Sony Xperia Z5,Definitely Maybe!



Today ladies and gents we’ll take a look at an interesting device, the Sony Xperia Z5 respectively, a very peculiar smartphone and somehow under-rated.

In case you did not know it, Sony used the Z letter to announce its latest flagship devices. For example, the Xperia Z5 Premium was a world-premiere in terms of screen, i.e. it was the first smartphone to boast a 4k display. Another example: the Sony Xperia Z5 compact, which was a true powerhouse smartphone but with lilliputian dimensions.

Things are different with the regular Xperia Z5, and I refer to the fact that what we’re dealing here with is not a flagship device for the Japanese company, despite the Z particle (it stands for Zorro maybe, just kidding).

Despite the fact that Xperia Z5 doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a true flagship, being pretty far from the latest and the greatest parlance, this is a pretty cool and capable smartphone.

Hardware wise, the Z5 is comparable to the Z3+, while the price is a little bit upped.

But there are difference that don’t meet the eye, despite the apparent similarities between these 2 devices, hence keep reading folks, I will illuminate you about the matter, right back after the break.


So, what are the main attributes of the Xperia Z5? Well, let’s begin with the display. This unit features something very close to a flagship, i.e. a 5.2″ 16M-color 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD panel, obviously a capacitive touch-screen, which is augmented with Sony’s proprietary and well-renowned technologies: the X reality engine for mobile, for seamless videos and games, the Dynamic contrast enhancer for deeper blacks, the Triluminos technology and, on top of all these, a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass with a special oleophobic coating.

The Xperia Z5 runs right of the box on Android OS v5.1.1 Lollipop, featuring Sony’s Xperia launcher, an in-house bloatware if you like (I don’t by the way, I’d stick with pure Android for better performance).

How about the system on chip, the back-bone of the hardware platform? Well, this baby runs on a Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset, meaning eight cores or CPUs: 4 of them are 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and the other four are 2 GHz Cortex-A57. The latter being used for power-hungry applications, while the former for daily usage.

On top of the octa-core SoC, Sony put 3 gigs of RAM and an Adreno 430 graphic processing unit into the mix.

Since we’re living in the day and age of selfies and vanity-pics, the Xperia Z5 comes fully loaded to please the hipsters everywhere, featuring 2 cameras. The main one is a very respectable 23 MP shooter with 2160p@30fps video recording while the selfie-one is a 5 megapixels snapper, which records video 1080p@30fps.

In terms of storage, the Z5 offers 32 GB of internal memory ,plus an additional expansion slot, for micro SD.

Connectivity is where it should be in an upper mid-range droid. The smartphone offers LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps)/Cat.6 (300Mbps), Bluetooth v4.1,  A-GPS/GLONASS, Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and even an FM radio with RDS. Sony got all their basis covered.


The power-plant for this droid is represented by a beefy 2900 mAh battery, which is not removable unfortunately.

The best news is  for outdoors enthusiasts, and it goes something like that: the  Sony Xperia Z5 is IP68 certified.

What does that mean? Well, this smartphone is built like a tank, i.e. it is resistant to water and dust. So, you can take it with you anywhere, it will not break down, fail or anything like that. This baby is a true soldier.

So, taking a look at the specs, we can definitely observe one thing: this handset is certainly well equipped, and it even runs on a top of the line system on chip from Qualcomm, the 810 chip and the Adreno 430 GPU, which are top notch (at least back in October last year, when the Z5 was released).

The same tech specs are available on the aforementioned Z3+, except for a fingerprint sensor and a weaker camera.So, what’s up with that?

Well, Sony Xperia Z5 major feature is the 23 MP snapper, but truth be told, the same camera is available on the Z5 Compact and Premium.

What can we learn from these facts? For one thing, it seems obvious that Sony’s mobile division is struggling, and that’s old news already. And they struggle not because their incapacity of delivering great smartphones, but because of stupid marketing decisions. And the Xperia Z5 is an obvious case, I mean this is a superbly designed and built droid, fully packed with high-end hardware, with impressive tech specs and what not.

But the same story goes for the Z5 compact, or the Premium. Basically, Sony are cannibalizing their own market, all three being high end droids, but competing among themselves.



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