Sony Xperia 1 II superflagship has become even more powerful

21 December 2020

Sony is not the leader in the smartphone market for a long time. However, the company continues to release new products. Some of them are really impressive. A striking example is the Xperia 1 II, which debuted in February. It earned the nickname "super flagship.

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The gadget is good on its own. The original. But Sony didn't hold back and introduced an updated version. The name remained the same - Xperia 1 II. Only the number was changed to XQ-AT42.

How does the modification XQ-AT42 pleases? Firstly, there is the addition of a matte black color scheme. Secondly, Sony didn't skimp on the 12GB of RAM. The February version has only 8GB of RAM.

Thirdly, there is no reference to the operators. In Japan, the device was sold through the mediation of au KDDI and NTT docomo. Now you can connect to any network. No problem.

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Is the Xperia 1 II worth a look? Definitely. The device offers fantastic features. Check out the screen: it's 6.5-inch - with an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio.

The matrix is of OLED type. The resolution is amazing - 3840 by 1644 pixels (4K format). Not every expensive monitor has so much. In addition, it is announced support for HDR.

There is suppression of motion blur. Brightness gradation is 10-bit. The DCI-P3 color space coverage is 100%. In addition, there are a few other "chips". You will not have to complain about the quality of the picture. It is amazing.

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Tempered glass Gorilla Glass 6 protects against scratches. Among other things, Xperia 1 II is not afraid of dust and moisture. This is guaranteed by the IP65/68 certificate. Rain will not get you in trouble. Unfortunately, you can not fully immerse the device in water.

The rear camera deserves special praise. It is inspired by the mirrorless Sony Alpha 9 II. There are three sensors for 12 MP - with Zeiss optics. Shooting is fast - up to 20 frames per second.

Zeiss T* coating is responsible for color rendering and high contrast. Aggressive processing for "juicy" photos is not required. Autofocus is available (including - on the eyes of animals and people).

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For selfies, there is a front lens for 8 MP. Modest, but with 5-axis image stabilization. HDR is also present. Alas, the Xperia 1 II lacks the face unlock feature.

Biometric identification is limited to the fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint sensor is located on the side edge. As for performance, it is on par.

At the heart of the Xperia 1 II is the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. It is an 8-core chip with a clock frequency of up to 2.84 GHz. The platform is complemented by Adreno 650 graphics and a 5G modem. Count on "heavy" games and lightning-fast Internet.

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The built-in UFS storage capacity is 256GB. There's plenty of room for a lot of apps. It's easy to expand the storage up to 1TB if you want. Sony didn't skimp on the microSDXC card slot.

The Xperia 1 II can easily replace a portable console. It is compatible with DUALSHOCK 4 - a proprietary gamepad from PS4. Sound lovers will also not be disappointed. Frontal stereo speakers? Please. Traditional 3.5mm output? Present. A nice bonus is Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio.

The battery is decent - 4000 mAh. In this product is not inferior to the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Powerful adapter for charging included. 18W is not bad. The battery recovers 45% in half an hour. Want to go wireless? The bar drops to 11 watts.

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In the role of the OS is Android 10. About the cost we should talk separately. The upgraded Xperia 1 II will cost 1170 American dollars. An important nuance - sales will start in October this year.

No strength to endure? The original Xperia 1 II is already in Russia. 79,999 rubles - and it's yours. Deal with 8 GB RAM or wait for the XQ-AT42?