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Sony Xperia 5 II review: A decent phone you shouldn't buy

Sony Xperia 5 II review: A decent phone you shouldn't buy

Premium Sony phones like the Xperia 5 II are hard to review. They're made for a very specific demographic — one so specific as to comprise roughly zero percent of the market. They're made for people who want both niche features like a physical shutter button and features that used to be common but now aren't, like headphone jacks, expandable storage, and displays without notches or hole-punches.

And that's fine! If you're a member of that subset of a subset of consumers, you'll probably like the Xperia 5 II very much. But the phone costs $950, which, after a barn burner of a year for very competent phones that cost $800, $700, $600, and less, is a bitter pill to swallow.

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Sony shares timeline for bringing Android 11 to its latest Xperia phones

Sony shares timeline for bringing Android 11 to its latest Xperia phones

When Android 11 was officially released back in August, it brought a lot of neat new features to phones. But as usual, the update hasn't rolled out to many existing handsets yet due to how different OEMs handle the upgrade process. Now Sony fans have something to look forward to, as the company has announced when a few Xperia devices will begin to see Android 11's goodies headed their way.

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Sony shines the spotlight on the Xperia 5 II's video-capturing capabilities in this short film

Sony shines the spotlight on the Xperia 5 II's video-capturing capabilities in this short film

Android phones have never really been known for exceptional camera quality when it comes to taking videos, but Sony is setting out to change that. The company's newest phone, the Xperia 5 II, starts shipping next month, and it purports to offer the world’s first 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion movie recording from a smartphone. Now Sony has partnered with a former Ubisoft director to release a short film shot entirely on the Xperia 5 II — and wouldn't you know it, it looks pretty darn good.

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Sony's new flagship phone actually looks kind of good

Sony's new flagship phone actually looks kind of good

Last month, we saw an extensive leak about the Sony Xperia 5 II, an upcoming flagship that looked more or less like a smaller Xperia 1 II. Now, the company's gone and made it official: the Xperia 5 II will be available later this year for $950.

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Sony schedules Xperia phone announcement for September 17

Sony schedules Xperia phone announcement for September 17

Sony has just announced an event for a new Xperia device launch. The company is being coy on what exactly is being announced here, but our guess is the Xperia 5 II that we saw leaked last month. The event is set for September 17th, a week from today.

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Sony Xperia 5 II leak points to Snapdragon 865, 120Hz display, and headphone jack

Sony Xperia 5 II leak points to Snapdragon 865, 120Hz display, and headphone jack

The Sony Xperia 5 was announced last September. It was more or less a mini Xperia 1. Right on schedule, we're starting to see leaks about Sony's next small flagship, the Xperia 5 II — and surprise of surprises, it hews pretty closely to this year's Xperia 1 II, just in a smaller package.

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