Sony was supposed to launch its new flagship, the Xperia 1 II, in late February, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That never happened as the MWC was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, so Sony soft-launched the phone online, revealing all of its specs, but not its price or date of availability.
Sure, the Sony Xperia 1 II has Qualcomm’s most powerful chip, the Snapdragon 865, as well as 5G support; a triple, 12-megapixel camera on the back; 8GB of RAM; and 256GB of storage. But its 6.7-inch display has old-school bezels on top and bottom, the phone generally looks fairly bland, and – let’s face it – in the world of smartphones, Sony’s brand power can’t exactly compete with Apple or Samsung’s.
To put it bluntly, Sony will have a hard time convincing anyone to buy this phone at this price, and that’s even when you take into account the free WF-1000XM3 earbuds (a $200 value) you get if you pre-order the phone before June 28.
Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia 1 II start on June 1, and the phone is shipping on July 24.