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Sony Xperia 5 II
  • Operating system

    Android 10.0

  • Screen size

    6.1 in

  • Processor frequency

    2.84 GHz

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Sony has certainly lost some of its superb smartphones, but the Japanese firm has not lost the course of what differentiated it, including compact models, or at least less disproportionately large than the vast majority of current production. This Xperia 5 II has several assets to stand out.

The rather elongated format of this smartphone may surprise, but it is also very pleasant and its ergonomics benefits from several physical buttons dedicated (to the photo and Google Assistant, which can be changed by the way). The weight is well distributed and the finishes are impeccable, only the slightly thick edges break a little with the premium impression of the Xperia 5 II. Waterproof, with its IP68 certification, equipped with a micro-SD port and much rarer with a mini-Jack port, the Sony smartphone makes a good impression. Beware, the sound output lacks a little power to fully convince, but the speakers deliver a good sound.

The very long screen of this Xperia 5 II is very successful, with 6.1 inches of diagonal and a definition quite sufficient for a real comfort (1080 by 2520 pixels). The color rendering is just as good, provided that you go to the settings to choose the "Creator" mode, which is a little more precise and even close to perfection. Finally, the brightness as well as the contrast allow you not to have to worry about readability, no matter what the environment.

In terms of performance, this Xperia 5 II is among the best, without being the fastest. But it would be unfair to criticize it, because it allows without any concern of fluidity to enjoy all uses, and even games run at full speed.

For the photo, this Xperia 5 II embeds three photo sensors, complementary to meet multiple uses. The classic module, with its 12 million pixels, is also wide-angle, but can be improved because it tends to make too many flat areas (the fault of the software processing) and it sometimes fails on color rendering. In a low light environment, the quality is good, with a high level of details and a good accuracy, but be careful with moving subjects, the pause time being quite high. The ultra wide angle module comes out well, with some classic flaws but a nice level of detail, despite a slightly cold rendering. In the dark, Sony has managed a tour de force by retaining a lot of details. For the telephoto lens, there is a small lack of precision, and the darkness completes to make the photo unusable. There is a problem with the selfies, clearly too smooth, despite a good management of backlighting. On the other hand, Sony has added a dedicated video application with a whole bunch of additional features of very good quality and useful.

In terms of autonomy, Sony has seen too small for the battery and this is paid for by an autonomy that has difficulty exceeding the day if you use your smartphone a little too much. The most thrifty will make it last, but everyone will be penalized by the charger provided, which too little powerful recharge the Xperia 5 II in more than an hour and a half!

Review of the Sony Xperia 5 II done by Julien Hany the 2021/07/18

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Key points

SAR

0.278 W/kg

Internal storage

128 GB

Qi wireless charging

Yes

Barometer

Yes

Rugged

Yes

PPI

449

Capacity

4000 mAh

Photo resolution (Front camera)

8 MP

Video resolution

1080 p

RAM

8192 MB

Processor frequency

2.84 GHz

Screen size

6.1 in

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Technical specifications

The Sony Xperia 5 II has several versions, you will find the features of the 128GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (128GB / 8GB RAM, Dual SIM, 256GB / 8GB RAM, Single SIM, 256GB / 8GB RAM, Dual SIM) alternative versions, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 10.0
Available Yes
Released (US) October 2020
Released (FR) October 2020
Street price (EUR) 899 €
Design Candybar
Color
Blue
Grey
Black
Pink
SAR 0.278 W/kg
Rugged Yes
Type Waterproof
Dust
Ingress Protection IP 68
Display
Screen type OLED
Resolution 2520x1080 pixels
Screen size 6.1 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 449
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 800
850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA No
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
1800
2100
2600
5G Yes
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 12 MP
Video resolution 1080 p
Flash Yes
Flash type LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Optical zoom 3 x
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 8 MP
Front Flash No
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
68 in
8 in
158 in
163 oz
Sony Xperia 5 II
Height 158 in
Width 68 in
Thickness 8 in
Weight 163 oz
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SM8250
Processor frequency 2.84 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 8192 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage Yes
Memory card microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.1
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio Yes
Headset jack 3.5mm
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM No
eSIM No
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Video player Yes
Radio No
FM Transmitter No
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 4000 mAh
Qi wireless charging Yes
Type Embedded
Quick Charge Yes
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB
Hardware
Internal storage 256 GB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes



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