Recently launched Sony Xperia Z5 has created ripples in the smartphone market. Fast, sleek, easy to use fingerprint scanner and waterproof. But does it really live up to our expectations? Let’s have a closer look at this device and we will discuss everything about it in more detail in the subsequent sections.
Sony Xperia Z5 hands on review: Specifications.
Design and Display:
Now the design of Z5 is minimalistic but doesn’t show much improvement from it’s previous phones. It looks the same only, to a large extent. The device is all glass, back and front and comes with a metal band with plastic corners, that is made to absorb the shock in case the phone falls down, saving X5 display from breaking. The device is waterproof, but with such a stature we expected wireless charging as well.
The display is 5.2 inch in size, LCD. It’s vibrant, colorful and bright with great viewing angles. But if an OLED screen would have been used, the results would have been exceptional. The phone is a little thicker in size, 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm and weighs 154 gms, but doesn’t feel heavy. One good addition in the design is small front speakers which give you good output while watching videos.
Software and Performance:
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 along with 3GB of RAM and runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Snapdragon 810 has caused heating issues in the previous devices of Sony, and in Xperia Z5 we have faced the same issues. Not to that extent but heating issues are noticeable. The phone doesn’t slow down when it gets warm. Overall, the device works well, but as compared to other high-end Android smartphones, the performance is good but not great. Android Lollipop makes sure that you can customize the UI as well and also makes Z5 run smoothly.
After two years, Sony has come out with a 23MP camera as compared to initial 21MP. The camera result is extraordinary and comes packed with great automatic features and manual settings to get you your desired picture. Low light performance is also good but not that great, and another disappointment was the flash. The 5MP front camera provides you with good quality selfies but lacks in detailing. The video recording is pretty smooth and also takes out camera shake. It can record 4k videos and though it does get heated up, but to a bearable extent only.
Here’s a 4K HD video sample taken from the Sony Xperia Z5 premium camera:
The Xperia Z5 comes with a battery life of 2900mAh which is a little disappointment and on top of it’s not removable. On paper, the phone can last for 2 days, but when we tried to test that, the phone lasted for about 36-40 hours with an equal amount of browsing, music and phone calls which is decent enough.
Z5 has fitted fingerprint scanner under the power button which is the correct placement as it avoids dropping off the phone. It’s not as fast as Huawei sensor but passed 99% times when we tried to unlock the device. Only issues we faced were when we tried to use the left hand.
Here’s our full review for the Sony Xperia Z5 alongwith detailed information on Camera quality, benchmarks and gaming:
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