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Sony’s Xperia 5 II is its first phone with a high refresh rate display

With the Sony Xperia 1 II marking the start of the year, many promptly expected a follow-up to 2019’s Xperia 5 in the latter half of 2020 and sure enough, the Sony Xperia 5 II has just been revealed.

As with the naming of the company’s other 2020 handsets, the Xperia 5 II gets its name in-part thanks to the company’s established Alpha camera series. The 5 II also packs a near-identical triple 12Mp camera setup to that of the one found on the Xperia 1 II, which is no bad thing.

The biggest talking point, however, is really the adoption of a 120Hz display – the first high refresh rate panel to be found on an Xperia phone.

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Perhaps one of the Xperia 1 II’s most notable shortcomings was the absence of such a display, with Sony instead opting to grant the phone an admittedly-still-impressive 60Hz 21:9 4K HDR OLED screen. With the Xperia 5 II, Sony has reduced resolution to Full HD+ but upped the refresh rate to 120Hz (along with a touch response rate of 240Hz), granting users super-smooth visuals.

Like the company’s other 2020 flagship, the 5 II also boasts a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers and a myriad of advanced audio processing and upscaling technologies.

One of the purposes of the Xperia 5 II, aside from being a high-end device, is to shrink down the experience found on the Xperia 1 II. As such, it comes with the same Snapdragon 865 chipset, granting top-tier performance, but scales down the display size (and thus its overall footprint) from 6.5in to 6.1in.

Here’s the full spec sheet for the Xperia 5 II, as confirmed by Sony:

  • 6.1in 21:9 120Hz Full HD+ HDR OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • Main cameras:
    • 12Mp 24mm wide w/ OIS
    • 12Mp 16mm ultrawide
    • 12 Mp 70mm telephoto w/ OIS
    • Cinema Pro app enables up to 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion recording
  • 8Mp front-facing camera
  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor-cum-power key
  • Google Assistant button
  • Dedicated dual-detent shutter button
  • Android 10
  • 5G (sub6)
  • IP65/68 certified
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Up to 21W PD fast charging (18W charger in-box)
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hi-Res Audio/Hi-Res Audio Wireless support
  • LDAC support
  • DSEE Ultimate audio upscaling
  • 360 Reality Audio support
  • 163 grams
  • 158×68×8mm
  • Colours: black, blue

The Sony Xperia 5 II is set to launch later this autumn, priced at £799/€899.

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