For years Sony has played catch-up in the smartphone arena, not because it made terrible phones but because it just didn’t differentiate them enough. This time however, things might turn out to be different as Sony has an offering for just about everyone.
Sony Xperia Z5
First up, the flagship and its Compact sibling. The Z5 comes with a 5.2” IPS 1080p display at the front with 428 ppi. It is packed with the company’s TRILUMINOUS and X-reality technologies as well as a powerful, shatterproof glass on top.
No, there isn’t a 4K display here (there is on the Z5 Premium, more on that below) but those are really not necessary at this size. Under the hood you get a 2 Ghz dual quad-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB RAM and Adreno 430 GPU. Storage is set at 32 GB, which can be expanded.
At the back, you get a 23 megapixel camera with a new image sensor, f/2.0 and camera module. It comes with the world’s fast hybrid autofocus, clocking in at 0.03 seconds, as well as 5X zoom. The wide-angle front camera also has an Exmor R sensor of 5 megapixel resolution.
A huge change comes in the form of a fingerprint scanner on the side, which is incorporated in a new, oval, shiny, metal power button. Sony argues that this solution is better than any else in the market, but we’ll have to check to find out.
And like the Xperia flagships of the past, the phone is quite classy. It is surrounded by an aluminium frame with a new logo on the side. The glossy back is replaced by a frosted panel for no smudges. It weighs 154g and is just 7.3mm thick. And then there’s the IP68 certification with cap-less USB port. Battery capacity is set at 2,900 mAh.
Finally, High-Res. Audio is also supported. It will be available starting from October but prices are not announced right now. It will be available in Graphite Black, White, Green and Gold.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Obviously, the Z5 Compact remains the best small phone for people who don’t like their phones extra-large. The front display is a 4.6” panel with 720p resolution for 323 ppi. It features the same technologies as the Z5.
The hardware, camera and connectivity are mostly the same. The RAM is cut down to 2 GB, though, which is quite 2013-ish and the storage is now halved depending on your region. The same fingerprint scanner remain, though, while the gorgeous design is retained as well.
It weighs in at 138g while having an 8.9mm waistline. The battery is smaller at 2,700 mAh. It will be available in Graphite Black, White, Yellow and Coral.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
And finally for people who have maintained that Sony has lacked its game in the resolution department, Sony has pulled of a Samsung of the past to play the specs game this time. The new Xperia Z5 Premium is the first phone ever to come with a 4K display that too in a 5.5” display size (806ppi!), which needless to say is, well, needless.
At least it has the same technologies is the Z5. Due to some weird epiphany, the Z5 Premium also comes with a mirror at the back, rather than frosted glass. Literally.
The internals, camera and design is mostly the same as that of the Z5. The 64-bit Snapdragon 810, 23 megapixel camera with hybrid autofocus, 32 GB storage and aluminum body are all here. It does weigh a bit more at 180g and has a larger 3,430 mAh battery and we know where it will be used mostly.
It is strange that Sony which has previously acknowledges failing to see the point of Quad HD displays now putting out a 4K one. Content will be quite limited as of now and yes the storage is just 32 GB. But if “seeing is believing” really is true, it can’t possibly be truer than in this case.