Sony launches Xperia 1 II: new flagship mobile camera with camera focus

Updated (Jan 1, 2020):

Released June 22

Last week Sony finally announced the Swedish launch for the mid-range phone Xperia 10 II. Now we have also found out when this spring’s flagship model – Xperia 1 II – is available in Sweden. On June 22 it will be possible to buy the phone in store, but it can be pre-ordered from today. The target price lands at SEK 11,490 and the Xperia 1 II is available in the versions black and purple.

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So will Sony Xperia 1 II

Japanese Sony is usually one of the manufacturers that is investing the most in the mobile trade show MWC. But since this year’s edition has been canceled due to the corona virus’s progress, you have to settle for the launches from home. And now we know more about this year’s mobile flagship signed Sony.

This is Xperia 1 II. More formally, there is also a “ground” squeezed between the confusing numbers, which would mean for Sony the puny Sony Xperia 1 mark 2. As the name implies, this is a direct sequel to last year’s Xperia 1, with the same extra elongated 21: 9 format on the 6.5-inch screen. It is a luxurious OLED panel with 4k resolution and HDR support, but without a faster refresh rate of 90 or 120 Hz. Xperia 1 II also Sony’s first mobile flagship that supports 5g surf.

Sony Xperia 1 II

In addition to reasonably updated hardware specifications, most of the news is found in the phone’s cameras. At the back there are three lenses as before, but Sony skips to indicate how many megapixels they are on. Although everyone is at 12, we can tell. Instead, they choose to emphasize that they have three different focal lengths of 16, 24 and 70 millimeters, which can be translated into a normal lens, one with a wide angle and a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Also on the back is a touch sensor for depth and autofocus.

It is noticeable that Sony is proud of its camera tradition (after all, it produces system cameras for both professionals and amateurs), as they can boast serial shots at 20 frames per second. Then we also get extra sharp autofocus that is capable of 60 calculations per second. It works on both humans and other animals which should pave for really sharp portrait images.

The new camera stuff is found in an equally new app – Photography Pro – which features an interface similar to that of Sony’s Alpha system cameras. Here are the settings for the finer, which can set shutter speeds, ISO numbers and more.

Sony Xperia 1 II

With its fine, oblong screen, the Xperia 1 was particularly well suited for movie viewing. This also applies to Xperia 1 II, which, in addition to the already mentioned 21: 9 format, also boasts stereo sound with Dolby Atmos from two speakers. Sony has surprisingly chosen to take back the 3.5-millimeter headphone port so you don’t have to run on bluetooth or usb-c adapter.

The Xperia 1 II (we will never get used to that name) is powered by Qualcomm’s fresh Snapdragon 865 chipset and comes with 8 GB of frame and 256 GB of storage. The battery size is 4,000 mAh and there is support for both wireless and fast charging. The phone is dust and water resistant according to IP65 / 68 standard.

We don’t know what the phone will cost when it lands in stores later this spring.