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Sony Xperia 1 II is official: Snapdragon 865, 5G and innovative photo compartment

A year after the debut of Xperia 1, a smartphone that has managed to obtain wide acclaim in customers, Sony has launched a successor.

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The name chosen by the Chinese company for this new device Xperia 1 II. In Europe it will be the first Sony smartphone to support 5G, with the possibility of connecting to sub-6GHz networks. In addition, in the new device we also find some news from the hardware point of view, such as a 3.5mm headphone jack and support for wireless charging (both missing on Xperia 1, ed). However, it seems that the "real" strength of this new phone is the photo sector.

In the era in which smartphone cameras are by now 108 megapixels, the configuration of the triple 12 megapixel rear camera of the Xperia 1 II is likely to pass as a "banal" solution. However, only on paper, because Sony is sure to have a couple of aces up its sleeve, thanks to the features brought by its range of Alpha cameras. The first one that the phone supports up to 20 fps in burst mode (for the first time on a smartphone, according to Sony), and the second the ability to calculate AF / AE up to 60 times per second. The eye-tracking autofocus is the same that we saw on last year's model: however, Sony says that this year the camera's autofocus covers 70% of the frame.

The Japanese company has also equipped the new phone with a new Photo Pro app, which joins the Cinema Pro app that we had already seen last year. The aim of ensuring greater manual control over photography with what Sony describes as an interface similar to a camera with an interchangeable lens.

As mentioned, all three cameras are equipped with 12 megapixel sensors, for a structure that closely resembles that of the iPhone 11 Pro. On the front we find instead an 8 megapixel camera.

Just like the predecessor, Xperia 1 II also has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a high ratio of 21: 9. To complete the specifications we find a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of integrated memory and a 4,000 mAh battery. In Europe, 5G connectivity will be managed by a modem Qualcomm X55. The fingerprint sensor still mounted on the side, there are double front speakers and the water-resistant phone with IP65 and IP68 certifications. Sony plans to launch the phone in Europe in late spring, while a release date has not yet been established in the United States.

Source The Verge