Sony makes some of the best smartphone cameras, and the Xperia 5 II delivers impressive image quality. The camera module combines well with the stock Android experience to give you a robust shooter-phone hybrid.
One of the most significant selling points for this phone is its 21:9 aspect ratio display, which makes it feel much more comfortable to use in one hand despite being quite tall. It also helps to narrow the phone down, making it easier to fit into a pocket without bulging out of it too much.
The Sony Xperia 5 II has a camera that’s a natural step up from the Mark I, producing imagery with excellent low-light performance and impressive color rendering. It’s not perfect, though: limited dynamic range and a yellowish-white balance are noticeable in nightscapes, while faces are often underexposed in high-contrast situations.
Fortunately, these aren’t deal breakers. The camera is also a bit more flexible than some of the competition regarding manual controls, and it’s fun to play with.
The telephoto lens, for example, can zoom to 3x optical and 4.4x digital. It’s paired with advanced autofocus, a wide-angle lens, and ZEISS optics.
The Sony Xperia 5 Ii has a top-of-the-line processor from Qualcomm. It’s paired with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage (which you can expand further with a microSD card).
This is an excellent combination for a 2020 flagship phone. It’s not the latest and greatest, but it’s still imposing.
It’s also a lot better than some of today’s high-end phones. It can quickly open and load apps without lagging or other performance issues.
It also does an excellent job of capturing video that’s true to life, even in challenging lighting conditions. Colors look bold and well-balanced in outdoor videos, with plenty of texture but low noise levels.
If you’ve seen Sony’s flagship phones in the past, you’ll know they’re often packed with top-tier features. But if you’re looking for a smaller, budget-friendly version of one of those handsets, dialing it back, a notch might be all the difference.
This Xperia 5 Ii is an example of this, and it does what it says on the tin: it takes all the best stuff from the top-end, cuts a few corners here and there to bring the price down, but does so in a way that still gives you a lot of bang for your buck. That means a brilliantly fast camera, a great screen, and some clever battery saver tech that gets better as it goes on.
It also comes with a neat heat suppression mode that doesn’t let the phone get hot while gaming if it’s plugged in, and another cool trick that stops it from fully charging overnight. These things keep the Xperia 5 II going for a few days without needing to be recharged unless you’re heavy on HDR Netflix and late-night social media room scrolling.
The Sony Xperia 5 Ii display is as great as it gets, and if you’re looking for a high-end phone with a 120Hz screen, this is a perfect option. The 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED panel is crisp, bright, and vibrant, quickly showing HDR 21:9 widescreen movies.
The display is also pretty narrow and tall, so it fits easily into the hand. This is a plus for us because it doesn’t look chunky like other smartphones today.
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