Sony launches its first 5G phone, the Xperia 1 Mk. 2

Even though Sony’s highly anticipated Mobile World Congress event was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, it still found a way to show off all of its new devices. At the top of the line is their new flagship with 5G capabilities, the Sony Xperia 1 Mark 2.

Read: AI discovers antibiotic that kills highly resistant bacteria

The new Xperia 1 has a 21:9 resolution 6.5-inch 4K OLED HDR display, Dolby Atmos, and as mentioned that all-important 5G modem. Other than the 5G capability, most of the efforts in the new flagship went into its camera capabilities. Strangely, most smartphone manufacturers with great camera performance uses Sony sensors, yet Sony themselves have had issues getting the same performance out of those identical sensors.

Sony have decided to bring its expertise from the mirrorless cameras line to their flagship phone (finally). It has intelligent eye tracking – including smart animal eye tracking – and adds 20 fps autofocus tracking burst.

The triple camera setup has three 12MP lenses. You have a 24mm, f/1.7 lens an 82-degree field of view, a 70mm f/2.4 lens with a 34-degree field of view, and a 16mm f/2.2 lens with a 124-degree field of view. It also has a time-of-flight sensor for better zooming capabilities.

The display is also a step up for the company. The CinemaWide screen offers “unprecedented colour accuracy”, but we have no official announcement about the refresh rate. Instead, it has said that its motion blur reduction is “equivalent to that of a 90Hz display.” Presumably that means it is a standard 60Hz panel.

Internally you will find the Snapdragon 865 5G SoC, which most Android flagships will run this year. Combine that with the 8GB of RAM and we are sure it will be a slick machine. It also has 256GB of storage and space for dual-nano SIMs. It has a microSD-card with support of up to 1TB and importantly (for some) still has a headphone jack. It is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.