Sony wasn’t messing around at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday. Along with a Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 , the company also announced the regular Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which is probably the device most people will pay attention to. Let’s find out if it’s worth it ?
Like previous years, the new Xperias feature the same, tried-and-tested design: glass on the front and back, and a rounded, bumper-like frame protecting the edges. Available in chrome, black, and gold, the Z5 Premium looks undeniably luxurious, and the company claims its 5.5-inch 4K display is a first for a smartphone. But is a 4K display on a phone necessary ? Sony feels so, and so there you have it, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium with 4K Display. However, with internal specs that are identical to the Sony Xperia Z5.
Sony has also included a new fingerprint scanner at an innovative location, right on the power button. The fingerprint scanner makes it easy to unlock the device efficiently, its quick and very accurate, making it a pleasure to use. The new aluminum frame has an Xperia logo engraved on the side, while a frosted back panel replaces the glossy predecessor. Sony has not done much about the design apart from adding a matte finish on the Z5 and a ultra glossy finish on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium which will be available in Gold or Chrome.
The shiny, reflective casing looks great but it’s quickly marred by fingerprints, so keep a cloth handy. Alternatively, you can hose it down — like most of Sony’s recent smartphone lineup, the Z5 Premium is waterproof. Take it in the shower, and your only worry will be the water going cold.
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One of the highlights of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 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. It also captures in 4K. 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.
One of 4K’s selling points is that it future-proofs you for when 4K becomes the industry standard. This is certainly true when buying a TV, as you’re likely to keep a TV for a few years and you want to know it will be able to keep pace with advances. But it’s less relevant when buying a phone, which you’re likely to change in a year or two.
The extra detail in a 4K video means much bigger file sizes. To deal with that, the Z5 Premium will take a memory card up to a monstrous 200GB. Even if you never store any 4K content, that’s still roughly 16 hours of full HD video. The other potential issue of such a powerful screen is that it will eat through your battery. Sony still promises the same two-day battery life thanks to a hefty 3,600mAh battery.
|Display||5.5” 4K UHD (3840×2160), 806 PPI,|
|Processor||Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa Core processor|
|ROM||32 GB (Expandable via Micro SD Card)|
5.1 MP Front Facing Camera
23 MP Back Facing Camera (Records 4K)
|Battery||3430 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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But do we really need a 4k display smartphone and how will it affect the battery life? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for updates and Hands on and unboxing videos.