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Sony Xperia 1 II is finally coming to Malaysia, just in time for Christmas

Shortly after releasing the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 II, Sony Malaysia has finally announced its flagship Xperia 1 II for the local market. This is their Snapdragon 865 powered 5G smartphone that’s designed for speed and it boasts industry leading photography features.

Availability

According to Sony, the Xperia 1 II (pronounced as Xperia One Mark Two) will be available in Malaysia from November 2020. It will go on sale at Sony Stores KLCC and The Curve, Sony Store Online as well as the official Sony flagship store on Lazada.

Unfortunately, there’s no local pricing details yet but interested parties may register their interest here to be the first to know. The device comes in 3 colours – Black, Purple and White.

So far there’s no mention of any pre-order deal from Sony Malaysia and it would be awesome if they bundle the latest WH-1000XM4 ANC headphones. When the first gen Xperia 1 was launched in Malaysia last August, it was priced at RM4,299 and it came with free WH-1000XM3 headphones. The Xperia 1 Mark I is currently going for RM3,699.

In the US, the Xperia 1 II is priced at USD 1,199 (about RM5,005) which costs more than the Galaxy Note 20. We expect the Xperia 1 II to be priced above the RM4,500 mark when it’s released in Malaysia.

Hardware Specs

To recap, the Xperia 1 II features a 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display that comes in a 21:9 aspect ratio. Although there’s no fancy high refresh rate, the device comes with a “motion blur reduction technology” to provide a smooth viewing experience.

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Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 865 processor that comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB of UFS storage. What’s interesting is that the Xperia 1 II still gets a microSD card expansion slot and also a 3.5mm headphone jack.

In the camera department, it has a 12MP main camera that utilises a large 1/1.7″ image sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle shooter and a 12MP telephoto camera that does 3x optical zoom. For selfies, it gets an 8MP front camera.

The device can capture 20fps continuous burst shots and it also calculates auto focus and exposure up to 60 times per second. To make it easier to photograph people and even pets, the device also offers real-time Eye Auto Focus which is similar to what you get on Sony’s Alpha camera series.

The device also gets Sony’s signature SteadyShot stabilisation that uses both OIS and EIS. It is also capable of shooting 4K HDR videos up to 60fps and there’s also a Cinematography Pro feature that’s powered by CineAlta.

The device is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and it supports USB-C PD fast-charging. Unlike the first gen Xperia 1, it also gets wireless charging support. For more info, you can check out the official product page.

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Alexander Wong