Notably, Sony Xperia 5 II is the company's current compact flagship. The Sony Xperia 5 II was launched back in October 2020. It is powered by the then-latest Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with 8GB of RAM.
The phone packs a 6.1-inch OLED 120Hz display that also features a Triluminos display and X-Reality Engine. The Xperia 5 II shipped with Android 10 out of the box. And was planned to be updated with Android 11 in the future.
And now, the time has come and it is finally receiving the stable Android 11 update. The update is right on time because as per Sony's official update schedule, Sony Xperia 5 II was expected to grab the update at the end of January.
As far as Android 11 features are concerned, the update brings a new conversations tab, built-in screen recorder, chat bubbles, smart home, and media controls, improved accessibility and privacy controls, etc.
There would be some extra features also from Sony's side with this update. However, the screenshot of the update shared by a Redditor reveals nothing about these features.
The Xperia 5 II is picking up the Android 11 update in select regions
According to XDA, the Sony Xperia 5 II Android 11 update with version number 58.1.A.1.178 is now live for European units (model number XQ-AS52) and Asian (model number XQ-AS72) dual-SIM model in Russia and South East Asia.
Moreover, the SoftBank Japan-exclusive Xperia 5 II single-SIM model (A002SO) is also picking up the update. The update for the SoftBank variant is arriving with version 58.1.D.0.331.
The update weighs around 709.7MB in size. So, you should consider downloading the Android 11 update on your Xperia 5 II device on a stable and fast Wi-Fi internet connection.
Usually, OEMs roll out the updates via OTA in batches. Meaning that it will take some time before it becomes available for every user. Good thing is that you can check for the update manually if you are in the region where the update is live.
To do that, head over to your phone's Settings menu. From there, go to the Software Update section and see if it detects the latest update. We expect Sony to release the update in more countries in the coming weeks.
If there is no luck with the in-built software update checker, then you can skip the queue and grab the update package file from community-created tools like XperiFirm and Newflasher. The files are straight from the company’s update server for manual flashing.