Xperia 5 II leaks: Sony is bringing the headphone jack back to its smaller handset
The first sighting of the Xperia 5 II is here, courtesy of Evan Blass. The device will succeed the Xperia 5, which we considered to be a strong smartphone when we reviewed it last year. However, it struggled with underwhelming battery life and weak cameras. The Xperia 5 II looks more like the Xperia 1 II than it does than the Xperia 5, which may make it slightly smaller than its predecessor.
Based on the render that Blass has published, the Xperia 5 II has three rear-facing cameras, along with a single front-facing sensor. The ToF sensor from the Xperia 1 II is missing though. The front-facing camera sits within a noticeably smaller top bezel than last year's Xperia 5, along with a speaker cut-out at the top of the display.
The size of the bottom and side bezels seem to have been reduced too, keeping the Xperia 5 II in line with the Xperia 1 II. The similarities to the Xperia 1 II do not end there, either. The Xperia 5 II also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a dedicated camera shutter button. There is a third button between the fingerprint scanner and camera button too, but its functionality remains unknown at this stage. Additionally, the Xperia 5 II has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which is a change from the Xperia 5.
Evan Blass has not revealed any specifications for the Xperia 5 II, but it may have a 6.1-inch OLED screen, as Sony re-used the 6.5-inch one on the Xperia 1 for the Xperia 1 II. Similarly, we would expect Sony to equip the Xperia 5 II with the same chipset as the Xperia 1 II, which would be the Snapdragon 865, as it did so with the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. Sony may unveil the Xperia 5 II at IFA 2020, which will commence next week.