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Sony Xperia Z5: The Emperor Strikes Back!

Written by Maanasi

Despite the stupendous success of iPhone worldwide and rise of Samsung in the smartphone sector, loyalists of Sony have a love for Xperia lineup intact. The Xperia Z series, since its debut a few years back, have gotten rave reviews from critics and users, but somehow it has failed to achieve the success of its Korean and US rivals. Of late, Sony has struggled to keep pace with rivals and rise of newercontenders in smartphone segment has added to its woe. The Japanese giant’s last flagship offering aka the Xperia Z3 + was a venerable flagship device but got overwhelmed by the success of Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. Not yet ready to give up, Sony has unveiled the refresh in Xperia lineup- the Z5 along with two siblings.

Design and build: Classic, elegant and quintessential Sony

So, how is the latest Flagship from the stable of Sony? You must have been thinking of this –what has changed and what has not in the successor to Xperia Z3+?The device, unveiled at the IFA a few days back looks boxy yet elegant. You will miss the curves found on the rivals from the stables of Motorola and HTC but the Xperia Z5 bears the stamp of Sony lineage. The screen has a bezel and the brushed metal sides add to the durability factor. At the back, you get frosted glass which helps battle fingerprints and smudges well.

Do not mistake the Xperia Z5 to be a delicate beauty- it’s far from that! Sony has made the device water and dust proof and it will survive that accidental splash in a water bucket with ease. The cap less microUSB port in the Z5 ensures you need not worry about closing flaps before using it underwater, a practical feature!

The older round power button paves way for a flat button that doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. The trade-off for the design and material change is added weight and thickness. At 154g, you cannot call the Xperia Z5 lightweight. However, the rim around its edge offers excellent grip.

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Hardware: Impressive, but not the best

You will expect the newest Android flagship from Sony to be equipped with the most powerful hardware and features. The Xperia Z5 does live up to the expectation largely but has a few short comings too. It is powered by the Snapdragon 810 CPU and it remains to be seen how Sony has handled the heat dissipation issue. Coupled with 3 GB RAM it should suffice for the heavy multi-tasker. The internal storage is 32 GB plus the device support external storage up to 200GB. The device supports NanoSims.

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Display: Nice, but not the Best                                                                                                               

The 5.2in IPS screen with a Full HD resolution looks stunning, but you can find lesser priced rivals with higher resolution screen. For people seeking better resolution, Sony offers the pricier Xperia Z5 Premium featuring an insanely bright 4K UHD display. The Z5 essentially features the display of its predecessor, which is no bad thing actually. Remember that shooting up the display resolution takes a toll on the battery, as a thumb rule. You will not get any visible pixilation, as it is.

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Killer Camera: Nearing perfection in mobile imaging

When you take home an Xperia phone the first thing you are likely to do is snapping and experimenting with its imaging prowess! Undeniably, the Xperia Z lineup has always been lauded for its imaging superiority over rivals in the same league. The main camera gets a resolution boost in the Z5. You get a 23 MP rear snapper with physical two-stage camera button. Sony claims the Xperia Z 5 models feature the world’s fastest autofocus. The imaging also gets a boost owing to the new x5 Clear Image Zoom. The Xperia Z 5 can also shoot 4k videos and it copes better with heating. At the front of the device, you get a 5MP snapper.

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Fingerprint sensor: better late than never!

With the Xperia Z5 lineup, Sony finally catches up with rivals that have included fingerprint sensor in their flagships for a while! It resides in the power button and the placement is definitely quite ergonomic. It is on the side and so your thumb is likely to fall on this, causing the device to read your print fast. In real world usage, it is really snappy and unlocks the device in the blink of an eye. Setting up the fingerprint recognition, however, takes some time.

Software: not much bloat

Earlier, Sony was criticized for packing in too many apps and modifying stock Android heavily with its UI overlay. It seems the company has realized the popularity of Stock Android-esque UIs. The Z5 has Android 5.1 Lollipop on board and Sony’s take is not much changed from Google’s immensely popular OS. However, with Android 6 Marshmallow on the way, it remains to be seen how soon Sony releases the update for the Xperia Z5.

Battery: Decent, not great

The XperiaZ5 ships with a 2900mAhnon-removable battery. It should offer you two days of usage after a charge- or so Sony claims. It is not clear why Sony reduced the battery capacity than that of its predecessor. The device comes with Sony’s proprietary stamina mode. The battery also supports quick charging technology- so you can expect to charge it fast before leaving for office in a hurry.

Summing it up

So, everything taken together how does the Xperia Z5 cope up with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G 4 and iPhone 6? It does score pretty well actually-though falls short on a few grounds. In terms of design, it is quintessential Sony and the device looks more premium with glass rear and metal sides. The IP68 certification gives owners some added peace of mind. It does stand out from blackish slabs vying for user attention in Android segment. The inclusion of a fingerprint reader is welcome, though Sony joins the party little too late! While the Z5 loses out to rivals on screen resolution it redeems lost ground on camera tech and performance.

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Despite the stupendous success of iPhone worldwide and rise of Samsung in the smartphone sector, loyalists of Sony have a love for Xperia lineup intact. The Xperia Z series, since its debut a few years back, have gotten rave reviews from critics and users, but somehow it has failed...
Despite the stupendous success of iPhone worldwide and rise of Samsung in the smartphone sector, loyalists of Sony have a love for Xperia lineup intact. The Xperia Z series, since its debut a few years back, have gotten rave reviews from critics and users, but somehow it has failed to achieve the success of its Korean and US rivals. Of late, Sony has struggled to keep pace with rivals and rise of newercontenders in smartphone segment has added to its woe. The Japanese giant’s last flagship offering aka the Xperia Z3 + was a venerable flagship device but got overwhelmed by the success of Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. Not yet ready to give up, Sony has unveiled the refresh in Xperia lineup- the Z5 along with two siblings. <strong class="wp-image-637">Design and build: Classic, elegant and quintessential Sony</strong> So, how is the latest Flagship from the stable of Sony? You must have been thinking of this –what has changed and what has not in the successor to Xperia Z3+?The device, unveiled at the IFA a few days back looks boxy yet elegant. You will miss the curves found on the rivals from the stables of Motorola and HTC but the Xperia Z5 bears the stamp of Sony lineage. The screen has a bezel and the brushed metal sides add to the durability factor. At the back, you get frosted glass which helps battle fingerprints and smudges well. Do not mistake the Xperia Z5 to be a delicate beauty- it’s far from that! Sony has made the device water and dust proof and it will survive that accidental splash in a water bucket with ease. The cap less microUSB port in the Z5 ensures you need not worry about closing flaps before using it underwater, a practical feature! The older round power button paves way for a flat button that doubles up as a fingerprint scanner. The trade-off for the design and material change is added weight and thickness. At 154g, you cannot call the Xperia Z5 lightweight. However, the rim around its edge offers excellent grip. <strong class="wp-image-641">Hardware: Impressive, but not the best</strong> You will expect the newest Android flagship from Sony to be equipped with the most powerful hardware and features. The Xperia Z5 does live up to the expectation largely but has a few short comings too. It is powered by the Snapdragon 810 CPU and it remains to be seen how Sony has handled the heat dissipation issue. Coupled with 3 GB RAM it should suffice for the heavy multi-tasker. The internal storage is 32 GB plus the device support external storage up to 200GB. The device supports NanoSims. <strong>Display: Nice, but not the Best                                                                                                                </strong> The 5.2in IPS screen with a Full HD resolution looks stunning, but you can find lesser priced rivals with higher resolution screen. For people seeking better resolution, Sony offers the pricier Xperia Z5 Premium featuring an insanely bright 4K UHD display. The Z5 essentially features the display of its predecessor, which is no bad thing actually. Remember that shooting up the display resolution takes a toll on the battery, as a thumb rule. You will not get any visible pixilation, as it is. <strong>Killer Camera: Nearing perfection in mobile imaging</strong> When you take home an Xperia phone the first thing you are likely to do is snapping and experimenting with its imaging prowess! Undeniably, the Xperia Z lineup has always been lauded for its imaging superiority over rivals in the same league. The main camera gets a resolution boost in the Z5. You get a 23 MP rear snapper with physical two-stage camera button. Sony claims the Xperia Z 5 models feature the world’s fastest autofocus. The imaging also gets a boost owing to the new x5 Clear Image Zoom. The Xperia Z 5 can also shoot 4k videos and it copes better with heating. At the front of the device, you get a 5MP snapper. <strong>Fingerprint sensor: better late than never!</strong> With the Xperia Z5 lineup, Sony finally catches up with rivals that have included fingerprint sensor in their flagships for a while! It resides in the power button and the placement is definitely quite ergonomic. It is on the side and so your thumb is likely to fall on this, causing the device to read your print fast. In real world usage, it is really snappy and unlocks the device in the blink of an eye. Setting up the fingerprint recognition, however, takes some time. <strong>Software: not much bloat</strong> Earlier, Sony was criticized for packing in too many apps and modifying stock Android heavily with its UI overlay. It seems the company has realized the popularity of Stock Android-esque UIs. The Z5 has Android 5.1 Lollipop on board and Sony’s take is not much changed from Google’s immensely popular OS. However, with Android 6 Marshmallow on the way, it remains to be seen how soon Sony releases the update for the Xperia Z5. <strong>Battery: Decent, not great</strong> The XperiaZ5 ships with a 2900mAhnon-removable battery. It should offer you two days of usage after a charge- or so Sony claims. It is not clear why Sony reduced the battery capacity than that of its predecessor. The device comes with Sony’s proprietary stamina mode. The battery also supports quick charging technology- so you can expect to charge it fast before leaving for office in a hurry. <strong>Summing it up</strong> So, everything taken together how does the Xperia Z5 cope up with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G 4 and iPhone 6? It does score pretty well actually-though falls short on a few grounds. In terms of design, it is quintessential Sony and the device looks more premium with glass rear and metal sides. The IP68 certification gives owners some added peace of mind. It does stand out from blackish slabs vying for user attention in Android segment. The inclusion of a fingerprint reader is welcome, though Sony joins the party little too late! While the Z5 loses out to rivals on screen resolution it redeems lost ground on camera tech and performance.

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