Sony announces new flagship Xperia 1 II

Sony announces new flagship Xperia 1 II

(SINGAPORE, 8 July 2020) – Sony has further strengthened its Xperia line-up with the introduction of the Xperia 1 II (Mark two) which is built for speed to help you create and enjoy content effortlessly through the incorporation of market leading technologies from across the Sony technology portfolio including: 

  • 20 fps burst shooting with 60 times per second AF/AE calculations from Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.
  • Creator mode and cinema recording function Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” from Sony’s professional solutions business division
  • X1™ for mobile based on technology from BRAVIA® TV 

Capture a decisive moment with high-speed shooting

Designed with Sony’s Alpha industry-leading AF technology, the newly developed triple lens camera supports advanced photo technologies with outstanding ZEISS optics, calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II and ZEISS T* Coating contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections. 

Utilising technology developed for Alpha™ interchangeable lens cameras, Xperia 1 II offers continuous AF that performs AF / AE calculations at 60 times per second.

This enables the world’s first AF / AE continuous tracking for high-speed shooting at a maximum of 20 fps which is especially useful for shooting moving subjects such as children or animals and fast-moving sports. Focus and follow the subject with high precision and capture decisive moments that you do not want to miss.

Furthermore, “Real-time Eye AF which locks focus on the subjects eye for stunning portrait shots, is now available for both humans and animals. 

Xperia 1 II fast focus also works in low light conditions delivering quality images in challenging circumstances thanks to four technologies working together: Dual photo diode senso, an auto-focus system that covers approximately 70 percent of the sensor, the 3D iToF sensor  and a new large 1/1.7” Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor makes is 1.5x more sensitive than the previous model, resulting in faster and accurate AF in low light shooting.

The     triple    lens    camera     offers    fantastic    versatility     with     three    focal      lengths: 16mm/24mm/70mm. The new Photography Pro “technology from Alpha” brings a user interface that is aligned to Alpha photographers, with manual controls to set ISO, shutter speed and more. 

Imaging Edge for Mobile connects Xperia 1 II to Sony’s Alpha cameras enabling you to use the phone as a remote, controlling composition, focus mode and ISO sensitivity among other settings. This also allows the user to transfer photos taken on Alpha to Xperia 1 II to review colours and hues with professional grade accuracy.

Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” newly supports 2K 120fps 10-bit HDR cinematic high frame rate shooting and Cinematic 21:9 4K HDR recording at 24/25/30/60fps, enhancing cinematographic shooting experiences. Touch AF, Metered Manual controls for setting exposure, level meter and improved white balance settings offer more manual control, while the unique Intelligent wind filter technology from Sony reduces noise and wind interference for clear audio recording.

Smart and Powerful

Xperia 1 II is powered by a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery with fast charge that charges up to 50% in just 30 minutes and features Qi fast wireless charging for a fast battery boost on the move. Sony continues to develop battery technologies to improve the lifespan and keep the battery healthier for longer including AI-powered ‘Battery Care’ that adapts to your personal routine.

Immerse Yourself in Entertainment

Whether you’re listening to music or watching movies, the Xperia 1 II is finely tuned for an immaculate entertainment experience. Motion blur reduction technology is equivalent to that of a 90Hz display and reduces frame lag for a clearer image quality and with Dolby Atmos® sound, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the result is a multidimensional surround sound experience.

Drawing on our expertise both in audio hardware and music entertainment, the Xperia 1 II has been engineered to deliver a truly authentic listening experience with the audio tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment. 

The aural experience is taken even further with the world’s first smartphone with 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding to optimise sound quality when listening to music on global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL. High-quality music can be enjoyed through the front stereo speakers or in combination with wired headphones with the 3.5mm jack or wireless headphones. Significant audio tuning has reduced crosstalk to an imperceptible 20dB – over 90% lower than USB-C headphone connections.

In addition to High-Resolution and High-Resolution Wireless Audio, Xperia 1 II introduces DSEE Ultimate. This new technology utilises AI to automatically improve audio frequency and bit rate in real-time, taking each track close to high-resolution audio. It works with wired or wireless headphones, with local or streaming music.

Gaming on the Go

Enjoy an unrestricted view of your gaming action on a 21:9 display. The 21:9 mobile gaming experience combined with direct connection to PlayStation®4’s DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller makes gaming on the go more fun.  

Game Enhancer, a feature that was first introduced on Xperia 1 to enhance the mobile gaming experience, has been improved with additional functionality on Xperia 1 II. It will now support Competition Set which pins game App the screen and turns Xperia to game first and focused device, suitable for even competition match for E-sports. In addition, the touch response time on the screen has been improved performance when compared with Xperia 1 to give the ultimate mobile gaming experience.

The Xperia 1 II comes with IP65/68 water resistance and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on both sides, making it sturdy as well as beautifully designed.


To complement Xperia 1 II you can also purchase one of the stylish matching covers. Xperia 1 II Style Cover View is available in two colours; Black and Purple. This stylish cover not only offers protection against everyday wear and tear but also lets you see time, date, and notifications, even when it’s closed. Xperia 1 II Style Cover with Stand, available in Black and Purple, is a slim case with an integrated kickstand so you can comfortably view the screen, watch movies, and play games.

Pricing and Availability

The Xperia 1 II in Black, Purple and White will be available in Singapore from the 4th Quarter of 2020 at Sony Stores, Sony Store Online, and the Sony flagship store on Lazada. Price information to be advised. 

A Registration of Interest is currently being conducted at this link for those interested in being notified of the model’s availability closer to the date. 

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