Besides bringing clouds, rain and cold weather (at least in my neck of the woods), this October also marks the release of three major smartphones from Sony, each of them wearing the Z5 moniker. Today, I’m going to be talking about the Z5 Compact, the little brother of the Z5 and Z5 Premium, as this fella is probably going to be the most popular on the market due to its alluring specs, smaller display and tempting price. At least this was the story with last year’s Z3 Compact and I can see the Z5C following in its footsteps.
Amongst its most important features we can count a 4.6 inches display, a Snapdragon 810 chipset, a 23 MP primary camera and a 5.1 MP secondary one, a fingerprint sensor, an IP68 certification for being dust and water proof, a 2,700 mAh battery and more. Sounds good, don’t you think? Keep reading and find out about the Z5C’s most relevant features and capabilities.
First of all, let’s have a look at it. The Xperia Z5C stands at 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm and has a weight of 138 grams, being a tad bigger and heavier than the popular Z3C, but the differences are very subtle and won’t stand in the way when it comes to its handling. The handset’s appearance is very clean and simple and will surely appeal to those of you who prefer minimalistic designs. Its rear side is made from frosted glass, which has a matte finish and ensures a good hand grip, also keeping away fingerprints and smudges.
As I previously mentioned, the Z5 Compact is IP68 certified for being dust proof and water resistant for 30 minutes under up to 1.5 m, so you’ll be able to take it with you in the shower, to the beach, pool and so on, without having to worry about it getting wet or dusty as long as you respect the aforementioned limits.
One of the main selling points of the Z5 Compact is its display size, being preferred by a lot of smartphone users who desire something manageable and don’t quite follow today’s standards. I’m one of them myself. The Z5C features a 4.6 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen than offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 323 ppi.
The Triluminous display is powered by Sony’s Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 and is protected by a scratch-resistant glass that features oleophobic coating. All these specs sound good on paper, but how does it perform in real life? Great. The screen will please your eyes with punchy colors, a good contrast, high brightness levels and a decent sunlight legibility.
In terms of software, the Xperia Z5 Compact comes packed with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 which has been tweaked by Sony here and there for enhancing the overall user experience.
The lockscreen can be protected by PIN, Password, Face, Pattern or by fingerprint, and displays only the time, date and two shortcuts towards the dialer and camera. After unlocking the phone, you’ll be greeted by the homescreen which supports shortcuts, widgets, wallpapers, themes and can have a maximum number of seven panes.
The notification area consists in multiple levels, having the Quick Settings menu on top and the notifications at the bottom. Your applications are kept inside the App drawer, as usual.
The interface runs smooth and is very friendly, offering a pleasant user experience, and this takes us to the hardware department, which is “responsible” for the aforementioned smoothness.
The Xperia Z5 Compact is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 200 GB. The device is an excellent performer, just like a flagship should be, and will deliver a flawless user experience, free of any inconveniences. Lagging or freezing are out of the question.
Let’s see what’s cooking at the photography department. The Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped with a 23 MP snapper with phase detection autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5520 x 4140 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application reveals a variety of options and settings, including manual controls for adjusting the ISO, exposure compensation, metering, white balance and more. The pictures produced will delight your eyes with accurate colors, good contrast and a nice amount of details.
The video camera is also very capable and will deliver some smooth 4K videos (2160p @30fps).
For taking selfies, a 5.1 MP front facing camera is here to serve.
Some other goodies that might interest you regarding the Xperia Z5 Compact are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, Google Now as a personal assistant, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Office Suite 8 for managing document files, Google Chrome for delivering a great browsing experience, two great media players for video and audio and more.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is juiced up by a 2,700 mAh battery and will endure two days under a single charge if used moderately.