Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: comparison of 5G phones

Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: comparison of 5G phones

Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G specs comparison


MWC 2020 has been canceled due to the corona virus. Sony makes a virtue of necessity and publishes its new flagship series without much media attention. This includes the 5G Xperia 1 II cell phone, which wants to take on the best smartphones in 2020. We looked at the specs and compared them to Samsung’s premium flagship: Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G.

Sony unobtrusively introduces its 2020 flagship smartphone. The Sony Xperia 1 II has it all technically, but also in terms of price. The flagship not only breaks the 1,000 usd mark, but – at least on paper – also one or two benchmarks in terms of video and display. Here we show you whether it can keep up with Samsung’s parade cell phone. Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: the comparison.

Data comparison: Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

Sony Xperia 1 II Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Display size



6.5 inches


3,840 x 1,644 pixels

6.9 inches


3,200 x 1,440 pixels

protection IP65 / 68, Gorilla Glass 6 IP68, Gorilla Glass 6
processor Snapdragon 865 Exynos 990
random access memory 8 GB 12 GB and 16 GB
Internal memory


256 GB

Yes, up to 1 TB

128 GB and 512 GB

Yes, up to 1 TB



Triple camera

3 x 12 MP + ToF sensor

Quad camera

108 MP + 48 MP + 12 MP + ToF sensor

battery pack 4,000 mAh 5,000 mAh
operating system Android 10 Android 10


Display and design: cinema meets television

In terms of design, Sony’s Xperia series stands out from the competition from Apple, Huawei, Samsung and Co. Because with their flagship series, the Japanese are obviously committed to the motto: long and wide. Finally, the new Xperia 1 II comes with a 6.5-inch OLED display in 21: 9 format, which together with the spectacular 4K resolution provides a cinema feeling. The noble smartphone from Sony offers a total of 3,840 x 1,644 pixels; even the flagship model of the S20 series cannot keep up here.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is equipped with a 6.9-inch AMOLED display, but “only” has a resolution of 3,200 x 1,440 pixels. A remarkable value in itself, which is nevertheless surpassed by Sony’s high-resolution cinema phone. Samsung’s flagship scores with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which ensures that image transitions look particularly fluent. Sony, meanwhile, uses a refresh rate of 60 Hz, but equips the Xperia 1 II with motion blur reduction, which, according to the manufacturer, makes image transitions particularly smooth. Practice will show whether this will work. Nonetheless, Sony – image repetition or not – convinces across the board in terms of display and has the extravagance bonus, so the first comparison is in favor of the Xperia 1 II.

Battery and storage: Samsung’s marathon runner has the staying power

In terms of endurance, Samsung is clearly on the longer lever. The 5,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G in combination with the energy-saving Exynos 990 SoC ensures excellent runtimes. Thus, the Samsung flagship is likely to last up to two days with average usage behavior. The Xperia 1 II is, however, equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery, which, despite all the processor’s energy efficiency, probably performs somewhat weaker.

Camera: Sony’s home game vs. Samsung perfection

With the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, Samsung has introduced a quad camera that has a 108 megapixel wide-angle sensor and not only convinces all testers, but also sets new standards in smartphone photography. There is also a 48-megapixel telephoto and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor and a ToF camera for portraits with an improved bokeh effect. Thanks to the complex periscope lens, the telesensor zooms in 4 times optically, and digitally, a 100x zoom is even possible. With this equipment, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G shoots high-class photos in professional conditions in all conditions.

Conclusion: Sony Xperia 1 II vs. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – Cineast vs. photographer

Both 5G smartphones are among the all-rounders in the high-end segment. When it comes to the data sheets, the S20 Ultra 5G is ahead in the overall ranking, even if the title of the display king goes to Sony’s flagship. Samsung’s advantages also come at a price. So if you want to save some money and use the phone primarily for streaming, the new Sony Xperia 1 II is more than well served. The rest of them have a clear conscience for the currently best android and photo emperor, the S20 Ultra 5G.


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