The sequel to Sony’s next flagship – the Xperia 1 – is now official and has a surprising new name with 5G technology and new advances under the hood. The Sony Xperia 1 II (pronounced Mark 2) is a new flagship of the company, which we are expected to offer for sale in 2020. It makes last year’s phones look great and makes them even better.
We expected the handset to be called the Xperia 2, but Sony decided that adding Roman numerals to the mix would be a common and easy-to-understand name. We are not sure if we agree. Disappointingly, we still have to operate the phone on TechRadar, but we have an important briefing and dilapidated key specifications and features that we have outlined below.
Release date and price of the Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony has not yet given us the release date or price of the Xperia 1 II, but we have been told that it will be available for sale sometime in “Spring 2020”. This means we will likely see it before the end of May, but an exact date has yet to be announced.
The Sony Xperia 1 was announced at the same time in 2019 but was only put up for sale in June. We, therefore, expect a similar release schedule for this handset. We can use the price of the Xperia 1 as a guide for how much the Xperia 1 II will cost. The phone costs USD 949 / GBP 849 (approximately AU $ 1,365), so a similar flagship price is expected for this successor handset.
Design, Display and Headphone jack of the Sony Xperia 1 II
If you’ve seen Xperia 1, you know a lot of the design details that can be found here. This is by no means a different looking phone for last year’s handset. The big news in the smartphone world is that you can connect “normal” headphones again.
Since 2019, the Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 have dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack, following in the footsteps of Apple and many others. However, the company is resetting useful connections for the brand new Xperia 1 II. Sony’s latest flagship features a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, while the Xperia 10 II – a sequel to last year’s Xperia 10 – and legacy technology.
Sony argues that many of its fans want the option of both wired headsets and wireless options, so they can optionally offer jacks. Sony didn’t say anything was removed from the phone to include the headphone jack. It seems that space in the device was easy to find, as the company also enlarged the battery and added additional features like 5G and 2020 Xperia 1 for wireless charging.
Like the previous Sony flagships, this handset has an aspect ratio of 21: 9, which means that the design may be longer than your current handset. It is designed to look better when playing widescreen content on your phone but makes the phone’s screen bigger than other handsets.
It has a 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 4K (1644 x 3840). It is an HDR OLED panel that appears to have been integrated into the Sony Xperia 1. However, the company has added a new feature that enables 90 Hz effects on the screen but does not use the actual 90 Hz panel. It’s a strange choice for high frame rate screens from competitors like the OnePlus 7T and the Samsung Galaxy S20.
For construction, the Sony Xperia 1 II has dimensions of 166 x 72 x 7.9 mm and weighs 181 grams. The design is made of glass at the front and back – both are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 technology – and comes in either black or purple. It has a full bezel at the top instead of a notch or hole. The bottom of the device has a front-facing stereo speaker, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a USB-C port, while the top edge has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The phone is just as waterproof and dustproof as other current flagships from Sony. It has protection class IP65 / 68, so it should be able to get to unusual water splashes or a sandy beach.
Sony Xperia 1 II camera
The camera is another area that Sony has highlighted and is called the speed game. The camera has a 12MP 1: 1.7 main sensor, a 12MP 1: 2.4 telephoto sensor (with 3x optical zoom) and a 12MP 1: 2.2 ultra-wide sensor with that of Company-stated 3D timing of the flight sensor is “groundbreaking
It uses technology developed by Sony for its alpha cameras. The aim is to offer you the best possible picture thanks to the strong autofocus. The technician can perform autofocus and exposure calculations at 60 focus per second, while the camera can take 20 shots per second even in burst mode. We haven’t seen this in practice, but Sony claims that it improves autofocus in low light and everyday situations. The phone can also record up to 60 frames per second in 4K HDR.