Sony has gone under the radar for many years, but they keep true to their Xperia lineup by releasing new phones every year. In 2020, Sony is catching a few more eyes than normal thanks to a camera app flanked by features borrowed from the £3,000 Sony a9 camera.
There is also a new Sony Xperia 10 II, which is aimed at the mid-range market, offering a selection of great features for a much affordable price.
We don’t yet know the release date or pricing for the UK, but it’s likely both of these smartphones will be available very soon, and we can get a great estimate on pricing thanks to last year’s handsets and pricing from Europe.
Is the Sony Xperia 1 II Worth Buying?
Expected to launch for £899, the Sony Xperia 1 II is going to compete directly with the excellent new Samsung Galaxy S20 5G. Because of that, we’ll use that as a comparison in this article to learn more about the Xperia 1 II.
The Sony Xperia 1 II camera is of course getting a lot of attention, but first draw your eyes to the display, which may be the biggest place of interest. The Sony Xperia 1 II features a 6.5 inch display with a resolution of 1644x3840. The aspect ratio is 21:9. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G has a 6.2 inch display with a resolution of 1400x3200 and a 20:9 aspect ratio.
That may sound like a lot of numbers, but it’s important to explain. Despite the larger display on the Xperia 1 II, the higher resolution means that the overall pixel density is actually higher on the Xperia. That means you’ll get crisper details. The 21:9 aspect ratio directly matches that of many big screen movies, making it the perfect movie watching phone.
The colour and brightness falls short of the Samsung Galaxy S20, so you have a phone that’s great at watching movies at home (Xperia 1 II), versus one that may be more suited for watching content outside on the go (Samsung Galaxy S20). For those curious, the Xperia 1 II has a 90Hz refresh rate on 4K and the Galaxy S20 has 120Hz in 2K or 60Hz in 4K.
There’s no notch or in-display camera, so you have to deal with a bit of a bezel - it might be scary for some - the Sony Xperia 1 II is 6.5 inches long despite only featuring a 6.5 inch display. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is 6.9inches long but has a 6.57 inch display.
Next let’s talk about the camera - the Sony Xperia 1 II may only have a 12 megapixel main camera, but we should know it’s not all about megapixels. Hardware-wise, you'll get a 12 megapixel telephoto, wide, and ultrawide camera setup, so that's three different lenses in total. And you also get a 0.3MP TOF 3D depth sensor.
When it comes to camera software features, it starts to get exciting. You get access to recording 21:9 video for a true cinematographic experience. Video can be recorded at 4K HDR at 24 frames per second. Thanks to the powerful Cinema Pro app, you can also adjust your settings before recording.
Sony has put a lot of effort on their autofocus. The new Xperia cameras are great at focusing on quickly moving elements - perfect for capturing every moment in detail. You can capture up to 20 shots per second to make sure you miss nothing, and with Eye Autofocus, you can be assured the Sony Xperia brings focus to any person or animal in frame quickly. Both of these two features may be familiar to you if you’ve used the Sony a9 camera.
Next let’s quickly jump into the other specifications. You can expect a 4,000mAh battery, 8GB RAM and the Snapdragon 865. 5G is also available. It's decent, but doesn't quite match the Samsung Galaxy S20. It’s hard to make a good argument to pick the Sony Xperia 1 II over the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, unless you’re specifically after the 21:9 4K display and recording features. Thankfully, Xperia has got one device that may deserve more attention - the Sony Xperia 10 II, which should retail for £299.
What’s Special About the Sony Xperia 10 II?
You may question the value of the Sony Xperia 1 II, but you cannot deny that the 10 II is a bargain. Expected to retail for £299 in the UK, the Xperia 10 II comes equipped with a large 6 inch 1080x2520 resolution display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. You get the Snapdragon 665, 4GB RAM, and a 3,600 mAh battery. The camera isn't quite as powerful as the Sony Xperia 1 II, but you still get a 12 megapixel wide angle lens, an 8 megapixel telephoto lens, and an 8 MP ultrawide.
It’s certainly a reasonable choice if you’re not willing to spend more than £300 on a new smartphone in 2020.
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