Sony announce Xperia Z5 series smartphones, Z5 Premium worlds first UHD mobile display

Xperia Z5

 

Sony have kicked of their IFA event swinging with their latest Xperia Z5 series of devices announced. Typically we get two device with a Xperia Compact model to follow to launch of their flagship device, but this year we have the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and finally the Xperia Z5 Premium. The Z5 Premium being the first device to offer a UHD (4K) display, but we’ll get to that phone shortly.

Each device will house a Snapdragon 810 chipset from Qualcomm and a new 23MP sensor that should offer some great quality pictures.

First up let’s take a look at the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, which offer very similar specs bar their sizes.

Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5

The Xperia Z5 will feature a design no too difference from the previous Xperia devices. Sony are sticking with water-proofing the device with an IP65/IP68 certified design – thankfully the headphone jack and MicroUSB port do not require any flaps for protection.

  • 5.2″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels IPS LCD display with 428ppi
  • 23MP camera, 24mm-equiv. f/2.0 lens, LED flash, dedicated hardware shutter key
  • 4K Video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 5MP, 25mm-equiv., front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps); Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X and Sony LDAC wireless High-Res Audio codec, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver, Stereo FM with RDS; USB On-The-Go
  • 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm, 154g
  • 2,900mAh battery

Xperia Z5 Compact

Xperia Z5 Compact

The Xperia Z5 Compact takes most of the specs from the Xperia Z5 itself and brings them to a smaller body. Exactly what Sony have done in the past. The design is mostly the same with a smaller display and resolution. We also have a slightly smaller battery, but only a 200mAh drop, which is great.

  • 4.6″ HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display with 323ppi
  • 23MP camera, 24mm-equiv. f/2.0 lens, LED flash, dedicated hardware shutter key
  • 4K Video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 5MP, 25mm-equiv., front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps); Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X and Sony LDAC wireless High-Res Audio codec, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver, Stereo FM with RDS; USB On-The-Go
  • 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm, 138g
  • 2,700mAh battery

The Xperia Z5 Premium

Xperia Z5

Sony’s latest flagship has a new name, and rightly so. The new device shares a lot of the same specs as the other Xperia Z5 devices. We have mostly the same internals with the Snapdragon 810 chipset. The new 23MP camera sensor, that we’re eager to take a look at. The biggest stand out spec is the new UHD display that’s also a worlds first for any company.

The pixel count make the Z5 Premium a shoe in for some from of VR, with the 800+ PPI being touted as a possible sweet spot of VR. While the hardware could never push 4K at 60fps, it doesn’t have too, as the 4K resolution alone should remove the screen door effect, and Sony can render away at 1080p. This is of course speculation, and there is no word on whether Sony will push this agenda, but it does seem likely.

  • 5.5″ UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) IPS LCD display with 806ppi
  • 23MP camera, 24mm-equiv. f/2.0 lens, LED flash, dedicated hardware shutter key
  • 4K Video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 5MP, 25mm-equiv., front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Cat. 6 LTE (up to 300Mbps); Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.1 with apt-X and Sony LDAC wireless High-Res Audio codec, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver, Stereo FM with RDS; USB On-The-Go
  • 154.4 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm, 180g
  • 3,430mAh battery

The new devices also all share a new fingerprint sensor built into the power button on the side of the devices. Availability is set for October for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, with the Xperia Z5 Premium arriving this November.

Craig O'Sullivan
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