The Sony Xperia 5 II has not been confirmed yet, but we would be very surprised if we didn’t see it later in the year given the general pattern of Sony’s smartphone versions.
In 2019, the company released the Xperia 1, Xperia 5, and Xperia 10, the first of which was its premium device, the middle of which was its “compact” mid-ranger, and the last of which was its budget device and followed the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) and Xperia 10 II earlier this year, the Xperia 5 II seems very likely.
We call the Sony Xperia 5 “compact” because it had many specifications in common with the Xperia 1
Each of Sony’s 2019 smartphones felt almost awesome, but each lagged behind in its own way. Since the Xperia 1 II fixes many of its predecessor’s problems, it is possible that the Sony Xperia 5 II will be the first really fantastic phone the company has launched in a few years.
We haven’t heard much about the Xperia 5 II from leaks and rumors yet. Before they arrive, we have created a wish list for the handset, which you can find below. We also included our predictions of when to see the device and how much it will cost, along with the few leaks that occurred.
In a nutshell
- What is it? Sony’s next “compact” smartphone
- When is it out Probably towards the end of the year
- How much will it cost? Almost definitely over $ 799 / £ 699 (about AU $ 1,200)
Release date and price of the Sony Xperia 5 II
Since we haven’t heard much on the Sony Xperia 5 II and we’re still a long way from when we would expect it, it is possible that Sony has not yet set the launch date. When we say that, we can make some educated guesses as to when the phone will land and how much it will cost.
The Sony Xperia 5 was announced in September 2019 and released in October. Since the Xperia 1 and the Xperia 1 II had similar release dates in the respective years, there is reason to believe that the Xperia 5 II could be released in September this year.
It is possible that Covid-19 causes manufacturing problems that cause this launch to be pushed back. Maybe October or November is also a possible option.
In terms of price, the Sony Xperia 5 cost USD 799 / GBP 699 (around AU $ 1,200), but it is likely that the Xperia 5 II will be a 5G phone, which would cause the cost to rise significantly . The Xperia 1 II was $ 250 / £ 250 (AU $ 400) more expensive than its predecessor, mainly due to 5G connectivity, which could result in price increases.
In both cases, these are only guesswork. So we have to wait until the phone starts (or for some leaks) to get a better idea.
Sony Xperia 5 II leaks and rumors
There haven’t been many credible leaks in the Sony Xperia 5 II yet, but a report paints a first picture of the phone and it stems from a leak @NodSikharulidze on twitter.
Apparently, the phone will have a 6.1-inch 21: 9 screen, so by many people’s definitions it isn’t exactly “compact”, except compared to the 6.5-inch screens of the Xperia 1 II. In terms of design, the Xperia 5 II is apparently very similar to its predecessor, with slightly different dimensions of 157 x 68 x 7.9 mm.
However, the technical data can be very different, since the phone is said to have the top-class Snapdragon 865 chipset and 8 GB RAM. Both would be upgrades. It is also said that a 3,800 mAh battery is 660 mAh larger than that of the Xperia 5, so it may last a bit longer.
The camera is now said to be a quad lens with three 12MP sensors and a flight time.
Sony Xperia 5 II: what we want to see
Here’s what we want to see in the Sony Xperia 5 II:
1. A smaller build
Do you remember when Sony used to make compact or small phones? Legend has it that the company used to offer easy-to-use mobile phones that were great for people who didn’t want pseudo-tablets in their pockets.
Well, the times of such phones are long gone, although people expected (and hoped) that the original Sony Xperia 5 would be like this. But why can’t the Xperia 5 II be like this?
Phone users have an appetite for small cell phones, as every new phone is huge these days. If Sony were to offer a small smartphone with all the functions of its big ones, people would probably love it.
Now it is likely that a modern smartphone cannot be too small as it needs to have a fairly large battery, chipset, multiple camera sensors and lenses, and more inside, but even a screen size under 6 inches would feel much better for many Users as a great.
2. Better opportunities for filmmaking
Modern Sony Xperia smartphones are equipped with the Cinema Pro app, which turns the smartphone into a mini Sony Alpha camera by allowing you to record videos with full control over the various elements such as lens, ISO and aperture. It’s great for people who want to make films but don’t want to buy or rent an entire camera for it.
While we’re fans of the Cinema Pro app, the phone doesn’t have any similar editing, sound design, or effects apps that let you make the most of videos and make a real movie out of them. Instead, you’d have to export your footage, which ruins the magic of filmmaking on smartphones.
It would be great if Sony could design and implement such apps, or even pre-install third-party options like KineMaster. The Sony Xperia 5 II will likely have enough processing power for these apps, since Xperia devices usually have top-end specs, so this is definitely doable.
3. Not too expensive
One of the ongoing problems with Sony Xperia phones is their price, as they are often a little more expensive than other devices with similar specifications. Therefore, we would imagine that many people would choose to buy non-Xperia phones.
Take the Sony Xperia 1 II – it’s a good phone, but in some regions it’s even more expensive than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, but it’s definitely not as powerful as the iPhone in terms of processing power, camera-ability, and more.
Sony would really win a lot of potential customers if the prices of its phones were competitive, and we hope the Xperia 5 II will start making that change there.
4. 5G compatibility everywhere
The Sony Xperia 1 II was technically a 5G phone, but for some reason you couldn’t connect it to 5G networks in all regions – in the United States, for example, you could only connect to 4G networks.
The combination of this fact with the high price of the phone makes it difficult to recommend the phone because you expect a few years to live when you buy a top-end smartphone and a 4G phone is probably not very future-proof at this point.
In order for us to recommend the Sony Xperia 5 II, it must really be able to connect to 5G networks wherever it is introduced. Otherwise, all contemporaries are better to buy than it.
5. A 4K display
The Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 1 II both have 4K displays, so users can view the content in higher resolution for most other phone users. For some reason, maybe to lower costs or because it was difficult to implement in a smaller device, the Xperia 5 doesn’t have a 4K screen, but we want this to change.
Ultimately, the main selling point of the Xperia series seems to be the performance of the phones as entertainment systems, and this use case would surely be clearer if the mid-range handset in the series had a top-end screen.
This is a little unlikely as there is no reason to suggest that the things that kept Sony from adding a 4K screen to the Xperia 5 would be resolved, but we still hope.