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