Sony Xperia 5 ll Complete Review 2020: Xperia 5 ii Price in Pakistan
After nearly three years of falling sales of Sony smartphones, the Japanese company has finally started to grow. Although it only takes up a tiny fraction of the mobile market, the new Sony Xperia 5 II brings a lot of important changes. For the new Xperia 5 II, Sony took inspiration from its own mirrorless cameras. Although the second version of the Xperia 5 is a continuation of last year’s series, its features have been improved. However, has the quality of work changed in real use? Let’s figure it out …
Design and appearance
Externally, the Sony Xperia 5 II is unlike any other smartphone in 2020, which is already impressive. The device combines old features like a headphone jack, a bezel for the front-facing camera, and the highest build quality with a modern display.
The phone feels more compact than the 6.1-inch display would suggest. This is partly due to the vertically elongated body and 21: 9 aspect ratio. Although the same ratio was found in the previous Xperia 5, it still seems very unusual. Yes, the top of the screen is hard to reach with one hand, but movies look great without the on-screen stripes.
The glass back cover of the Xperia 5 II attracts prints like a magnet, although this is not very noticeable on the black case. Both the front and back of the smartphone are covered with Gorilla Glass 6, which makes the case very durable. On the other hand, it is slippery – it can easily fall out of your hands or slide off the table. The module with cameras sticks out, so the device is unreliable on flat surfaces, I advise you to immediately buy a cover.
The top front bezel has room for two forward-firing speakers. The fingerprint scanner is located in the power button, works reliably and surpasses most of its counterparts in quality. Another good solution from Sony was the SIM card slot, which opens by pressing a small lever. You no longer need to carry a paper clip to retrieve it. Two additional control buttons are located on the right side. One launches the Google Assistant, the other acts as a shutter release for cameras. Unfortunately, you cannot reassign them to something else.
Display and multimedia
In the Xperia 5 II, Sony has installed a Full HD (2520 x 1080 pixels) AMOLED screen. This is significantly worse than the flagship Xperia 1 II – 4K, but it has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Of course, not everyone needs such a high panel refresh rate, but the same can be said for 4K. High refresh rates result in smoother UI animations or scrolling. This is especially noticeable in games, although the 120Hz screen will drain the battery a little faster, it’s worth it. Music videos on the Xperia 5 II look great, thanks to the stereo speakers, which are loud and enjoyable. Sony Dynamic Vibration adds vibration to match what is displayed on the screen, and you can adjust the intensity.
Xperia 5 II cameras
Cameras Sony Xperia 5 II is virtually identical to the previous model. There are three of them behind: main, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lens. All three lenses have a 12MP resolution. It is good that Sony did not add a depth sensor or macro camera, which is of little use. Photo Pro allows you to customize your image as if it were on mirrorless cameras. If you are serious about photography, you should use Photo Pro, because the standard application gives the worst results.
The main problem with the Xperia 5 II cameras is exposure, which often results in blurring of the background or loss of detail in dark areas. In open spaces, the situation is better: colors are richer and the dynamic range is wide. Although there is no macro lens, close-ups are impressive. The main camera uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect the scene, and then makes the settings itself. This also includes night mode, which illuminates the frame well, although it loses in detail.
The front camera shoots in 8MP resolution for selfies with lots of detail and accurate colors. The Xperia 5 II can also shoot 4K / 120 fps video. In normal 1080p mode, optical image stabilization is enabled, which eliminates any shake; however, it takes some time to focus.
The Xperia 5 II runs on almost bare Android 10, although an update to Android 11 is coming soon. As a rule, Sony almost changes the look of the system, offering us a stock version. In the model I tested, the interface is also very close to the “pure” Android that can be seen on Pixel smartphones. Nevertheless, there are small changes.
For example, the Cinema Pro and Photo Pro applications allow better control over the process of taking photos and videos. The Pro device is here for a reason – you can’t just open these programs and start shooting or processing without preliminary preparation.
This is why Sony has made them standalone apps. Unfortunately, the Xperia 5 II contains third-party software that cannot be removed. Facebook, Netflix and Call of Duty: Mobile are hardly superfluous, however, I would like to be able to remove them. At least there is enough internal memory here, all the more it can be increased through the microSD slot.
There are a number of other interface changes here. On the right side of the display is the Side sense bar, which allows you to quickly launch applications or split the screen. It is similar to the Edge panel on Samsung smartphones, although not as comfortable on a flat display. There is also an extreme energy saving mode STAMINA. In the screen settings, you can also select the Creator Mode, which gives the image a richer and more cinematic look.
Should you buy?
The Sony Xperia 5 II will cost you 68 thousand rubles. There is only one version – with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. Competitors include the OnePlus 8T, Samsung Galaxy S20 and Oppo Find X2, each of which has its own advantages. Not that the Xperia 5 II has a bad value for money, it’s just that the models listed above have a little more to offer for the same price.