Sony's new Xperia 1 II is a 5G flagship phone with a 21:9 4K HDR OLED display, ZEISS optics

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

What you need to know

  • Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone at an online-only global launch event today.
  • The new Xperia 1 II is the brand's first 5G-enabled smartphone.
  • It comes with a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display, triple rear cameras with ZEISS optics, and a Snapdragon 865 chipset.

Sony today expanded its Xperia smartphone lineup with the introduction of its latest flagship, dubbed the Xperia 1 II. The phone offers next-gen 5G connectivity and incorporates Sony's Alpha AF technology to deliver unrivaled high-speed shooting performance.

The new Xperia 1 II is powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB storage. Sony's latest flagship phone has a similar 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED display as last year's Xperia 1, but now offers Motion Blur reduction. According to the company, this provides an "equivalent benefit" to 90Hz refresh rate displays.

In the camera department, Xperia 1 II has a 12MP triple-camera array at the back with ZEISS optics and technologies borrowed from Sony's Alpha cameras. The phone boasts real-time eye-tracking autofocus and up to 20fps AF/AE tracking burst. It can also calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per second. For selfies, the Xperia 1 II has an 8MP camera on the front, just like its predecessor.

Keeping the lights on is a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast wired as well as Qi fast wireless charging support. Unlike most other flagship phones that have been announced so far this year, the Xperia 1 includes a 3.5mm jack for wired headphones.

Xperia Pro

Source: Sony Sony Xperia Pro (Image credit: Source: Sony)

Sony says the Xperia1 II will begin shipping in select markets from late spring in Black and Purple. Unsurprisingly, the phone will ship with Android 10 out of the box. Since the phone lacks mmWave support, the phone will be 4G only in the United States. However, Sony teased an upcoming device called the Xperia Pro at its event today, supporting both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G. Aimed at video creators, the Xperia Pro will also include 512GB of storage and an HDMI port. The rest of its tech specs will be identical to the Xperia 1 II.

Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1

With its 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED 21:9 Cinema Wide display, Sony's Xperia 1 is a great choice for consumers looking for a phone that offers an unmatched multimedia experience. It also has a versatile triple-lens camera system at the back.

Babu Mohan
News Writer
  • And brought back the 3.5 mm jack! Very interested in this phone!
  • I believe it's not 5g. They have a pro version which is not really a typical phone but more of a camera assistant with 5g but the Xperia 1 II is 4g
  • I dont realy care about 5G yet. Will probably take a long time until I get it in my area. But I like what I read. A big battery, Qi charging and maybe this time Sony can compete with Pixel, Samsung and iPhone in the camera quality?
  • Why does the phone in the link at the bottom look like a different phone to the phone in the article? Cameras totally different...
  • The one near the bottom is the current gen (already released Xperia 1), the one they're talking about in the article is the Xperia 1 II (I read this as Xperia One, Two, which is odd) so there are a few things that are different
  • If priced correctly, this phone has the chance to compete since it doesn't have 5G but still has the Snapdragon 865.
  • This phone has 5g the title even says so, how could you miss that
  • Some people feel that unless it is mmWave, it isn't "true 5G". 🤷🏿‍♂️
  • Since you didn't bothered reading the article they said "Since the phone lacks mmWave support, the phone will be 4G only in the United States"
  • Looks good. They're finally reducing those huge top and bottom bezels that Sony is known for. If they have an updated version of this come 2023, I may finally get a Sony.