Sony hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to its smartphone line. Devices like the Z3 and Z3+ have been lackluster, to say the least, and sales have been dropping steadily. Sony is losing more than $1 million per day by keeping the smartphone division running. In order for Sony to stay in the market, they have to change something and they have to start caring about smartphones. Thankfully, the company may finally be doing that with the Xperia Z5 family, which includes the world’s first 4K smartphone display, next-generation cameras, and some very tiny fingerprint scanners.
Sony is actually launching a trio of flagship smartphones all at the same time. Each phone varies in size. The smallest is the Z5 Compact, then you have the Z5, and the largest is the Z5 Premium. The three devices share many of the same features, save for the Premium, which is by far the most interesting of the three. The display of the Premium is simply stunning. The 5.5-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160) has rich colors and deep blacks. There’s really not a whole lot of describing I can do that will do the screen justice. When people say you have to see it to believe it, they mean it when they’re talking about this display.
Unfortunately, the Premium is the only one of these three devices that comes with such stunning screen technology. The standard Z5 retains the same 5.2-inch 1080p display as the Z3 and Z3+ with the Z5 Compact getting a 4.6-inch 720p display. Apart from these display differences, the phones are basically identical. All three of the devices have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, up to 32GB of internal storage (which can be expanded via microSD), high-resolution audio chips and a battery life that, according to Sony, will last “up to two days”. How the phones manage that battery life differs from device to device. The Premium comes with a 3,430mAh battery, the Z5 a 2,900mAh and the Z5 Compact a 2,700mAh. RAM is the only other thing that separates these phones. The Z5 Premium and Z5 have 3GB of RAM while the Z5 Compact only comes with 2GB.
Sony’s OmniBalance design theme is back, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. The theme is aged and it is really hard to get excited about seeing the exact same thing. I mean they are rectangular devices with clean lines, they’re waterproof, and they’re simple. But they’re still boring. Both the Z5 Premium and Z5 are very polished with color schemes that seem deliberate. The Z5 Compact seems sturdier and a little thicker, though that’s not all bad.
The Z5 Premium is available in black, gold or chrome, all with a mirrored glass back. The Z5 comes in white, black, gold, and a subdued green with a frosted glass back. Finally, the Z5 Compact comes in some “fun” and bright colors, clearly targeted at a younger audience. These colors are white, black, bright yellow, and coral pink and a frosted glass back comes with each color. The Z5 Premium comes with a 5.5-inch display and is 7.8mm thick, the Z5 comes with a 5.2-inch display and is 7.3mm thick with the Z5 Compact coming in at 4.6-inches and 8.3mm thick. There’s no word on a release date or pricing yet, or what markets the phone will be available in, but we’ll have that information as soon as it drops.
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