The ultra-compact Xperia 5 II surprises and is very easy to fix

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Among all the Android manufacturers available in Spain, Sony is one of the most historic and veteran, a manufacturer that in recent years has been gradually losing relevance, but that despite everything continues to create mobiles of exceptional quality.

After a reinvention in its high-end range last year with the Xperia 1 and 5 that left us such good sensations, in 2020 they have continued in the same line with the Xperia 1 II and the recent Xperia 5 II. This latest mobile is striking for its compact size and some hardware improvements. But what Sony hadn’t told us was how easy it was to disassemble.

The Xperia 5 II is quite easy to disassemble, a feat of engineering

Despite the fact that one of the market trends is to make phones bigger and bigger, even the widest smartphones are still brilliant works of engineering when it comes to miniaturization. Sometimes this obsession to make the most of the internal space ends up having repercussions on mobile phones that are practically impossible to open or repair, but on other occasions we find a surprise, as is the case with the latest Sony flagship.

The Xperia 5 II is an ultra-compact mobile that follows in the wake of the Japanese manufacturer, a mobile very similar to the Xperia 1 II that we already tested a few months ago, but even smaller and with a 120-hertz screen.

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The YouTube channel PBKReviews has made a disassembly of Sony’s new high-end mobile, and surprises because of how easy it is to open and extract each of its pieces. Beyond the process of heating the back cover to detach it, removing components such as the battery is very easy, and although there is adhesive inside, there does not seem to be a risk of breaking any component in the repair process unless you mess it up a lot.

In another vein, a fairly basic internal cooling system is appreciated, using graphite and copper dissipation plates, but no vapor chamber or liquid cooling systems. In that sense, the Xperia 5 II endures the intense pace of games with high graphic demand worse than other mobiles with similar specifications. It was to be expected, since physics and physical space are what they are, and in the end they are commitments to which mobiles of this caliber must resort.

Sony Xperia 5 II for 899 euros at Amazon.

Technical characteristics

  • Body
    • Dimensions: 158 x 68 x 8 mm
  • screen
    • Type: OLED
    • Size: 6.1 inch
    • Resolution: Full HD + 2,520 x 1,080 pixels.
    • 120 Hz refresh rate.
  • Main features
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | Octa-Core 8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
    • GPU:Adreno 650
    • Operating system:Android 10
  • Memory
    • Internal: 128 GB + 8 GB RAM
    • Micro SD:Yes.
  • Rear cameras:
    • Main: 12 Mpx f / 1.7 24mm OIS.
    • Telephoto: 12 Mpx f / 2.4 70mm Zoom 3X OIS.
    • Wide angle: 12 Mpx f / 2.2 16mm 124º UGA.
  • Front camera: 8 Mpx f / 2.0 24mm.
  • Connectivity
    • Dual 4G.
    • WiFi 802.11ac
    • Bluetooth 5.0
    • NFC
    • USB Type C
    • Headphone jack.
  • Others
    • Fingerprint reader on the side.
    • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and compass.
    • IP68 certification.
    • Stereo speakers.
  • Drums
    • 4,000 mAh.
    • 18W fast charge.

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