Sony Xperia 2021 Models: Here they are
There was a time when Sony was a major player in mobile telephony. The company no longer has the wind in its sails and struggles to relaunch, to the point that every year Sony should put an end to its smartphone business. In 2021 this is not yet the case. So let’s continue to list the best terminals of the brand, which despite everything has arguments to do.
Sony first used letters and numbers to designate its smartphones: Xperia M, L, X, XA, Z or XZ. The ranges are now streamlined and we now have fewer letters for a bit more clarity with an Xperia 1 on top, then a 5, then a 10, then… an L at the base level.
With a 2021 lineup announced in April and slated to hit the shelves this summer, now is not a good time to buy a Sony smartphone. If you are looking for something more advanced, it is better to wait a few weeks and above all our tests which will come soon! On the other hand, destocking at the time of the range change could be an opportunity to do good business.
Sony Xperia 1 II
- Amazing 4K display
- Solid autonomy
Unveiled on the occasion of the MWC 2020 – canceled by the coronavirus – last February, the Sony Xperia 1 II it is finally reality. It roughly takes the design of the older model with edges at the top and bottom, surrounding a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display. The 21: 9 ratio is obviously still in play. If this necessarily stretches the phone, it is above all the promise to optimally devour its video content on a smartphone.
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It incorporates the most luxurious Qualcomm chip of 2020, the Snapdragon 865, compatible with 5G. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. It’s less impressive than in the photo, we find almost the same triple 12-megapixel sensor as the Xperia 1, but the competition is once again doing much better in this price range. The main camera is good, but the other two (the ultra wide-angle and the telephoto) suffer from too large gaps after dark. In addition, Sony offers a “Pro” mode through two applications, called Photo Pro and Cinema Pro, which are too complicated for the general public to use. Too bad, especially when you know that some algorithms are doing real magic in 2020.
However, it intends to do better than its predecessor in terms of autonomy thanks to the integration of a 4000 mAh battery (compared to the previous 3300 mAh). Allow more than one day of use. Not to mention that the Xperia 1 II is also compatible with fast charging up to 18W, as well as wireless charging.
Sony Xperia 5 II
- 120 Hz screen
- Improved autonomy
- Game performance
To create the junction between premium and high-end, Sony offers the Xperia 5 II. The main difference between the latter and the Xperia 1 II is the presence of a Full HD + OLED screen instead of 4K, but always in “cinema21: 9 and on a diagonal of 6.1 inches. As a bonus, it gets a 120Hz refresh rate.
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You will also find a triple photo sensor: wide-angle, main and telephoto all three of 12 Mpx. The results of the photos are fair, but not surprising. The software’s lack of night mode turns out to be a real weakness. It is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 865, so you can fully enjoy on-screen games in this special format. It will also be perfectly suited to watching movies, of course.
Weak point of the predecessor, the autonomy here is revised upwards thanks to a 4000 mAh battery. We then last a day and a half with 120 Hz activated.
While pleasant to use, the Xperia 5 II suffers from a few photo-side weaknesses, its recently declining price, however, makes them easier to digest.
You can find all the details in our full Xperia 5 II review.
Sony Xperia 10 II The affordable option
- Gigantic autonomy
- Successful design
- Quality of the interface
Sony declines its 21: 9 format (used in cinema) even on its cheaper smartphones. Unsurprisingly, the Xperia 10 II benefits from this, but in a particularly compact format compared to other models from the Japanese manufacturer. Its OLED panel (which displays a definition of 2520 x 1080 pixels) offers only a diagonal of just 6 inches, which is very pleasant to hold.
Sony Xperia 10 II // Source: Frandroid
It is then powered by a Snapdragon 665 backed by 4GB of RAM. This configuration is no longer very young since it has equipped many smartphones before it, such as the Redmi Note 8 or the Realme 5 (two smartphones of the year 2019 at a low price). That said, this is more than enough to enjoy a smooth user experience on a daily basis, with the ability to run some 3D games as well.
While the older Xperia 10 Plus model only offered a double sensor for the photo, this Xperia 10 II surpasses it with a triple sensor, of the following composition: 12 + 8 + 8 megapixels. Unfortunately, despite the “improvements”, the camera of this smartphone is disappointing, even in broad daylight. However, it makes up for it with excellent runtimes thanks to its 3,600 mAh battery. It doesn’t look like much on paper, but it actually easily lasts 2 days.