A week with the Sony Xperia 1 II

With the launch of the Sony Xperia 1 II 5G well underway, smartphone users have an exciting new phone to consider when stepping into the world of next generation mobile connectivity.Sony’s latest flagship boasts a brilliant new 4K HDR OLED screen, 5G capability and a revolutionary new camera which takes some of its technology from Sony’s own Alpha camera series.

Here’s what DWS Marketing Executive, Bradley Gavin thought of the latest device in a recent stay-at-home test.

It’s looking good.

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a sleek, stylish device and is similar to its predecessor, the Sony Xperia 1. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6® on both sides ensures it looks good but remains sturdy, and its ruggedness is backed up to with the device’s resistance to water.

The device was nice to hold in the hand and it felt like I always had a good grip. That said, I can see why some might struggle – its elongated screen (a unique feature of the phone) does make it quite a bit larger than other devices on the market.

Stunning screen and sound.

You would expect a Sony smartphone display to be up to scratch given the company’s experience with televisions, and it does not disappoint. It’s pitched as a 4K HDR OLED screen, which in layman’s terms means it’s crisp, sharp and vibrant and allows users to watch content in the highest possible quality. To this day, Sony is one of the few smartphone manufacturers to bring 4K capability to smartphones, others generally opting for QHD.

Sony has again delivered a 21:9 screen ratio on the Xperia 1 II 5G – the same as last year’s model. It makes for a more immersive viewing experience, especially when coupled with Dolby Atmos®13 sound. It’s great for video content filmed in the same ratio (most movies) and we think it’ll be really useful for company presentations. The screen is also complimented by the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, which was missing on the Xperia 1.

The screen ratio also makes multitasking a breeze on the Sony Xperia 1 II. Sony has a built-in multi-window tool that lets you run two apps at once to take advantage of the tall display – a popular feature with busy, enterprise customers who may be on the move.

Extremely fast, responsive and long-lasting

The Sony Xperia 1 II is powered by the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. A chip that is also used in popular phones from the likes of Samsung and Oppo (selected regions). It performed well generally speaking, with apps and services loading quickly. And while I could not use 5G in my location, we can expect speed tests to pop up soon and this device to be more than capable.

The device is also paired with 8GB of RAM which keeps it powerful, responsive and without lag. Games loaded quickly and played well and, while not an avid gamer myself, it should be noted that users can actually attach a PS4 controller to the device to take their gaming experience up a notch.

While the above is great, one of the things that impressed me most about the device was the battery. It’s a 4000mAh battery, which is comparable with most top-end phones, but it really felt like it lasted forever. As a bit of a test, I opened four different apps and played videos for around 3 hours straight. The result? By the end of it I still had 80%.

Sony’s charging technologies also helps the battery stay healthy for longer. Battery care keeps the phone from overcharging, while Xperia Adaptive Charging monitors the phone as it charges, to make sure the battery isn’t overworked.

A photographers dream

Perhaps the standout feature on the Sony Xperia 1 II is the pro camera setup.

First and foremost, Sony has gone with three cameras, these being a wide-angle main camera, an ultrawide-angle camera and a telephoto camera — all of which have a 12-megapixel sensor. It’s also packed with controls and tools from its popular Alpha line of full-frame mirrorless cameras – features that make it feel more like a camera, less like a phone, and great for those more serious about photo and cinematography.

Added to this, is the ability to get really serious with two inclusive apps – Photo Pro and Cinema Pro. It gives you a range controls and editing tools to take pictures and videos to the next level.

Below is a series of shots that were taken on the device.

Deployment made easy with DWS and Sony.

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a great phone, but as customers begin to expand their fleet, they might require automatic deployment, as opposed to manual setup. Fortunately, the latest device from Sony is Zero-touch enabled, meaning companies with a fleet of Android devices can make large scale roll-outs fast, easy and securely. Zero-touch is compatible with many of the popular EMMs’ in the market, including MobileIron, MaaS360 and more.

Both DWS and Sony are here to support partners end-to-end with their customers devices and deployment solutions, so we’d encourage you to contact us to find out how we can help.

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