Sony Xperia 5 II Review: Next Best Thing To A DSLR

Oct 04, 2020 Reviews

Sony Xperia 5 II Review: Next Best Thing To A DSLR

Sony hasn’t really been that dominant in the smartphone as it used to be more than a decade ago. The company did catch some fire in the middle of the 2010’s with some Xperia phones, but they always remained behind the likes of Apple and Samsung - and eventually Huawei as well. They have been trying to make a comeback however, and they released a decent phone in the Mark II. Now, they have another phone out in the market, as the Xperia 5 II seems to have brought some changes to the way it’s been approached. Let’s get into our review and see whether or not you should give the phone some consideration over other manufacturers. 


Well, Sony has opted for some big changes in the design aspect, especially by changing the whole boxy look of the device, and getting rounded corners instead - something that definitely helps the in-hand feel of the device. Moreover, the phone also comes with a dedicated Google Assistant button at the side, which can actually be changed to other commands too. The phone goes for a side-mounted fingerprint scanner inside the power button - which is a bit of a bummer considering that the Xperia 5 II comes with a 970 dollars price tag, and it should be having an in-display scanner.

The display - even after getting a downgrade from the 4K screen - is still looking gorgeous, with a Full HD panel supporting 120Hz refresh rate. The screen has gotten a bit smaller though, at 6.1”, but still is plenty big for watching a movie or playing games - especially with that fluid 120Hz panel.

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The phone opts for a Snapdragon 865, which is one of the fastest chipsets around, and will just about do any task you throw at it. Playing the latest game titles at ultra graphics and 60 or even 90fps will feel like a breeze, and the good part is that the phone doesn’t heat up quickly as well like its predecessors.

After all that gaming, you will be needing sufficient battery for it all, and the Xperia 5 II has got you covered. You won’t really be all that impressed with the 4,000mAh battery unit inside - but considering the phone size, it gets you through the day without any difficulty. The phone supports upto 21W of fast charging - which again is kind of disappointing, considering even mid range phones are doing much better than that at less than half the price of the Sony flagship.

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This is the real deal, and what defines the Sony phone. The Xperia 5 II follows in the footsteps of the Mark II, as it has the same triple camera setup at the back - meaning it’s for serious photographers only. The phone has exclusive “Pro” settings inside the camera app which lets you tinker with a lot of different settings to make your photos look like what you want them to. However, even if you just want to point and shoot, the phone does an excellent job at that too. Optical zoom is available till 3x, and you get plenty of detail even after the zoom takes place.

All the cameras in the back are 12MP shooters - but the quality is great on all three of them, with pictures coming out sharp, well-detailed and colors being true to life. If you’re into vibrant and over-saturated colors, then this might not be for you as the phone focuses more on true to life colors, which is what caters to the serious photographers more.

So Should You Buy The Phone?

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You should buy the phone if…

You’re serious about phone photography

If you love taking pictures from your phone, and want one of the best cameras around, with the ability to take professional looking shots too - then go for it. You’ll even be able to make money off of this phone if you’re good enough!

You love Sony phones

We don’t know why someone would love a phone simply because it’s from Sony, as Sony doesn’t really put anything unique in their devices as it’s all generalized. But still, if you like their design appeal, the cameras and overall UI, then go for it!

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