Back in September 2015, Sony unveiled the world's first 4K display mobile, and it was a big deal. The small 16:9 5.5 inch display of the Xperia Z5 came with an insane 4K resolution and the world's highest 806 PPI pixel density.
Sony holds the crown for the highest PPI smartphone in the world.
Fast forward to 2020; Sony is the only phone maker that is offering a 4K display in its rather unusually named Sony Xperia 1 II (read as Xperia 1 Mark II).
Sony has unveiled the Xperia 1 Mark II on the 24th of Feb 2020 and will soon start shipping to Europe and other countries. Notably, Sony has long backpack bags from the Indian market and no longer sells the luxuriously priced phones in the hyper-competitive market.
Coming to the Xperia 1 Mark II, it is a unique phone with many out-of-the-box features you won't find elsewhere.
Sony Xperia 1 Mark II Is an Intriguing Phone With OffBeat Features
Display and Design
The Xperia 1 II comes with a very tall design with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 6.5-inch OLED display that offers an insane 1644 x 3840 pixels resolution.
It is still the world's highest PPI phone offering 644 Pixels per inch. Sony is using a 60 Hz display panel that uses a motion blurring technology that helps to smooth the jitter seen on 60 Hz panels.
Notably, the Xperia uses the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to protect the front and the back glass.
The phone has got sizeable bezels at the top and the bottom and comes with a vertically-aligned rear camera setup.
The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted, and the phone surprisingly comes with a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Sony removed the jack in the Xperia 1, but now the poor jack returns.
The Xperia 1 Mark II comes with the IP68 rating, making it water and dustproof.
Powering the Sony Xperia 1, Mark II is the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-Core processor that comes with the Adreno 650 GPU.
There is 8 GB Ram and 256 GB UFS storage. Further, the phone has a massive 4000 mAH capacity battery that comes with fast/wireless charging support.
It ships with the latest Android 10 OS and has a clean UI.
The new Xperia supports 5G and will offer blazing-fast data speeds.
The Xperia 1 II comes with triple rear cameras, all having 12 MP resolution. The primary 12 MP camera comes with a big 1/1.7" Exmor sensor that has PDAF, OIS support to ensure excellent imaging.
The second camera is a telephoto lens that offers an f/2.4 aperture and has OIS with PDAF. The third lens is an ultra-wide shooter with a 12 MP resolution and comes with a 16 mm focal length and has f/2.4 aperture.
At the front, there is an 8 MP camera hidden in the top bezel.
Sony cameras come with some exciting features, and my favorite is the eye-tracking feature. The camera can track your subject's eye and can capture images that are sharp with ease. Secondly, the Xperia 1 Mark II is capable of shooting 20 shots per second and with precise focus.
Lastly, this time the cameras come with the Zeiss branding and also uses some of the fancy techs from Zeiss.
For Audiophiles, there is 360 Realty Audio Hardware to offer high fidelity music, and not to mention you can use the 3.5 mm headphone jack to use your expensive headphones.
Since the company has stopped selling the Xperia's in India, I am a bit more tempted to get one.
Share in comments - what do you think about the new Xperia 1 Mark II.
Published On - 3 September 2015
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is iconic, a leap forward.
We shared last week that Sony may be actually launching a 4K mobile with the world's highest resolution on a smartphone screen and the higher ever PPI - 806.
I was not certain that will Sony will break the norm and will take this extraordinary step.
Last iterations from the brand, the Xperia Z3+ or the Z4 were not impressive. There was nothing exciting in these in comparison to the Xperia Z3.
Besides, there was a news about Sony Selling the mobile division as it is not doing well, reported by the leading websites like Forbes, business insider, Bloomberg, the Verge.
But now with this new mind-blowing 4K Display mobile, Sony has declared that they are in the business and are fighting to keep it alive. Also, they will beat the shit out of the competition.
Samsung is the first to launch the 2K displays or the Fingerprint scanners or the curved led displays and is ahead of most rivals currently.
However, this time it is Sony that has beaten Samsung or other companies to launch the most revolutionary display.
The Sony Z5 Premium may not be the best phone but it has done well for the brand which was not seen any longer as an innovative or cutting-edge technology providers.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was unveiled with the other two flagship smartphones at the Berlin IFA conference. The other two smartphones are Sony Xperia Z5 and the Sony Xperia Compact.
Key Specs And Features
For starters, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has 4K (3840*2160) 5.5-inch display with 806 PPI. The display is clear and sharp in comparison to most low resolutions screens. In fact, it offers 4 times the resolution for a Full HD TV.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Octa -Core processor Snapdragon 810, that even powers the OnePlus 2 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Plus.
Additionally, it has the Adreno 430 GPU to offer you 4K gaming experience.
Moreover, the mobile will come in chrome, gold and black colors with the shiny back and metallic edged frame.
The OS is Android Lollipop 5.1 which runs along with the Sony UI. We have 3 GB of DDR3 RAM which is adequate to run latest Android games and for multi-tasking.
Further, it comes with 32 GB internal storage that is expandable upto 200 GB using a micro-sd card.
Tragically, it lacks Dual sim support and comes with one nano sim slot. It supports 4G LTE and native 3G and 2G networks.
For photography, we have an incredible 23 Megapixel lens camera with an Exmor Rs sensor with F 1/2.3 aperture size. The camera has G lens technology that helps you take clear images in low and artificial light.
Additionally, it comes with a Bionz image processing engine which helps in processing images faster. The video camera has 4K video recording capabilities and if you have a 4K TV you can stream the videos on the TV as well.
Moreover, the camera comes with ultra-fast focus capability and can focus images as fast as 0.03 seconds. There is a dedicated camera button on one side of the mobile that you can use to capture images.
For selfies, the front camera is 5 MP and comes with steady shot technology and a 25 mm wide angle lens. Also, The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a fingerprint scanner on one of the sides for easy locking and unlocking.
Battery Life, Connectivity And Price
Furthermore, it comes with a massive 3430 mAH battery capacity that offers Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging support. We will have to wait some more days to get the information, how long the battery lasts with the Ultra High definition display. However, Sony claims that battery can go beyond 1 day.
The other technologies that enhance the experience are the clear audio+ and the PS4 remote play.
The phone weighs 180 grams and has a thickness of 7.8 mm which is not too much considering it has a 5.5-inch screen.
Lastly, the phone is Water and dustproof (IP65 and IP68) which is again another cool feature you get when you buy a Sony flagship.
Barring the Dual Sim support, Sony has left no stone unturned with the latest flagship. However, we will have more details when it actually launches in India.
The smartphone is expected to cost 55K and will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Note 6 edge Plus and iPhone 6s.