Sony Xperia Z5 range announced at IFA

At IFA in Berlin this week, Sony has announced their Xperia Z5 flagship range. This time it comes in three flavours, the Xperia Z5 compact, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 premium. The latter of which comes with a crazy 4K display.

The Differences:

First up is the Xperia Z5 compact, available in black, white yellow and a pinkish red colour. It comes with a 4.6 inch 720p display, and 2GB of RAM. Unlike the Z5, and Z5 premium it comes with plastic sides, similar to the plastic edges on the Z3 compact.


The Xperia Z5, is available in black, white, green and gold. Like the Z5 compact, it has matte glass finishes on the back. The display is a 5.2 inch 1080p display with 3GB of RAM.


Finally is the Xperia Z5 Premium. It comes with a crazy 5.5 inch display 4K display. That’s over 800PPI! Which is mad, and makes absolutely no sense other than having the title of being the “first”, 4K display. Unless, and of course this is pure speculation, Sony wants to ship an AR viewer so when you’ve got the Z5 premium strapped inches from your face you can play video games in 1080p and in 3D. However this is pure pure speculation.


 The Similarities:

All three of these devices are powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor, and have different battery sizes but should (according to Sony) last two days on a full charge. Regardless of that 4K display on the Z5 premium. They all are still waterproof, and still have no wireless charging, but now support the Qualcomm quick charge standard. All three devices in the Xperia Z5 series feature the new power button, gone is the squishy and iconic button and has now been replaced with a flat fingerprint sensor.

Of course the usual you would expect from the Sony Z series still applies, such as NFC, the latest version of Android, 4G LTE and a MicroSD card slot.

All three devices also now have the new 23 megapixel camera. This is the first time the sensor has been changed on the Xperia Z line since the original Z1. This new sensor can now take photos in superior auto up to 20 megapixel (in 16:9 ratio) this time. Instead of being capped at 8. Sony is also claiming the Z5 series has the fastest autofocus of any camera on mobile phones, boasting a 0.03 second focus time. sony has achieved this without the help of lasers but with hybrid auto focus.

Sony is also boasting the best ever low light and dynamic range performance yet. Which the Sony Z series has always done exceptionally well when it comes to low light performance. The front camera has also been improved and now has a five megapixel front camera, but no flash. Sony is also promising up to three times clearshot zoom. Which according to Sony allows you to zoom in without losing the image quality thanks to it’s Bionz image processing technology.

The camera UI has also been improved to be simpler and easier to use. The usual features such as 4K video recording, timeshift, and AR. Steadyshot has also been improved which again according to Sony gives the best video image stabilization of any leading smartphone. All these improvements and new hardware should lead to some great photographs coming from the Z5 series. From the sample images we’ve seen so far, it’s looking pretty good.

Xperia Z5 camera sample

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