As expected, Sony on Wednesday lifted the wraps of its 2015 lineup of flagship smartphones at the sidelines of IFA in Berlin. Apart from the first smartphone to come with a 4K UHD display – the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium – the company has unveiled the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
As the company has cleverly hinted with its naming convention, the Z5 family all shares a common look and design ethos. Equally clearly, the Premium is going to be more expensive and offers up some higher-end features than the other models.
Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be launched globally starting October 2015, and Xperia Z5 Premium starting November 2015. Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both single and dual-sim variants. All the devices are water-resistant (IP 65/68). These are also the first Sony smartphones to feature a fingerprint sensor for security integrated with the power button which is located at the right edge of the phone.
The two smartphones sport near identical specifications, with the only difference being the size of the screen. While the Xperia Z5 comes with a 5.2-inch display, the Xperia Z5 Compact sports a 4.6-inch screen.
The Z5 Premium’s screen, however, is more immediately impressive. The 4K resolution of the 5.5-inch display gives an intimidating pixel density of 806 ppi (the resolution of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is 401 ppi). It upscale content to 4K, enhancing any native or third party videos or photos so users can view Netflix, YouTube or their own videos in 4K.
Xperia Z5 series phones feature Sony’s new 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile 23MP sensor and F2.0 G Lens with a 5MP front camera. Sony claims to have designed the camera inside its new flagships using the same technology that’s seen in its Alpha range of interchangeable lens cameras. The rear camera also boasts of the “fastest autofocus in a smartphone” – at 0.037 seconds – and comes with improvements in SteadyShot, Sony’s image stabilization techniques that make sure the video isn’t ‘jerky’ even if the phone moves while shooting, as well as enhanced low-light performance.
The three phones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor and come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB in-built storage expandable up to 200GB via microSD card. The phone support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 that enables users to get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge 2.0 charger.
The phones support 4G LTE, 3G, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity options.
“Smartphones are part of people’s lives,” said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications. “Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go – we’ve set out to bring Sony’s latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform,” he added.
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with a metal frame and frosted glass back, and will be available in White, Graphite Black, Gold, and Green color options. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact will be available in Yellow and Coral color options, in addition to White and Graphite Black.