Sony Xperia 5 II review: a smartphone almost as competitive as the competition

Sony Xperia 5 II review: a smartphone almost as competitive as the competition - Choose a Smartphone

With its Sony Xperia 5 II, the Japanese brand Sony remains on its fundamentals. Despite its price, the Sony Xperia 5 II offers a compact format rather anachronistic and especially in the face of a very fierce competition. Can the manufacturer’s top-of-the-range smartphone afford to compete?

Design: an attractive format in every respect

Sony Xperia 5 II review: a smartphone almost as competitive as the competition - Choose a SmartphoneWith its top-of-the-range product, Sony continues its rather atypical format with fairly compact dimensions. The Xperia 5 II is very pleasant to use with a width of 6 centimeters and a weight of 163 grams. It offers first of all by a greatly improved ergonomics. The buttons for managing the volume, as well as the unlocking fall perfectly on your fingers for a pleasant grip at all times. The phone even has the luxury of having a dedicated slot for taking pictures. The handling experience is optimal thanks to its very compact size.

In the visual choice made by the Japanese company, the smartphone does not integrate in what the market offers at the moment. Where most devices in circulation choose a notch or a punch, the Xperia 5 II prefers to integrate a thin border at the top of its screen. A questionable choice, but one that is understandable in the desire to remain in a continuity. Similarly, the rear photographic lens takes up very little space compared to the overall harmony offered. The mobile also offers a practical IP68 certification, but this is not to be tested.


Touchscreen: a star not highlighted enough

Sony Xperia 5 II review: a smartphone almost as competitive as the competition - Choose a SmartphoneThis is a choice that has already been made on the previous high-end models of the manufacturer. The Sony Xperia 5 II offers an OLED panel that measures a total of 6.1 inches. This touch screen, capable of displaying Full HD content, is integrated in a 21:9 format, a particular layout that is the signature of all Sony phones currently on the market. Still in the arrangements in place, know that the slab also offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz for a fluidity of all moments on this smartphone. On paper, everything seems to be in place for the Xperia 5 II to deliver one of the best possible performances in terms of touch screen.

Sony phone datasheet available

In fact, a tiny detail comes to stop this beautiful mechanism. According to the measurements made by 01net’s laboratory and our own experience, the screen suffers from a real lack of brightness. In full light or in the sun, the 541 cd/m² measurement is not felt on a daily basis. However, it can be detected with the naked eye and is still detrimental for a device aiming at the high-end. For the rest of the provisions, the OLED quality of the slab does a lot on the performance of the Sony phone.

Performance: the Snapdragon 865 at the level of the best products

Within the Sony Xperia 5 II, it is a technical sheet worthy of the high-end that is inserted. As usual, Sony has trusted the American manufacturer Qualcomm to equip its star product. The processor is a Snapdragon 865, which has just been overtaken by the 888, but which shows a nice resilience. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM as well as 128 GB of internal storage. Finally, the whole thing is completed with a graphics chip Adreno 650 which has already proved its worth especially for running mobile games.

When this great package is tested, it is clear that the phone meets all your expectations. It scores very well on the Antutu V8 benchmark with a recorded score of 548301 points. In use, the Sony phone perfectly meets all expectations, whether in mobile games or in very intensive use. One slight regret though, while the phone ticks all the boxes, it lacks a little something to make it exceptional. It doesn’t have an exceptional feature or software that puts it a few months ahead in terms of technology.

Autonomy: a lifetime that lives up to your expectations

For several weeks now, one of the strengths of Sony phones has been the battery. It is a Lithium-Ion slot charged to 4000 mAh which on paper is optimized for a nice life span. On the measurements made by 01net, a versatile autonomy is recorded at 16h12, well above the average for products in the same category. This is still above an Oppo Reno4 Pro but a little worse than a Motorola Moto G9 Plus. In use, the Sony Xperia 5 II is still a faithful ally in everyday life and capable of holding its own.

Still in its operation, the internal battery of the phone is not compatible with a fast charge. A rather surprising choice in view of the market, since for this price range, it is now commonplace to see faster charging. This is not the case with the Xperia 5 II which prefers to take its time. In total, count 1 hour and 57 minutes of connection to the sector to be at 100%. A performance far from optimal when the competition is sometimes distinguished passing to 33 minutes.

Camera: fairly versatile but not exceptional shots

Sony Xperia 5 II review: a smartphone almost as competitive as the competition - Choose a SmartphoneOn its back, the phone incorporates a triple camera system on the back. The Sony Xperia 5 II thus offers a fairly complete photo experience in all situations. The camera is composed as follows:

  • A main module of 12 megapixels with a focal length of 24 mm
  • A telephoto sensor of 12 megapixels of 70 mm
  • An ultra-wide angle of 12 megapixels of 16 mm

First of all, you should know that all the lenses that are on the Sony mobile are the result of a partnership with the specialized brand Zeiss. Together, the photographic experience offered on the Sony Xperia 5 II is very good. In daylight, the phone manages to seduce offering sharp and precise shots. On the other hand, the software contribution of the camera is not obvious. The photos are true to life and that’s all we ask of this phone.

In its software, the camera of the Sony Xperia 5 II does not have a dedicated night mode. The Japanese firm relies on the aperture built into each sensor. The phone is able to take nice pictures even when the sun goes down. Like other categories of Asian mobile, photography lacks an element that sets it apart. To be more precise, the element that makes the phone stand out is its versatility. It offers a real ultra wide angle, a real quality zoom but especially nice portraits.

Conclusion: what to remember about the Sony Xperia 5 II?

Like what has been offered on its previous models, Sony offers on its Xperia 5 II a complete experience of high-end. As always, the design with its particular format is present, which offers a guaranteed grip and a screen format ideal for video content. If it doesn’t offer a really appealing innovation, the mobile has the perfect set of features for a small high-end smartphone. It never goes overboard, and offers well-known and faithful features. However, one comes to regret the lack of risks. If in each area a rival is better than the Sony Xperia 5 II, none of them offers such consistency in performance.