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Sony Xperia 5 II review: The best Sony phone in years

The Sony Xperia 5 II is a smaller version of the Xperia 1 Mark II. It has the same narrow 21:9 aspect ratio display, which makes the phone feel easy to hold.

The Sony Xperia 5 II price is set to launch at $949 or £799. It comes in a single configuration with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Two of the best-known telecommunications companies in the US, T-Mobile, and AT&T, will support the Xperia 5 II.

Specifications, camera software, and other features of the Xperia 5 II are similar to the Xperia 1 II. Aside from that, they also have the same processor, 8GB of RAM and much more.

However, the 5th edition lacks wireless charging, a time-of-flight sensor and a 4K display. On a side note, it does retain the wonderful EyeAF or autofocus feature that speedily finds and locks onto the eyes of people when taking a picture.

Sony takes everything we love about the Xperia 1 II and makes it a lot more affordable with the Xperia 5 II. But with minimal compromise.

Design, Features and Specs

Sony Xperia 5 II review: The best Sony phone in years

The new Sony Xperia 5 II (read as “one mark two”) has a glass and metal sandwich body. It boasts IP65 and IP68 water resistance, with Gorilla Glass to help lessen scratches and cracks, though it’s still every bit the fingerprint magnet.

The three-lens rear camera array is mostly unchanged. It still sticks out from the glass, but not nearly as much as some other rival phones in the market.

The Sony device has a high-refresh-rate display and the ability to record 4K videos at 120 frames per second. It has an overhauled Game Enhancer app for creative types who want more artistic control over their games, photos and videos.

The Xperia 5 II’s battery is more extensive than its predecessor. Squeezing a 4000mAh battery into the device looks all the more impressive once you consider it’s the same capacity as the larger, more premium Xperia 1 II.

Price and Availability of Xperia 5 II

The handset will be available on December 4, and preorders start September 29. If you preorder as early as today, you’ll receive a free gaming bundle that includes a HyperX Cloud II gaming headset. Aside from that, a 10,000-mAh portable power bank and 21,600 Call of Duty points will also be yours.

There are more affordable Android devices on the market nowadays. However, few can match Sony’s Xperia 5 II as a whole package. If you are considering another handset, you should definitely try at least one of these before hitting that buy button.

Images used courtesy of xdadevelopers/YouTube Screenshot.

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