Sony launches £799 Xperia 5 II smartphone with 5G support

Sony has officially launched its £799 Xperia 5 II smartphone, which comes with 5G support and 4K slow-motion video recording.  

The new device, which is an update of the original Xperia 5 released last year, has been designed for photographers who want to 'capture cinematic masterpieces'. 

It includes the world’s first 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion video recording in a smartphone, which can can capture and playback up to 5x slow-motion when recorded at 24 frames per second.  

The phone is also 'built for gaming' with a 120Hz refresh rate – meaning the display refreshes 120 times a second for smooth on-screen action.

Xperia 5 II is described by the Japanese firm as the most compact Xperia ever, measuring 2.6 inches in width and just 0.3 inches in depth. 

It's been designed specifically for one-handed use – with a softer shape on the corners to fit more comfortably in the hand. 

The phone is available to pre-order in black and blue in the UK and Ireland and will be shipping from autumn 2020. 

The £799 Xperia 5 II is Sony's second 5G-compatible phone, following the high end £1,099 Sony Xperia 1 II, released earlier this year

The £799 Xperia 5 II is Sony's second 5G-compatible phone, following the high end £1,099 Sony Xperia 1 II, released earlier this year

SONY XPERIA 5 II SPECS
Size and weight: 6.2 by 2.6 by 0.3 inches/163g Display: 6.1 inch 21:9 HDR OLED 120 Hz  Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform RAM: 8GB Rear cameras: 16mm, 24mm and 70mm 12MP with Real-time Eye AF and 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion movie recording Front camera: 8MP Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, stereo front speaker, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio Battery: 4,000mAh with adaptive charging and battery care Water resistance: IP65/68 Gaming: 21:9 gaming support, DualShock 4 direct connection, 240Hz motion blur reduction Colours: Blue and black Price: £799/€899 SIM-free

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'Sony’s heritage has been rooted in technology and engineering, and our portfolio has expanded to include the field of entertainment from music, movies, games and much more,' said Sony Mobile president Mitsuya Kishida. 

'With this unique background, Xperia smartphones are feature-packed with Sony's advanced technologies in a compact body, with a profound passion to push the boundaries of what is possible.' 

Xperia 5 II is Sony's second 5G-compatible phone, following the high end £1,099 Sony Xperia 1 II, released earlier this year.

Xperia 5 is intended to offer an alternative to its premium Xperia 1 range.

Just like its 'big brother', the new device uses AI technology from Alpha, Sony's camera brand, for 'razor sharp results'.

The AI-based 'Real-time Eye AF' system identifies and tracks the most expressive part of a subject's face, even animals, as they're moving. 

'Perfect portraits aren’t always posed and creating clear, spontaneous shots is where Real-time Eye AF comes into

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