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

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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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