Sony appears poised for a proper return to the smartphone game as leaked specs of a couple of Xperia models surface online. The first appears to be a flagship model called Xperia 1 II, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G chip, a triple rear camera setup with Zeiss optics, and—surprisingly—a 3.5mm audio jack. The second appears to be a mid-range model called Xperia 10 II, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip, an inbuilt LDAC, and a triple rear camera setup.
The Xperia 1 II is clearly the successor to the Xperia 1 that was launched about a year ago in Europe. Going by the leaked spec sheet, it has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9. The panel does not support a high refresh rate like the competition but Sony claims its Motion Blur Reduction technology has a “90Hz equivalent benefit”. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G chip inside is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage space. The battery on board is a 4000mAh unit with support for wireless charging. The Xperia 1 II weighs 181g and has two colour options, namely black and purple.
Sony appears to have teamed up with German optoelectronics company Zeiss for the Xperia 1 II’s optics, a collaboration that was believed to be exclusive to HMD Global (Nokia) until now. The device’s back panel includes three 12MP cameras of varying focal length: 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm. There’s also a 3D iToF sensor for autofocus. The selfie camera is a single 8MP unit. Not only does the Xperia 1 II have that endangered 3.5mm audio jack but it also features stereo front speakers with Dolby Atmos and Sony’s proprietary sound technologies. The Xperia 1 II is designed for 21:9 gaming with support for a DualShock 4 mobile controller.
The Xperia 10 II is undoubtedly the successor to the Xperia 10 that was launched about a year ago in Europe. Whether it too will get a ‘Plus’ version is something we don’t know yet. But going by the specs leaked by XperiaBlog, it has a 6.0-inch OLED screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip on board is paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space. The battery is a 3600mAh unit. The Xperia 10 II not only gets a 3.5mm audio jack but also an inbuilt LDAC and Sony’s proprietary sound technologies.
The back panel of the Xperia 10 II sees three cameras: a 12MP primary sensor of 26mm focal length and phase-detection autofocus, an 8MP sensor of 52mm focal length, and an 8MP sensor of 16mm focal length. The selfie camera is a single 8MP unit. The Xperia 10 II weighs 151g and has two colour options, namely black and white.
Since the specs of the Xperia 1 II came via XDA Developers Contributor Max Weinbach, we expect the information to be pretty accurate. Both models are IP65/68-rated for water and dust resistance. Interestingly, both of them aren’t shy to sport a full-length top bezel even though the competition offers other means of housing the selfie camera (waterdrop notch, punch-hole display, etc.) on the front face of the phone. We have yet to receive any information on the pricing and availability of the two new Xperia phones. However, if you live in India, don’t hold your breath because Sony is practically out of the running in the country.