Always fancy the Xperia 1 ii but cannot afford its steep price tag? Sony has listened and launched the second generation of its compact flagship.

Back in 2019, Sony launched the Xperia 5. It was basically a compact version of the Xperia 1 with a smaller body and a more affordable price. Needless to say, it captured the hearts of many tech enthusiasts as it offers longer battery life than its bigger 4K brother. Since the launch of the Xperia 1 ii earlier this year, fans have been eagerly waiting for the second generation of Xperia 5. Finally, the wait is over.

Like its predecessor, the new Xperia 5 ii retains the 6.1" 21:9 screen panel with 1080p screen resolution. What is new for the 5 ii is 120Hz refresh rate support with a 240Hz touch sampling rate. Sony wants you to take mobile gaming seriously since they introduced the support for DualShock 4 Wireless Controller.

Other than that, it shares identical hardware with the Xperia 1 ii including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset,  4,000 mAh battery with 21W fast charging rate, and Android 10 out of the box alongside microSD card support, IP65/68 rating, and 3.5mm audio jack with Hi-Res Audio. The RAM and internal storage capacity also remain at 8GB and 256GB respectively, although you now have the option to purchase the 5 ii with a smaller 128GB internal storage.

The 5 ii also benefits the same camera hardware and capabilities as the 1 ii. While the 3D ToF sensor has been omitted, the 20fps continuous Eye autofocus is still here for superfast burst shots. The built-in Photo Pro and Cinema Pro app are also carried over from the 1 ii with JPG and RAW capture options. As a refresher, all three cameras have the same 12MP resolution with the lens and anti-reflective coating made specially by ZEISS. The IMX557 main camera features a large 1/1.7" sensor with an effective focal length of 24mm and 1.8┬Ám of pixel size, while the IMX363 ultrawide camera has an effective focal length of 16mm and features Dual Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF). As for the telephoto camera, Sony has chosen the Samsung ISOCELL S5K3T2 sensor that provides a 3x zoom capability for an effective focal length of 70mm. Both primary and telephoto cameras are equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

One absolute killer feature worth mentioning is the H. S. (heat suppression) power control, first seen in the 1 ii. It basically enables a pass-through power mode that routes electricity outside the battery. This allows the phone to be used with the charger, especially during a mobile gaming session, without heating up the battery. Another feature added for prolonged battery life is the Battery Care option that allows you to pick a slower charging curve and limit the maximum battery charge to 90%.

Availability will depend on the region. For both Malaysia and USA markets, it won't be available for public sale until December 2020. In the meantime, USA customers who are interested in this phone can pre-order one at the price of $950 starting September 29th, 2020.

Source: Sony, GSMArena (1), GSMArena (2)

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