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Xperia 1 II: Sony’s 21: 9 smartphone switches to 5G and takes inspiration from its photo hybrids

The cancellation of the MWC in Barcelona will not have been right with Sony announcements on February 24. The Japanese unveils its new flagship. The Xperia 1 II 5G smartphone becomes the most high-end model of the manufacturer.
Nostalgia for a 3.5mm jack port found, combined with long-awaited 5G connectivity, this is the recipe chosen by Sony for its new high-end smartphone. The Xperia 1 II 5G (pronounced Mark II, as in the photo) is in line with the huge, lengthy 21: 9 smartphone released last year. It is therefore the first 5G compatible smartphone from the Japanese manufacturer bound for Europe and presents a fairly significant evolution of the Xperia 1.

Sony – The 3.5 jack port is back on the high end Xperia.
On the technical side first, the latest from Sony borrows the classic characteristics of a high-end Android smartphone of 2020 with a Snapdragon 865 processor from Qualcomm, a large 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen and a battery more powerful since it reaches 4,000 mAh. Sony seems to have reviewed its copy for this Mark II. Last year its high premium Xperia had convinced us on many points, with the exception of its ultra-resource-intensive and disastrous 4K screen for autonomy.
The 2020 vintage remains in 21: 9 format, particularly appreciable for video, but in addition to the better capacity battery, Sony also announces a refresh rate “equivalent to 90 Hz”. So it’s not a 90 Hz screen as rumor has it … which could ultimately be a battery life.

Sony – The complete new Xperia range.
A few drops of Alpha in the Xperia
It is on the photo part that this Xperia 1 seems to offer the most beautiful promises. In the age of 108 megapixel sensors, Sony is saying a different story with a triple 12 megapixel module that could seem “outdated” technically, if it were not delivered with a dose of homemade know-how from the range Alpha, the Japanese’s hybrid cameras. First, the triple module has Zeiss optics (like on digital cameras) and an iToF 3D sensor.

Next, Sony promises 20 fps continuous shooting with AF / AE calculation (ie, automatic AF and exposure metering for each image) up to 60 times per second. If the transposition of this technology from the brand’s hybrid cameras is successful, the Xperia 1 II 5G could come out of the fray when it comes to photos of moving subjects (children or animals for example). To perfect this photo part in progress, Sony has developed a mobile version of the photo interface of its digital cameras. Called Alpha Photography Pro, it will be integrated for the first time in this Xperia 1 Mark II.

Sony – The photo part of the Xperia 1 Mark II 5G.
Finally, like any high-end smartphone worthy of the name, the latest from Sony is water resistant (IP65 / 68), has Qi wireless fast charging and Dolby Atmos certification. It will be available in France in the spring and in two colors (black and purple) at a price of 1199 euros.

Sony – The 1 II 5G in purple.
The entry and the mid-range have not been forgotten
On the sidelines of this major announcement, Sony has also unveiled two other smartphone models for the entry and mid-range. The Xperia 10 II also has a 21: 9 screen but is content with a less ambitious data sheet, with a Snapdragon 665 processor and a 3,600 mAh battery.

Sony – The Xperia 10 II
It also does not have the same photo capabilities as its predecessor, but still has a triple module: a main lens with a focal length of 26 mm (12 Mpix sensor), a zoom (focal length of 52 mm, 8 Mpix sensor) and an ultra wide angle (16 mm focal length, 8 Mpix sensor). Its price is also more affordable since it will be sold for 369 euros.

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Finally, the announcement of the Sony smartphone range began last weekend with the Xperia L4 on the entry level. With this third model, the Japanese manufacturer is targeting the smartphone market at less than 200 euros. One thing that’s not unheard of is its main argument, it’s this 21: 9 screen that comes at the expense of a somewhat “dainty” spec sheet. Indeed, it will be necessary to be convincing in store to forget its Mediatek MT6762 processor and an Android 9 version which seems to have stopped in time.

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