While many smartphone manufactuers focus on the inclusion of attractive features, Sony seems keen on pursuing a different approach. The Sony Xperia 5 II comes with a clean design and a clear focus on user control, as almost everything can be customized.
The design of the devices remains true to Sony’s preference for the 21:9 aspect ratio. Combined with a 6.1-inch panel, it delivers a clean look and form factor which is quite narrow and can be held in one hand without issues.
A classic aspect is present in the form of a traditional bezel, which is an interesting choice in the world of of notches or punch-hole cameras. These bezels are a blessing for those who like to use the built-in speakers, as they are placed on the front of the device and sound considerably better in comparison to those which are placed on the bottom of other devices.
On the rear, there is a noticeable camera bump which houses a triple-camera array. Another interesting detail is the presence of a headphone jack, a port that has vanished from most premium smartphones in recent years. Dedicated physical buttons are available for the camera and Google Assistant.
At the heart of the device resides the mighty Snapdragon 865 SoC, which has been paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage space. With a 4,000 mAh battery, the device can be sued for a whole day without problems, even if battery-intensive apps are used.
While a 120Hz screen is present Sony has decided to limit 5G support to the European and Asian versions. Wireless charging is also missing, but this isn’t a notable loss for those who prefer wired charging. The device excels at taking photos, and the advanced mode offers a lot of features that can be customized and tinkered with ease.
The Sony Xperia 5 II is already available in Europe, and it will arrive in the US in December.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.