Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Review

Sony introduced 3 smartphones at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin: the Sony Xperia Z5, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has the same dust-tight, waterproof design and capless USB port as it predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z3+, but gives a host of improvements and up to date features on top of the 4K display, together with a greater camera sensor and bigger battery.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which it’s touting as the “world’s 1st 4K smartphone”.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Design

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Design

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is technically longer, slim, skinnier, and lighter. It’s smaller and lighter at 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm and 180 g.

The power button, volume rocker and camera button on the right side. There is SIM card slot on the left side and 3.5 mm audio jack on the top. The bottom has a microUSB 2.0 port, microphone, and speaker. The 5.5-inch display dominates the front. The top has space for sensors, ear speaker, and the 5.1  MP front camera. It additionally has a fingerprint-sensing home button. The back side has 23 MP rear shooter and flash.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is among the most attractive smartphones on the market. It’s simpler to make use of with one hand. There’s a good range of colors out there.

The overall design, minus the finish, is more or less an identical to that of the Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, with a new elongated power button which multiply up as a fingerprint scanner.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Display

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Display

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium features a 5.5-inch display with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution and 806 ppi pixel density. While the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium may not match one of the best OLED screens, it does look incredible. Colors are bright and vivid and it seems bright and clear at the top brightness. Sony has additionally included its X-Reality tech, which might upscale video to something that appears sharper and better. It does this by comparing pixels in close proximity to one another and filling within the blanks and the results are impressive.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Hardware

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Hardware

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is an Android smartphone with a 5.5-inch display with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution and 806 ppi pixel density. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor which is an 8-core (made up of a Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57) processor with 3 GB RAM. The built-in storage is 32 GB and expandable up to 200GB with microSD. The back is home to a 23 MP rear-facing camera with 5520 х 4140 pixels resolution. A secondary camera with 5.1 MP sensor is out there in front. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a 3430 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Camera

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Camera

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium uses Sony’s next-generation camera sensor, larger 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for the smartphone with 23 MP sensor and f/2.0 G Lens. This, Sony stated, is the 1st upgraded sensor the series has seen since the Sony Xperia Z1 and will introduce a host of improvements for those snap-happy smartphone users.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium camera improvements aim to relieve 3 important “pain points” in mobile photo taking. The 1st is “missed opportunities”, which the brand new camera sensor seems to be to resolve with a lot faster shutter speed than earlier versions and the “world’s fastest” auto-focusing smartphone camera at 0.3 seconds.

The 2nd is improving “Low-quality zoom” with Clear Image Zoom, which firm said permits users to zoom into an image up to 5x without quality loss. The 3rd is best quality photos in low light, which means users can capture clearer photographs in darker surroundings with less noise and blur.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Fingerprint Sensor

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Fingerprint

Sony has adopted a novel fingerprint sensor on the side of smartphones. It works with partial prints, obviously, but you additionally do not need to cover the entire pad – about 2/3 will suffice.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Battery

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Battery

The battery life of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is all the time going to be under scrutiny, given there is a 4K screen to be powering along. The brand has tried to alleviate this problem by adding in a 3430 mAh battery and as such, it reckons that a 2-day battery life is possible here.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Software

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Software

As for software, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium runs Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop OS out of the box. However, Sony has skinned Android with its own custom user interface. Among the added apps are a bonus. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium arrives with Sony’s Walkman and PlayStation companion apps as seen on the Sony Xperia Z3+, in addition to many new augmented reality camera features and built-in noise cancellation technologies to assist block out background sound while listening to music.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Performance

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Performance

Sony using processors, Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, which has Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU for when the phone needs to hold out powerful tasks, and a battery-saving Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. It additionally helps that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium carries 3 GB of RAM, which is the short-term memory that lets it store apps in its proverbial front pocket for faster and simpler access.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Specification

  • OS: Android 5.1
  • Body: 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Display: 2160 x 3840 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Memory: 32 GB internal, 200 GB expandable, 3 GB RAM
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
  • Camera: 23 MP, 5.1 MP secondary
  • Battery: 3430 mAh

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Verdict

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Verdict

Introducing a new, custom camera sensor, ticking the fingerprint checkbox, updating the appears and shifting into a new large-screen flagship product category – all these moves are signs that Sony is maintaining with the times.

8.5 Total Score
Compsmag Says

Introducing a new, custom camera sensor, ticking the fingerprint checkbox, updating the appears and shifting into a new large-screen flagship product category - all these moves are signs that Sony is maintaining with the times.

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