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Sony Xperia 1 II Review

Sony Xperia 1 II Review
Brand: Sony
Category: Mobiles
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Display: 6.5 inches
  • Camera: 12MP+12MP(telehoto)+12MP(ultra-wide)+3D ToF Camera
  • OS: Android 10

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our experts

  • Design 9 / 10
  • Display 10 / 10
  • Camera 10 / 10
  • Multimedia 10 / 10
  • Features 10 / 10
  • Connectivity 10 / 10
  • Call Quality 10 / 10
  • Usability 10 / 10
  • Performance 10 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10


  • Sony Xperia 1 II has 6.5inch OLED with a cinematic 21: 9 aspect ratio with a 643 PPI density along with HDR, protected with Gorilla Glass 6.
  • Sony Xperia 1 II is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner along with a notification LED and headphone jack.
  • Sony Xperia 1 II has front-facing stereo speakers, a quad-camera setup, and a powerhouse of 4000mAh battery with fast charging.

Product overview

Sony Xperia 1 II is the feature-packed powerhouse of all the features you need in these days, while the phone has 6.5” OLED panel with 4K resolution with some slight bezels.

Sony Xperia 1 II has stereo speakers which are front-facing, while the size of the speakers is increased, having an IP rating and protected with Corning Gorilla Glass on both sides.

Sony Xperia 1 II is powered by Qualcomm’s latest & greatest chipset Snapdragon 865 and has UFS 3.0 storage of about 256GB on board with pretty much stock android experience with some enhancements.

Sony Xperia 1 II retained to keep 3.5mm headphone jack along with LED notification light which tells you when to pick up your phone, while the phone comes with a typical 4000mAh battery which is particular for the class.

There is also wireless charging which is convenient and also supports USB power delivery up to 21W and they have adopted a quad-camera system on the back with 12MP main camera with OIS along with 12MP telephoto lens and 12MP ultra-wide camera with ToF 3D camera.

Detailed specification

Sony Xperia 1 II with a typical look of Sony phone with tall & narrow straight-edged and angular protected with Gorilla Glass 6 with Aluminum frame, while the edge of the phone is sharp & bold offering nice grip.

Sony Xperia 1 II has full IP dust and water protection too, so even if you drop the phone accidentally in the water you could breathe easy, Sony’s top-end flagship models have 4K displays.

Sony Xperia 1 II has 6.5” 4K OLED panel with 21:9 aspect ratio which offers great punchy colors with the cinematic experience, showing darker colors deeper and have a wider bezel.

This display has more pixel density with 643ppi which you couldn’t find anywhere else like this in the market and there is a special creator’s mode that can make sure that the videos, even the streaming ones will look as their creator intended.

Sony Xperia 1 II also has support for HDR content from all major sources and the maximum brightness of 600 nits in auto mode which can be clearly visible in direct sunlight.

Sony Xperia 1 II is still opted to use a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which is blazing fast this year in the power button which is well placed and fully functional, unlike the other Sony phones.

Sony Xperia 1 II has another interesting feature which is hard to find these days, there is a notification LED light up on the corner that let you know when to check your phone. The phone has a good old 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sony Xperia 1 II is packed with stereo speakers with Dolby ATMOS Support while both speakers are front-facing enhancing the audio, even increased in size for very good loudness and lively mids and highs.

While you have plenty of storage with Sony Xperia 1 II which onboard with 256GB of UFS 3.0 Storage, while the interface is pretty much stock Android with some Sony enhancements like game apps, brand new photography pro app (manual mode for the camera).

The cinematography pro app gives you in-depth over your video recording with 25fps mode along with a new 2K HDR slow-motion mode at 120fps. There is an 8MP front-facing camera on the phone.

As a new flagship, Sony Xperia 1 II has powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor along with 8 gigs of RAM, having an excellent CPU & GPU performance to handle everything and support for 5G network.

Sony Xperia 1 II comes with a 4000mAh battery and also has wireless charging and fast charging up to 21W, while the phone is packed with a quad-camera setup with 12MP Standard sensors.

The main 12MP sensor and telephoto 12MP cameras both have OIS along with 12MP ultra-wide camera and 3D ToF camera, in day-light the main camera captures some of the best photos we have seen in a phone, with true tone natural colors and well-controlled noise.


  • 5” OLED 4K Display
  • Quad Camera setup captures the finest detail
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with 5G support
  • LED notification, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • IP Rating, wireless charging, and fast charging


  • No higher refresh rate
  • Should have packed with more capacity battery
  • Still 18W charger in the box and only 21W fast charging

This Sony Xperia 1 II is priced at 1189$ for 8GB & 256GB variant while the phone comes I two different colors they are Black and purple. 

Plan for launch  

This Sony Xperia 1 II is announced in the year 2020 February and the phone is launched in May 2020 and will be made available to customers in later quarters of the year after the manufacturing process in the first sale.

Company details

This Xperia 1 II is developed by a company called Sony, which started in the year 1946 as a Japanese multinational company with the company headquarters in Tokyo.

The Sony-owned largest music business in the world and second largest in video game publishing and is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics, fifth-largest television entertainment.

Sony’s mission is to be an inspiring company using the unlimited passion of technology and the company’s purpose is to fill the world with emotions, creativity, and technology.

Sony has been one of the most recognized electronic brands in the world by engaging in many corporate responsibilities with its market all over countries in the world.

Final Verdict

Sony Xperia 1 II has gorgeous 6.5inches 4K display with 600 nits brightness, has been the best display out there in the smartphone currently.

There is an LED notification light on the top corner, that helps you to let you know when there are any notifications and they also included 3.5mm headphone jack for music lovers.

Sony Xperia 1 II has dual stereo front-facing stereo speakers with increased speaker size for loud & clear sounds with Dolby ATMOS support for lively sounds.

Sony Xperia 1 II is powered with Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G Support in prior, paired with UFS 3.0 Storage with 8GB RAM with almost stock Android experience.

Sony Xperia 1 II is packed with the best camera out there with all standard 12MP sensors with OIS, the phone also comes with 4000mAh battery with fast charging support up to 21W and has wireless charging.

Sony Xperia 1 II has IP dust & water resistance so that even you can accidentally drop the phone no worries, packed with 256GB storage and also expandable.

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Sony Xperia 1 II Review - Specs


Device Type Sony
Model Xperia 1 II
Announced 24 February, 2020
Released 22 May, 2020
Status Available
Price 1189$


Type Design Type called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones. Bar
Dimensions 165.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 mm
Weight 181.4 g
Protection Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
Colors Black, Purple


2G Network GSM
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Nano SIM
Dual SIM Yes


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) OLED capacitive touchscreen
Size 6.5 inches
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
Display Colors Display Colors is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others. 1B colors
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 643 ppi density
Touch Screen Yes
Display Protection Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Features HDR BT.2020
Secondary Display No


Audio Playback Yes
Video Playback Yes
Alert Types Push Notifications
Ring Tones yes
Loudspeaker Yes


Primary Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 12MP
Video 4K@24/25/30/60fps HDR, 1080p@30/60/120fps
Camera Features 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7", Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.4", 1.0µm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS
12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55", Dual Pixel PDAF
0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)
Zeiss optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED flash


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 10
User Interface UI or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface. Stock Android
Java Support Java for Mobile Devices is a set of technologies that let developers deliver applications and services to all types of mobile handsets, ranging from price efficient feature-phones to the latest smartphones. Java is currently running on over 3 billion phones worldwide, and growing. It offers unrivaled potential for the distribution and monetization of mobile applications. Yes
Facebook Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages.
Youtube Youtube is a popular free video-sharing website, Youtube is the largest video sharing site in the world, Millions of users around the world have created accounts on the site that allow them to upload videos that anyone can watch.


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Snapdragon 865
CPU CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Adreno 650
RAM (Memory) RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 8 GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 256GB
Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 5.1, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Infrared Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Wi-fi Hotspot
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB On-The-Go
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
HDMI HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. Yes


GPRS GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet oriented mobile data service on the 2G and 3G cellular communication system's global system for mobile communications (GSM), Generally, GPRS is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.
EDGE EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a wireless network technology generally considered the next step in the 2G network offers data transfer rates up to four times faster than ordinary GSM networks, Generally, EDGE is used for the purpose of wireless data transfer, such as sharing pictures and videos or browsing the Internet via a mobile phone connection.


SMS SMS (Short Messaging Service) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages over the networks. Yes
MMS MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content (audio clips, video clips and images) to and from mobile phones over wireless networks using the WAP protocol.


Battery Type Battery Type => Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium. Li-Ion (Lithium Ion)
Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4000mAh
Placement Backside