Packaging and accessories
The smartphone arrived to us in a white, cardboard box, in which, besides the Xperia 5 II itself, we can find an 18 W charger and a USB-C cable. And that is all, there is no cover, no earphones… It leaves a bit to be desired.
Housing and display
Sony Xperia 5 II is without a doubt a handy device – especially from a female’s hand perspective. And this opinion is not just mine, but every person that had the opportunity to take it into their hands shared it. The display has a diagonal of over 6 inches, but the slenderness of the construction, the prolonged shape and the narrow bezel contribute to the fact that it is light, it lies in hands perfectly and it looks slightly different than all other models on the market – during these times, when it difficult to recognize a brand by looking at the front of the device (because virtually all smartphones look the same), Sony is an exception. The smartphone is available in two conservative colour versions – blue or black. Sony makes no efforts to create weird names for colours of their models – less is more. I will add that the device is light – it only weighs 163g.
Durability is its another advantage. First of all, its front and back panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and second of all, the smartphone can boast with a dust- and waterproofness at the level of IP65/68, which means that it is resistant to streams of water and a submersion of up to 30 minutes and at a 1.5 meters depth. On the other hand, the manufacturer states that the device cannot be fully submerged and it should not come into contact with drinks, salty or chlorine water. Xperia 5 II was tested for its waterproofness by placing it gently in a container full of tap water and dropped to the depth of 1.5 meters. After 30 minutes the device was gently removed from the container and its functions were tested.
The display in Xperia 5 II deserves our special attention – this is a 6.1-inch OLED FHD+ display (2529x1080 pixels, 449 ppi) with an HDR CinemaWide technology and a 21:9 ratio. The biggest novelty in this smartphone is the 120 Hz refreshment rate and reacting to touch with 240 Hz – which can be useful not only during an everyday work, but mostly while playing games. It is worth adding that we can choose between 60 and 120 Hz – there is no auto setting, which would turn on the higher refreshment according to our needs. Colours representation deserves a commendation as well, and the user can either use the standard image mode or the so-called Creator mode (based on professional Sony CineAlta technologies). In addition, it has a great contrast, HDR, great readability angles and a high brightness in the auto mode (with manual settings it is noticeably lower).
There is neither a notch nor a hole, which would distort the space around the display – instead there are symmetrical bezels. The 8 MP camera for selfies, along with sensors, are placed on a small, upper frame, at the front, and in cavities on the edge of connection between the glass and the frame, both above and under the display, there are placed stereo speakers. There is even a notifications LED. Is the presence of bezels bothersome? Absolutely not. In my opinion, the classical solution is still better than all notches and holes. The manufacturer did not put any foil on the display, but it is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. It is worth adding that the smartphone can be used in glasses with polarizing filters without any problems.
When it comes to the design, the back panel is not particularly original. In the upper, left corner there is a camera module that stands above the housing, in which cameras are placed vertically. In comparison with similar modules in models from Huawei or Samsung this one is much more modest and unobtrusive. The rest of the panel is made out of glass, on which there is the manufacturer’s logo and printed markings and certificates.
Both glass panels are connected by an aluminium frame. The smartphone can be controlled via a number of buttons concentrated on the right edge: there is a relatively small volume control button, a fingerprint scanner integrated into a power button (this is the only biometrical security, there is no facial recognition), there is a – useless, in my opinion – Google Assistant button, and a physical, two-step camera trigger. The minijack is placed on the upper edge, while the USB-C socket is on the lower one. The tray for SIM and memory cards is placed on the left edge of the phone. I especially like the fact that we can open it without using an additional tool – we can pry it with our fingernail – and that the smartphone does not restart after taking it out – which was a trademark of Sony smartphones for a long time. We can either use two SIM cards in the nano size or one SIM and one microSD card.
If you are curious how this model looks like from the inside, on the PBKreviews channel they stripped apart Xperia 5 II. We can see the cooling system used in here, which is based on graphite sheets. Sony flagship has most elements, including the microphone, glued together in order to ensure waterproofness, and the USB-C socket is protected by a rubber gasket. Authors of that review suggest that it is easy to disassemble the smartphone and fix it – even the battery has two places, which we can pry to remove it easily and replace it.