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Sony Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5- Introduction

Sony has absolutely got the traditional camera market talking with their innovative range of cameras breaking new ground for image quality. With the Sony Xperia Z5, however, first announced at the IFA trade show in September 2015, Sony’s flagship is finally getting a significant stride forward. It introduces a refined design, a revamped camera technology, and a fingerprint reader.

Giving the Z5 some oomph is the powerful Snapdragon 810 chipset with quad-core 1.5Ghz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57 processors, along with 3Gb of RAM.

Internal memory storage of 32Gb is increased by expandable Micro SD storage up to 200GB, allowing you to store plenty of high-resolution photos and videos on Sony’s latest device.

Sony Xperia Z5- Design

Sony Xperia Z5 design

The design of the Xperia Z5 is still one that feel solid and powerful in the hand, the boxy design once upon slimmed down to encase the 5.2-inch IPS Full HD LCD screen. Sony has provided a few subtle beautiful alterations with this generation, adding an engraved Xperia logo on the left edge, squaring off the phone’s metal body very slightly, and swapping the glossy glass rear for frosted glass.

The edge of the phone is slightly increased this time, which prevents the phone slipping off inclined surfaces quite as simply as the Z3, and in each of the Graphite Black, white, gold and green color options, it looks simply gorgeous.

There aren’t many differences in terms of overall looks when comparing the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z3+. Interestingly, however, Sony usually strives to make its top-end phones slim and lighter with every release, but the Xperia Z5 is actually 0.4mm thicker and 10g heavier than its predecessor.

The back of the Xperia Z5 is all-glass, like its predecessors. It doesn’t look like the back of a Xperia device has changed in years.

The lens of the 23 MP camera is located in the top left-hand edge with a particular LED flash sitting below it. Both the back and front camera use Sony’s Exmor sensors.

Sony Xperia Z5- Display

Sony Xperia Z5 display

As with most other Xperia Z series devices in the past, the display on the Sony Xperia Z5 is one of its most impressive features, sporting the same full HD 5.2in screen with a 1080×1920 pixel count as its predecessor, so it is not shocking that Sony has kept this the same.

The display is vibrant and a pleasure to look at for hours on end, thanks to the Triluminos display technology as seen on Sony’s TV sets. This is down to the pixel density of 424ppi, which is important for a screen of this size as it indicate that pixels are almost invisible when inspecting the display close up.

The quality of the Sony display is certain. The brightness is almost excessive, but the color saturation is beautifully balanced, the images are sharp and the IPS LCD offers good outdoor visibility.The viewing angles are also very good. Even at an angle of 30 degrees it’s still possible to see what’s on screen.

Sony Xperia Z5- Camera

Sony Xperia Z5 camera

Sony Xperia Z5 uses Sony’s next-generation camera sensor, the high 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for mobile with a 23MP sensor and f/2.0 G Lens. Sony said this is the first upgraded sensor the series has noticed since the Xperia Z1 and introduces a host of improvements for snap-happy smartphone users.

The all new 23MP sensor offers not only sharper snaps (which allow you to take clear pictures even at 5x zoom) but the main model is the 0.03 auto focus. Considering Samsung and LG both have been squawk about their 0.7 and 0.6-second snappers individually, this puts the argument of who’s the fastest to bed.

And the performance is magnificent. Whipping the phone up and down and taking casual photos of objects regularly offered a clear and in-focus picture, way beyond anything I’ve seen on a smartphone up to this point.

The pics look great, colorful and full of life, but that’s the best the brand can do – it will be exciting to see how snapper performs in the real world.

Sony Xperia Z5- Software & Performance

Sony Xperia Z5 performance & software

Sony Xperia Z5 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-powered by 3GB RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. We were quite dubious when we first heard that the Xperia Z5 is powered by the 810, as this is the same chip that featured in the Z3+ and was blamed for its overheating problems.

Sony Xperia Z5- Battery

Sony Xperia Z5 battery

Sony believes it can offer a two-day battery life in normal usage, by a variety of methods: the battery being 2900mAh for a start, which is larger than a lot of competitors’.

However, the option of Stamina mode and an intelligent screen are the big selling point – the latter looks the most attractive. Essentially what Sony is doing is ‘pausing’ the screen when showing an inactive image, turning off the CPU so it saves half the power.

Sony Xperia Z5- Specifications

  • Display: 5.2in 1080p LCD (424ppi)
  • Processor: octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • RAM: 3GB of RAM
  • Storage: 32GB; microSD card slot
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 “Lollipop”
  • Camera: 23MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4 and GPS
  • Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
  • Weight: 154g

Sony Xperia Z5- Fingerprint scanner

Sony Xperia Z5 fingerprint scanner

Sony’s iconic round power button is gone. The side of phones and tablets has been enhanced with the protrusion for years, but now the place is taken by a lozenge-shaped button, clean to the side of the phone. The purpose for this is the addition of a fingerprint scanner, bringing the Sony Xperia Z5 up to the level of the iPhone and Galaxy S6.

The power button on all the units offered was oddly stiff and creaky, though, which was odd as both the Xperia Z5 Compact and Premium models were smooth to press, so it was apparently just pre-production issues. Sony doesn’t show to be give anything amazing with the fingerprint scanner, but if Android Pay users will be able to at least get a safe experience when going contactless with their phone.

Sony Xperia Z5- Verdict

The Xperia Z5 does not bring many new characteristics over the previous iteration in Sony’s Z series but does stay a distinctive providing in contrast with many different Android smartphones on the market, providing great performance, a brilliant camera, and an excellent screen.

All in all, it’s a brilliantly produced phone that showcases Sony’s determination to keep increasing the Xperia smartphone series, making it better with by release (well, apart from the Xperia Z3+ but let’s overlook that ever happened), and, while they might not be major, adding new features to keep consumers in the devices.

If you’re looking to upgrade your Android phone before the year is out, this is a decent option to go for.

8.5 Total Score
Compsmag Says

It's no pack leader but the Xperia Z5 is a good choice if you love Sony's style.

 

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