Sony Xperia 1 II review
A professional camera in a smartphone
Our Sony Xperia 1 II review brings you everything you need to know about this ultra-high-end smartphone. The camera design comes from Sony’s Alpha camera engineers and has super-fast connectivity through 5G.
Available from £46 per month on a two-year contract, our Sony Xperia 1 II review is for those who have to have the ultimate smartphone camera.
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The ultimate CinemaWide display
The Sony Xperia 1 II has a large 6.5” 4K HDR OLED display with a CinemaWide 21:9 screen-aspect-ratio. The elongated form of the screen makes the phone comfortable to hold, and there is more space for multi-window app use.
The 4K screen shows 3,840x 1,644 pixels, which is pretty amazing and found in only one older phone from Sony. The motion-blur reduction technology is ideal for gaming, and everything you watch on the screen has its colour, contrast, and clarity enhanced by BRAVIA HDR remaster technology.
Made to last
The Sony Xperia 1 II will stand the test of time with super-strong Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and IP65/IP68 water resistance. The phone is light for a premium phone with so much technology packed inside at 181g and is extremely thin at 7.9mm.
Phone Set Up
Expandable memory and biometric security
The 256GB internal memory on the Sony Xperia 1 II is super generous, and storage space becomes almost infinite with a 1TB memory card slot. You can unlock the phone with a fingerprint or a PIN code.
The Sony Xperia 1 II has incredible musical prowess with Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio. Working through wireless headphones, wired headphones, or the stereo front speakers, you will enjoy the multi-dimensional sound, which flows from above and around you.
The high-resolution audio is better than CD quality, and DSEE Ultimate AI upscaling runs even when you are streaming music.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming
Through a collaboration with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming, you can enjoy an optimised Call of Duty Mobile gaming experience. To make gaming feel more natural, you can pair the Xperia 1 II with a DUALSHOCK 4 controller for playing Android games.
The game enhancer improves the frame rate and touch response speed. You can also record or snapshot your screen, block notifications, and search for online gaming tips. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 8GB RAM gives 25% faster GPU and CPU performance, and you will enjoy the familiar Android 10 operating system.
Camera & Video
Triple lens camera
The Alpha 9 series camera engineers, known for their industry-leading autofocus technology, bring a professional-grade camera experience. There is a mass of technology at work in the background, and if you are absolutely serious about your photography, then the Xperia 1 II is the phone you have to buy.
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You will have three times optical zoom in your pocket through the 16mm 12MP lens, 70mm 12MP lens, and 24mm 12MP lens. A 3D iToF (time-of-flight) sensor ensures precision, and the Eye Autofocus works for animals and humans.
Zeiss optics reduce reflections, and you can use features found on no other camera phone, such as 20fps continuous burst shooting. The Dual Photo Diode sensor captures perfect pictures day or night, and you can use the phone as a remote display if you own a Sony Alpha camera.
The 4K HDR video recording smashes expectations recording at 24fps with SteadyShot. The phone records sound in stereo, and an intelligent wind filter ensures you record only what you want to hear.
The 8MP front camera has portrait selfie software, a smile shutter, and a hand shutter.
Big battery for big usage
You will be using your Sony Xperia 1 II a lot, so it is fantastic to see a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery. You can fast charge the battery to 50% in 30 minutes, and the phone supports wireless charging. Battery Care and Xperia Adaptive Charging ensure the long-term health of the battery.
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Written by: Carmel Brown