Sony unveils an Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM in limited edition Frosted Black color

Peter, 20 August 2020

Currently, if you want to buy a Sony Xperia 1 II in Japan, you have to go through a carrier – Docomo or au – but that will change on October 30 as Sony is preparing to launch a SIM-free version. You might be interested in this launch even if you’re not in Japan as this phone will have 12 GB of RAM.

You can only buy 8 GB models right now, in Japan and elsewhere. Also, the carrier phones had only 128 GB of storage while the SIM-free one will match the global models with 256 GB. It’s not clear if the 12 GB version will be available abroad, however.

Sony Xperia 1 II (12 GB) in Frosted Black Sony Xperia 1 II (12 GB) in Frosted Black Sony Xperia 1 II (12 GB) in White Sony Xperia 1 II (12 GB) in Purple
Sony Xperia 1 II (12 GB) in Frosted Black, White and Purple

Which is a shame since it will be available in a limited edition Frosted Black with a matte finish (as opposed to the glossy finish of the current color options). Two more colors are planned – White and Purple.

RAM and paint job aside, the new Xperia 1 II version (XQ-AT42) will be identical to the current phones (so no S865+ upgrade or anything). The price is set at JPY 124,000 and you can pre-order one today (it's a long wait until the end of October, but those Frosted units may not last that long).

Sony unveils an Xperia 1 II with 12 GB of RAM for Japan with a limited edition Frosted Black color

Sony will also release dual SIM, SIM-free versions of the old Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. These will again have double the storage of the domestic models (which had 64 GB), however RAM remains at 6 GB.

SIM-free models for Japan: Sony Xperia 1 SIM-free models for Japan: Xperia 5
SIM-free models for Japan: Sony Xperia 1 • Xperia 5

Pre-orders for these are already under way and they are ready to ship the 28th. The 1 will cost JPY 79,000 and will be available in Black and Purple. The 5 will be JPY 69,000 and will come in Black, Gray, Blue and Red.

Source (in Japanese) | Via


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Reader comments

You're passing on the wrong information! All Xperia 1 & 5 Mark I are 128 Gigas of Storage and the current ones that will be released will be with twice that 512 Gigas of storage and 12 Gigas of RAM. I have and use the models at the moment....

  • Anonymous

Strawman; reputable apps from well known developers certainly exist. I take your lame deflection attempt as confirmation that the storage space taken up by the pre-installed apps cannot be reclaimed through ordinary means.

  • Anonymous

We are waiting

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