Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Review
For the longest time, the growing trend with mobile phones was to take last year’s handset and make it much smaller – lose away a few grams, shave a few millimetres off, and give users the same experience but in a sleek, leaner shell. In fact, the rise of smartphones and their everyday improving spec sheets delayed that habit, but now Sony is turning old school and returning to the old ways with its new Xperia Z5 Premium.
For starters, this metal and glass beauty goes against the odds, many handsets experience in a specification battle. It has a fingerprint sensor and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, uses a 64-bit octa-core processor, a 32 GB internal storage option, and has an excellent camera area – 23MP. More so, it has all the usual suspects – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and a microUSB v2.0 port for charging and data transfer, a quick charge feature is also present and a non-removable battery — 3430mAh. It also has neatly rounded sides that make it quite easy to hold and only the Xperia Z5 Premium shrinks it all down to the footprint of a 5.5-inch screen.
In fact, this killer phone, apart from having a 5.5-inch screen, it’s also IPS LCD 4K with an impressive resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a mind-blowing 806 PPI — Cool, huh!? Although some experts suggest, it will operate in 1080p or Full HD mode at least most of the time and use the 4K resolution when you’re actually watching something that takes advantage of the 4K nevertheless. Some users believe, maybe it would have been better to put it in a Quad HD display – that is on all of the time instead.
The Z5 premium uses the much raved Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 1.5 GHZ and four other cores clocked at 2.0GHZ. This shows that Sony added some extra cooling techniques to keep the overheating levels to a minimum. Similarly, the Z5 Premium also uses a 3GB of DDR3 RAM and a 32 GB of internal memory, with the option to expand another additional 200 GB via microSD. The camera of the Z5 Premium is a decent value and never seems to disappoint – it has a new 23MP sensor with autofocus, phase detection and an LED flash, although misses an OIS nevertheless.
Some other cool features the Xperia Z5 Premium boasts are such as dual stereo front-facing speakers, an FM Radio, and a dust and water resistance shell. The phone is deemed to be available in November or December and be sold at competitive prices of £629 — about $995 US dollars. More likely it will come either in Chrome, Black or Gold.
As Sony Mobile CEO Kuni Suzuki recently said at CES, “we are Sony, we expect to do things a little differently.” So, are you among those rare people who want a handset that’s much bigger than 5 inches, something that’s more authentic, great in shape, and something that’s quite a great purchase? The Z5 Premium is the suitable shopping hunt for you!
It’s a great thing to see Sony continues to make the Z5 Premium phone such a heavyweight than many of the larger Android flagship phones, fiercely competing with it in the market. Is the Xperia Z5 Premium about to become the next big thing in the world of smartphones gods!? Hope so, let’s wait and see!