II had a much bigger, higher-res show, (a 6.5-inch, 3840×1644 show) but it surely was solely 60Hz. The remainder of the 5 II specs embody a Snapdragon 865 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4000mAh battery. There is a facet fingerprint reader, a microSD slot, a headphone jack, IP68 water resistance, and stereo audio system. There are three 12MP cameras on the again for the primary, telephoto, and broad angle lenses, together with a ToF sensor. The entrance digicam is 8MP.

Sony’s press launch really has a launch date for the US: “Within the US, the Xperia 5 II shall be accessible unlocked in black and comes geared up with Android 10. The Xperia 5 II shall be accessible for pre-order for about $950 on September 29, 2020 and ships to prospects on December 4, 2020.”

I’ve by no means seen an organization ballpark the value for its personal product in an official press launch, however the Xperia 5 II will price “about $950.” In Europe the cellphone will launch in October for €899. The Sony-est factor about this cellphone is that it’ll formally ship within the US, and it helps sub-6GHz 5G, but it surely does not have any 5G band compatibility within the US. 5G is seemingly a Europe-only factor (bands n1, n3, n8, n28, n77, and n78, in case you’re questioning). 5G networks within the US aren’t almost prepared for primetime but, so this isn’t an enormous deal breaker, it is simply…very Sony.

The Xperia 1 II and 5 II are each genuinely handsome-looking smartphones, and now that the 5 II lastly has a 120Hz show, it really feels prefer it’s in the identical league as one thing like a Galaxy Observe 20. There’s nothing Sony’s newest smartphone is critically lacking, however aside from the headphone jack, there’s not a lot that stands out, both. For Sony Cellular, although, that is an enchancment. Sony’s cell division recurrently sells beneath 1,000,000 models per quarter, a quantity a few of the larger smartphone corporations can beat in a day or two. After a number of cost-cutting, although, Sony Cellular initiatives it can see its first yearly revenue in 4 years. Issues are wanting up.

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