Sony wasn’t messing around at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday. Along with a Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium, the company also announced the regular Sony Xperia Z5, which is probably the device most people will pay attention to. Let’s find out if it’s worth it ?
The Sony Xperia Z5 definitely feels like a Sony device, which is to say it’s a premium slab of glass and metal. The Xperia Z5 bears a strong resemblance to the previous model, but a few new design elements clearly set it apart. Chief among those is the newly designed power button, now doubling as a fingerprint sensor.
The phone is more or less same as we saw in the leaked photos. The new aluminum frame has an Xperia logo engraved on the side, while a frosted back panel replaces the glossy predecessor. Measuring 146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm, the Z5 is identical to the Z3 in terms of dimensions and thus marginally thicker than most of the flagships out there. Sony Xperia Z5 has a IP68 certification for the lineup’s signature dust and water resistance.
The Sony Xperia Z5 also comes equipped with a fingerprint sensor – and it’s placed a little differently than the other flagships out there. The fingerprint sensor is on the side of the device, and it is actually a home button with a sensor on it – just like the iPhone.
The Sony Xperia Z5 employs a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, which features a pixel density of 424 ppi. Just as most of Sony’s devices, the display of the Xperia Z5 is a Triluminos one, with an X-Reality for Mobile features, as well as a Dynamic Contrast Enhancer.
One of the highlights of the Xperia Z5 is its rear camera. The 23MP camera unit at the rear makes use of Sony’s 1/2.3″ wide-angle Exmor RS sensor. The Xperia Z5 is touted as the phone having the world’s fastest autofocusing camera, which is allegedly able to lock down the focal point in merely 0.03 seconds. Also the camera sensor is Sony exclusive only! It’s also able to make use of a light sensitivity of up to ISO 12800, which will theoretically aid the low-light photography capabilities of the phone.
The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in the more formal White and Graphite Black, but also Gold and Green. The smartphones will be on store shelves globally starting in October, but pricing remains to be detailed.
|Display||5.2 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Processor||1.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor|
|ROM||32GB (Expandable via Micro SD Card)|
5.1 MP Front Facing Camera
23 MP Back Facing Camera
|Battery||2900 mAh battery (Non-removable)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC and Micro USB|
|Operating System||Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop)|
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We have our bets that the new Sony flagship will be a worthy successor to all previous Sony flagship devices. While each phone has a host of pros over the other, it’s impossible to deny that either is a viable option for all those looking for a well-built high-end smartphone.
(All the images are from The Verge and Sony)