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The Sony Xperia 1 II is unusually repairable for a flagship smartphone; offers a taste of what to expect from the Xperia Pro too

The Xperia 1 II has some hidden secrets. (Image source: Sony)
The Xperia 1 II has some hidden secrets. (Image source: Sony)
The Xperia 1 II has some hidden secrets. The flagship smartphone is rather repairable by today's standards too. There are no flimsy cables to slice through when removing the back panel, for instance. Also, many parts are replaceable, with Sony continuing to use modular charging ports and battery pull tabs.
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Sony has now brought the Xperia 1 II to market after quite the protracted build-up, with the company pitching its latest flagship for the princely sum of US$1,200. Now a teardown has revealed the secrets of Sony's latest smartphone, and it turns out that the Xperia 1 II is an odd device by today's standards.

While JerryRigEverything has become internationally-known in the last few years for his teardown videos, XYZONE has provided the first look of the inside of the Xperia 1 II. While the video is narrated in Chinese and has no English subtitles, it does reveal several unusual aspects about the Xperia 1 II.

Firstly, the back panel can be removed easily and does not house any components. Instead, Sony has mounted all the components within the frame of the device. There is also a large copper heat pipe that Sony has located on the top left of the smartphone, although this is nothing like the size of the one that Razer included in the Razer Phone 2.

While neither of these is particularly unique, space for an unused connection is. The volume of space that Sony has left suggests that a large connector should be here, perhaps the HDMI input that Sony has included in the upcoming Xperia PRO. Hence, we would not be surprised if Sony is using the same motherboard for the Xperia 1 II and Xperia PRO.

XYZONE has also confirmed the camera hardware that Sony has included in the Xperia 1 II. The sensors are the following:

Sensor name Camera type Megapixel count Aperture
Sony IMX363 Ultra-wide-angle 12 MP f/2.2
Sony IMX557 Main rear-facing camera 12 MP f/1.7
ISOCELL S5K3T2 Telephoto 12 MP f/2.4
ISOCELL S5K4H7 Front-facing 8 MP f/2.0

Interestingly, these specifications match what egg.5ch.net and Android next leaked in March. Overall, the Xperia 1 II appears to be another pleasingly repairable smartphone by Sony. The company has included battery pull tabs, for example, and continues to use replaceable charging ports. You can view XYZONE's video below.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-06-30 (Update: 2020-06-30)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.