Sony Xperia Z5 Review

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The new Xperia Z5 family from Sony has definitely attracted the people to buy the device. Launching the three flagship product in Z5 family, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 being the middle one, Sony has tried to give some best devices to its consumers. However, we will not say that it is the “latest and greatest” device from the Sony and it looks identical to the Z3+ in various aspects, being a little more expensive.

Xperia Z5

However, reading it on the paper will not do the work, we will have to dig deeper and find out what exactly is the Sony Xperia Z5

Unboxing Sony Xperia Z5

Xperia Z5 unboxing

The Sony Xperia Z5 has a very minimalistic packaging. Housed inside a white, two-piece cardboard boxy, Sony Xperia Z5 is accompanied with a wall charger (1.5 A), a pair of in-ear headphones, USB cable, everything with superb quality. You also get two extra padding sizes and a clip with the headphones. Many of you may have not noticed, but the bundled accessories of the Sony Xperia Z5 vary from market to market.

Design & Build Quality of Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5 depicts a clean and slick exterior and is designed completely by following the Sony’s new language of minimalistic design. When you will look at the Sony Xperia Z5 family, you will definitely notice a big change in design. It is one of the biggest change after the Z1 and hence, sharing this new exterior.

Design of Xperia Z5

Seeing the design of the Xperia Z5, it seems that Sony wanted to go one step beyond with the symmetry as compared to its previous devices. Not only this, the current design language has taken the uniformity concept to a new level. It is not only superbly symmetrical, but also uniform and identical from every corner and angle. There are no more grills that are obvious; no more accents on curves and groves, and everything is removed to make minimalistic exterior. Looking at the phone, it seems that it has machined out of one uniform block.

Looking at the dimensions, the Sony Xperia Z5 measures 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm and weighs around 154 grams. Sony has really tried to get most out of the available material, and hence, provide the back of Sony Xperia Z5 with the frosted glass or matte glass.

The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in four colors: two classic – white & black – and two vibrant colors – yellow & green.

Display of Sony Xperia Z5

This device of Sony has gone for the more traditional panel. The Sony Xperia Z5 has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution that is perfectly adequate on its 5.2 inches screen, giving 428ppi. You will not feel any shortage of pixel in the complete display of Sony Xperia Z5. The other specs like Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Triluminos technology and X-Reality engine for mobile, amount to nice and sharp imagery one the Xperia Z5. Moreover, the 1080p resolution leads to less stain on the GPU.

Display of Sony Xperia Z5

Talking about the sunlight legibility, the Z5 will not disappoint you. You can easily see the screen even in the bright sunlight. The color accuracy of the device has gone to the next level and it burgeons the moment you start the X Reality mode for the screen image enhancements. Maximum brightness in the Sony Xperia Z5 gives you around 550nits.

Battery of Sony Xperia Z5

This great device from Sony is packed with a 2900mAh battery and is non-removable, as expected. With endurance rating of 73 hours, it is one of the best-performed devices in the market. A 73 hours endurance rating means, you can easily use the device for two days with just one-hour use of 3G calls, web browsing and video play back respectively. So, once fully charged, you have 17 hours of 3G talk time, 14 hours of web browsing, and 8 hours of video playback.

User Interface of Sony Xperia Z5

The Sony Xperia Z5 is loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. On a positive note, Sony is perfectly comfortable with the new platforms and hence, spreading its presence in almost all of its devices. You can call the UI of Sony Xperia Z5 as ‘Android Lollipop with a pinch of Xperia.’ In terms of UI, it is identical to its predecessors, but obviously with a few notable changes.

UI of Sony Xperia Z5

Talking about the launcher, Sony has travelled a long way to preserve its signature look and feel. No matter even if you are getting Lollipop from KitKat, everything is just right there where you left, only getting a fresher look of material-design.

As far as UX and navigation, the majority of the apps are also untouched, only getting the eye-candy visuals of Android Lollipop. However, the lock screen has got a few changes with the incoming of Android 5.0.

Performance of Sony Xperia Z5

Talking about the performance of Sony Xperia Z5, it is a true flagship from Sony. Running on Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 SoC , it is the top offer from chip manufacturer. Apart from this, Sony has the eight-core chip, which include – Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57. These are backed up by an Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM and an expandable storage of 32GB.

Camera of Sony Xperia Z5

Without a good camera, no single flagship product can survive in the market in the present times. Talking about the Sony Xperia Z5, it is no exception. Sony has fitted the complete Z5 family with its new 23MP camera. Therefore, you can expect a pretty compatible photo quality from the Sony Xperia Z5.

Sony Xperia Z5 Camera

No matter how much Sony markets it just as a 23MP camera, fitted with an f/2.0 24mm-equivalent wide angle lens, here is definitely a lot more that is going behind the scenes. It has Sony’s multi-aspect sensor, Sony IMX300, which is said to have a bit more pixels than said – around 25MP to be precise.

Because of a dedicated two-stage shutter button, the focus process has become a whole lot easier in the camera of Sony Xperia Z5. However, with such a nice camera, you are not getting a dual-tone flash, but just a single LED flash.

Final Words

Sony Xperia Z5 Conclusion

There is no doubt and you know well that the mobile division of Sony is going through the hard times. So, to cover up these bad times, Sony has experimented a lot and has launched three flagships simultaneously in the Z5 family. Talking about the Sony Xperia Z5, it is a superbly designed process, with impressive specs and can easily compete in the market with the bigger leagues.

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