Sony Electronics' flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 II, will be available for pre-sales starting June 1st and shipping July 24th unlocked from Sony authorized retailers.
Xperia 1 II has a suggested retail price of $1199.99 USD. Pre-order by June 28th to get the WF-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling earbuds with Xperia 1 II (a $230 value).
Designed with Sony's Alpha AF technology, the newly developed triple camera array with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm and 70mm supports advanced photo technologies with ZEISS optics calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II, as well as ZEISS T* coating, which contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections.
Utilizing technology developed for Alpha interchangeable lens cameras, Xperia 1 II offers continuous autofocus and auto-exposure that performs AF/AE3 calculations at 60 times per second.
This enables the first AF / AE3 continuous tracking for high-speed shooting at a maximum of 20 fps which is useful for shooting moving subjects such as children or animals and fast-moving sports.
Furthermore, " Real-time Eye AF4", which locks focus on the subject's eye for stunning portrait shots, is now available for both humans and animals.
Xperia 1 II fast focus also works in low light conditions delivering quality images in challenging circumstances thanks to four technologies working together:
- dual-photo diode sensor
- an autofocus system that covers approximately 70 percent of the sensor
- the 3D iToF sensor
- a new large 1/1.7" Exmor RS for mobile sensor, which is 1.5x more sensitive than the previous model, resulting in faster and more accurate AF in low light shooting.
The new Photography Pro function with technology from Alpha brings a user interface that is familiar to Alpha cameras, with manual controls to set ISO, shutter speed, burst mode, autofocus area, exposure control and more.
Cinematography Pro, powered by CineAlta, newly supports up to 2K 120fps 10-bit HDR cinematic high frame rate shooting and 21:9 4K HDR recording at 24/25/30/60fps. Touch AF, Metered Manual controls for setting exposure, level meter and improved white balance settings offer more manual control, while the Intelligent wind filter technology from Sony reduces noise and wind interference for clear audio recording.
Motion blur reduction technology is equivalent to that of a 90Hz display and reduces frame lag for a clearer image quality. It also features Dolby Atmos sound, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The smartphone is also the first to feature 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding to optimize sound quality when listening to music on the global music and entertainment platform TIDAL.
Music can be enjoyed through the front stereo speakers using either wired headphones connected to the 3.5mm jack, or wireless headphones via Bluetooth. Significant audio tuning has reduced crosstalk to an imperceptible 20dB, which is over 90 percent lower than USB-C headphone connections.
In addition to featuring High-resolution Audio and High-resolution Wireless Audio, Xperia 1 II introduces DSEE Ultimate. This new technology utilizes artificial intelligence to automatically improve audio frequency and bit rate in real-time, taking each track close to high-resolution audio. It works with wired or wireless headphones, and with local or streaming music.
The 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED screen os offering a wider field-of-view for user gameplay. Front stereo speakers, enhanced touch sensitivity, direct connection to PlayStation4's DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller, and motion blur reduction technology for smoother action, make gaming on Xperia more immersive.
Supporting the gaming experience further, the Game Enhancer mode, which optimizes the game's processing performance on the device, has been improved with additional functionality on Xperia 1 II, such as "Competition Set," which pins a game to the screen and turns Xperia into a dedicated gaming device, making it ideal for competitive matches and Esports.
The smartphone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery with fast charge that charges up to 50 percent in just 30 minutesand features Qi fast wireless charging. It has an IP65/68 water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.
Xperia 1 II comes in black with Android 10 pre-installed and will be compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket and MetroPCS networks.