Sony Xperia Z5

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About the Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5

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The Sony Xperia Z5 is one of three Xperia handsets the manufacturer launched within a short period of each other. The Z5 Compact (which we look at here) offered similar specs in a slightly smaller body, while the Z5 Premium, released a few months later, came with a larger, higher resolution screen.

Released in September 2015, it naturally ended up being compared with that month's other big reveal: the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. It also faces stiff competition from Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S7 flagships, the LG G4 and the HTC One M9 and HTC 10.

Specs

The Sony Xperia Z5 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring a CPU made up of a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57; they and the Adreno 430 graphics processor share 3GB of RAM. Earlier in 2015, several manufacturers decided not to use the 810 processor following reports of problems with overheating - but by the release of the Z5, Qualcomm had tweaked the design of the chip to combat the issue.

The handset comes with Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop), scheduled to be updated to v6.0 (Marshmallow), although both versions may feel a little lost under the weight of Sony's user interface, which includes a host of Playstation apps as well as Amazon, AVG and Kobo Books. Taking all that into account, users will find the 32GB of internal storage is reduced to about 25GB - but there is the option to add up to another 200GB via a micro SD card.

What might be worth noting is that although the Xperia Z5 has an IP68 rating, meaning it should be waterproof to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, Sony warn users not to "put the device completely underwater or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks".

Look and feel

The Sony Xperia Z5 looks and feels as angular as earlier Sony handsets - although it does have slightly more rounded corners. Measuring 72.0mm x 146.0mm x 7.3mm, it's practically the same size as its immediate predecessor, the Z3+ - just a touch thicker. People used to the rounded edges found on various other smartphones may find that the angular edges make it feel broader.

The 5.2 inch display is full HD - 1,080 x 1,920 - with around 428 pixels per inch - which may seem odd when other phones released around the same time were increasingly making use of quad-HD displays - but Sony saved a full ultra HD display for the 5.5 inch Z5 Premium (more on that here). The rear of the phone is coated in frosted glass, with a metal band housing the various buttons, a waterproof headphone jack, and a flap protecting the micro SD card and nano SIM slot.

The power button now houses a fingerprint sensor; its location should be perfect for taking a right-handed thumb print or the print from the left middle finger. At the bottom right edge is a camera shutter button - useful for taking photos in landscape mode - with the volume controls in between.

In Use

We could expect Sony to take audio seriously, and in some respects they do. Their Xperia Z handsets have supported hi-res (24-bit/192kHz) audio since 2014's Xperia Z3 - and like previous handsets it also features an FM stereo radio with RDS. The two front facing speakers offer reasonable volume but, like many smartphones they can be a bit tinny - for the best sound, plug in a set of earphones.

The 2,900mAh battery is quoted as being able to offer up to 17 hours of talk time over 3G, or up to eight hours of video playback - and if left in standby Sony say it'll last for up to 540 hours (more than 22 days). More realistically, reviews suggest that with average use the handset will last a full day with about 30% charge left at bedtime. Those who really need their phone to last will find the Stamina mode useful - although it does disable all but core functionality.

When fully functional, it has dual band wi-fi connectivity up to the 802.11ac protocol - the fastest available at present - as well as featuring Bluetooth v4.1. The Xperia Z5 will also be able to make calls over 4G where they're available, as well as providing 4G data over a wide range of frequencies, covering both the UK and elsewhere.

Camera

The headline here is that the Xperia Z5's rear camera has a 23 megapixel sensor. It's worth noting, however, that straight out of the box it's set to capture at a resolution of 8MP - users will need to go into the settings to boost the resolution - and that higher megapixels don't automatically make for better photos. The separate camera button on the side of the Z5 opens the camera app instantly, without needing to unlock the phone. Combined with the "Superior" Auto mode it's ideal for blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments - but anyone who wants to fine tune settings will have to go into the Manual mode.

Being able to capture video in 4K - ultra HD - may seem a little wasted considering the Xperia has only a full HD display, and it uses a lot of memory. Most users should find the ability to film in HD at 30fps, and in slo-mo (120fps) at 720p more than enough. The front camera, with its rather more modest 5.1MP sensor, can also record video at 1,080p, while also offering HDR, a wide angle lens, and the same quick hybrid autofocus as the rear camera for decent selfies.


Sony Xperia Z5 Specifications
Model Sony Xperia Z5

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Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
72.0mm x 146.0mm x 7.3mm
Weight 154g
Screen Size 5.2"
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixel Density 428 ppi
Screen Detail IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System Andriod (Version 5.1.1)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
Processor (CPU) Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Graphics (GPU) Adreno 430
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card microSD (Up to 200 GB)
Talk Time 1020 mins
Standby Time 32400 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.1
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser
Camera 23 MP
Camera Flash LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Player XviD, MP4, H.265
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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Model Sony Xperia Z5

sony xperia z5
Form Factor Bar
Dimensions
(w x h x d)
72.0mm x 146.0mm x 7.3mm
Weight 154g
Screen Size 5.2"
Screen Resolution 1080 x 1920
Pixel Density 428 ppi
Screen Detail IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, scratch-resistant glass
Touchscreen
Qwerty Keyboard
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Fingerprint, Gyro, Proximity
Operating System Andriod (Version 5.1.1)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
Processor (CPU) Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Graphics (GPU) Adreno 430
Internal Memory 32 GB
Memory Card microSD (Up to 200 GB)
Talk Time 1020 mins
Standby Time 32400 mins
2G GSM Quad
GSM850, 900, DCS1800, PCS1900
GPRS
Edge
3G (HSDPA)
4G (LTE)
WLAN (Wifi) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wifi Hotspot
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.1
USB 2.0
GPS (Location Services)
MMS
Email
Push Email
Web Browser
Camera 23 MP
Camera Flash LED
Video Camera
Video Calling 5MP
Music Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC
Video Player XviD, MP4, H.265
FM Radio
Headphone Jack

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