Sony Xperia 1 II arrives with Snapdragon 865 & superb cameras

Sony Xperia 1 II is now official & it is the successor to last year’ Xperia 1. For your information, the name is pronounced ‘Sony Xperia 1 Mark 2‘ instead of ‘Sony Xperia 1 2’. Name aside, the Xperia 1 Mark 2 is a superb phone from the company featuring the most powerful Qualcomm SOC & a superb camera setup.

It also brings back the headphone jack that the company removed from its predecessor. So that’s sweet!


There is nothing to complain about the design of Xperia 1 Mark 2. It has got a gorgeous 21:9 display on the front with no obstructions like a notch or a punch-hole. Sony made good use of the top and bottom bezels since the phone has stereo front-firing speakers.

There is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front & the back and a metal frame, so the phone not only looks premium but feels premium. Build quality of Sony flagships has always been top-notch, so nothing to complain here.

Sony Xperia 1 II has a triple camera setup on the back placed vertically on the top left. There is ‘ZEISS T*’ branding on the camera setup, which suggests there is ZEISS T* Coating that reduces the reflections & contributes to the overall image quality. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the right side along with the volume rockers & the camera shutter button.

Coming to the specs now, the Sony Xperia 1 Mark 2 features a 6.5-inch 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels. There is Motion blur reduction technology, which reduces the in-between frame lag for clearer image quality. Under the hood, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G SOC & the phone comes with 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The phone comes with a 5G modem that supports sub6 GHz networks.

The camera setup is superb on paper. There is a triple camera setup on the rear that includes a primary 24mm 12 Megapixel wide camera with OIS, F/1.7 aperture lens & 1/1.7″ sensor, a secondary 16mm 12 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with 124-degree FOV & 1/2.55″ sensor, and a third 70mm 12 Megapixel telephoto lens with 3X Optical Zoom & OIS. There are ZEISS quality lenses calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II.

The fourth sensor is the 3D iToF sensor (Time of Flight) that calculates the distance between the camera and the subject in an instant, for fast, accurate AutoFocus.

The camera can shoot 4K HDR videos at 24,25,30 and 60fps. On the front is an 8 Megapixel camera for selfies.

Some camera features include Real-Time Eye AutoFocus, camera interface similar to Sony’s Alpha cameras, Cinema Pro to record 21:9 videos, up to 20 fps continuous burst shooting, Up to 60 times per second continuous AF/AE calculation, etc.

There is a 4,000mAh battery with USB Power Delivery Fast Charging & Qi Wireless Charging. Android 10 runs out of the box. Other features include IP65/68 water resistance, Dynamic Vibration, Game Enhancer, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, wind-filtering for better audio recording, LDAC, Hi-Res Audio, etc.


The Sony Xperia 1 II comes in the Black, Purple & White colors and will be available in the market this Spring. There is no word from the company on the pricing yet.