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Sony Xperia Z5 - A Master of Speed and Accuracy

Sony Xperia Z5 - A Master of Speed and Accuracy
On one hand you have consumers that are akin to the brand while on the other side you are losing out on individuals thirsty for cutting edge design and technology. Stuck between the two, Sony opted to stick with tradition when releasing their latest flagship. As a result, Xperia Z5 shares its visual identity and some of the hardware with its predecessors. Seeing that previous Xperias were excellent phones, sharing few components shouldn’t be a setback in any way. Let’s take a closer look!

Sony Xperia Z5
As we said earlier, little has changed when it comes to design. Sony’s flagships still come with an instantly recognizable rectangular design. Once you get close however, you begin to notice the minor changes. For starters, the back panel is made out of frosted glass to combat fingerprints and give it an extra dose of toughness. Metal frame is still present with the addition of rubberized corners for additional protection. In terms of colour, consumers are left with some pretty good choices that include graphite black, white, gold and green. Each colour looks wonderfully elegant so it’s just a matter of personal preference. One huge change for Sony comes in the form of a power button. Gone is the old circular button slightly protruding from the chassis in favour of a modern flat one housing a fingerprint scanner. Like all Xperias, Z5 has kept its IP65 and IP68 certifications meaning it is water and dustproof. Compared to predecessors, Z5 is a little chunkier coming in at 146x72x7.3 mm and 154 grams.
 
Sony Xperia Z5

On the front designers opted for a 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminos IPS LCD squeezing out a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels resulting in a density of 428ppi. Even though this is the same screen found on earlier Xperia flagships, it’s still undeniably good. Colours are vivid, image is sharp, and brightness is among the best out there allowing for uninterrupted outdoor use. Sony’s engineers even optimized the display to function while partially wet so you won’t have any issues on rainy days.
 
Sony Xperia Z5


Powering Xperia Z5 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 CPUs. Paired with Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the whole hardware setup does a fine job of handling pretty much anything you muster up. On the software side, Android 5.1.1. has been overlaid with Sony’s custom UI, but hasn’t been modified heavily. Seems like more and more manufacturers are trying to stick with Android’s core experience instead of heavily modifying it like in the early days. Certainly a welcome change seeing that Android is an excellent platform without any additions. Worth mentioning is the fact that Sony’s new fingerprint scanner works like a charm, requiring just a short contact before it recognizes you. Among the new features are some power saving tweaks, enabling the Z5 to squeeze out up to 2 days of uptime. Storage comes in 32GB with the possibility to expand it by another 200GB via a microSD card. We don’t know who will ever need that much storage on a phone, but it’s a neat option to have.
 
Sony Xperia Z5

One of the biggest selling points of previous Xperias was the camera and Z5 isn’t an exception. Mated to a 23-megapixel main sensor, Z5 is capable of some serious photography. Sony claims that their 0.03 second autofocus will trash anything on the market and it probably will because the speed of the thing is simply astounding. We expected some delays while snapping photos however there were none. A 5.1 megapixel front camera does a great job with selfies and video calls, providing you with crystal clear shots on every occasion.

Sony Xperia Z5 is a smartphone with subtle albeit significant changes that make life a little more convenient. Being a company that favours tradition, Sony will take their sweet time coming up with something revolutionary so it’s a good thing that their current flagships are top-notch.
 


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