8.3/10
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The Sony Xperia 1 II currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.5"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

The Sony Xperia 1 II excels at being a Sony: stylish, often with a surprisingly great camera, yet at the same time it never quite reaches out to be something better than a good camera in a sleek design. Sony seems to have abandoned all efforts to improve upon the stock Android experience, it doesn’t...

- Victor Hristov, PhoneArena
Digital Camera World

The Sony Xperia 1 II stands out from the crowd by offering a photo and video capture experience tailored towards enthusiasts and pros. If you fit this niche and prioritize pro camera features and image accuracy above all else, the Xperia 1 II is definitely worth shortlisting. However, a more typical...

- Ben Andrews, Digital Camera World
uSwitch

The Sony Xperia 1 II packs high-end specs, great design and possibly the most powerful camera of any phone right now. We cannot ignore its quirks though: the overly tall body, the lack of facial recognition and the overly sophisticated camera pro-mode make this a niche device that goes against many...

- Luigi Palazzolo, uSwitch
Good Housekeeping

This handset is a great all-rounder. It has a long battery life, a fingerprint sensor and a fantastic camera. It may be expensive, but we think it’s worth it.

- Good Housekeeping
Wired

I think this phone is best suited to tinkerers—folks that don't mind fiddling around with settings to get the display calibrated exactly right, messing the equalizer to tune the audio to their liking, or futzing with the camera controls to grab a better shot. If that's not you, look to phones like t...

- Julian Chokkattu, Wired


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia 1 II on June 20, 2020.


The Xperia 1 II price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia 1 II prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Sony backs up the Xperia 1 II with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia 1 II has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.5"

The Sony Xperia 1 II's screen size is 6.5 inches with 1644 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 10 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
256 GB

Internal memory is 256 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

Xperia 1 II Specs

Overview
Release date June 20, 2020
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Networks
5G
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 10

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Processor Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 256 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.6 x 7.2 x 0.79 cm (6.5 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 181 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 65/68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels
Pixel density 643 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 90Hz
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 1000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
No
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Telephoto), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, Ultrawide), HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, OGG
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony Xperia 1 Mark two, Xperia 1 Mk II, Xperia 1 (2020)

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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

Great camera, buggy software

from PhoneArena

The Sony Xperia 1 II excels at being a Sony: stylish, often with a surprisingly great camera, yet at the same time it never quite reaches out to be something better than a good camera in a sleek design. Sony seems to have abandoned all efforts to improve upon the stock Android experience, it does...More

The Sony Xperia 1 II excels at being a Sony: stylish, often with a surprisingly great camera, yet at the same time it never quite reaches out to be something better than a good camera in a sleek design. Sony seems to have abandoned all efforts to improve upon the stock Android experience, it doesn’t have any of the exciting new features in the Android world like fast refresh rates, fast charging, or long range zoom. US shoppers would also be disappointed to find support for 5G bands missing (the device will support Europe and Japan 5G bands). And it costs a whopping $1,200.

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Digital Camera World

Stunning screen, advanced photo and video features

from Digital Camera World

The Sony Xperia 1 II stands out from the crowd by offering a photo and video capture experience tailored towards enthusiasts and pros. If you fit this niche and prioritize pro camera features and image accuracy above all else, the Xperia 1 II is definitely worth shortlisting. However, a more typi...More

The Sony Xperia 1 II stands out from the crowd by offering a photo and video capture experience tailored towards enthusiasts and pros. If you fit this niche and prioritize pro camera features and image accuracy above all else, the Xperia 1 II is definitely worth shortlisting. However, a more typical user is likely to find a rival phone like the S20 Ultra or P40 Pro gives slightly more pleasing images, even if they're not quite as true to life.

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uSwitch

A luxury smartphone with high-end capabilities but not without its quirks

from uSwitch

The Sony Xperia 1 II packs high-end specs, great design and possibly the most powerful camera of any phone right now. We cannot ignore its quirks though: the overly tall body, the lack of facial recognition and the overly sophisticated camera pro-mode make this a niche device that goes against ma...More

The Sony Xperia 1 II packs high-end specs, great design and possibly the most powerful camera of any phone right now. We cannot ignore its quirks though: the overly tall body, the lack of facial recognition and the overly sophisticated camera pro-mode make this a niche device that goes against many of the trends we have seen in the smartphone market in the last two years.

Read full review

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Good Housekeeping

The ideal handset for TV and movie fans

Good Housekeeping

This handset is a great all-rounder. It has a long battery life, a fingerprint sensor and a fantastic camera. It may be expensive, but we think it’s worth it.

Read full review

This handset is a great all-rounder. It has a long battery life, a fingerprint sensor and a fantastic camera. It may be expensive, but we think it’s worth it.

Read full review

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Wired

An excellent phone

from Wired

I think this phone is best suited to tinkerers—folks that don't mind fiddling around with settings to get the display calibrated exactly right, messing the equalizer to tune the audio to their liking, or futzing with the camera controls to grab a better shot. If that's not you, look to phones l...More

I think this phone is best suited to tinkerers—folks that don't mind fiddling around with settings to get the display calibrated exactly right, messing the equalizer to tune the audio to their liking, or futzing with the camera controls to grab a better shot. If that's not you, look to phones like the Pixel 4 or iPhone 11, which have equally great cameras that don't require you to do as much work to get a stunning result.

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Cnet

For phone filmmakers, these cameras will be hard to beat

from Cnet

Sony is after creative types who want more control over their photos and videos. That's why the company packed the $1,200 Xperia with controls and tools from its popular Alpha line of full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Sony is after creative types who want more control over their photos and videos. That's why the company packed the $1,200 Xperia with controls and tools from its popular Alpha line of full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Stuff

A truly capable flagship phone

from Stuff

Combines a cinephile-grade display with camera smarts taken straight from Sony's Alpha division to great effect. Outright image quality might not be the best, but this feature-packed flagship is still one of the most photographer-friendly handsets around.

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Combines a cinephile-grade display with camera smarts taken straight from Sony's Alpha division to great effect. Outright image quality might not be the best, but this feature-packed flagship is still one of the most photographer-friendly handsets around.

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Display Blog

A high-end smartphone with high-end specs

from Display Blog

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a high-end smartphone with high-end specs that let you capture some incredible videos and photos on a beautiful 21:9 OLED screen. I like the blocky design of the chassis as well as the display. No notch is a good thing in my book. The $1200 price tag means not everyone wil...More

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a high-end smartphone with high-end specs that let you capture some incredible videos and photos on a beautiful 21:9 OLED screen. I like the blocky design of the chassis as well as the display. No notch is a good thing in my book. The $1200 price tag means not everyone will be able to afford one, but think of it this way: you will not need a separate point and shoot camera, mid-range camcorder, or webcam. Or you can get the original Xperia 1 for about $800

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XDA Developers

A fine-tuned upgrade

from XDA Developers

Even though Sony’s mobile division isn’t doing great, the company has done a fantastic job with its latest flagship and has included some noteworthy improvements over last year’s Xperia 1.

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Even though Sony’s mobile division isn’t doing great, the company has done a fantastic job with its latest flagship and has included some noteworthy improvements over last year’s Xperia 1.

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