Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

Chris Burns - Sep 2, 2015, 12:31 pm CDT
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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact hands-on

This morning Sony showed off their newest smartphones, all in the Sony Xperia Z5 line. The larger of the two standard models is the Sony Xperia Z5, working with a 1080p display and the company’s finest camera setup in their relatively short smartphone history. The smaller device is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, a device with a smaller display but just as powerful a camera and processor. There’s also the 4K-display wielding Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which we’ve delivered a hands-on experience with separately.

The differences between the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Compact are relatively few. This follows the trend set by previous Z-family smartphones and their Compact relatives – smaller, but no less powerful. The differences include size, of course, as well as 1GB of RAM more on the Z5. The battery is bigger on the bigger phone – otherwise they’re pretty much the same.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Specs
• Display: 5.2″ Full HD 1080p (1920×1080 pixels), IPS LCD display
• OS: Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
• Camera: 23MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, with fast autofocus, 4K video capture and output, 24 mm wide-angle G Lens, 5x clear image, without loss of quality, HDR for photos and videos, ISO12800 Photo / 4000 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode, Superior Auto
• Front-Camera: 5MP with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor, Full HD 1080p for video chat, 25 mm wide-angle lens, SteadyShot with Intelligent, Active Mode, Superior Auto
• Audio: DNC, HRA, DSEE-HX, LDAC, Automatic headset compensation, S-Force Front surround, Stereo speakers, ClearAudio+
• Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
• RAM: 3GB
• Battery: 2900 mAh
• Internal Storage: 32GB, microSD card slot up to 200GB (SDXC supported)
• Colors: White, Graphite, Black, Gold, Green

The images you see above are all of the Sony Xperia Z5. Below you’ll find photos of the Compact. You can tell the difference by the size (where visible) and the rim.

The video below shows the Xperia Z5’s fingerprint reader in action.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Specs
Display: 4.6-inch TRILUMINOS display for mobile X-Reality for Mobile (resolution N/A)
OS: Google Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Camera: 23MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, with fast autofocus, 4K video capture and output, 24 mm wide-angle G Lens, 5x clear image, without loss of quality, HDR for photos and videos, ISO12800 Photo / 4000 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode, Superior Auto
Front-Camera: 5MP with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor, Full HD 1080p for video chat, 25 mm wide-angle lens, SteadyShot with Intelligent, Active Mode, Superior Auto
Audio: DNC, HRA, DSEE-HX, LDAC, Automatic headset compensation, S-Force Front surround, Stereo speakers, ClearAudio+
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor
RAM: 2GB
Battery: 2700 mAh
Internal Storage: 32GB, microSD card slot up to 200GB (SDXC supported)
Colors: White, Graphite, Black, Yellow, Coral

Of course if you want a Yellow or Coral-colored phone, you’ll need to go with the Compact. Gold is also reserved for the larger device.

You’ll find that the Xperia Z5 Compact has a plastic rim around it while the Z5 has metal – the Compact’s rim matches its body, as well, while the Z5’s rim compliments its body with a slightly different tone. The same is true of the back panel – a coral rim means a coral back.

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For more information on pricing and release, stay tuned to our revealed article as well as the Sony tag portal, full of Xperia goodness.


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