When I reviewed the Xperia 1 II, I was honestly impressed with the control I had over the capture of photos and videos. I even made a short film with it. Like its bigger brother, the Xperia 5 II is aimed directly at journalists, mobile gamers and creatives such as photographers and filmmakers.
The smaller Xperia is similar to the Xperia 1 II, which isn’t a bad thing. Both have a Snapdragon 865 processor, EyeAF, the same triple rear camera, the Photo Pro and Cinema Pro software, the same battery and the same dedicated hardware shutter release. Both of them also lack support for 5G in the US. According to Sony, the upcoming Xperia Pro will be the first phone to offer support for US 5G networks.
However, there are some differences between the two Xperia phones. The Xperia 5 II has a 6.1-inch Full HD display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz instead of the 6.5-inch 4K display with a refresh rate of 60 Hz in the Xperia 1 II. The 5 II can Record videos at up to 4K 120fps while the Xperia 1 II outperforms at 4K 60fps. The 5 II has 128 GB of storage while the 1 II has 256 GB.
The new Xperia 5 II has a special layer of graphene to reduce heat. There is also a thermal protection mode called HS Power Control that can change the external power supply from charging the battery to turning on the phone. All of this results in the phone staying cooler when gaming, which when combined with Sony’s redesigned Game Enhancer can result in a solid mobile gaming experience.
Perhaps one of the neriest features is the option to connect the Xperis 5 II to a camera like the Sony Alpha A7S III and transfer photos and videos using the File Transfer Protocol.
I look forward to getting my hands on the phone and testing all of these features. You can pre-order the Sony Xperia 5 II starting September 29th for around $ 950 and it will ship on December 4th. Pre-order the Xperia 5 II by November 29 and receive a gaming package worth over $ 400, including a gaming headset (10,000) mAh Power Bank and 21,600 Call of Duty Mobile Points.