The Xperia 1 II, with its 4K HDR OLED display and 5G-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, is going to cost every penny we thought we would and a couple dollars more. Customers who intend on reserving a device in the month of June will find themselves handsomely rewarded when the phone finally ships on July 24 — yep, that's going to be a while from now.
Sony is officially opening up pre-orders for the $1,200 Xperia 1 II on June 1. All pre-orders made by June 28 will include a free pair of the noise-canceling WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds, a $230 value. While that would be a nice sweetener for such an expensive slab, there's no denying that it'll be a long wait for this big phone.
This week, B&H launched pre-orders for the Xperia 1 II with a price of $1,198. The price was later taken down, leading some observers to speculate that the price would actually slink down. That has not panned out, obviously.
Price in Europe
Sony's outrageous pricing is carrying over to Europe. Based on a listing on the company's official German site, we know the Xperia 1 II will cost €1,199. The price is also similar in Poland: PLN 5,299 (approx $1300).
Sony’s New Flagship Xperia 1 II Smartphone Will Ship on July 24th in the United States—Pre-sales start June 1stFlagship Model Offers World’s First Smartphone with up to 20 fps Continuous Shooting CapabilitySAN DIEGO — May 24, 2020 — Sony Electronics today announced its new flagship smartphone, Xperia 1 II, will be available for pre-sales starting June 1st and shipping July 24th unlocked from Sony authorized retailers. Xperia 1 II has a suggested retail price of $1199.99 USD. Pre-order by June 28th to get the WF-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling earbuds with Xperia 1 II (a $230 value). The new device leverages even more of Sony’s most innovative technologies, breaking new ground in smartphone camera capabilities and elevating the entertainment experience in a mobile device.Capture the Decisive Moment with High-speed ShootingDesigned with Sony’s Alpha industry-leading AF technology, the newly developed triple camera array with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm and 70mm supports advanced photo technologies with outstanding ZEISS optics calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II, as well as ZEISS T* coating, which contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections.Utilizing technology developed for Alpha interchangeable lens cameras, Xperia 1 II offers continuous autofocus and auto-exposure that performs AF/AE3 calculations at 60 times per second4.This enables the world's first1 AF / AE3 continuous tracking for high-speed shooting at a maximum of 20 fps2 which is especially useful for shooting moving subjects such as children or animals5 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 AF4“, which locks focus on the subject’s 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 sensor• an autofocus system that covers approximately 70 percent of the sensor• the 3D iToF sensor• a new large 1/1.7” Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, which is 1.5x more sensitive than the previous model, resulting in faster and more accurate AF in low light shooting.Advanced Capture Modes for Photos and VideosThe new Photography Pro function with technology from Alpha brings a user interface that is familiar to Alpha cameras, with manual controls to set ISO, shutter speed, burst mode, autofocus area, exposure control and more.Cinematography Pro, powered by CineAlta, newly supports up to 2K 120fps 10-bit HDR cinematic high frame rate shootingand 21:9 4K HDR recording at 24/25/30/60fpsto create 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 reducesnoise and wind interference for clear audio recording.Immersive EntertainmentWhether users are listening to music or watching movies, 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. It also features Dolby Atmos® sound, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, to deliver a multi-dimensional surround sound experience.Drawing on Sony’s expertise both in audio hardware and music entertainment, 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 featuring360 Reality Audio hardware decoding to optimize sound quality when listening to music on the global music and entertainment platform TIDAL.High-quality music can be enjoyed through the front stereo speakers using either wired headphones connected to the 3.5mm jack, or wireless headphones via Bluetooth. Significant audio tuning has reduced crosstalk to an imperceptible 20dB, which is over 90 percent lower than USB-C headphone connections.In addition to featuring High-resolution Audio and High-resolution Wireless Audio, Xperia 1 II introduces DSEE Ultimate. This new technology utilizes artificial intelligence 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, and with local or streaming music.Built for Exceptional GamingThe expansive 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED screen takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a wider field-of-view for user gameplay. Front stereo speakers, enhanced touch sensitivity, direct connection to PlayStation®4's DUALSHOCK®4Wireless Controller, and motion blur reduction technology for smoother action, make gaming on Xperia™ more immersive than ever.Supporting the gaming experience further, the Game Enhancer mode, which optimizes the game’s processing performance on the device, has been improved with additional functionality on Xperia 1 II, such as “Competition Set,” whichpins a game to the screen and turns Xperia into a dedicated gaming device, making it ideal for competitive matches and Esports.Enhanced Performance and Power ManagementWith the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Mobile Platform, Xperia 1 II empowers you to game, capture, cross-task and connect like never before with improved performanceand 25 percent faster CPU and GPU performance than the previous model.Smart and PowerfulXperia 1 II is powered by a high-capacity 4,000mAh battery with fast charge that charges up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes and features Qi fast wireless charging for a fast battery boost while 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.Xperia 1 II has an IP65/68 water resistance and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on both sides, making it sturdy as well as beautifully designed.Xperia 1 II comes in black with Android™ 10 pre-installed and will be compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket and MetroPCS networks. For more information on Xperia 1 II please visit https://www.sony.com/electronics/smartphones/xperia-1m2