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A Distinctive Flagship Phone Experience: A Real Review of SONY Xperia 1 II

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In the smartphone market, different kinds of brands are trying to satisfy the needs of the mass market. That’s why there are so many domestic flagships machine-made the design of the excavated surface of the screen. Under such circumstances, there is still a company called SONY insisting on your idea, which makes a have pursued popular trend and “alternative” flagship of the selling point. The product is called SONY Xperia 1 II, has a distinctive design and flagship product configuration, under the concept of One SONY is stick to the style, of the SONY smartphone has always been on the screen display effect and audio successively used in SONY’s technology, this time bring your camera part of the technology directly into the cell phone, with distinctive flagship mobile phone experience.

Appearance design

Since Xperia 1, Xperia series began to have slender style, overall for the modelling of founder, their mobile phone products with same long screen becomes tall, narrow, Xperia 1 II camera module from the middle to move back to the left. Although the silhouette looks hale and founder but on the edge the certain radian grip in the hand is very soft, this design also let the metal frame to the parcel before and after making the transition of the glass which is very smooth. You cannot touch any gap with sharp edges. The long, round grip is more comfortable than the reright-angled iPhone 12.

In addition to moving the camera to the upper left corner on the back, AG glass with better texture is also used on the whole, which not only enhances the feel, but also reduces the contamination of fingerprints. The brand Logo of “SONY” is processed with bright glass effect, which is very prominent and adds a bright color to the whole mobile phone. The overall look of the phone remains the same as the usual SONY aesthetic.

In addition to aesthetics, SONY has some distinctive design features that set it apart from other phones. After the transition from the XZ3 back finger, the Xperia 1 II is back to its traditional mains integrated side fingerprint button. On the right side, there is a signature quick-release card slot and microSD storage extension function. This time, Xperia 1 II supports SIM card hot plugging and unplugging, and there is no need to restart the installation of unplugging. Of course, there is also a special camera shutter button for the button, which supports the functions of long press the exhaling camera and half press the focus. The 0.13inch headphone jack, which is not common now, is also supported. You can plug in the wired earphone and listen to music while charging.

Characteristics of the screen

The Xperia 1 II still has a 21:9 screen ratio, a 4K OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 1644, or 643 pixels per inch, and a 10bit HDR display. It’s worth noting that instead of cutting a notch in the screen to accommodate the front-facing camera, SONY is committed to providing users with the perfect screen to watch video content on, rather than using the popular perforated design to increase screen proportions. Instead, the SONY Xperia 1 II has small bezels at the top and bottom of the display, with the top bezel to hold the selfie camera, and a front speaker on the bottom and top bezels respectively.

The screen is arguably the highest-spec smartphone flagship to date, offering better performance in 4K video and high-definition movies. With the support of two front speakers and Dolby panoramic sound, the 21:9 full screen makes the experience of watching a movie even better. Xperia 1 II screen color provides master mode and video image enhancement functions, and the phone can be automatically turned on when watching movies. The screen adapts to different requirements of screen color for professional creation and entertainment.

In real life, the 21:9 screen ratio also gives the phone a more interesting way to play, with a narrower body and a larger screen, but the ability to operate with one hand is limited to the lower half of the phone. Fortunately, SONY is aware of its screen length and has put the “21:9 multi-window” preset on the front page. Meanwhile, the side-sense function also enables us to find common apps and Settings more quickly.

Xperia 1 II, as a flagship phone, currently supports a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate of 90Hz can be optimized through the function of “shake, blur and drop bottom”.

Cameras and photos

The SONY Xperia 1 II has a 12-megapixel F /1.7 24m focal length, a 12-megapixel F /2.4 2.75inches focal length and a 12 megapixel F /2.2 0.63inch focal length wide-angle lens, as well as a 3D iToF sensor. In addition to the lens modules, SONY has added a Zeiss T* coating that officially reduces reflected light for better picture quality and contrast.

In the normal camera interface, the Xperia 1 II doesn’t have the fancy feature modes found on other Android devices. The main interface just keeps videos, photos and slow motion. Portrait selfie, creative effect and panorama are included in the mode menu. There are three buttons at the bottom of the shooting interface corresponding to three different shots. That is, when we zoom, we still need to manually switch the different focus segments of different lenses. If you often have to change the focal length to take photos, you need to get used to it. This camera feature allows you to breathe out long enough to take a picture faster.

People who are familiar with SONY mobile phones will know, SONY mobile phones camera is also a distinctive existence, as a user, if you want to spend some time in the camera application mode of professional manual adjustment, more familiar with the later will be able to shoot some very beautiful image, which Xperia 1 II is no exception. In the automatic mode of ordinary camera, Xperia 1 II can quickly capture and shoot photos. It can indeed restore the most realistic picture and achieve authenticity.

SONY Xperia 1 II on the basis of mobile phone original camera application also added for professional players “master” and “movie master” application, a new imaging system is really the SONY Xperia 1 II engineer research and development of micro single camera, in photography master interface and the way of using is copying their micro single interface, people who know this must feel familiar about it.

Open the master photographer, the familiar interface brings us a more professional experience. If you are a Micro single user of SONY, you can almost get started directly. The overall operation logic is similar to that of the cameras. The right index finger is placed at the shutter button, and all common parameters can be adjusted with the thumb, while the left hand is responsible for switching shooting mode and lens while holding the phone firmly. Click rotation on the top left to select M and P, and click rotation on the bottom to freely switch the lens focus segment. Here we can see the familiar 0.94inch-2.76inches main focus segment and longer long focus segment, and the exposure compensation, focus and other Settings are also available. However, in this application, we do not support focusing and clicking in the viewfinder frame. We can only put the subject of the subject in the center of the viewfinder frame and take pictures with the same shutter as using the microcamera.

What impress me most of this product should be focusing function, Xperia 1 II has autofocus system with 247-phase detection to focus automatically, and has the human eye and animal eye focus, with the shutter button, you can realize half press the shutter, all press the shutter, with almost consistent and micro single camera shooting experience. The human eye responds quickly to focus and can follow even large swings, which is great for people with children or pets.

The Xperia 1 II also has the same shooting effect as a microcamera, with nearly 100 percent authentic color. Under the backlight environment, Xperia 1 II HDR photography can well retain the details of dark and light parts, while presenting a relatively real contrast between light and dark. It can also save RAW files after shooting for easier debugging later. Although Xperia 1 II does not have a special night scene mode, the AI can automatically recognize dark light environment, so the exposure time can be appropriately extended when taking photos. In addition to the main camera, the Xperia 1 II’s wide-angle and telephoto lenses also meet the user’s needs for a wider variety of scenes.

To sum up, the Xperia 1 II has excellent focus performance, and the images taken by all three lenses have a good restore degree. The addition of a separate shutter button and master mode can make the Xperia 1 II a more professional camera. However, it is a pity that some common functions still need to be found in the second-level menu or more settings interface, which requires a certain amount of time to adapt.

Specification and performance

Like many flagship smartphones in 2020, the SONY Xperia 1 II is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. In real life, the SONY Xperia 1 II ran smoothly, and applications and services loaded quickly. In the Geekbench 5 benchmark, the SONY Xperia 1 II scored an average of 2,963 multicore points and 913 single-core points, placing it firmly in the top tier of Android.

SONY Xperia 1 II is equipped with 12GB of storage. 12GB of storage allows Xperia 1 II to run games very well. SONY Xperia 1 II legal channels also optimizes the game mode, allowing you to click the corresponding game button to take screenshots, record screens, select performance and so on.

In addition to configuration upgrade, legal channels version also supports the full network of dual-mode 5G, all the domestic network support is also very sincere. In terms of battery, Xperia 1 II is equipped with 4000mAh battery, which supports wireless charging, while wired charging is up to 18W. On the system side, Xperia 1 II adopts the native Android 10+ third-party application cooperation scheme, which is very simple and feels like a native Android when used.


SONY Xperia 1 II can achieve a good overall performance flagship mobile phone standard. The flagship performance configuration, SONY has to boast about the appearance of the design for this product also added a lot of points, and the appearance of the founder and comfortable grip handle with a unique style, and the excavated surface screen products make a difference, and the weight of 0.39 pound in today’s smart phones products is also very comfortable to use. It does not have that kind of pressure hand feeling, with 4K HDR OLED screen with Dolby panoramic sound makes it a good experience of mobile video. The professional features of the video system developed and produced by SONY’s camera team will also give users more creative space, and the experience will be even better if some modifications are made to the touch screen. If you’re a designer and love taking photos on your phone, this is a good place to start.

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