First impressions: Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony has launched two flagship devices for the upcoming festive season in India – the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Premium. While the Xperia Z5 is an incremental upgrade to the Xperia Z3+, the Xperia Z3 Premium is the world’s first smartphone with a 4K display on it. The Xperia Z5 is priced at Rs 52,990 whereas the Xperia Z5 Premium will set you back by Rs 62,990. We had a chance to play around with both the phones for some time. Here are our first impressions of the two phones.

Build and Design

Sony has the same boring design for its 2015 flagships that we have been accustomed to being seeing for the last many years. Sure there’s nothing wrong with the boxy rectangular design, but Sony could have been more innovative with design instead of just adding on an engraved Xperia logo on the left hand side. The Xperia Z5 has ditched the glossy glass back and instead you get one with frosted glass which has an elegant matte appearance. It is certainly not a smudge magnet as the Xperia Z5 Premium’s reflective cover is.

Both phones come with a rectangular power button which is a departure from the circular buttons we have been used to seeing on Sony flagships. The rectangular button also houses the finger print scanner. These are the first phones where the fingerprint scanner is located in the side edges. There are no sharp corners and the edges are neatly rounded. The Premium will certainly require two handed operation for most users.

Display

Sony Xperia Z5 comes with the same 5.2inch full HD IPS display and the screen has scratch resistant oleophobic coating. It is powered by Sony’s X-Reality engine. Just like its predecessors, the display looks great and has good viewing angles.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium on the other hand rocks a 5.5 inch 4K display. Sony claims that the phone is capable of upscaling any content including videos and photos to 4K resolution. We will have to see how the upscaling looks with non HD content to comment in it.

Camera

If there’s one area where Sony is renowned, then it’s the camera segment. After all, most of the top end phones use Sony’s sensors in their phones. With the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony has added in a brand new 23MP sensor. The video camera is capable of shooting 4K videos as well. On the front you have a 5MP sensor.

Sony claims that it has worked on the camera to ensure the auto focus speed is 0.03 secs, it has hybrid AF. We will have to test the camera thoroughly to give a verdict on the AF speed and low light image quality. The daylight photographs look detailed from some of the samples we shot.

Battery

Sony has put on a 2930 mAh battery on the Xperia Z5 and 3430 mAh battery on the Xperia Z5 Premium and it claims to give two days worth of battery life on both phones. We have had generally good experience with the Xperia phones’ battery and with Sony’s ultra power saving modes, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Z5 does deliver, but we are not so sure about the 4K display sporting Z5 Premium. We will still have to reserve our verdict till we test both devices.

Conclusion

Sony has restarted its two flagships a year cadence and this time there is a 4K display sporting device as well to add to the mix. Sony is betting big on the camera performance on both phones and the 4K display on the Xperia Z5 Premium. Having the two phones side by side we could differentiate between them only when observing the phones from up close, at an arms length it is very difficult to tell the display quality difference.