This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Sony Mobile has announced a new flagship 5G smartphone, the Xperia 5 II. It will be available globally later in the fall. The price in Europe is €899.
The Xperia 5 II is a smaller version of the Xperia 1 II with the same high performance. The Xperia 5 II will feature a smaller 6.1-inch display than the 6.5-inch Xperia 1 II, making it easier to use with one hand.
The basic specs of the Xperia 5 II are the same as the Xperia 1 II. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, with 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage capacity. 5G communication (sub6) is also supported.
The camera is also common to the Xperia 1 II, except that the ToF sensor is omitted, and the three lenses with the ZEISS branding consist of a standard angle of view of 24mm, a 3x optical telephoto of 70mm, and an ultra-wide angle of 16mm. The standard lens, in particular, uses a large 1/1.7-inch sensor for improved image quality.
It also retains the Xperia 1 II's camera features such as an AF area that covers 70% of the sensor, Sony's Eye AF, and 20 frames per second continuous shooting using the dedicated Photo Pro app.
Display evolved from Xperia 1 II
As you can see, this device can be called a 'smaller version of the Xperia 1 II', but there is a part that has evolved from the Xperia 1 II. That is the display.
The Xperia 5 II is the first in the Xperia series to use a 120Hz OLED display. It inserts a black frame in between each frame to provide the equivalent visual effect of 240Hz refresh rate. In addition, it also supports a touch scan rate of 240Hz to improve gaming comfort, which is primarily important for agile and responsive gaming.
The previous model, the Xperia 1 II, also touted a 90 Hz reduction in image lag through a display device, but the display itself was at a 60 Hz refresh rate.
According to Sony Mobile, the company also looked into the possibility of a 120Hz screen for the Xperia 1 II, but the high resolution of the 4K panel was a bottleneck and the company decided not to introduce it. The Xperia 5 II is said to have been able to implement this because of its small screen size and full HD+ resolution.
This 240 times per second redrawing display is powerful in "gaming" where even the slightest delay in the display can be fatal.
The Xperia 5 II also focuses on gaming, just like the Xperia 1 II. Besides the aforementioned 240Hz display, the heat dissipation design has been enhanced to help maintain peak performance, and the graphite sheet, which was only on one side in the original Xperia 5, has been placed on both sides to distribute the heat from the processor to the entire chassis to improve the efficiency of heat dissipation.
The device also continues to feature a mode that feeds power directly without going through the battery when the device is connected to a power source, as it did on the Xperia 1 II. You can play games while connecting it to the charger and still keep the device from heating up and degrading the battery.
Increased battery capacity while reducing body size
In addition, it is worth mentioning that the battery has been increased in capacity from 3140 mAh to 4000mAh. Moreover, the body size hasn't changed, in fact, it's 0.2 mm thinner. This has been achieved by revamping the internal base to a dual structure and optimizing the placement of the speaker and antenna. It's unfortunate that it doesn't support wireless charging.
Furthermore, the battery capacity can now be limited to 80% of full charge. This benefits the battery from degradation even when used for long periods of time over a span of several years.
The stereo speakers have also been improved from the Xperia 5. Like the Xperia 1 II, the two speakers now turn to the front side (the user's face side) for a more realistic sound experience. The software refinements have also improved the sound quality over the Xperia 1 II, according to the company.
It supports IP68 water and dust resistance. The size is 158 x 68 x 8.0 mm and the weight is 163 grams.
The Xperia 5 II is positioned as a "smaller version of the Xperia 1 II", but the Xperia 1 II is larger than most smartphones, and many people would rather feel that the Xperia 5 II is just the right size. Combined with 5G support and an improved display refresh rate, it's a prime candidate for a flagship smartphone in the second half of 2020.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.