It was way back in February - a time that now feels like a decade ago - when Sony announced the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 10 II. Much furor was made over the usual naming of the two smartphones, but I will bet more noise is about to be made over the price of the flagship Xperia 1 II.
The Sony Xperia 1 II will launch at $1,199.99, which is $200 more than the price of the Xperia 1 on its release. That's a hefty price tag, even in 2020. Both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the iPhone 11 Pro start at $999, for example, whilst the LG V60 ThinQ costs $799.
We also now know the release window. You can preorder the Sony Xperia 1 II from June 1, 2020. The first orders will be shipping to customers on July 24.
In terms of upgrades, Sony has increased the battery on the Xperia 1 II to 4,000 mAh. It can also be charged wirelessly now. There's also a more updated CPU, GPU, and a larger RAM/ROM combination. You also still get a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xperia 1, by the way, which is something.
Technical specs of the Sony Xperia 1 II
|Sony Xperia 1 II|
6.5 inch OLED, 60 Hz
|Size||166 x 72 x 7.9 mm|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
8 GB RAM
|Battery||4,000 mAh with 18 Watt fast charging technology
and QI wireless charging
|Special features||Eye autofocus, Zeiss optics,
3.5 mm jack, IP68 and 5G modem
What do you think of the price of the Sony Xperia 1 II? Can the Japanese giant compete at this price point in 2020?