Sony has long been considered a major player on the smartphone market, often supplying us with top quality handsets of all different capacities. This month however, it’s really shown off a wealth of handsets – officially announcing three new phones to get u drooling.
The Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium were all revealed by the Japanese company ahead of IFA, all of which offer plenty of quality.
Sony’s most popular handset launch is likely to be the Xperia Z5, and it brings plenty of style to the show once again. It boasts a lovely new frosted metal build, getting rid of the glossy glass chassis which was often a haven for fingerprints.
The screen is kept identical to that on the Z3+, with the 5.2” 1080p effort once again doing the business, albeit lacking the QHD quality shown no some other handsets.
Update: Sony Xperia Z6 Compact reviewed.
The internal kit is also very capable, with a Snapdragon 810 chipset and octa-core processor going strong alongside 3GB RAM. The built-in 32GB storage is plentiful, but if you need extra room you can also bring in a MicroSD card to help you out, so memory shouldn’t be an issue in the grand scheme of things.
A brand new 23 megapixel camera improves upon the long standing 20.7mp effort, and with a raft of changes being brought into the software, Sony has really outdone itself. Another surprise inclusion is the fingerprint scanner, which is placed within the power button on the side of the handset, and works similarly to Touch ID on the iPhone.
As always the IP68 certification also hangs around, protecting the phone, and its 2900mAh battery from the likes of water and dust.
If you prefer screens which take up less room in your pocket then Sony has you covered with the Z5 Compact. Sporting a 4.6” 720p display, the resolution might take a hit, but the phone is much more manageable, and you’re still given a powerful spec sheet.
The very same Snapdragon chipset and octa-core processor stick around, whilst RAM does take a bit of a hit by going down to 2GB. However, other than this the rest of the specs are brought straight across to the Compact.
The design, fingerprint scanner and 23 megapixel camera all make the cut, whilst the battery does drop to 2700mAh. But as a whole the Z5 Compact is simply a smaller and easier to handle version of the standard Z5.
If you need to have something to show off to your smartphone loving friends and relatives, the Sony’s final device could be tempting. The Z5 Premium brings an extra bit of dazzle to your pocket, but is also likely to take a wad of notes in its place, so expect to pay dearly should you choose to invest in it.
Some might argue that this extra cost is worth it however, as the Z5 Premium rocks the first ever smartphone 4K display. This gives us a whopping 806ppi, making it ridiculously sharp, so much so that it has been criticised for being over the top. Either way it’s quite an addition…
Elsewhere the specs stay the same, except for the battery – which is boosted to help manage the more powerful display.
The design does sport a real difference however, with the aluminium design from the Z5 and Z5 Compact being cast off for a stainless steel build. It even offers a reflective chrome finish which is really astonishing, making for one of the best looking phones ever!
Sony will be launching the Z5 and the Z5 Compact this October, giving you around a month to save up those pennies. However, if you fancy the Z5 Premium, then the release will likely to be based in November, giving you a bit more time to save up. Pricing details haven’t been announced for any of the three smartphones.
Written by Luke Hatfield