Sony Xperia Z5 series revealed, with world’s first 4K smartphone

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Z5, and Z5 Premium in Order

“Xperia Z5 Premium” is world’s first smartphone sporting 4K display at pixel density of 806 PPI across a 5.5 inch screen.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Z5, and Z5 Premium in Order

(Left to Right) Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Mobile seems to be coming back with a handful of flagship devices – Xperia Z5 series. During IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company has unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and the world’s first smartphone with 4K display – Xperia Z5 Premium. All of them with pretty similar hardware inside.

The standard Xperia Z5 is the successor to Xperia Z3+ with the key change in camera department which features Sony’s brand new and large Exmor RS sensor of size 1/2.3″ designed for mobile devices. It’s 23 megapixels across the sensor. This camera shares its existence in all of the Z5 family.

In addition to the new camera, these three devices share almost everything including the Snapdragon 810 chipset with Octa core processor, 32GB of internal storage, network support of up to 4G/LTE, Two days of battery life as well as Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0. All of the three devices are waterproof and also feature the fingerprint sensor as well.

They differ at the prominent dimensions, display size and resolution and the RAM of course. The two, standard and premium versions come packed with 3GB of RAM while the compact version has 2GB of RAM. Xperia Z5 (standard) is slimmest of them at 7.3mm with the mid size of 146mm tall and 72mm wider. Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium are packed in 127x65x8.9mm and 154.4x76x7.8mm bodies respectively.


At the display end, Xperia Z5 Premium boasts with the insane pixel density of 806 PPI on a 4K display resolution (UHD 2160×3840) across a 5.5″ screen. The standard Xperia Z5 supports the now-a-days 1080p display resolution over a 5.2″ screen whereas the Compact one comes below at 4.6″ screen with only 720p resolution. However other display features still share amongst them.

Specifications Side by Side:

xperia-z5Xperia Z5 xperia-z5-compactXperia Z5 Compact xperia-z5-premiumXperia Z5 Premium
OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Android 5.1 (Lollipop) Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset and Memory
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994)
64-bit Octa Core processor: Quad-core 2GHz Cortex A57 + Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53
Adreno 430 GPU
Storage 32 GB Internal Storage (27GB available for user, 5GB for ROM/OS)
expandable with microSD card (up to 200GB)
Body and Display
Display 5.2” FHD 1080p (1920×1080), IPS Display, 428 PPI 4.6″ HD 720p (1280×720), IPS Display, 323 PPI 5.5” 4K UHD (3840×2160), IPS Display, 806 PPI
Scratch resistant, Triluminos display for Mobile,
X-Reality for Mobile,
Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm 154.4 x 76.0 x 7.8 mm
Weight 154 grams 138 grams 180 grams
2G bands GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G bands UMTS/HSPA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100
4G bands LTE 2100, 1900, 1800, 1700/2100. LTE Cat 6
Photo and Video
Main Camera 23 Mmegapixels,
1/2.3” Sensor Sony Exmor RS
Hybrid Autofocus 0.03 sec,
5x Clear Image Zoom,
Up to 8x Digital Zoom,
Wide-angle G Lens (24 mm), Pulse LED Flash, SteadyShot. Maximum ISO 12800.
Video Recording: 4K video recording, video stabilization, Max ISO 3200.
Front Camera 5 MP, Full HD Video Recording, 25mm wide-angle
Capacity 2900 mAh 2700 mAh 3430 mAh
Battery Life Up to 2 days Up to 2 days Up to 2 days
Quick Charge Yes, v2.0. 5.5 hours backup with 10 minutes charge
Other Features
Connectivity AGPS,
Bluetooth 4.1,
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
MHL 3.0,
Sensors Acceleromeer, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Gyro
SIM Single (Nano) Single SIM (Nano) Single (Nano)
Preferred Features Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68), Fingerprint sensor
Colours Graphite Black, White, Gold, Green Graphite Black, White, Yello, Coral Chrome, Black, Gold
Available From October 2015 October 2015 November 2015
Price N/A N/A N/A

According to the company’s description, the camera is capable of the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, a powerful blend of speed and accuracy to capture split-second moments with ease. It delivers a ground-breaking speed of just 0.03 seconds – which is faster than the blink of a human eye (average 0.1 – 0.4 s), so whether you’re jumping for the frisbee in the park, diving into the pool or catching air on the vert ramp, you’ll have the power to preserve spontaneous action in real-time.

The large 23MP sensor also help in low-light shots as well as the 5x clear image zoom provides minimum loss in quality. Low-light photography include all the situations when you capture photos at night or in darker surroundings. With something like this sensor you probably may have less noise and blur. Example situations are a sunrise or night skyline.

Xperia Z5 series include Sony’s SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode for video to be able to continuously capture moments with action smoothly, such as riding a bike or skateboard. The company claims, with Xperia Z5 series it will all be free from jolts or shudders.


More images shot with Xperia Z5 Premium

Checkout some video promos the company wants you to see how their claims could be possible in real-time.

Video Promos


Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally from October 2015, and Xperia Z5 Premium from November 2015/ Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM variants. Availability may vary by markets and regions.

  • Xperia Z5 will come in four elegant colours including White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green
  • Xperia Z5 Compact will also be available in four stylish and vibrant colours which include Yellow, Coral, White and Graphite Black.
  • Xperia Z5 Premium will be available Chrome, Gold and Black.
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