First look at Sony Xperia 1 II, and Sony Xperia Pro: the Japanese do not surrender

Last year, Sony has once again made a “what a twist” and released a number of smartphones with a display having an aspect ratio of 21:9. In its own way is logical — being able to do, probably the best in the world of multimedia smartphones (with high quality sound, good screen and a set of proprietary bells and whistles in firmware), the company brought the matter well, not to the point of absurdity, of course, but turning the smartphone into a small TV. You can argue about how it is

generally a sensible decision to watch the movie, and even in its original format, on the screen diagonal of 6-6. 5 inches,but let’s just accept it.

Sony Xperia 1 turned out rather interesting device with a good ratio of the sides of the body, without the hateful neck, with a good camera (which if Achilles follows the turtle other flagships — getting better every year, but can not catch up), very powerful hardware… but also familiar and controversial decisions: a small amount of internal memory without the possibility of expansion, lack of mini-Jack and wireless charging support, a fingerprint scanner on the side and high price.

  Sony Xperia 1 II Sony Xperia Pro Sony Xperia 1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: single core Kryo 585 frequency of 2.84 GHz, three cores Kryo 585 frequency of 2.42 GHz and four cores Kryo 585 frequency 1.80 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: single core Kryo 585 frequency of 2.84 GHz, three cores Kryo 585 frequency of 2.42 GHz and four cores Kryo 585 frequency 1.80 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: single core Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.85 GHz + three cores Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + four cores Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz
Display OLED, 6.5 inch, 4K OLED, 6.5 inch, 4K OLED, 6.5 inch, 4K
RAM 8 GB 8 GB 6 GB
Flash memory 256 GB 512 GB 64/128 GB
The back camera The fourth module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/2,6 + ƒ/ 3,4, two times optical zoom, optical stabilizer, an extra wide viewing angle The fourth module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/2,6 + ƒ/ 3,4, two times optical zoom, optical stabilizer, an extra wide viewing angle Triple module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/ 2.4 GHz, two times optical zoom, optical stabilizer, an extra wide viewing angle
Front camera 8 MP 8 MP 8 MP
The fingerprint scanner On the verge of the body, capacitive On the verge of the body, capacitive On the verge of the body, capacitive
Connectors USB Type-C, 3.5 mm USB Type-C/HDMI, 3.5 mm USB Type-C
Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 3330 mAh
Dimensions 166 × 72 × 7.9 mm No information 167 × 72 × 8.2 mm
Weight 181 g No information 178 g
Dustproof and moisture proof IP65/IP68 IP65/IP68 IP65/IP68
Operating system Android 10 with a proprietary shell Android 10 with a proprietary shell 9 Android with a proprietary shell

In 2020 Sony suddenly decided not to change the strategy and produced a logical continuation Xperia 1 hasn’t even come up with a new name and adding to the name the designation of Mark II in the manner of a camera company. Here you can poumerit about this practice of naming, but I actually think she’s normal. In the second version Xperia 1 the Japanese company has fixed a number of problems of its predecessor, including and returned to their seats, spilled out under the influence of fashion and the cause is unknown things — such as analog audio support wireless charging.

Sony Xperia 1 II generally looks like a product of the era of classicism — with its hole mini-Jack while maintaining the class of moisture protection IP65/IP68 (as in the old, still good for the mobile division of the company times), more “rectangular” case, again referring approximately to the times of Xperia Z5, frosted glass back that is covered with the same Gorilla glass 6 and the front surface, and offset to the edge of the unit cells. And of course, the visible part at the top and bottom of the screen.

A major upgrade of Mark II, in addition to the required upgrade of the hardware platform (now Qualcomm Snapdragon 865), steel, of course, those cameras. Now they are not three, but four — to three responsible for the different focal lengths of the modules added to the TOF-camera. Again no Qauad Bayer sensors, all three key have a resolution of 12 megapixels, but the main one now has a size of 1/1,7 inches and a slightly smaller aperture optics (f/1,7), wide angle module has received the focus (also dual-pixel) and telephotometer has a focal distance of 52 mm and 70 mm — that is Xperia 1 II is not twice, but three times optical zoom.


However, the main focus of Microsoft is on quality of shooting — here it is necessary again to wait for a small gap with major competitors, and the speed and accuracy of autofocus. Using the practices of fotoportrety, the engineers of Sony has added to Xperia 1 II auto-focus on the eyes, both human and animal, as well as the ability to shoot at a speed of 20 frames per second with tracking autofocus. Here, as with the positioning of “kinematron” — does anyone really need is to remove the momentum on mainstream device? However, in household survey of children and animals this feature can be really useful. Also the link of Xperia smartphones with professional cameras and the company emphasizes a single design-code interface, which, incidentally, is also quite controversial, it was on the camera interface Sony never went ahead. But it is common place for mobile units that fill their creations with signs of “professional” — all kinds of filters to video, color presets and even detailed white balance setting when shooting movies on location.

Updated and screen. That is, at first glance he is the same — 6.5 inch, OLED, 3840 × 1644 points (4K), but now it supports higher refresh rate — 90 Hz. For the flagship in 2020 is already a necessary minimum, and Samsung in their Galaxy S20 swung at 120 Hz. Both speakers again withdrawn in the frontal plane — it’s funny to see how Sony gets from a number of successful solutions from the past, cancelled reason, in one fell swoop the Xperia 1. And indeed the set of supported music codecs Xperia 1 II one of Hi-Res Audio, DSEE Ultimate Reality and 360 Audio.

For Sony Xperia 1 II never returned slot for a memory card, but the amount of drive at this time acceptable — 256 GB. Memory — 8 GB.

The smartphone will be available in three colors: black, white and purple and will appear on the market probably in June. Price is not yet known, but hardly it will be lower than the Xperia 1 at the start — that is, about 80 thousand rubles.

Second today’s smartphone can be puzzling. Sony Xperia Pro is either the first sign of the coming 5G era, or the experiment is doomed to modest sales and a fairly swift demise. The mobile-transmitter, the smartphone for bloggers-professional, smartphone — external screen for camera. It seems, in his positioning I doubt even the developers themselves.


Essentially it’s the same Xperia 1 II, but the thicker body and with sixteen 5G antennas, which are able to accept not only the frequencies less than 6 GHz, as all modern smartphones with support for 5G-networks, and millimeter wave (28 GHz). The smartphone is suggested to use not just like a regular phone with special opportunities for access to superfast Internet, but also as a transmitter on the camera. To transfer data from the camera to a smartphone in the past has not only the USB Type-C, and HDMI port, you can also use the device with 6.5-inch OLED display as an external monitor. Well, to broadcast with almost no restrictions on data transmission speed. The case here is thick, with improved cooling and without wireless charging, the hardware platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, of RAM the same as the Xperia 1 II (8 GB), but the more drive — 512 GB. Built-in camera, at the same time, despite the status of the accessory for professional video equipment.

Another thing is that for Russia this whole mess, despite the fact that millimeter wave is already being tested as the minimum operator Tele2 is still the question of the future, and the hidden mist. Xperia Pro, most likely prepared just in time for the Olympic games in Tokyo — if the epidemic of the coronavirus still decline, and the Game still held, the mobile-transmitter may be in demand in the home market, even briefly. About the global and long-term prospects, including for bloggers, it is difficult to speak — not yet even approximate dates or prices.


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