Sony Announces Xperia 5 II Smartphone: 120Hz Screen Refresh, 4K HDR 120fps Video, Under $1,000

As we get closer to the phone upgrade season, Sony has now debuted their latest Xperia 5 II smartphone which packs some of the best photo and video recording features found anywhere.

The Sony Xperia 5 II sports a 21:9 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. With a 2.68 inch wide design, Sony calls the new phone “tailor-made” for one-handed use. Inside, it uses a Snapdragon 865 processor and 4,000 mAh battery with fast charging capabilities allowing for a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. There’s a 3.5mm audio jack while still maintaining an IP65/68 water resistance rating. The real story, however, is the camera.

There are three lenses on the Xperia 5 II to create more variety: 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm. These lenses have ZEISS T* coating as we’ve seen Sony use on their full-size E-mount glass. Other notes taken from Sony Alpha cameras are its Real-time Eye AF tracking as well as 20 fps burst shooting with 60 AF/AE calculations per second. There’s a Photography Pro mode which places control over shutter speed, ISO, EV, raw capture, and noise reduction in the user’s hands.

For recording movies, the Xperia 5 II features Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” for a range of enhanced video features. There’s now 4K HDR 120 fps recording for 5 times slow motion in a 24p timeline. It can record 21:9 aspect ratio in 24p, 30p, and 60p for a cinematic look. Adding to that are eight Look color profiles for creative styling and moods.

For more information, check out the Sony website. The Xperia 5 II is priced at $949 and preorders begin September 29, 2020 over at B&H. It will begin shipping on December 4, 2020.

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Robert Herrera's picture

I've been wanting Apple to make an iPhone modded and focused to the photographer/instagramer/youtuber/vlogger/and so on... get rid of all the useless apps that I'll never use and install a camera app with more manual control and better video options.

David Bornack's picture

"There’s a 3.5mm audio jack while still maintaining an IP65/68 water resistance rating." - This should always go without saying. The headphone jack disappearing never had anything to do with water resistance.

Rick Rizza's picture

Well, some people think that a hole is a passage for water. Glad they keep the jack

Alex Herbert's picture

I just bought the bigger, more expensive flagship, the Xperia 1 II and I'm slightly confused. How does this cheaper model have 120fps 4K recording but the flagship doesn't? They've got the same sensors, processors and software. What gives Sony?!?!?!

Jaromír Průdek's picture

Because SoC in Phone don´t support 4k and 90hz/120hz together, if want higher refresh rate => lower resolution is needed

Alex Herbert's picture

As I said, 120 fps 4k recording...

Oscar Headshots's picture

Interesting features. I'm hoping for the day a phone comes out with an optical 100mm lens

Alex Herbert's picture

The 70mm really is pretty impressive