The New Xperia Z5 Phone


To separate itself from the smartphone pack, Sony Corp. today introduced a device that has beefed-up camera capabilities and sports what the company said is the world’s first 4K ultra high-definition display. Unveiled at the IFA 2015 electronics trade show in Berlin, the new Xperia Z5 series comes in three handset sizes, each boasting a 23-megapixel Sony image sensor and faster shutter speed, as well as improved capability to take pictures in dark settings.

The largest of the three, the Xperia Z5 Premium, has a 5.5-inch 4K display, the first example of a ultra high-definition screen being used for a smartphone. Previously, Sony phones could record 4K videos, but the handsets weren’t able to play back the clips with 4K picture quality.

Is a Camera Enough?

Each handset also has a built-in fingerprint sensor power button located on the side of the phone that can be used to unlock the device. The Xperia Z5 also features Sony’s new 1/2.3 Exmor RS 23MP sensor and a F2.0 G lens. Those features let the phone offer 5x clear-image zoom with minimal loss of quality.

The Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring octa-core CPUs, 64-bit capabilities and 4G LTE speeds. The Xperia Z5 Premium has a large 3430 mAh power pack inside, which Sony said will last for up to two days.

Other features aside, will the upgraded camera functionality be enough to differentiate the Xperia Z5 from a crowded field of competitors?