Sony announces Xperia 1 II smartphone with Alpha & CineAlta Tech

Sony has announced the new Xperia 1 II smartphone, the World’s first with up to 20 fps continuous shooting capabilities and more, taking a lot of their technology from their camera products and adding them into the new model to make them into a perfect companion for professionals.

Key features

  • Triple camera array and 3D iTof sensor incorporating industry-leading Sony Alpha technology and ZEISS optics with T* coating calibrated specifically for Xperia.
  • Advanced autofocus camera technology enables the world’s first smartphone camera capable of up to 20 fps(2) continuous shooting with 60 times per second(1) AF/AE(3) calculations
  • Real-time Eye AF4 for humans and animals(2)
  • Photography Pro and Cinematography Pro functions offer more user control
  • over photo, video and movie creation.
  • 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display(3) delivers unprecedented color accuracy
  • True front stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack, and new 360 Reality Audio(4) with unique hardware decoding to optimize sound quality
  • Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 865 Mobile Platform, with high-capacity 4000mAh battery with wireless charging for optimal speed and performance

A big drawcard for the phone is the 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display, with a 1000,000:1 contrast ratio using OLED, and capable of reproducing colours larger than DCI-P3 100%, BT.2020. It displays a 10-bit image, using 8-bit + 2-bit FRC.

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Camera Tech

Just like most modern flagships, the Xperia has more than one camera on the back. The Xperia 1 II features a triple camera array with 16mm, 24mm & 70mm focal lengths with ZEISS T* coatings. The 1/1.7″ Exmore RSTM sensor is 1.5x more sensitive than the previous model, resulting in faster and more accurate AF in low light shooting.

Taking technology from their Alpha cameras, the Xperia 1 II now offers continuous tracking for high-speed shooting at a maximum of 20 fps. It even has Real-time Eye-AF for people and animals.

Not only has Sony added in technology from the Alpha series of cameras, but they have also added in technology powered by CineAlta when using the phone to capture video.

It now supports 2K 120fps 10-bit HDR shooting, as well as 21:9 4K HDR recording at 24/25/30/60 fps.

The purpose-designed interface on the 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display looks very easy to use, with easy access to focus, metering & other shooting tools.

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Eight colour profiles are available in the app.

Upcoming Xperia Pro Variant

Xperia Pro
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Sony also announced a variant of the Xperia 1 II called the Xperia Pro, specifically designed for broadcast & video professionals that would feature a Micro HDMI (Type D) port so that it can be used as a monitor for your camera, making use of the 6.5″ OLED display.

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For broadcast, users would be able to take advantage of the fast speeds of 5G to broadcasting directly using 5G mmWave. It will also have a sturdier, rugged design with a 360-degree 4-way antenna.

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The Xperia 1 II will retail for $1,199 USD. It’s nice to see Sony take a different approach in the smartphone space.

What are your thoughts of the Xperia 1 II & Xperia Pro?

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