Last year, Sony once again made “this is a turn” and released a number of smartphones with a display having a 21: 9 aspect ratio. In its own way, this is logical – being able to make probably the best multimedia smartphones in the world (with high-quality sound, a good screen and a set of branded lotions in the firmware), the company brought the matter, well, not to absurdity, of course, but to turning the smartphone into a small TV. You can argue for a long time about the extent to which this generally sensible decision is to watch a movie, and even in the original format, on a screen with a diagonal of 6-6.5 inches, but let’s just take it.
Sony Xperia 1 turned out to be a rather interesting device – with a good aspect ratio of the case, without a harsh cut-out, with a good camera (which, like Achilles follows the tortoise of other flagships – is improving every year, but can’t catch up with it), powerful stuffing … but also habitually controversial solutions: a small amount of internal memory without expandability, the absence of a mini-jack and support for wireless charging, with a fingerprint scanner on the side and a high price.
|Sony Xperia 1 II||Sony Xperia Pro||Sony Xperia 1|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency and four Kryo 585 cores with 1.80 GHz frequency||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865: one Kryo 585 core with 2.84 GHz frequency, three Kryo 585 cores with 2.42 GHz frequency and four Kryo 585 cores with 1.80 GHz frequency||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: one Kryo 485 Gold core, 2.85 GHz frequency + three Kryo 485 Gold cores, 2.42 GHz frequency + four Kryo 485 Silver cores, 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|
|Rear camera||Fourth module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ/ 2.6 + ƒ/ 3.4, 2x optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle||Fourth module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP + TOF, ƒ / 1.7 + ƒ/ 2.6 + ƒ/ 3.4, 2x optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle||Triple module: 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ / 1.6 + ƒ/ 2.4 + ƒ/ 2.4, 2x optical zoom, optical stabilizer, ultra wide viewing angle|
|Front-camera||8 megapixels||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Fingerprint scanner||On the verge of housing, capacitive||On the verge of housing, capacitive||On the verge of housing, 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|
|Dust and moisture protection||IP65 / IP68||IP65 / IP68||IP65 / IP68|
|operating system||Android 10 with a proprietary shell||Android 10 with a proprietary shell||Android 9 with a proprietary shell|
In 2020, Sony did not suddenly change strategy and released a logical continuation of Xperia 1, without even having to come up with a fresh name, but adding the Mark II designation to the name in the manner of the company’s cameras. Here you can fancy about this naming practice, but to me it actually seems normal. In the second version of Xperia 1, the Japanese company fixed a number of problems of its predecessor, including the return of things splashed out under the influence of fashion and unknown reasons – such as an analog audio jack and support for wireless charging.
Sony Xperia 1 II generally looks like such a product of the era of classicism – with its own mini-jack hole while maintaining the IP65 / IP68 moisture protection class (as in the old days, still good for the mobile unit of the company), a more “rectangular” case, again referring back to about the time Xperia Z5, a frosted glass back, which is covered by the same Gorilla Glass 6 as the front surface, and a block of cameras shifted to the edge. And of course, with noticeable frames at the top and bottom of the screen.
The main update of Mark II, in addition to the mandatory upgrade of the hardware platform (now Qualcomm Snapdragon 865), of course, these same cameras. Now there are not three, but four of them – a TOF camera has been added to the three modules responsible for different focal lengths. 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 lower aperture of the optics (f / 1.7), the wide-angle module received autofocus (also dual-pixel) and the telephoto module has a focal length of not 52 mm, but 70 mm – that is, the Xperia 1 II offers not double, but triple optical zoom.
However, Sony’s main focus is not on the quality of shooting – here again we should expect a slight lag behind the main competitors – but on the shooting speed and the accuracy of autofocus. Using the achievements of the photo division, Sony engineers added to the Xperia 1 II the autofocus function in the eyes of both a person and an 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 the “cinema smart phone” – will someone really shoot the dynamics on a non-specialized device? However, with household photography of children and animals, such a function can really be useful. Also, the connection of Xperia smartphones with professional cameras of the company is emphasized by a single design code for the interface, which, by the way, is also quite controversial – Sony has never been a leader on the camera interface. But this is a common place for a mobile unit that fills its creations with signs of a “professional” – all kinds of filters for video, color presets, and even detailed white balance settings for on-site video recording.
Updated and screen. That is, at first glance it is the same – 6.5 inches, OLED, 3840 × 1644 pixels (4K), but now it supports a higher refresh rate – 90 Hz. For the flagship in 2020, this is already a necessary minimum, Samsung in its Galaxy S20 swung at 120 Hz. Both speakers are again brought to the frontal plane – it is funny to see how Sony immediately returns a number of successful solutions from the past, canceled for some reason in one fell swoop in Xperia 1. And indeed, the set of supported music codecs Xperia 1 II is ahead of the rest: Hi-Res Audio, DSEE Ultimate, and even 360 Reality Audio.
The Sony Xperia 1 II never returned a slot for a memory card, but the storage capacity this time is acceptable – 256 GB. RAM – 8 GB.
The smartphone will be presented in three colors: black, white and purple – and will appear on the market presumably in June. The price has not yet been announced, but it is unlikely to be lower than the Xperia 1 at the start – that is, about 80 thousand rubles.
The second smartphone presented today is able to puzzle. Sony Xperia Pro is either the first sign of the upcoming 5G era, or an experiment doomed to modest sales and fairly quick oblivion. Smartphone transmitter, smartphone for professional bloggers, smartphone – an external screen for the camera. It seems that even the developers themselves doubt its positioning.
In essence, this is the same Xperia 1 II, but in a thicker case and with sixteen 5G antennas that can receive not only frequencies less than 6 GHz, like all modern smartphones with support for 5G networks, but also a millimeter wave (28 GHz ) The smartphone is proposed to be used not only as a regular phone with special capabilities for access to ultrafast Internet networks, but also as a transmitter on the camera. To transfer data from the camera to a smartphone, the latter provides not only a USB Type-C, but also an HDMI port; in parallel, you can use a device with a 6.5-inch OLED display as an external monitor. Well, to broadcast almost without restrictions on data transfer speed. The case here is thick, with improved cooling and without wireless charging, the hardware platform is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the RAM is the same as the Xperia 1 II (8 GB), but the larger drive is 512 GB. The built-in cameras are the same, despite the status of an accessory for professional video equipment.
Another thing is that for Russia all this mess, even though the millimeter wave is already being tested by at least the Tele2 operator, is still a question of the future, and hidden by fog. Xperia Pro, most likely, was prepared exactly for the Olympic Games in Tokyo – if the coronavirus epidemic nevertheless declines and the Games still take place, the smartphone transmitter may be in demand in the home market, even if for a short time. It is difficult to talk about global and long-term prospects, including for bloggers – there are no even approximate dates or prices.
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