As MWC was cancelled a lot of manufacturers have started to drip feed information about their new portfolio of smartphones for this year. Sony are one of them and they have provided details on their new Xperia devices for 2020 as detailed below.
Xperia 1 II
The first, and most notable, is the Xperia 1 II — dubbed the Xperia 1 Mark II — which made its debut on the company’s not-MWC livestream. The new flagship is packing a 21:9 6.5-inch 4K OLED HDR display, Dolby Atmos and, most importantly, a 5G modem.
Sony’s pedigree is in making TVs, cameras and speakers, and so you’ll not be surprised that that’s where most of the emphasis was placed. The Mark II’s imaging, for instance, cribs plenty of features from Sony’s mirrorless cameras to give it the edge for photographers. That includes intelligent eye tracking, as well as smart animal eye tracking, and its 20 frames-per-second autofocus tracking burst.
Display-wise, the phone has a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen that offers “unprecedented color accuracy” and a creator mode powered by CineAlta, Sony’s pro-camera division. Sony hasn’t said what the refresh rate of the screen is, but we suspect it’s not attempting to join the HFR-race just yet. Instead, it has said that its motion blur reduction is “equivalent to that of a 90Hz display.”
Sony has also spent a lot of time making sure the Xperia 1 II sounds good, with 360-degree spatial audio and front-facing stereo speakers. As well as the 3.5mm headphone jack, which makes a welcome return here, the handset will hardware-decode streams from Tidal for optimal high-res sound quality. Other services will still get the benefit of digital audio upscaling, but you can see where Sony’s loyalty lies.
Of course, it’s what’s inside counts for just as much as its surface features, and the Mark II is packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 5G SoC. That’s paired with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage and space for dual-nano SIMs. Oh, and because this is a phone for serious creative-types who might want to record lots of video, there’s microSD-card support for up to 1TB of extra storage. Juicing all of this is a 4,000mAh battery that Sony promises will last longer thanks to new and improved battery-care algorithms.
The Sony Xperia 1 II will begin shipping in spring in a choice of three colors: White, black or purple, with a price yet to be determined.
Xperia Pro 5G
During its virtual press conference, Sony also teased the Xperia Pro 5G, a phone designed for video creators much like RED’s now defunct Hydrogen phone. Much like the new Xperia 1 II, it’s a flagship level device in terms of specs, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage and a 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED display. However, unlike that other model, the Xperia Pro will support high-speed mmWave 5G tech and pack a very unusual feature on a smartphone these days: an HDMI port.
The idea is that the Xperia Pro 5G can receive a 4K video signal, display it very accurately on the OLED screen and transmit it to a broadcast center thanks to the mmWave tech. That would make the device handy for creators as a monitor, capture device and even a broadcast terminal. The latter will be aided by 4-way antenna and “low permittivity materials” that allow for 360-degree omnidirectional communications and ultra-fast mmWave speeds.
Xperia 10 II
Sony’s Xperia 10 II is designed to be a TV and game console in your pocket thanks to the 6-inch 21:9 OLED Triluminos display, the company announced today. The “super mid-range” can display “deeper blacks and more vibrant colors” than the average phone, and deliver a more immersive gaming experience, Sony said. At the same time, it’s relatively lightweight at 151 grams and is IP65/IP68 water- and dust-resistant.
The biggest difference between the Xperia 10 II and the original Xperia 10 (apart from the Bravia Triluminos OLED screen) is in the camera setup. The new model has triple cameras, with a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and 8-megapixel wide angle and 2X optical telephoto cameras (with a 10X digital zoom). While the latter have surprisingly low resolution, low-light sensitivity should be good in theory. It supports 4K and 21:9 movie capture, though that format will be cropped on your Ultra HD 4K display.
It also excels for sound, thanks to support for high-resolution audio and yes, a 3.5mm audio jack. Other specs are more pedestrian, including the Snapdragon 665 chip, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory (with microSDX support) and 3,600 mAh battery. The Xperia 10 II will arrive in Spring 2020, but the all-important pricing has yet to be revealed.