Tech News posted on 9/30/2020 4:16:50 PM by Sana , Likes: , Comments: 0, Views: 1245
When was the last time that the smaller phone of a high-end pair was the superior one - and not just because you prefer compact handsets? Well, that seems to be the case with the Sony Xperia 5 II we have here for review.
How is it better, you ask? For one, it has a 120Hz display while the Xperia 1 II uses a conventional 60Hz panel. Even though it's not 4K as the Xperia 1 II, the 450ppi density of the X5II's screen is more than plenty, so we won't consider that a downgrade.
The other bit where 5 II is better than 1 II is battery capacity - that's to say, it's the same - the smaller size phone comes with a battery that's just as large as the 4,000mAh power pack in the larger model. It's probably the first time we're seeing such absolute parity between two differently-sized handsets from (more or less) the same generation.
The next thing that probably qualifies as an advantage of the 5 II over the 1 II is the introduction of the Google Assistant button on the right side. Mind you, the 5 II has 5 mechanical buttons, in 2020 - we can see people liking it for that alone.
The rest of the 5 Mark II is has been more or less carried over from the 1 Mark II. The camera system, for example, has the same triple-module configuration - a 16mm-equivalent ultra-wide, a 24mm main cam, and a 70mm tele, all of them producing 12MP images. Sony axed the ToF pair for the small model, however, we'll have to see how that affects nearby low-light focusing and portrait mode results.
The Snapdragon 865 powers the Xperia 5 II (not the 865+), and the phone has 8GB of RAM. Unlike the 1 II, which only came with 256GB of storage, the 5 II can be had with either 128GB or 256GB.
Body: 158x68x8.0mm, 163g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame; IP65/IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins); Colors: Black, Gray, Blue, Pink.
Display: 6.1" OLED, 1080x2520px resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 450ppi; 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling.
Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+): Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585); Adreno 650.
Memory: 256/128GB 8GB RAM; microSDXC (shared with SIM slot 2 on dual SIM variants).
OS/Software: Android 10.
Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, 1/1.7", Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm, 1/2.55", Dual Pixel PDAF. Zeiss optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking.
Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm; HDR.
Battery: 4000mAh; Fast charging 21W, USB Power Delivery.
Misc: Fingerprint (side-mounted), hardware Google Assistant button, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum; NFC; stereo speakers (front-mounted), 3.5mm headphone jack.
A few welcome generational improvements include the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the relocation of the bottom speaker to fire towards the front of the phone - both features shared with the 1 II, too.
What's not shared with the bigger model is the wireless charging capability - you'll need a cable to top up the 5 II. You can still do that over USB PowerDelivery up to 21W although Sony only ships (and, for that matter, makes) 18W chargers. Speaking of...