Sony is coming with the new Sony Xperia 1 ii pronounce” Xperia 1 mark 2“.Sony has always produced some premium devices par excellence.They also brought revolutions in smartphone displays with 4K ,then the Bravia Engine and so many.The main attraction has always been their camera which has seldom or never failed its users.
Off late Sony has stopped producing mid range smartphones.They either make premium flagships or high mid range budget phones.Well I like the idea Premium phones for premium customers.
The highlight is the Alpha 9 series camera sensors used in the Sony Alpha professional cameras.Just imagine a mobile camera with such features.It will be on sales in US soon and the expected release date in India is 28th May,2020.Let’s go through the detailed specifications of the phone.
DESIGN AND BODY
The Xperia 1 ii is a very slim device just 7.6mm thick.It weighs 181.4g almost perfect for one handed use.Both front and back are Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and it sports an aluminium frame.The phone is dust and water resistant with IP65/IP68 rating.
The display is 6.5″ OLED capacitive touch screen with 1B colours.The resolution is 1644×3840 pixels and comes with a cinema like aspect ratio of 21:9.The ppi density is ~643.
The light weight ,thin body and the perfect sized display of the Sony Xperia 1 ii are features which attract me the most along with the cameras.
OS,PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
It runs on Android 10.Under the hood it is powered by an octa core processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which is the most powerful one available at this moment.The GPU is Adreno 650 again the best available.
Xperia 1 ii is powered by a 8GB RAM with 256GB onboard storage.It supports micro SD card(shared SIM slot) expandable upto 1TB.
This is what all smartphone lovers are waiting for Sony Xperia 1 ii comes with a triple camera module with three 12MP sensors of varying focal length.The MP count may seem so small compared to the giants of all the current flagships but quality wise it may be the best.Well I said triple camera module because Sony itself claims so though there is a fourth 3D i TOF sensor.The camera details are as follows:-
12MP F1.7(wide angle lens),focal length-24mm,field of view-82°
12MP F2.4(telephoto lens),focal length-70mm,field of view-34°,
12MP F2.2(ultra wide angle lens),focal length-16mm,field of view-124°
The telephoto lens comes with 3X optical zoom and Optical Image Stabilisation(OIS) along with the primary camera and all the sensors are similar to Alpha 9 series of Sony cameras.
The Alpha 9 series cameras known for its industry leading autofocus technology helps the Xperia 1 ii capture images with extremely fast auto focus.The camera can actually perform 60 calculations per second when working on focus and the new dedicated Eye Autofocus for both humans and animals can focus even with one eye closed.The improved AF/AE(auto focus/auto exposure) gives clear in focus shots of fast moving objects.
The primary camera can burst shot at 20 fps while the telephoto and wide angle lens can perform burst shots at 10fps with30 calculations per second.
The cameras come with Zeiss optics and comes with a new Zeiss T* anti reflective coating which prevents flaring and other issues mainly experienced while shooting in bright light.
Sony Xperia 1 ii also comes with new Dual Photo Diode Sensor which ensures 50% more sensitivity to light than its predecessor the Xperia 1.This accounts for very detailed low light photography with help from the 3D indirect TOF sensor.
The camera also features the Photo Pro app which offers next level manual settings similar to Sony Alpha cameras.
4K videos can be shot at 24/25 fps besides the normal 30/60 fps.Along with the Cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio videos are simply glorious to look.
It also comes with the Cinema Pro app with features like framing guides,shutter speed,auto exposure and more.
The front camera is a 8MP sensor withF2.0 and 84 degrees field of view for wide selfies.It comes with features like portrait selfies,HDR and can take videos 0f 1080p at 30/60/120 fps.
Sony Xperia 1 ii has a fan favourite 3.5mm jack for wired headphones with dynamic vibration system.3.5mm jack is a rare feature in current flagships.
There are two front facing speakers and come with Dolby Atmos sound.
Gaming has also been looked after .A new mode the Game Enhancer comes with an enhanced touch panel and settings to block unwanted notifications.
It supports USB 3.1 Type C1.0 and USB-On-The-Go.
Fingerprint sensor is side mounted and the device supports face unlock.
BATTERY AND COLOURS
The phone is powered by a 4000mAH battery which supports 21W fast charging and wireless charging as well.
It comes in 2 colours the Black and Purple.
Xperia 1 ii with its glorious camera quality will give a tough competition to the current flagships in the market I feel.Though low light photography is yet to be seen since the same in the Xperia 1 was not upto Sony standards in my opinion.Another improvement could be made in the front camera MP count and the battery power also although the customary Sony’s Stamina mode can take care of that.
I am eagerly waiting for this premium device but how many of you are?Please let me know in the comments section.