What you need to know
- Sony Xperia 5 II is the company's first phone with a 120Hz screen.
- It is powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset and has a 12MP triple-camera array on the back.
- The Xperia 5 II will be released in the U.S. in December for $950.
Sony today unveiled the Xperia 5 II, a follow-up to last year's Xperia 5. Just like its predecessor, the Xperia 5 II is a relatively compact phone, featuring a 6.1-inch display. In terms of hardware, the phone is fairly similar to the Xperia 1 II that Sony introduced earlier this year.
Unlike the Xperia 1 II, however, the Xperia 5 II's super-tall 6.1-inch FHD+ panel boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. The compact flagship phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage.
The Xperia 5 II has a triple-camera array at the rear, featuring a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Sony says the Xperia 5 II is the world's first phone to be capable of shooting slow motion videos at 120fps in 4K HDR. It also supports Real-Time Eye AF and continuous burst shooting at up to 20fps. For selfies, the phone has an 8MP camera on the front with 5-axis stabilization.
In terms of battery life, the Xperia 5 II is a decent upgrade over the Xperia 5. The latest Xperia flagship packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for up to 21W fast charging. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, and IP68 water resistance.
The Xperia 5 II will be available to pre-order in the U.S. starting September 29 for $950. However, Sony says the phone will begin shipping only on December 4. Just like the Xperia 1 II, however, it won't be compatible with 5G networks in the U.S.
Sony Xperia 1 II
The Xperia 5 II is one of the most unique Android flagship phones you can currently buy. The phone has a 4K OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset, and capable cameras with ZEISS optics.
Great specs, only thing have to wait till December 4th in the US. Would have been an instant impulse buy if released now unlocked on Amazon as usual.
No 5g in the USA?
There's conflicting info in the article. The specs say FHD+ but the last paragraph says 4k OLED. Which one is it?
6.1" is not a compact size. Pixel 4a is close to compact. iphone 7,8 is a compact phone.
That is way too long to wait for the phone to release. September 29-December 4 are 66 days apart. That is too long of a pre-order time. Come on Sony.
I was interested until I saw the price (which is comparable to other overpriced phones) but then I am not about to pay for 5G that will not even work in the US, and then to pre-order over two months before being shipped? Clearly Sony doesn't care to sell phones here in the US...or maybe anywhere for that matter. SMH
Once a top-tier brand that is now fading into distant memory much like BlackBerry.
How many buy unlocked phones in USA? Barely none.
Reason they do not care about giving 5G there.
Also USA is almost entirely mmWave, the device is sub6 only.
No .... X Performance is first Xperia with 120Hz.
This one is the first Xperia that Sony allows the users to use 120Hz mode.
According to XDA, even XA series has 120Hz.
Get the best of Android Central in in your inbox, every day!
Thank you for signing up to Android Central. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.