Mini-jack is back: Sony has announced a new flagship Xperia 1 II

Sony has announced a new generation of Xperia 1 smartphone: Xperia 1 II. Most likely Sony chose a path for naming similar to their mirrorless cameras (Sony Alpha II, Alpha III, etc).

Sony positions this smartphone as a new uber-device for photo and video: Zeiss lenses, 3 cameras and iTOF-sensor, big main sensor camera, 20 FPS at burst mode, face tracking option, professional interface camera UI and many other things.

Specs

 Dimensions  166 × 72 × 7,9 mm, 181 gr. IP65/68 waterproof
 Display  3840 x 1644, 21:9, 6.5”, DCI-P3, HDR BT.2020, PPI 643, 90 Hz
 OS  Google Android 10
 Platform   Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, (1x2.84 ГГц Cortex-A77 & 3x2.42 ГГц Cortex-A77 & 4x1.8 Cortex-A55), Adreno 650
 RAM  8GB
 Storage  256GB, micro-SD slot (up to 512GB)
 Connectivity  Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, MIMO, 2.4/5 ГГц, Bluetooth 5 (aptX и aptX HD, HWA), NFC
Network 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Sub-6. Dual sim cards.
Navigation GPS, A-GPS
Connections and sensors 3.5mm headphone jack, fingerprint scanner, USB-C, light sensor, digital compass, proximity sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer
Main camera

12MP, f/2.4, 16 мм, 1/3.4"

12MP, f/1.6, 24 мм, 1/1.7", PDAF,  optical stab

12MP, f/2.4, 70 мм, 1/3.4", PDAF,  3x optical zoom, optical stab

3D-iTOF

Frontal camera 8MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 1/4"
 Battery  4,000mAh, wireless charging
 Audio

Dolby Atmos

Hi-Res audio

DSEE Ultimate

360 Reality Audio

 Colors  Black, Purple, White

The general specs are quite similar to the 2020 competitors.

6.5″ 4K OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 4000 mAh battery and wireless charging, IP65/68 waterproof.  

Besides that, Sony introduced another smartphone Xperia 1 II Pro. The specs are almost the same as Xperia 1 II, but the accent is aimed at 5G mmWave technology. It additionally has USB Type-C and micro HDMI connections. The body is made from a special sturdy plastic.

Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone

Obviously a new Sony’s smartphone is designed with photographers and videographers in mind. You can easily tell it briefly lookign at specifications. Though it doesn’t have a 108MP camera like in Samsung S20 Ultra, it only has a 12MP sensor which isn’t bad at all. 

Photo capabilities

Probably the most exciting camera features are

  • Tripple lens camera with various focal lengths (16mm, 24mm, 70mm)
  • World’s first 20fps AF/AE tracking
  • Burst shooting 20fps
  • Real-time eye AF for humans and animals

By the way, the camera interface should look similar to Alpha mirrorless cameras, so professional photographers and enthusiasts won’t need to adapt to it.

Sony Xperia 1 II sensor

Sony claimed their new sensor is 50% bigger than on a previous model. It really should make sense, despite from marketing point it’s not a super advantage. Big numbers like Samsug’s 108MP are shouting, but the real-life tests will only tell the truth.

Video capabilities

Video mode should allow shooting in 4k HDR mode which is quite impressive. Besides that, Sony’s smartphone will have flexible Look presets for color management. Audio separation technology reduces wind noise. We will see how it works in the field this summer, according to Sony’s announcement.

Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone

Will Sony beat competitors with its new weapon? We will see this summer. By the way, check out more information on the official Sony website

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