The headphone jack is back: Sony Xperia 1 II leaks ahead of Monday launch

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Sony on Monday will announce its new Sony Xperia flagship smartphone, but you might find it difficult to say its name out loud.

Details of the phone, set to be announced on Monday, was revealed by XDA’s Max Weinbach.

Well, officially known as the Sony Xperia 1 II (Sony 1 Mark 2) on marketing material, the phone packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G connectivity, and… wait for it… a headphone jack.

Huge, we know.

The previous iteration of this phone only featured a USB-C port, but Sony’s clearly bowing to consumer pressure here, including a 3.5mm audio output.

It’s a move we’ve not seen on other flagship models that’ve ditched the legacy output, but it’s a welcome inclusion from a company that builds audio products with headphone jacks.

Anyway, internally the Sony Xperia 1 II also features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Up front, there’s a 6.5-inch OLED panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio, making this phone a lot longer than it is wide.

There’s enough room for stereo speakers up front alongside an 8MP selfie camera, and at the rear a trio of 12MP sensors with 16mm ultra-wide angle, 24mm wide angle and 70mm zoom lenses. There’s also a Time of Flight sensor alongside it for auto-focusing.

Finally, as for battery size, a 4000mAh powers the device. It’s a little small compared to current flagships, but par for the course for Sony.

Pricing and availability details will be announced on Monday, but this leak gives Sony fans some semblance of hope. The company’s (kind of) back.

Feature image: Sony Xperia 1, by Sony

Andy Walker, former editor


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