Sony is continuing its refresh of its smart device line to focus on photography and video with the brand-new Xperia 5 II. It’s the smaller sibling of the really tall and weirdly costly Xperia 1 II, and this newer phone betters it in numerous regards.
Oddly, however, Sony says it’s not delivering till December fourth and a lot more strangely, it will have 5G but will not work with the 5G networks in the United States– similar to the Xperia 1 II.
The fundamental idea of the Xperia 5 II is that it’s a phone with a high 21:9 screen, but it’s fairly little at 6.1-inches. It’s a much more pocketable phone than the Xperia 1 II.
It features fairly standard flagship specifications for 2020: a Snapdragon 865 processor, 4,000 mAh battery, and the aforementioned 120 Hz refresh rate screen. Sony is likewise sticking with double front-facing stereo speakers and a traditional headphone jack, both of which are formally categorized as threatened types now. Sadly, there’s no cordless charging.
As for electronic cameras, the Xperia 5 II has the now-standard three-camera selection on the back. Sony’s focus on photography suggests that it chooses to label them with their 35 mm focal length equivalents: 16 mm, 24 mm, and 70 mm.
I’ll be curious to see how that works and likewise to see if the Xperia 5 II improves on the video quality in the previous one. Sony’s pro video app lets you have a lot of control over video settings and to package clips into projects for simpler editing.
Really, though, the Xperia line’s specialty with the camera is with car focus and capture speed. Like the Xperia 1 II, the Xperia 5 II features Sony’s best-in-class autofocus, which can lock on to a human or family pet’s eye and keep that focus tack sharp with unexpected speed– approximately 60 times per second. It can also do break mode shooting at 20 fps.
Maybe the most interesting photography feature is that you can set the Xperia 5 II to be a direct connected upload machine for one of Sony’s more recent mirrorless electronic cameras. It’s not the equivalent of complete USB tethering on a desktop, but it is much faster and more efficient than the normal Wi-Fi options used on electronic cameras nowadays.
Sony is also talking up the Xperia 5 II’s video gaming functions– and for the very first time in forever I believe an Android video gaming phone might have functions that are more than simply tricks. Sony’s angle is that the 120 Hz refresh rate includes a 240 Hz touch scanning rate, but that’s not the big offer to me.
Sony has a game enhancer mode, like lots of phones, however its mode has some genuinely helpful functions. That’s not something I ever expected to blog about game enhancer software on an Android phone.
You can directly set and lock the screen’s refresh rate, motion blur, and touch reaction speed. More surprisingly there is a power bypass feature– it lets you set the phone to draw power directly from a USB-C cable television without charging the battery. That substantially reduces heat, which means all the silicon can run better. Sony also has added a graphene heat sink to draw heat away from the main board.
In all, the Xperia 5 II noises like a remarkable phone with special functions and shocking downsides. Most likely by the time the Xperia 5 II launches in December, we’ll have heard more.