Sony Upgraded Xperia 5 II Smartphone with 120Hz Refresh Rate

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Sony has just unveiled its newest smartphone, the Xperia 5 II, which is now available for preorder. Marketed by Sony as a phone that's "built for speed, made compact," the new Xperia 5 II offers many of the same features as Sony's current flagship, the Xperia 1 II, but comes with a smaller footprint.

Sony Xperia 5 II Dual-SIM Smartphone
Sony Xperia 5 II Dual-SIM Smartphone

Small Size, Big Features

The most conspicuous difference between the Xperia 5 II and the Xperia 1 II is the body size. Lighter, narrower, and with a smaller 6.1" display, the Xperia 5 II is a pocket-friendlier version of the Xperia 1 II. However, that smaller and thinner size doesn't prevent the Xperia 5 II from standing tall in terms of specs and features.

The biggest of those features is the Xperia 5 II's camera setup: a ZEISS-made triple rear system that appears to be the same one you get with the Xperia 1 II. That system includes three 12MP shooters—a 24mm wide, a 16mm ultrawide, and a 70mm telephoto—and offers the same groundbreaking camera features that elevate the Xperia 1 II above other photo-focused smartphones. Of those features, the obvious standout is Eye AF, Sony's exclusive, best-in-class autofocus technology used in its Alpha professional cameras.

To go along with its industry-leading camera, the Xperia 5 II also packs the type of hardware typically reserved for the most premium smartphones. Included in that list are a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage (that can be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card), and 4,000mAh battery—just to name a few.  

Enjoy the Show

In terms of display, the main difference between the Xperia 5 II's 6.1" screen and the Xperia 1 II is the physical size. As mentioned, the Xperia 5 II is meant for users who prefer something a little more compact than the Xperia 1 II's massive 6.5" display. Otherwise, the two screens are very similar. Like the flagship Xperia 1 II, the Xperia 5 II features a stunning 4K HDR OLED panel with a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio. It uses the same BRAVIA HDR remastering technology (which was originally borrowed from Sony's high-end BRAVIA television series) to enhance the contrast, color, and clarity of your content. And like the Xperia 1 II, the new Xperia 5 II it gives you the option of using Sony's new Creator mode, which applies Hollywood-approved color reproduction to your content.

In addition to size, there is one more major differentiator between the two phones: refresh rate. Believe it or not, the Xperia 5 II has a faster refresh rate than the Xperia 1 II. In fact, at 120Hz, the Xperia 5 II's refresh rate is one of the fastest in the world. And because it's so fast, the Xperia 5 II should be able to deliver ultra-smooth scrolling and image transitions, regardless of whether you're streaming video, gaming, or watching a movie.

Game On

Because it's a Sony phone, Xperia 5 II also comes game ready. Its 21:9 display and maxed-out refresh rate will give gamers a large field of view that always scrolls smoothly, with no lagging or interruptions. It also features Sony's special Game Enhancer mode, which boosts the gaming experience by allowing you to optimize your settings. Other Game Enhancer features include Competition Mode, which disables notifications, hides incoming calls, and blocks other pesky distractions, so you can concentrate on your game.

In Short

When you get down to, the Xperia 5 II is essentially just a smaller Xperia 1, but with a much higher refresh rate. Otherwise, it has pretty much has the camera, caliber of hardware, and functionality. Obviously, it being smaller means the Xperia 5 II's screen isn't quite as big—but that's the point. For users who want all that the Xperia 1 II has to offer, just in a smaller package, the Xperia 5 II looks like a great fit.

What features of the Xperia 5 II speak to you? The camera? The gaming? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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