How is it better, you ask? For one, it has a 120Hz display while the Xperia 1 II uses a conventional 60Hz panel. Even though it's not 4K as the Xperia 1 II, the 450ppi density of the X5II's screen is more than plenty, so we won't consider that a downgrade.
The other bit where 5 II is better than 1 II is battery capacity - that's to say, it's the same - the smaller size phone comes with a battery that's just as large as the 4,000mAh power pack in the larger model. It's probably the first time we're seeing such absolute parity between two differently-sized handsets from (more or less) the same generation.
The next thing that probably qualifies as an advantage of the 5 II over the 1 II is the introduction of the Google Assistant button on the right side. Mind you, the 5 II has 5 mechanical buttons, in 2020 - we can see people liking it for that alone.
The rest of the 5 Mark II is has been more or less carried over from the 1 Mark II. The camera system, for example, has the same triple-module configuration - a 16mm-equivalent ultra-wide, a 24mm main cam, and a 70mm tele, all of them producing 12MP images. Sony axed the ToF pair for the small model, however, we'll have to see how that affects nearby low-light focusing and portrait mode results.
The Snapdragon 865 powers the Xperia 5 II (not the 865+), and the phone has 8GB of RAM. Unlike the 1 II, which only came with 256GB of storage, the 5 II can be had with either 128GB or 256GB.
A few welcome generational improvements include the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack and the relocation of the bottom speaker to fire towards the front of the phone - both features shared with the 1 II, too.
What's not shared with the bigger model is the wireless charging capability - you'll need a cable to top up the 5 II. You can still do that over USB PowerDelivery up to 21W although Sony only ships (and, for that matter, makes) 18W chargers.
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