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Sony Wades into the 5G Wars With the New Xperia 1 II

Two Sony Xperia 1 II phones, one showing display and the other showing the triple camera array.

Chances are, you don’t have 5G service in your area yet, but phone manufacturers aren’t waiting. Today Sony announced the Xperia 1 II (spoken as Xperia One Mark Two) Android phone, complete with 5G and Zeiss cameras.

Sony planned to announce new devices at Mobile World Congress, but thanks to the event’s cancellation, those plans were put on hold. But now the company is moving forward and letting us know all about its latest flagship phone.

The Xperia 1 II sets itself apart with a triple Zeiss camera array. You’ll get a 12-megapixel main, ultrawide, and telephoto lens, each covered with Zeiss’ T* anti-reflective coating. For all your selfie needs, Sony provided an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The company also showed off its advanced camera techniques in its Photo Pro software, including eye detection that even works for animals.

It’s not a smartphone without a giant touchscreen, and the Xperia 1 II has that aplenty. It features a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display, but Sony didn’t bump the screen up to a 90 HZ refresh rate. Instead, it claims the display’s motion blur technology is “equivalent to that of a 90Hz display.” We’ll believe that when we see it.

Inside, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G SoC married to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. You can expand that storage with microSD cards as well. The Xperia 1 II runs Android 10 and comes in three colors: white, black, or purple. You’ll be able to use it on Verizon, At&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, and MetroPCS. Sony didn’t provide a price but look for it in stores this spring.

via Sony

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