Sony Xperia 1 II Hands-on: A fine-tuned upgrade over the Xperia 1  [Video]

Sony Xperia 1 II Hands-on: A fine-tuned upgrade over the Xperia 1 [Video]

Earlier this year in February, Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone for 2020 — the Xperia 1 II. The device went on sale in Japan earlier this month and Sony expanded its availability to the US earlier today. Much like its predecessor, the Xperia 1 II packs in top-of-the-line specifications, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, a 21:9 6.5″ 4K HDR display, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. XDA TV‘s TK Bay had a chance to take a look at the device before launch and here are his first impressions of Sony’s latest flagship.

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In his Xperia 1 II hands-on video, TK goes through the phone’s hardware specifications, with emphasis on its audio, video, camera, and gaming capabilities. A large portion of the video is dedicated to the Xperia 1 II’s display and Sony’s software offering that will help users make the most out of the professional-grade screen.


TK also focuses on the Xperia 1 II’s new Camera Pro updated Cinema Pro apps, that have been designed to offer a Sony Alpha-like experience on the smartphone. The apps offer granular adjustments for everything from the ISO to the shutter speed for each individual camera module on the back of the device and it even lets you customize the UI as per your needs.

Even though Sony’s mobile division isn’t doing great, the company has done a fantastic job with its latest flagship and has included some noteworthy improvements over last year’s Xperia 1. Do check out TK’s video above to learn more about the Xperia 1 II’s capabilities.

Specifications Sony Xperia 1 II
Dimensions & Weight
  • 165.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 mm
  • 181.4 g
  • 6.5-inch 4K OLED
  • 3840×1644 pixels, 643 PPI
  • 21:9 aspect ratio
  • 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, D65 white point
  • Motion Blur Reduction (90Hz “equivalent”)
  • HDR BT.2020 (Rec.2020)
  • Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865:
    • 1x Kryo 585 Prime core (2.84GHz)
      3x Kryo 585 Performance cores (2.4GHz)
      4x Kryo 585 Efficiency cores (1.8GHz)
  • Adreno 650 GPU
RAM & Storage
  • 8GB/256GB
  • microSD card slot (uses shared SIM 2 slot)
  • 4,000mAh
  • 18W USB-C PD fast charging
  • Qi wireless charging
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted fingerprint
Rear Cameras
  • 12MP primary sensor, Sony IMX555 – 1/1.7″, 1.8-micron, f/1.7, 24mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
  • 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor, 1/2.55″, 1.4-micron, f/2.2, 16mm, Dual Pixel PDAF
  • 12MP telephoto sensor, 1/3.4″, 1.0-micron, f/2.4, 70mm, 3x optical zoom, OIS
  • Zeiss optics
  • Up to 20fps AF/AE burst shooting
  • Up to 60 times per second continuous AF/AE evaluation
  • Video recording:
    • 4K HDR at 60, 30, 25, 24fps
    • OIS, EIS, Optical SteadyShot (hybrid EIS and OIS), SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
    • Slow motion up to 120fps
Front Camera
  • 8MP, f/2.0, 1/4″, 1.12-micron, 24mm
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, Hi-Res 24-bit/192kHz audio
  • True front stereo speakers
Network Bands
  • 5G: Sub-6GHz Bands N1, N3, N28, N77, N78;
    no mmWave support
  • 4G: LTE Cat19/Cat13: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66) / LTE 6CA / 2CA
  • 3G
    UMTS HSPA+ (Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19)
  • 2G
    GSM GPRS/EDGE (Bands 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB 3.1 Type-C port, DisplayPort support for video output, USB-C to HDMI
Android Version Android 10

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.

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