Sony has launched its first 5G smartphone – Xperia 1 II (Mark Two) with 3 powerful camera technology in its online press event. Sony has also side by side launched Xperia 10 (Mark Two) and Xperia PRO.
In Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC), many mobile phone companies were all set to reveal the look of their new smartphones. However, the event was canceled due to rising safety concerning coronavirus outbreak. Sony was also expected to unveil its new Xperia series which is revealed in its online press event today.
With the sequel of Xperia 1, Sony has changed the game in the new flagship high-end Xperia 1 (Mark two) including the state of the art chipset, advanced cameras by famous Sony’s Alpha camera engineers, and 5G support.
Xperia 1 II Display and Size
Sony’s new flagship phone is built with 6.5 inches OLED capacitive touchscreen. The display resolution is set to 1644 x 3840 pixels with a 21:9 ratio and ~643 PPI density.
The new Xperia 1 (Mark Two) has replaced the high refresh rate screen with Motion Blur Reduction, to which we call ‘sample-and-hold’ to display the frames until the image refreshes again and avoid image blur when
Physically, the aluminum frame of 1651.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 mm is protected with Gorilla Glass from the front and back. The smartphone weight 181.4 grams.
Xperia 1 II includes industry-leading autofocus built-in cameras, designed to meet the causal users as well as professional photographer’s demands.
The new camera setup, powered by CineAlta and Alpha 9 mirrorless technologies, shows up the bigger sensors and the fast ZEISS lenses. The camera framework comes with an LED flash, depth camera, HDR, and real-time human eye-tracking. The company claims the phone has one of the ultra-fast autofocus in any smartphones out there.
The new Sony’s flagship phone has advanced three 12 MP rear cameras. It has a 24mm wide-angle camera with Dual Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus. A secondary Telephoto 70mm camera with a 3x optical zoom. The third one is a 16mm with Dual Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus ultrawide camera.
At the front, it comes with a single 8 MP, 24mm wide HDR selfie camera.
For video recording, Xperia 1 II can record 4K videos @ 24, 25, 30, and 60 fps. The rear cameras support Sony’s proprietary Optical SteadyShot technology, which comprises of OIS (optical) and EIS (electronic) Image Stabilization. The camera supports slo-mo (Slow Motion) video recording with up to 120 fps.
For photography, the cameras have SteadyShot technology to capture photos with Intelligent Active Mode. These technologies provide active 5-axis stabilization based on hybrid technology employing OIS and EIS. The camera features 60 times per second continuous AF/AE calculation and up to 20fps AF/AE tracking, coming right from Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.
For smartphone cinematographers, the Xperia 1 II features Cinematography Pro — powered by CineAlta technology. According to Sony, Cinematography Pro supports 2K 120fps 10 bit HDR cinematic high frame rate shooting and Cinematic 21:9 4K GDR recording at 24, 25, 30, 60fps enhancing cinematographic shooting experiences.
Processor and Memory
Xperia 1 II runs on Andriod 10.0 OS. Under the hood, it contains 865 Snapdragon SoC. The processor is compatible with a 5G modem that works for Sub 6 GHz network. It comes with 8GB RAM and 256 GB universal flash storage. It supports microSD card for the extra desired storage, a common trend in high-end camera Android phones.
Battery, Color, Price, and Availability
The latest Sony Xperia 1 II has a non-removable powerful Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with fast charging, with USB-C power delivery. It comes in two colors, Black and Purple. The company has unveiled the phone today and will be available for sale soon expectedly by June 2020.
The price of the new Sony Xperia 1 II is yet to be confirmed but is expected to be around $949.
Xperia 10 (Mark Two) and Xperia PRO
Sony also launched two more smartphones in the same online event: Xperia 10 (Mark Two) and Xperia Pro.
With the Xperia 10 (Mark Two), Sony exceeds all the expectations regarding its smartphones. Xperia 10 II comes with a 6″ 21:9 Wide OLED display and features a Triple lens camera setup as well. Though it does not support 5G.
Sony called its Xperia Pro an all-in-all solution for the professionals. The display and camera setup are similar to Xperia 1 (Mark Two) but will come with HDMI port. The Pro will come with 512 GB storage and will be available in the regions where 5G is available.