Sony Xperia 1 II: Sony’s Super Flagship is getting the money


After Sony announced a new member of the Xperia series in February, the smartphone can now be pre-ordered. The Sony Xperia 1 II comes with sleek equipment on paper, which Sony can also pay for. We take a look at Sony’s new super flagship.

Is it a compact camera with smartphone features or a smartphone with compact camera features? When you look at the specs of the new Sony Xperia 1 II, you’re not so sure. According to Sony, sony’s new super phone combines the best of Sony’s top disciplines: camera, TV, console. Because the Xperia with the confusing name comes with some features from Sony’s Alpha 9, a full-frame system camera from 2017. The special thing about the Alpha 9: It is designed for sports photographers and shines with extremely short reaction time.

BpS Real-Time Tracking and Eye AF – What are the features of the camera?

Sony is therefore adapting its 60 BpS real-time tracking and real-time eye autofocus (Eye AF) into its smartphone division, which will be particularly noticeable in series production: the Xperia 1 II will be able to produce 20 frames per second. Sony insists that these series shots are crisply displayed, thanks to 247 autofocus points. That sounds great in the press release. However, it is not so clear to us what the marketing phrases are doing in the smartphone sector.

Our photo expert Stefan says: “Eye-AF is total nonsense on the smartphone, because the depth of field is far too high. This only makes sense with really large-sensorcameras, where the depth of field is in the centimeter range and really has to sit very precisely. And 20 BpS at what resolution? The Galaxy S20 Ultra makes 8K at 24 fps, which is enough for “still image photos”. 247 autofocus points are also not so revolutionary, as Sony’s own sensors can be more, such as the Exmor IMX689 with 2×2-OCL technology in the Oppo Find X2. In any case, I’m curious to see if adjusting focus and exposure at 20 frames per second works really well. 3D iToF with AI subject recognition sounds quite crass, but I haven’t seen a really convincing use of ToF for better smartphone photos yet.”

Also new: The Sony Xperia 10 II

The triple camera offers three sensors of unknown design with 12 megapixel sresolution each. Sony has a 16mm ultra wide-angle, 24mm wide-angle and 70mm telephoto lens. As a software gimmick, Sony also mentions access to the new Photo Pro app, whose user interface is also modelled on the camera division. At the same time, the Xperia 1 II can also be connected to a Sony alpha camera to serve as a secondary menu for remote control or editing tool for photos.

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The new Sony Xperia 1 II in the color Purple. / © Sony

Xperia 1 II: 6.5 inch OLED and Snapdragon 865

The Xperia 1 II uses a 6.5-inch OLED display in 21:9 format – Sony awards the official name “CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED Display”. The manufacturer again draws comparisons to other product divisions, writing: “Thanks to enableable motion blur reduction and X1 for mobile image processors, based on BRAVIA display technology, the Xperia 1 II presents content convincingly.” The PlayStation isn’t missing either: “Connected to a DUALSHOCK4 wireless controller, it guarantees the highest precision and even more fun to play with.”

Sony Xperia 1 II: Specifications

Dimensions: 166 x 72 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 181 g
Battery: 4000 mAh
Display size: 6.5 inches
Display technology: Amoled
Screen: 3840 x 1644 pixels (643 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels
Flash: Dual LED
Android version: 10 – Q
Ram: 8 GB
Internal memory: 256 GB
Removable storage: Microsd
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Number of cores: 8
Max clocking: 2.84 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

But what really drives up the price of the new Xperia is the built-in Snapdragon 865 with X55-5G modem. With all the touted features and possibilities, however, the battery capacity of 4,000 mAh seems almost ridiculously small.

The new Xperia 1 II with Android 10 can be pre-ordered from today at 1,199 euros. On its YouTube channel, the manufacturer has released numerous how-to videos – a kind of camera school for owners of the new super flagship. Here you will find very helpful tips. In general, the Xperia 1 II is full of interesting features, which we definitely want to put to the test as part of a detailed test for you.


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