With the Xperia Z5 family, Sony has definitely piqued the interest of the public, delivering not one, but three flagship devices. The Z5 Premium is the world first 4K screen phone, while the Xperia Z5 compact is a powerhouse device with a small footprint.
This, however, puts the regular Z5 in somewhat of an odd spot. For the first time ever, the standard “Z” model is not the “latest and greatest” Sony has to offer. It also almost identical to the Z3+, while being quite a bit more expensive.
- 5.2″ 16M-color 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with X Reality for Mobile, Triluminos technology and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer; scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
- Android OS v5.1.1 Lollipop with Xperia launcher
- Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, feat. a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 and an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB RAM
- 23 MP camera with [email protected] video recording; 5.1 MP front-facing camera with [email protected] video
- 32GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot
- LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps)/Cat.6 (300Mbps), depending on the region; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; A-GPS/GLONASS receiver, Bluetooth v4.1, FM radio with RDS
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- 2,900mAh non-removable battery
- IP68 certified – dust and water proof up to 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
- Fingerprint sensor
- Screen bezels are wider than the Xperia Z3+
- Non-removable battery
- Heavier and thicker than the Xperia Z3+
It is quite obvious that specs-wise the Sony Xperia Z5 does not disappoint. The handset is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chip, along with an Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. That also happens to be the case with the Z3+. Similarities extend even further to the 5.2-inch FullHD display that also seems to be shared between the two models. In fact, the only significant hardware differences between the pair are the fingerprint reader and the camera.
The Xperia Z5 is a great smartphone with great features. It has an excellent display, above average battery life, fantastic camera and competitive performance. It looks great, even if it is slippery and it has a tendency to catch your hair in its corners.
The main problem is this phone should have come out months ago. With the failed Xperia Z3+ / Z4v not being released in the US as planned, Sony’s US visibility has taken a hit. Will customers still consider the Xperia Z5? They should. But they might not. Unfortunately Sony’s answer to the Galaxy S6 has come too late, especially now that you can buy that phone for a lower price.
The Xperia Z5 is a solid all-round device, but it is expensive, and other than water-resistance and its microSD card slot, there’s precious little that makes it worth US$100 more than the Galaxy S6, which offers better performance and an at-least-equivalent camera.
And that’s if you can even get one – we still don’t even know if or when the Xperia Z5 will get a US release date. If it does hit the market the Xperia Z5 will definitely be worth a look, but make sure you check out your other options as well.