Xperia 1 II to launch in the US sans 5G on July 24 for a whopping US$1200; Sony WF-1000XM3 a pre-order bonus
The release of the Sony Xperia 1 II has been shrouded in mystery for long. A few days ago, the phone was temporarily listed on B&H for pre-order, with the page taken down shortly after for unknown reasons. Finally, though, the Xperia 1 II has gotten an official release date in the US.
The Sony Xperia 1 II has now been confirmed to go on sale in the US on July 24. Pre-orders begin shortly, though, on June 1st. As expected, the phone will carry a price tag of US$1200. That's a heavy MSRP, so Sony is offering buyers who pre-order before June 28 a free pair of its lauded Sony WF-1000XM3 TWS earbuds.
The Sony Xperia 1 II features a 6.5-inch 21:9 QHD+ display without a cutout of any kind, a Snapdragon 865, a 4000 mAh battery, a quad-rear camera setup, stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and most importantly, a 3.5mm jack. It's interesting to note that the Xperia 1 II will not offer 5G support in the US, although it will in Europe.
Of course, it's something of a kick to the shin that potential buyers still have to wait two more months to get the phone. It was unveiled back in February alongside the Galaxy S20 series and will now end up shipping five whole months later, almost in the same window as the Galaxy Note 20.