The latest release from Japanese tech powerhouse Sony, the Sony Xperia 1 II is a premium flagship handset, bursting with state-of-the-art specs and fun features. Boasting 5G connectivity, the Android 10 operating system and technology from the engineers behind Sony’s own Alpha 9 camera series, this handset has plenty to offer photographers, gamers and everyone in between.
We explore the top five features of the Sony Xperia 1 II in more detail below.
1 - 4K HDR CineWide Display
The striking display is one of the first things you’ll notice about the Sony Xperia 1 II. Stretching a full 6.5 inches across the handset, and achieving a unique aspect ratio of 21:9, the 4K HDR CineWide display is built with OLED technology, which ensures a truly immersive and cinematic viewing experience. With these specs, you can view film and TV in the very same format they were originally created for, so streaming on the go is more enjoyable than ever. These screen dimensions are also ideal for utilising Sony’s multi-window feature, which allows you to access two apps simultaneously, side-by-side.
Despite playing host to such an advanced display, the Xperia 1 II weighs in at just 181g, and measures only 7.9mm in width, making it both comfortable and lightweight in the hand. The ergonomic body of the handset is also fitted with a fingerprint scanner, situated on the side of the phone for ease of access.
2 - Triple-Lens Camera System
The rear camera system on the Sony Xperia 1 II offers an exciting combination of photography tech, developed in part by the engineers responsible for Sony’s professional Alpha 9 camera series. The triple-lens camera setup is comprised of three 12MP lenses, calibrated by ZEISS Optics specifically for this handset, as well as a 3D iTOF (indirect time-of-flight) sensor. With both wide and ultra wide angle lenses on board, the handset can easily encompass a 124-degree field of view, so it’ll have no trouble with stunning landscapes and professional-grade panoramic views. The telephoto lens will help you capture miniature detailing in those macro closeups, while the 3D iTOF sensor can achieve precision focus, in both bright and low light.
As well as top-end hardware, this camera has some cutting-edge software to offer too, like Eye Autofocus, which can recognise the eyes of humans or animals in real-time (even if one eye is covered), and adjust your focus accordingly. You’ll find all the controls usually at home on a professional camera on this handset, including manual ISO, shutter speed and white balance controls for maximum creativity.
3 - Cinematography Pro
Shooting video footage on this handset is just as impressive, with Cinematography Pro mode which is powered by CineAlta. This enables you to record in 4K resolution, and with colour management pre-sets and 24fps, you’ll get to enjoy the same creative freedoms as professional filmmakers, all in the palm of your hand.
Optical SteadyShot is another feature onboard, which can intelligently stabilise images in your frame while you shoot, guaranteeing you smooth footage with every take. Meanwhile, the Intelligent Wind Filter uses audio separation technology to tune out invasive noise if you’re filming outside. For the ultimate videography experience, you can even use the handset as a remote display when paired with a camera from the Sony Alpha series.
4 - Performance Mode
Gamers will be pleased to learn that the Sony Xperia 1 II comes with a dedicated Performance mode, which gives you the power to maximise framerate for more graphics-intensive games, and increase touch response speed. With this control panel, you can block notifications and share your game with a screen recording – plus if you’re running low on power, you can activate battery mode, which will cleverly prioritise your game so you can keep playing for as long as possible.
This handset is also fitted with true stereo front speakers; these produce a powerful, well-balanced sound ideal for gaming – but there’s a standard 3.5mm headphone jack too, so you can use either wired and Bluetooth headphones. Want to take your gaming to the next-level? Connect the phone with a DUALSHOCK 4 controller (purchased separately) and enjoy even more Android games.
5 - 5G Connectivity
The Sony Xperia 1 II is 5G-ready, which means that when you’re in an area of the UK where 5G is available, you’ll be able to take advantage of all the benefits the fifth generation mobile network has to offer. From low latency to generous bandwidth and virtually non-existent lag, 5G connectivity will transform your gaming experience, complete large downloads in seconds and make video calls smooth and glitch-free.
If you don’t live in a town or city where 5G is available, you can still stream and scroll with ease using 4G, but the handset automatically switch to 5G when you move into an optimised area.