Gsmarena wants 4K from 8MP camera?
First off, nice thorough review as always; I was looking forward to it. However, I'm not sure the "monetary burden", especially compared to S20, is globally existent. Currently in the US, I see the S20 (unlocked/carrier, no trade in) listed for $999.99 from at least 3 major retailers. $950 is undoubtedly a large amount, regardless of the value of pre-order goodies. But calling it a "Sony premium" and thereby "hard to recommend" (following so much praise in the same article) when the S20 review ended on a much more positive note, seems hardly justifiable. But hey, I'm no expert reviewer...
when it comes to personal preferences the only real definitory element that differentiate the usefulness of the smartphones is / are the cameras and the related software. and this being stated , when it comes to x 5 II everything boils down to this statement from the review: "more 'photographic' and less 'instagrammy' shots".
next step: immediately, when pre-ordering becomes available in my area, guess what... :)
Fearghast, 28 Sep 2020Real gamers don't play on a mobile phones - especialy not auto aim simulators with lootbo... moreAlthough you are right, mobile gaming is not great it is a huge seller in places like India where the mobile phone is the only access to gaming most have.... which is ironic as due to heavy importation taxes etc Sony no longer can compete in India so don't
wongwatt, 28 Sep 2020Dull display and no wireless charging makes this a very expensive "small" phone - I&... moreIt all depends on what you already have... that is the problem with having the same headphones 2 years in a row with the XZ1, 2 and 3... it would not make anyone upgrade but might appeal to those who never bought in to the range... Sony has the problem though that the price of the handset never comes down yet no one "just missing" the launch offers want to pay full price and no one 6 months into the life span want to pay full price...
lavialegon, 28 Sep 2020the lack of 4k60 in the native app is not a con because everyone who want to buy this phone is... moreWould you be a dear and share a source of that "information"?
Of course it's non-issue but what you just wrote is a clear b$. Try to use real arguments next time.
kav.im, 28 Sep 2020Only gamers can understand ;)Real gamers don't play on a mobile phones - especialy not auto aim simulators with lootboxes baked in the core.
That's what you get when you have a great hardware, yet 99,9% games are pathetic PC ports or pay to win lootbox tosh.
Nick Tagataka, 28 Sep 2020It's honestly surprising that Sony is sticking to such a dim screen for their high end of... morePrecisely. Guess what? Next Xperia 1iii will have brighter display 😂😂😂. I understand if 1ii a bit dimmer due to 4k+battery size, but that excuse cannot be used in smaller 5ii.
Fearghast, 28 Sep 2020That's not something you can even compare because of changes made to sharpening in firmwa... moreWhat's weird also is, the Sony Xperia 5 II seems to be using the imx 555 sensor and the Xperia 1 II the imx 557,
I thought they would be the same this time around but this info was pulled off of Wikipedia.
M86, 28 Sep 2020Still waiting for a compact version of xperia phone. If they stop using 21:9 format, going ... moreDon't forget that a truly compact phone with 4.5-5 inch screen and 16:9 aspect ratio will only allow a battery of max 2500-3000 mAh. This would mean either lower battery life or 720p resolution.
the lack of 4k60 in the native app is not a con because everyone who want to buy this phone is ready to use the cinema pro, there is no an average user who would buy sony flagships
-best design in 2020 so far
-great battery life
-top notch camera
-pretty good speakers
It is pretty great smartphone and i am interested in picking it rather than 1ii , i don't care about wireless charging because i don't use it at all but for screen i wish it was brighter ( more than 600nits )
Great review as always, but please, for the love of God, stop calling it a compact.
Along with it being just too big (doesn't even fit comfortably in a pocket), the useless 21:9 ratio with Google Assistant button that can't be changed and a wildy ambitious pricing point during a global pandemic with jobs being lost everywhere means this is a firm no for me.
Shui8, 28 Sep 2020Its the best yet from Sony, no doubt about it. Camera? Flagship grade, but i've seen b... moreIt's honestly surprising that Sony is sticking to such a dim screen for their high end offerings, and this level of brightness really disappointing for "Professional" or "Creator" grade display that it claims to have. The only 2020 flagship phone that performs just as bad as this phone in terms of auto max brightness is P40 Pro (which somehow even performs better than this phone in manual brightness) - and that one comes with lower quality BOE panel unlike Xperia 5 II which I believe uses LG's OLED display.
Shanti Dope, 28 Sep 2020Now that's how you properly do a 120Hz display in FHD+. Take notes, Samsung ☺️Seriously? 😂😂😂
Its the best yet from Sony, no doubt about it.
Camera? Flagship grade, but i've seen better (image processing in daylight oversharpen, lowlight with ugly softness, and again, classic Sony...overblown highlights all over the place)
Display? Actually I'll take brighter screen than 120fps.
Design? Perfect, spot on.
No wireless charging? That thing is so thin that I dont mind having even they have to trimmed down the battery to 3800mah.
But overall a good flagship compact smartphone, with a nice review, at least for average consumers. Really hope that u can do separate review about the Photo & Cinema Pro app.
Nick Tagataka, 28 Sep 2020I like how this comment had an upvote 34 seconds after you had posted it. Quite unnatural if y... moreTBH is not rare at all, try to type "Sony is the best" in any Sony article and bam you have 10 likes in 1 minute.
Not to mention it seem you can like your own comments, whos idead was that? What were they thinking? :-D
Not that it matters is any way shape or form, discussion is infinitely more useful than +/- that boots one "ego".