Sony Xperia 5 II: Release date, price, specs and everything else you need to know

Sony has lifted the lid on the Xperia 5 II, an affordable counterpart to this year’s Xperia 1 II and the successor to last year’s Xperia 5. Pronounced “Xperia Five Mark Two”, Sony is sticking with its unconventional naming strategy for 2020, by simply adding a Roman numeral at the end of a product name whenever a new version launches.

Confusing name aside, the Xperia 5 II introduces a handful of changes, including 5G support courtesy of the Snapdragon 865 chipset, a larger 4,000mAh battery, a 120Hz display and the same triple focal length camera array found on the more expensive Xperia 1 II.

Due to current lockdown restrictions, we haven’t got our hands on one just yet, but you can read everything there is to know about the Xperia 5 II in this article ahead of our full review in the coming weeks.

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Sony Xperia 5 II: Everything you need to know

Sony Xperia 5 II release date: When can you buy it?

Sony says that the Xperia 5 II will be available to preorder from 1 October, with a release date set for 15 October. Sony didn’t announce any preorder deals during the unveiling, although I will update this page with noteworthy bundle deals (if indeed there are any) as soon as the Xperia 5 II’s preorder pages go live.

Sony Xperia 5 II price: How much will it cost?

At the event, Sony announced that the Xperia 5 II will launch at a SIM-free price of £799 in the UK. That’s £100 more than what last year’s Xperia 5 originally launched for, which is a bit of a shame, especially since this puts the price directly in line with the iPhone 11.

As a further point of reference, the flagship Xperia 1 II sold for £1,100 when it released earlier in the year. Sony also released a budget entry to its Xperia lineup in 2020 too, in the form of the Xperia L4, which only costs £170. Without a doubt, the Xperia 5 II sits comfortably towards the top-end of the spectrum this year.

Sony Xperia 5 II design: What does it look like?

The Xperia 5 II incorporates the same 21:9 design as its predecessor, as well as the Xperia 1 II, although it’s slightly more pocketable than Sony’s newest big-screened behemoth. The Xperia 5 II’s display measures 6.1in across the diagonal and uses one of Sony’s HDR-capable OLED panels, with an FHD+ resolution.

Like last year’s phone, the Xperia 5 II benefits from Sony’s Bravia X1 enhancement technology, which upconverts SDR (standard dynamic range) movies to “near HDR”. You can also enable the ‘Creator Mode’ display profile in the phone’s settings which, according to Sony, offers “pro-level” colour calibration tuned to the BT.2020 colour gamut.

The Xperia 5 II is also the first Sony phone with a proper 120Hz refresh setting: the Xperia 1 II simply used fancy motion blur reduction tech for a “90Hz-like” experience. When you’re playing games, you can also enable an emulated 240Hz setting in the Xperia 5 II, which digitally inserts frames to artificially boost the phone’s frame rate.

The screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 and the phone itself is IP65/68 certified for dust and water ingress protection. A dedicated Google Assistant button can be found on the phone’s right edge, along with a camera shutter button, power button and volume rocker. The Xperia 5 II also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and can be picked up in either blue or black – no silly colour names here.

Sony Xperia 5 II specifications: What makes it tick?

Inside the Xperia 5 II is, unsurprisingly, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Sony says that both CPU and GPU performance is increased by 25% when compared with the previous generation, which roughly matches our own experience when testing 865-equipped handsets.

A 4,000mAh battery keeps things ticking along, which is up from the piddly 3,140mAh capacity unit found inside the previous Xperia 5. Sony claims that the Xperia 5 II‘s battery life has been improved, and can be charged up to 50% from empty in only 30mins with a 21W charger.

As for the cameras, the Xperia 5 II uses the same triple focal length combo as the Xperia 1 II. One is a 12MP lens with a 24mm equivalent focal length, another is a 12MP 3x optical zoom camera, which has a 70mm focal length, and finally there’s the 12MP wide-angle lens, with a focal length of 16mm.

The main sensor is larger this year – 1.8um up from 0.8um – which should be more effective at gathering light than its predecessor, and it also benefits from Zeiss’ T* lens coating, which helps to reduce the number of reflections hitting the sensor.

Like the Xperia 1 II, the Xperia 5 II uses real-time eye autofocus for both humans and animals, with a continuous burst shooting mode at up to 20fps. The phone’s ‘Photo Pro’ app now has RAW DNG support, and the Xperia 5 II can also capture 2K and 4K resolution video at up to 120fps, with a variety of customisable on-screen controls such as a level meter and custom WB.

Stay tuned for our full review of the Sony Xperia 5 II.


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