Leading phones these days often come with a huge screen and a large battery. However, for those who prefer something more compact, the Sony Xperia 5 II is probably one of the best options right now if you don’t fancy an iPhone. It was supposed to be available locally in December, however, Sony Malaysia has revealed that the device will only arrive in January next year.
Pricing and availability
The Sony Xperia 5 II is officially priced with 256GB of storage RM4,099 in Malaysia. That’s the same price as the 6.1 ″ iPhone 12 128GB or the 5.4 ″ iPhone 12 mini 256GB.
If you are interested, the device is now available for pre-order until 10 January 2021. It comes in 3 colors – Black, Blue and Pink. As a pre-order promo, Sony Malaysia is bundling free WF-XB700 wireless in-ear headphones along with a casing and screen protector. According to the product page, the device will ship in January 2021 but without providing specific dates.
The Xperia 5 Mark I features a 6.1 ″ Full HD + OLED display that comes in a 21: 9 tal display aspect ratio. The device has a 120Hz screen refresh rate and Sony claims it can provide a higher 240Hz-like experience with its Motion Blur Reduction enhancement feature.
Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 865 processor with 8GB RAM. It gets 256GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. For photography, it gets three 12MP rear cameras for wide, ultra-wide and telephoto. For selfies, it gets an 8MP front camera.
As you would expect from a flagship Xperia, it features stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headset jack, dust and water resistant with an IP68 rating but unfortunately it lacks wireless charging.
Powering the device is a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast USB-PD charging via USB-C. With a compatible fast charger, it can get 50% charge in just 30 minutes. The device also supports 5G as well as WiFi 6.
If you prefer a larger smartphone with a 4K display, the Sony Xperia 1 II is also available for pre-order and deliveries are expected to start late this month. The Xperia 1 II is priced at RM4,999 and the pre-order is bundled with a pair of WF-1000XM3 headphones, a casing and a screen protector while stocks last. The device is also available for pre-order at Sony’s official Shopee store.