Sony Xperia 1 II, analysis and opinion

Sony Xperia 1 II in hand

Sony has been stepping harder than ever in the high-end mobile market. The Xperia 1 II is a bet in which the Japanese brand has not wanted to leave any feature in the pipeline: it brings the best of Sony in terms of technical specifications (screen, performance, camera ...) at a daring price of 1,199 euros. We have tested it thoroughly.

Sony's mobile division is more alive than ever. Even though sales have not followed for a long time –in the first quarter of the year they sold only 400,000 units–, the company does not throw in the towel and year after year it surprises us with launches that are out of the norm within a market that is so saturated with identical options. The Sony Xperia 1 II is a good example that in the mobile industry there is still room for those who think differently, go beyond the standard, and dare with original products.

The Xperia 1 II was introduced earlier this year, but it was not until when Sony has put it up for sale on the market. 1,199 euros set the bar very high, being a launch price comparable to that of any flagship that the competition has been able to launch in recent months. Now, what is different about this Xperia mobile?

Sony Xperia 1 II

To begin with, it is a phone that offers an ultra-widescreen format of 21: 9 that today is still not seen - time will tell if it becomes a trend - in many mobiles (only terminals such as the LG Velvet, the Moto G5 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy Fold, among others). It is a much longer screen than usual, which opens the door to much more efficient use in terms of both productivity and multimedia consumption.

The characteristics of the Xperia 1 II are what you would expect in a high-end terminal: OLED panel, Snapdragon 865 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 4,000 mAh battery with 21 W fast charge ... but Unlike other more generic mobiles that we test every week at, the truth is that to know this Sony mobile you have to use it in the first person since the specifications say little about what it offers in the day a day. Let's go there with our analysis.

How could I have lived so long without 21: 9?In its mobiles, Sony has always had a design line that does not follow fashions. If in 2020 the vast majority of manufacturers have already adopted the technology of the fingerprint reader integrated into the screen, the Japanese brand remains faithful to its concept of a physical fingerprint reader located on the right side of the mobile.

Sony Xperia 1 II

The Xperia 1 II is presented with a glass design both in front and behind - with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection in both cases, with metal sides in which the Power button is housed (which in turn acts as a fingerprint reader), the Volume buttons, the Camera button and, already on the left side, the slot for the microSD card (or a second SIM card).

Seen from the front, we are talking about a phone whose screen occupies a generous 84% of the front, which means that it has a well-used front with few screen frames. It may not be as well used as the Samsung Galaxy S20 (89.5%), the LG Velvet (88.6%), or the Huawei P40 (86.3%), but it is still a reasonable ratio figure screen-body, especially considering the peculiarity of the ultra-wide format of this panel.

The Sony Xperia 1 II has dimensions of 71.1 millimeters wide, which means that it occupies the same size in the hand as any other mobile on the market that moves on the six-inch screen, while its weight is 181, 4 grams, a figure in the average of what we are used to seeing in this range.

6.5 inches with the best imaging technology on the marketThe Japanese company Sony is a technology giant that concentrates on its mobiles the best of its other divisions: cameras, speakers, televisions ... products that, despite belonging to other different categories, always have some characteristics that can later be used in Xperia mobiles. This is the case with the imaging technology of Bravia televisions, which through the X1 engine serves as a pillar to give life to the multimedia experience of the Xperia 1 II.

Sony Xperia 1 II

In this terminal, we find a screen OLED of 6.5 inches with a resolution of 3,840 x 1,644 pixels, which with its standard HDR BT.2020 can offer one of the best image qualities of the market. The panel is superbly well-calibrated for a vivid image from minute one and is accompanied by the usual array of technologies that complement the experience.

The Snapdragon 865 only fails the excess temperatureEquipped with a Snapdragon 865 processor from the manufacturer Qualcomm, we are not exactly facing a phone that has problems to cope without performance problems in any task that is placed before it. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB (expandable by microSDXC ) of internal UFS 3.0 memory.

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