Sony uses Zeiss optical technology in smartphones for the first time

This afternoon, Sony released a new flagship device, Xperia 1 Ⅱ (pronounced as Xperia 1 Mark Ⅱ). Sony Xperia 1 Ⅱ comes with triple rear cameras, all 12MP, corresponding to different focal lengths, and a Sony 3D iTOF sensor. However, surprisingly, the Sony Xperia 1 Ⅱ uses a Zeiss optical technology. Although Sony and Zeiss’ lens cooperation dates back to 1995, until today’s release of Xperia 1 Ⅱ, Sony has not used Zeiss optical components in smartphones.

Now, Sony and Zeiss have announced a formal partnership that will also extend to smartphones. Sony Xperia 1 II is the first Sony smartphone with a ZEISS optical system.

Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 II, will be equipped with ZEISS optical systems and T * (T-Star) anti-reflection coatings to improve image quality and provide consumers with the best photographic experience. Xperia 1 II offers the world’s first smartphone, with up to 20fps2 AF / AE tracking continuous shooting and 5G connectivity, providing a complete creative entertainment experience.

For Nokia fans, this may be shocking. Nokia phones no longer have exclusive access to ZEISS optical systems. However, ZEISS seems to be seeking new partnerships. It hopes to make its optical components available on an increasing number of smartphones. This will give the company a broader commercial significance.

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Sony Xperia 1 Specifications

In detail, Xperia 1  Ⅱ uses a 12mm camera with 16mm focal length, f / 2.2 aperture; a 70mm 12MP sensor with f / 2.4 aperture; a 24mm 12MP sensor with f / 1.7 aperture; and finally a 3D iToF sensor. The camera module combines Sony’s Exmor RS sensor, BIONZ processor technology, as well as Zeiss’ optical technology.

In terms of configuration, the Xperia 1   uses a 6.5-inch HDR OLED screen. This display has a resolution of 3,840 x 1,644, 643ppi, 90Hz refresh rate, 21: 9 display ratio and a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.

Under the hood, this smartphone comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB flash memory. The body has a headphone jack and dual speakers. The battery is 4,000 mAh, supports 21W USB-PD charging, and 15W wireless charging. It measures 166 x 72 x 7.9mm, weighs 181g, and is available in black and purple.

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