The Japanese tech company, Sony has launched its first 5G smartphone, Xperia 1 II, code-named Xperia 1 Mark II. This device seems to have the best of everything and its features would probably make you not stop and think twice before buying it. For starters, the Xperia 1 II's hardware and software are remarkable, and their combination comes with a promise of high-level performance.

Sony Launches Xperia 1 II

Sony recently cancelled its plans to attend the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Instead, the company chose to launch its first 5G smartphone, Xperia 1 II in a live video session. This mobile device is a successor to 2019's Xperia 1 and as would be expected, the new variant adopts some of the features of its predecessor and strives to offer even more.

First off, the Xperia 1 II is a 5G smartphone, which seems to be a trend of late. Samsung has launched its S20 5G smartphones, and Apple is also looking to do the same. Nonetheless, the Xperia 1 II 5G model will only be available in Europe, whereas users in the U.S. will have to rely on the 4G model of the phone. Nonetheless, a separate device has been designed to make up for this, and it's a 5G smartphone called the Xperia Pro.

Xperia 1 II's Display and Sound System

Asides from connectivity, this 2020 flagship smartphone has a lot more to offer. It features a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Hence, this is a phablet for those who love big devices that will let them view content easily. And its tall aspect ratio ensures that more content can be viewed at a time. Moreover, an OLED display will be bright enough to improve readability even under the sun. Given that Sony is a maker of TVs, it has tried to outdo itself with this device.

Another remarkable feature of the Xperia 1 II lies in its sound system. It comes with 360-degree spatial audio and two front-facing speakers. As such, this sound system makes for high-quality audio and creates the illusion that the sound is coming from all around you. And unlike the Xperia 1, this variant comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and it will hardware-decode streams from Tidal to offer high sound quality.

Xperia 1 II Camera

What's more, great photography is something Sony has been known for years now. That is why this smartphone has been designed to impress camera enthusiasts. In this case, it comes with three 12MP Zeiss-branded cameras at its rear. And while that resolution might be lower on paper compared to a 108MP camera, it is still a strong competitor with the latter.

These cameras have been revamped with Zeiss' T* anti-reflective coating. The main camera is a 24mm, f/1.7 lens with an 82-degree field of view. There is also a 70mm, f/2.4 telephoto camera with a 34-degree field of view, and a 16mm, f/2.2 ultrawide camera with a 124-degree field of view.

Furthermore, these cameras have been enhanced with intelligent eye-tracking and smart animal eye-tracking autofocus. Therefore, this feature will prove useful when you're trying to capture the subject's eye while they're moving. In line with that, there's an 8MP camera at the device's front, and it has an f/2.0 aperture with an 84-degree field of view. Users will have to rely on the side-mounted fingerprint sensor on this device to enhance their device's security.

Xperia 1 II's Processor, RAM, and Storage

On the other hand, the internal features of this smartphone are not a let down either. For starters, the Xperia 1 II relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor that is often used in high-end smartphones. It will also run on the latest Android operating system, Android 10. This smartphone boasts of an 8GB RAM; a capacity that is not even found on some laptops.

Users of this device can, therefore, expect seamless performance while operating this machine. In line with that, inbuilt storage of 256GB, which can be expanded up to 1TB makes for a large enough space to store videos, documents, and other items. And if you're a moderate user, this internal storage space would be more than enough to support all your files.

Other remarkable features of this smartphone include its support for wireless charging; a feature that was absent in Xperia 1. Over and above that, this new device is water-resistant thanks to its IP65 and IP68 certifications. This is also a dual SIM smartphone and it supports two nano SIMs. And supplying enough juice to support the operation of this smartphone is a 4,000mAh battery.