Biggest draws of the Sony Xperia 1 II

Last year, Sony debuted the Xperia 1 at MWC, which featured a super-tall 21:9 display ratio. This year, Sony ups its game with the oddly named Xperia 1 II (or Mark II), giving it flagship features to watch for.

According to Sony, the new Xperia 1 II caters to photographers, cinematographers, cinephiles, audiophiles, and gamers. But what else is special about this phone besides its tall screen? Here are the biggest draws of Sony’s latest flagship smartphone.

All the speed you need

Under the hood, the Xperia 1 II has a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB onboard storage. It’s also Sony’s first 5G phone, which makes streaming, downloading, and uploading 4K videos and high-resolution images faster.

Cameras inspired by Alpha

A big trend in camera smartphones nowadays is equipping phones with high-resolution main cameras. Sony, however, veers away from this trend, and instead equips this phone with a 12MP triple camera system (similar to the iPhone 11 Pro) co-developed with the engineers behind the latest Alpha 9 series cameras.

The rear camera has three ZEISS lenses for different focal lengths. There’s a 12MP 26mm wide lens, a 12MP 52mm telephoto lens, and a 12MP 16mm ultrawide lens for taking photos.

For videos, the phone can shoot in a cinematic 21:9 ratio in 4K HDR and 24fps. In addition, its Cinema Pro feature gives users eight different color settings to add more cinematic styles to videos.

Bingeing buddy

With a tall 6.5-inch screen, the new Xperia lets users enjoy movies in its cinematic aspect ratio. Its 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display also has motion blur reduction to reduce lag between frames.

On the audio front, the phone has stereo speakers placed at the front of the phone for powerful, balanced sound. There’s still a 3.5mm audio jack so users can plug in their favorite pair of headphones while watching movies and videos.

Aside from these features, Sony also equipped the flagship with a 4000mAh battery and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

Sony has yet to announce the pricing and availability of the new phone.

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