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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