The Sony Xperia 5 II was announced quite recently, and it’s actually a smaller variant of the Xperia 1 II. With that in mind, comparing the Sony Xperia 1 II and the Sony Xperia 5 II makes sense, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this article. This comparison follows the Sony Xperia 5 vs Xperia 5 II article we posted recently, in case you are interested.
The Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II are the company’s two flagships. The Xperia 1 II is a really big smartphone, while the Xperia 5 II is significantly smaller. However, it’s still not a small phone, but given the very small number of flagship phones these days, it’s one of the more compact offerings. The two phones have a lot in common. This applies to both their appearance and their interior.
In this article, we’ll do our best to help you with your purchasing decision. We’ll compare the two phones’ designs, displays, performance, batteries, cameras, and audio prowess. On top of that, you will also see their most important specs listed next to each other. This is exactly what we will start this comparison with. So let’s start the Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II comparison, okay?
|Sony Xperia 1 II||Sony Xperia 5 II|
|Screen size||6.5-inch (60Hz) 4K OLED display||6.1-inch FullHD + OLED display (120Hz)|
|Screen resolution||3,840 x 1,644||2520 x 1080|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|RAM||8 GB||8 GB|
|Storage room||256 GB; Expandable||128 GB / 256 GB; Expandable|
|Rear cameras||12MP (f / 1.7 aperture, OIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 24mm lens)|
12MP (f / 2.4 aperture, PDAF, 70mm telephoto lens, 3x optical zoom, 1.0um pixel size)
12MP (f / 2.2 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, 16mm ultra-wide lens, 124 degree lens)
0.3MP ToF 3D (depth sensor)
|12MP (f / 1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, 24mm lens)|
12MP (f / 2.4 aperture, 70mm telephoto, PDAF, 3x optical zoom, 1.0um pixel size)
12MP (f / 2.2 aperture, 16mm ultra-wide lens, 124 degree lens, Dual Pixel PDAF)
|Front cameras||8MP (f / 2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)||8MP (f / 2.0 aperture, 24mm lens, 1.12um pixel size)|
|Drums||4000 mAh, non-removable, 21 W fast battery charge (USB-C PD)||4000 mAh, non-removable, 21 W fast battery charge (USB-C PD)|
|Dimensions||165.1 x 71.1 x 7.6 mm||158 x 68 x 8 mm|
|Weight||181 grams||163 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|security||Side fingerprint scanner||Side fingerprint scanner|
|BONE||Android 10||Android 10|
|Price||$ 1,199.99||$ 949.99|
|Buy||Sony||Presale September 29|
Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II: Design
These two devices are extremely similar when it comes to design. The Xperia 5 II literally looks like a smaller Xperia 1 II. Both devices are made of metal and glass, while both have a bezel above and below the screen. However, they do not have holes or notches for the display camera. Flat screens are included on both phones, while both devices include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Speaking of which, the volume up and down buttons are located on the right side of both phones, and the same goes for a power key that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. A physical camera shutter button is also placed on the right. The Xperia 5 II however has an additional button on the right, the dedicated Google Assistant key. At the bottom you’ll spot a USB Type-C port, as well as grilles for the main speaker, which fits both phones.
Now looking at the back of these two phones, you will see the Sony logo, the Xperia logo, the NFC branding, and the rear facing cameras. Even the camera modules of these two phones look alike. That of the Xperia 1 II is a bit larger, as an additional sensor is included. More information on this in the camera section of this comparison. These camera modules are placed in the upper left corner on the back and they are aligned vertically.
These two devices are quite slippery. Fortunately, they are also quite narrow. The Xperia 1 II is extremely tall, while the Xperia 5 II sports a smaller screen, so it’s shorter, but also narrower. Sony uses a 21: 9 aspect ratio on both of these smartphones, which is why they are so narrow. The Xperia 1 II is heavier than the Xperia 5 II, but neither of these two phones is extremely heavy. They are actually a part of the traditional, lighter flagship smartphones, which is a good thing. They are heavy enough to be substantial, but not too heavy that it is difficult to use them with one hand.
Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II: Display
Both of these phones have OLED screens. The Sony Xperia 1 II comes with a 6.5-inch 3840 x 1644 flat OLED panel. The Xperia 5 II, on the other hand, sports a 6.1-inch 2520 x 1080 OLED display… which is also flat. However, this screen offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz, unlike that of the Xperia 1 II. Gorilla Glass 6 protects these two screens, while it is also located on the back of both phones. They’re both HDR panels, and they look really pretty.
Both panels are quite saturated, while the blacks are quite deep. They get quite bright and the colors are quite punchy. We don’t have any major complaints about these two displays, well, I don’t have a single one to be completely honest. Viewing angles are also great, and these OLED displays are definitely some of the best. Both offer a 21: 9 aspect ratio, while the Xperia 1 II has a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio.
These two screens offer similar performance (except for the refresh rate), although the Xperia 5 II is a bit brighter, just a bit. If you are wondering if you will notice the difference in resolution? No, there’s a good chance you won’t. Truth be told, I couldn’t see the difference myself, but you might be able to. Both are very crisp, that’s for sure. Where you’ll notice the difference is in the refresh rate department, scrolling, and similar actions are smooth on the Xperia 5 II. It’s something you only notice when you start using a high refresh rate display, but once you do, it’s hard to go back.
Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II: performance
And the performance? Well, both phones offer outstanding performance. That’s the right word for it. This is to be expected, however, as both are flagship quality devices. On top of that, they’re both new. The Xperia 1 II released in May, but it still ships with Qualcomm’s flagship SoC and high-end internals. Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 865 and offer 8GB of RAM, as well as UFS 3.0 flash storage.
They can handle pretty much anything you throw at them. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about regular daily tasks like multitasking, opening apps or playing heavy games. These two phones won’t skip a beat anyway. They can run the most demanding games in the Play Store, with ease. They load apps quickly, while media consumption and multitasking are a cinch too.
Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II: Battery
The Sony Xperia 5 II takes the cake in the battery department. It offers a high refresh rate display, unlike the Xperia 1 II, but it still managed to do a little better in the battery department. The battery life of the Xperia 1 II is good, however, don’t worry either. There is no point in talking about the screen time as your mileage will vary. One thing is for sure, both phones can give you a full day of regular use.
Power users may not be able to get through a full day, but it all depends on how hard you beat the phone’s battery. With power consumption with few games, you will have a problem free day. If you push these two phones too much into the gaming department, it may not be possible. Everything depends.
Now in terms of charging both support 21W fast charging. Note, however, that the 21W fast charger is not included in both. An 18W charger is, but the difference is not that big at all, so chances are you don’t even need a 21W charger. The Sony Xperia 1 II supports wireless charging (11W), unlike the Xperia 5 Ii.
Sony Xperia 1 II vs Sony Xperia 5 II: Cameras
In terms of camera performance, these two phones are basically the same. The Xperia 1 II has a ToF sensor on the back, which the Xperia 5 II doesn’t have, but that doesn’t make much of a difference. The only difference you might notice is with the portrait mode, but it’s almost negligible. The three main cameras are identical on these two phones. Both devices include three 12-megapixel units, wide-angle, telephoto and ultra-wide-angle cameras.
By the way, Zeiss optics are included on both devices. That being said, the photos taken during the day are stunning. With a ton of detail, while the colors are also quite beautiful. The white balance is perfect, while you can get a wide dynamic range as well. During the night you will also get some pretty awesome shots. Some would say that both phones could provide more light in the shadows, but that way they look more realistic. Low light images are excellent, noise is kept to a minimum, while there is a lot of detail to work with. Sony has definitely improved the cameras on their smartphones, sure, they’re pretty awesome now.
The audio provided by these two phones is also excellent. First of all, let me mention that both phones include a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s placed on top of both phones, so it’s there if you need it. Both devices provide stereo speakers. The primary is located at the bottom, while the secondary is located above the screen on both phones. These speakers are also very good. They are boosted by Dolby Atmos and also offer some of Sony’s own technology. They get quite loud, so they don’t lose quality even when you turn the volume up to maximum. Very slight distortion is there, but most people won’t even notice it.
The sound through a good pair of headphones is also very good, in all areas. The bass, midrange and treble are really well balanced and vocals won’t be overpowered in any scenario. There’s a lot of bass here, and it’s a great experience. The Xperia 1 II supports Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, while the Xperia 5 II is limited to Bluetooth 5.1. It won’t affect the sound quality at all, so don’t let that deter you from getting the Xperia 5 II, if it’s the one you prefer due to its size.