Sony Xperia 1 II will launch in the U.S. on July 24 for $1,200

Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony Xperia 1 II (Image credit: Sony)

What you need to know

  • Sony has priced the Xperia 1 II 5G at $1,199 in the U.S.
  • Pre-orders for the flagship phone will start on June 1.
  • Consumers who pre-order the Xperia 1 II by June 28 will receive a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds for free.

Sony's first 5G-enabled flagship phone, the Xperia 1 II, will go on sale in the U.S. starting July 24. The tech giant has announced that pre-orders for the phone will start on June 1 (via The Verge) for a whopping $1,199.

Those who pre-order the Xperia 1 II by June 28 will get a free pair of the company's WF-1000XM3 noise-canceling earbuds worth $230. It will be compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Cricket networks. Unlike the European version of the phone, however, the Xperia 1 II will be 4G only in the U.S. A version of the Xperia 1 II called the "Xperia Pro" with mmWave 5G support is currently in the works for professionals, but Sony hasn't confirmed a release date yet.

At $1,199, the Xperia 1 II will carry the same price tag in the U.S. as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, which supports mmWave 5G. The Xperia 1 II has the same Snapdragon 865 chipset as the Samsung flagship, but comes with a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display featuring a tall 21:9 aspect ratio. It also has a 12MP triple-camera array on the back, claimed to be able to shoot up to 20 fps in burst mode and calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per second.

Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

The Sony Xperia 1's biggest selling point is its 4K HDR OLED display with an extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio, which provides a truly immersive viewing experience. It also has an excellent triple-camera array on the back and offers good battery life.

Babu Mohan
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  • D.O.A.
  • My sentiments exactly. People after all this aren't in the mood or have the bank wad to blow on this. The blame though for these prices can and should be shared by both the manufactures and Qualcomm. Especially Qualcomm they're soaking everyone with 865 and extra modem. Gonna be a lot of unsold flagships this year.
  • Sigh...same old Sony. Priced way too high.
  • The only phone that people would be stupid enough to pay $1200 for has an Apple on the back.
  • The best camera and display on the market, this phone is amazing...not a Sony fan but they took the camera to another level...I compared it to iPhone 11 and Samsung s20, much better...the deal comes with 280 headphone...will iPhone come with beats headphones?
  • As a Sony fan and owner of one of their Alpha cameras, this phone is worth every penny based on the competition. Offers more than any other competing phone outside of periscope lens and high refresh rate screen. And the fact that their Alpha division worked with mobile to create the ultimate shooting experience where you get control of not one but all three lenses natively shows the Sony thought this phone through so much. And they're the only manufacturer to actually listen to consumers and bring back a feature they removed. That's gotta be worth something. And still a 4k screen. 256gb storage and expandable. Dual front firing speakers. I don't agree with the market prices but judging against the competition this is a fair price.
  • Will be a phenomenal value in 2-3 months. How is Sony with updates and security patches?
  • Their flagships are on the May patches.
  • Great looking phone with amazing camera capabilities. I might pick one this time 😁
  • And it'll still take worse photos than the other flagships...
  • Lol how do you know, it actually takes the best picture now and video recording is better than any Android phone by far, I gotta tested against an Android phone with better camera, stop living in the past, i tested against Samsung s20, the quality on camera and display is not even on same level, I don't even think Samsung takes photo than Xperia 5 from last year
  • Mad expensive but it doesn't support 5G in the USA lol what is the point of the 865 tax then?