Sony Xperia 1 II Breaks the Smartphone Continuous Shooting Barrier

Sony says it's the first smartphone to offer 20 fps continuous shooting

Why This Matters: Since virtually all flagship smartphones look alike, manufacturers are focusing on setting themselves apart in camera capabilities. The latest Sony Xperia can, with 60 fps continuous auto focus and auto exposure, shoot continuous photos like a DSLR camera. That might excite photo enthusiasts.

Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony Xperia 1 II. Sony

On Monday, Sony unveiled an attractive 6.5-inch Android 10 smartphone with the heart of a DSLR camera. It’s triple-camera array (16mm, 24mm, and 70mm) can, according to Sony, shoot 20fps on continuous mode, keeping all the frames looking sharp and well exposed thanks to 60 fps auto focus and auto exposure.

The big picture: Design-wise, the Sony Xperia 1 II is not a major leap forward from the original Xperia 1, but along with the camera technology, Sony switched out many of the other major components to match features found in most other flagship smartphones. The device now runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 CPU and has a 21:9 4K OLED screen that supports a 90 Hz refresh rate. The battery is now a beefier 4000 mAh and the phone finally supports wireless charging. Sony, by the way, continues to hold onto the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Pricing and availability were not announced.

Yes, but… It’s true, Sony has, according to 2017 numbers, under 1% of the global market, but it’s bigger in Europe and, in Japan, it has a sizable 16.3%

Behind the scenes: With Mobile World Congress shuttered for 2020, smartphone manufacturers like Sony are quietly releasing information on all the updates and major product rollouts they’d originally planned for the Barcelona, Spain, event. 

Something more… What’s missing from this picture is 5G. Sony also announced that it’s working on the Xperia Pro, basically the Xperia 1 II with a 5G modem. None of this is likely to make a difference in Sony’s U.S. or global presence, but Sony’s industry-leading camera innovation could signal similar capabilities arriving on competing handsets.

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