The Sony Xperia 1 II was announced back in February but Sony has only just revealed the price, and while the phone was meant to be expensive, it’s even more so than we anticipated
It’s set to cost $1,199.99, which equates to roughly £985 / AU$1,840. Now, we wouldn’t expect an exact price conversion, but the Sony Xperia I cost $949 / £849 at launch, so the Sony Xperia 1 II cost $250 more in its own case, and is likely to see a similar bump in other regions.
Sony also confirmed the date for the availability of the Sony Xperia 1 II when; the device is expected to be available for pre-order starting from June 1 in the US, but will not hit stores until July 24. So there’s still a while to wait.
There is also a freebies for those who make early pre-orders; if you pre-order by June 28 then you’ll get a set of true wireless earbuds tossed in by Sony WF-1000XM3. They cost $230/ £220 / AU$400, and some of the bites could be taken out of the price of the Xperia 1 II. Whether that same incentive will be available outside of the US or which date the Sony Xperia 1 II will be available from other regions has not been confirmed yet, but we would expect it to be similar.
The Sony Xperia 1 II has a 6.5-inch 1644 x 3840 display with a super-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, a top-end Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8 GB Memory, 256 GB ram, 5 G, 4000mAh battery, stereo speakers, and water resistance.
It also has a quad-lens camera, which includes a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP telephoto (capable of 3x optical zoom), an ultra-wide 12MP camera, and a depth sensor.
It is therefore suitably high-end, but rivalry to that end of the market has never been harder, so it remains to be seen how it is going to be meeting the level. Maybe you want to wait for our full review before you take the plunge.