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Xperia Z5 Comes With Lots Of Firsts, May Break Sony Out Of Its Budget Phone Reputation

Sony has just released their latest smartphone, which may come with the best smartphone camera in the world.

At a launch this morning, Sony introduced the Singapore media to the Sony Xperia Z5, and their focus is all in on image quality and camera — an accumulation of Sony’s 60 years in the industry. With the Xperia Z5, Sony is looking to introduce a few firsts, in a bid to bring Sony back up to the top of the tech industry.

The Xperia Z5 comes in three sizes: 4.6″ for the Xperia Z5 Compact, 5.2″ for the Xperia Z5, and 5.5″ for the Xperia Z5 Premium.

First to have a 0.03 second autofocus

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All the Z5 phones have a 23MP front-view camera with a F2.0G Lens, which is placed completely flush against the back of the phone to avoid scratches. To prove Sony’s emphasis on speed, the brand introduced an autofocus that reacts in just 0.03s — a fraction of a blink of an eye — which makes it great for motion capture.

It also has a 5x Clear Image Zoom, which processes up to 5 times zoomed photographs with minimal loss of quality. To top it all off, the Xperia Z5 also has a dedicated camera key, which makes photo-taking easier.

First to integrate with the Sony PlayStation

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To bring the Xperia Z5 closer to the Sony family, the smartphone is the first to connect to the Sony PlayStation 4, and is currently the only phone that works and integrates with it, allowing you to play PS games on it from anywhere in the house.

First smartphone to have a 4K screen

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The Xperia Z5 Premium, the largest smartphone in the Z5 range, has a 5.5″ 4K Triluminos display. For the uninitiated, 4K has 4 times the pixels of a full HD display, making it great for watching videos. For videos or images that are anything less than 4K, it uses Bravia technology to upscale them to mimic 4K quality.

I’m not sure how the jump from HD to 4K will make that big of a difference on a 5.5″ screen, and the launch didn’t demonstrate its capabilities.

Other features

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If all that wasn’t impressive enough, it has also incorporated an integrated fingerprint sensor power button, which supports fingerprinting for online payment services. Everything is protected by a dust-proof and waterproof casing with a mirrored back that comes in white, graphite black, gold, and green. The Xperia Z5 Compact comes in yellow, coral, white, and graphite black.

All this is supported by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory with room for a 200GB external microSD card, and a 2-day battery stamina, which they emphasised will also apply with the 4K screen.

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Sony has been using its Xperia series to break out of Sony’s budget phone reputation, and the Z5 series may be the one to do it. It’s definitely more ambitious than Sony’s recent smartphone ventures, adding in several new features that could chip away at Samsung/Apple’s stronghold in Singapore’s market. I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best looking phones around, but it may prove to be reliable in its own ways.

The Xperia Z5 will be selling at S$998 and the Xperia Z5 Compact at S$828 in Sony stores from October 2015. The Xperia Z5 Premium will be retailing at S$1098, and will only be released a month later in November.

Specs

Memory and storage 3 GB RAM, Up to 32 GB flash memory

Up to 200 GB microSD card

SIM capability Single Nano SIM
Operating System Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Processor (CPU) Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)

Adreno 430 GPU

64-bit Octa Core processor

Battery Up to 2 days’ battery life

2900 mAh

Durability Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68)
Weight 154 grams
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
Colour Graphite Black

White

Gold

Green

Display 5.2” FHD 1080p (1920×1080)

Triluminos display for Mobile

X-Reality for Mobile

Dynamic Contrast Enhancer

Main camera 1/2.3” 23 MP Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor

Hybrid Autofocus 0.03 sec

5 x Clear Image Zoom

Up to 8x Digital Zoom

Wide-angle G Lens (24 mm)

Up to ISO 12800 Photo/3200 Video

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation

4K video recording

Pulse LED Flash

Front camera 5 MP front camera Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor

Full HD video

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation

Wide-angle lens (25 mm)

Networks GSM GPRS

UMTS HSPA (3G)

LTE (4G)/ LTE (4G) Cat 6

Connectivity AGPS

Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology

DLNA Certified

WiFi MIMO

MHL 3.0

NFC

Fingerprint sensor

Sound High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD)

DSEE HX

LDAC

Digital Noise Cancelling

Clear Audio+

S-Force Front Surround

Auto-headset compensation

Stereo Recording

FM Radio

Entertainment PlayMemories

PS4 Remote Play

 

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