Now a year has passed and it’s time for part two literally i’m will for gsm marina, and this is our xperia 1 mark ii review before we do anything else. Let’S get this name straight now. This isn’t, a monarch, called xperia one, the second officially it’s the xperia one mark ii, though the one two also has sort of a ring to it. Its looks are typical of a sony phone it’s tall and narrow straight edged and angular it’s made from gorilla glass. 6, with an aluminum frame, the edge of the phone is sharp and bold and it offers some nice grip. You get full ip68 dust and water protection too. So if you accidentally dropped the xperia one in water, you could breathe easy sony’s top end. Flagships are the only ones out there with 4k displays. This one is a 6.5 inch oled with a cinematic 21 by 9 aspect ratio and rather than a cutout for the selfie cam it’s housed within a wider top bezel with a 643 ppi pixel density. You won’t find a crisper looking display out there and you get deep blacks, typical of an oled. The xperia 1 mark ii is missing. One of the hottest features among flagships this year, though, a high screen refresh rate. This one is a normal 60hz panel, but colors can be tuned to be quite accurate. As far as color settings go there’s a special creators mode that can make sure that the videos you watch even streaming ones will look as their creators intended without unnecessary color or contrast boosting, and there is support for hdr content from all major sources.
But we found something quite odd. Despite the screen’s 4k resolution, content from platforms like netflix and amazon prime is capped at 1080p. This may be solved in a future software update. As far as brightness goes, we got 370 nits maximum with a manual slider and a boost of up to 600 nits when in auto mode not the brightest we’ve ever seen, but not bad. Many phones with oled screens make use of an under display fingerprint reader, but sony is sticking with a side mounted one here housed within the power button, it’s well placed and fully functional. Unlike on some previous sony devices, the xperia 1 mark ii has another feature that you don’t see much of these days in flagships. There’S, a notification led up in the corner to let you know when to check the phone continuing with quote, unquote: retro features. The mark ii has a good old, 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, which, after a couple years, absence has made it back into the design. Sony claims stereo crosstalk here – is 20 less than with a usbc adapter. So how about the speakers? Well, the xperia has a stereo speaker, setup and both speakers are front facing and have been increased in size. The top one doubles as an earpiece for calls quality. Here is quite nice, with the onboard dolby atmos feature turned on. We measured very good, loudness and lively, mids and highs, though not much as far as bass goes.
You can keep plenty of music or other media on the device thanks to the 256 gigs of ufs 3.0 storage on board, which is expandable the xperia 1 mark 2’s interface is pretty much stock, android 10, with some sony enhancements and proprietary apps here and there most Of the functions are provided by google, including the gallery and the video player. However, this sony music player is still here. Other custom apps include the brand new photography pro app, which acts as a souped up manual mode for the camera. It gives you control over an array of camera features and they promise raw shooting is coming with an update and the cinematography pro app has been upgraded. It gives you in depth, controls over your video recording and now includes a 25 fps mode, a level meter, an intelligent wind filter and a new 2k hdr slow motion mode at 120 fps. Another one of the updated features is the game enhancer app. It acts as a hub for all of your games and provides control over things like screen, recording touch area, customization and notification controls as a new flagship. It’S, no surprise that the xperia 1 mark ii is powered by the latest snapdragon 865 chipset. As such, it has excellent cpu and gpu performance and support for 5g network speeds. Benchmark scores are pretty typical for a flagship. These days, maybe just a tad behind competitors due to the higher res screen. The phone does tend to heat up during prolonged sessions, and we saw a bit of thermal throttling, but nothing too significant.
The xperia 1 mark ii comes with a 4 000 milliamp hour battery, which is not particularly large for the class there’s support for qi. Wireless charging, which is convenient and was missing on the last xperia one, the mark ii ships with an 18 watt wired charger in the box, but supports usb power delivery up to 21 watts. With the bundled adapter. We were able to charge the phone from zero to forty six percent in half an hour charging to one hundred percent, however, was not very competitive. Taking almost two hours with the provided, adapter let’s move on to the cameras. The main cam is 12 megapixels in resolution. Sony has opted to use a relatively low resolution sensor on the main cam to optimize readout speed, there’s, also a 12 megapixel telephoto with three times zoom, a 12 megapixel ultra wide cam with autofocus and a 3d tof sensor in daylight. The main camera captures some of the best photos we’ve seen from a phone. They have vibrant, true to life, colors natural, looking, fine detail and well controlled noise. The way this camera renders fine details is a joy to observe at 100. Magnification dynamic range is also good, though, by default, the photos are a bit too contrasty for their own good portrait. Shots are taken with the main cam and they have fairly good. Subject: separation with the occasional glitch here and there dynamic range is a bit narrow in these shots. So watch out, if you have a backlit subject, the ultrawide cam’s images are a close match to the main ones in terms of overall rendition, including colors and dynamic range it’s.
Not quite there. When it comes to noise performance. The detail levels are excellent for an ultra wide camera. This ultra wide also has auto focus, and that lets you get close to subjects and still capture sharp images. While getting that wide perspective, it isn’t meant for macro shots or anything, though, now on to the 20 megapixel telephoto, which outputs 12 megapixel photos, probably because there is some cropping involved when zooming. Oddly. These are a bit soft and hazy with far away subjects, but in closer range it produces photos which are nice and sharp color. Reproduction is consistent with the other. Two cameras and dynamic range is excellent in low light. The xperia 1 mark ii has some very competent performance. Shots from the main camera are again sharp and excellently detailed with nice, color, saturation and low noise. The contrast is quite high, though meaning you do get some blown highlights here and there and shadows come out way too dark. If you want to get better output, the photo pro app with auto hdr enabled is the way to go here. It’S, not strictly a night mode, but it does give you a boost in shadows and mid tones there’s, no saving. Those highlights, though, and there is some penalty and sharpness, even without using the special app the ultra wide angle. Cam does really well at night with detailed, well exposed shots that have nice color saturation. If you zoom in low light, the telephoto camera is always used and you get sharp and detailed shots with low noise and nice colors.
The xperia 1 mark ii, selfie cam, is 8 megapixels, with fixed focus the same as we saw previously from sony. It takes nice photos, though they’re detailed, with accurate skin tones dynamic range is a bit narrow, though 4k video at 60fps isn’t supported in the regular camera app, but you can achieve it with the main cam. If you switch over to the cinema pro app and everything that entails still, the quality is great. Now let’s move on to the ultrawide cam, which captures well detailed, 4k footage at 30fps with likable colors and wide dynamic range. Zoomed 4k clips are visibly soft, though they do maintain pleasing colors and fairly good dynamic range. Stabilization is available in all major modes on all three cameras: it’s excellent, with smoothed out walking and panning and here’s a demo of the new intelligent wind filter feature which works both in the cinema pro app and the regular camera app. It makes a dramatic difference in the audio quality of your footage, so that’s the xperia one mark ii it’s a really nice package with an elegant and waterproof design. A high res oled screen front facing stereo speakers, a flagship grade chipset and a powerful camera system. But does the xperia 1 2 offer enough to stand out from its flagship compatriots? I think yeah it does. There are a few nitpicks here and there like the screen’s lack of a high refresh rate and just average brightness and the slowest charging, but there are plenty of features here that you just won’t find anywhere else.
The mark ii is definitely a worthy successor to last year’s xperia one and deserves a recommendation.