Owing to Covid-19 concerns, MWC 2020 has been canceled but Sony has held to its timetable for launch. Sony held an online unveiling of the Xperia smartphone to take the wraps off their first-ever 5G handset, the Xperia 1 II and another mid-range Xperia 10 II. The company also reveals a professional Xperia device for Pro users, the Xperia Pro.
1. Sony Xperia 1 II (pronounces as Xperia 1 Mark II)
Sony Xperia 1 was the Japanese tech giant's flagship last year, now, its reign is over after launching its successor, the Xperia 1 II. It's coming with the same build as its predecessor and better design, complete with the glass build and a Gorilla Glass 6 protection on top. The camera setup has been moved over to the left edge while previously in the middle for the Xperia 1.
The handset is fitted with a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED CinemaWide display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 3840 by 1644 pixels. This will provide you with a more realistic viewing experience since most films today use the 21:9 aspect ratio. Most companies have brought 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rates into their latest smartphone for 2020, however, Sony introduces Motion Blur Reduction technology onboard to simulate a 90Hz refresh rate that shows the same experience to the real 90Hz display.
Sony Xperia 1 II is powered by Qualcomm's latest 865 Snapdragon chipset and features 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The smartphone is the first Sony 5G handset, too. It includes the onboard Snapdragon X55 modem from Qualcomm but it only supports sub6-GHz networks. This means that Sony has not baked new antennas to support mmWave networks.
Sony Xperia 1 II comes with a triple camera system equipped with the same pixel size as three 12MP sensors. You get a main 12MP 1/1.7′′ sensor with Dual-PF AF and OIS with Zeiss T*, combined with an ultra-wide-angle 12MP 1/2.6′′ lens, and a 12MP 1/3.4′′ telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and OIS. With the same placement area, Sony is also offering a 3D iTOF sensor with support for up to 20fps AF/AE tracking burst, the killing feature we found in Sony's professional camera, Sony Alpha 9. The smartphone keeps an 8MP selfie camera as last year's model. With a Camera Pro app, the Xperia 1 II offers granular controls similar to what we see on modern DSLRs. The smartphone also supports real-time Eye AF for humans and animals to improve auto-focus.
Sony improves the battery capacity for its new flagship by fitting with a 4,000mAh battery, with fast wired charging via a USB Type-C port and also supports wireless charging. It features audio tuning from Dolby Atmos with front-facing stereo speakers, brings back a 3.5 mm headphone jack that missed on the Xperia 1 last year, and includes IP65/68 water and dust resistance rating.
Sony gives another support for gaming entertainment by bringing the Game Enhancer to keep the device for high gaming performance with 21:9 display ratio gameplay for more game content, and wirelessly DualShock 4 controller support.
Sony Xperia 1 II is available in three attractive colors, Black, White, and Purple. Sony hasn't announced the pricing details today but as announced in the live stream, both of the devices will start shipping from Spring 2020.
2. Sony Xperia 10 II (pronounces as Xperia 10 Mark II)
At the same stage, Sony unveils the successor of Xperia 10 for its mid-range smartphone, Sony Xperia 10 II. Sony's done minor overall upgrades. You are getting the same build and display from last year as the original Xperia 10. The camera system is now vertically oriented and shifted to the left edge instead of being in the rear panel center. You still get a visible fingerprint sensor with the power button.
Sony Xperia 10 II sports a 6-inch Full-HD+ OLED CinemaWide display with an aspect ratio of 21:9 resolution of 1080 by 2520 pixels, and a sizeable top bezel that houses a selfie camera of 8MP with aperture f/2.0.
The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 665 chipset, an upgrade found on Xperia 10 over the Snapdragon 630 chipset. The new chipset is accompanied by 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. There is no 5G support for Sony Xperia 10 II while it comes with only 4G onboard.
Sony Xperia 10 II features a triple camera system including a main 12MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle 8MP camera, and a rear 8MP telephoto camera. It also comes with a 3,600mAh battery, a Type-C USB port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and IP65/68 water and dust resistance.
Sony Xperia 10 II comes with four desirable colors, Pastel Green, Red, Blue, and White. For its price and availability, Sony hasn't mentioned yet, though, it will be shipped from Spring 2020.
3. Sony Xperia Pro
Alongside Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II, Sony also teased the Xperia Pro that will come with 5G mmWave support.
The 5G mmWave support makes Xperia Pro and Xperia 1 II have a big difference while the Xperia Pro supports both mmWave 5G and sub-6GHz networks, by contrast, the Xperia 1 Mark II features a 5G which is limited to sub-6GHz networks. Sony said the device has antenna coverage of 360-degrees, thanks to a 4-way 5G modem setup. The handset comes with broadcast capabilities of 360 degrees, too.
Sony Xperia Pro features an 8MP selfie camera and a triple rear camera system. The primary sensor is a dual 12MP 1/1.7′′ Dual-PF AF and OIS sensor. It is accompanied by an ultra-wide-angle 12MP f1/2.6′′ lens, a 12MP 1/3.4′′ telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and an iTOF 3D sensor. The device also sports a micro HDMI interface for direct camera input. In this way, the Xperia Pro can be used as a display for your professional cameras.
Apart from the above-mentioned features, the Xperia Pro is expected to inherit the Xperia 1 II specifications, i.e. a 6.5-inch 4 K HDR OLED CinemaWide display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB RAM, however, it bumped the storage bigger to 512GB.
Sony Xperia Pro is under development and, therefore, the device's specifications could be changed later. There is no news yet about pricing and availability. Further, we might expect later when Sony finalizes the Xperia Pro.