The new Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium might be the smartphones which can put Sony back in track in the high-end market in India. After the Xperia Z3+, Sony has at least got the pricing — Rs 52,990 for Z5 and Rs 62,990 for Z5 Premium — right this time. While it still might sound too much for many, there is no doubt that there is still a robust premium handset market with increasingly lesser number of rivals.
As Sony continues to stick to its trademark Xperia design, the new flagships incorporates subtle changes and is banking on simplicity and promises better experience. It might be too early to comment on overall performance of the new phones, but after a brief hands-on with the devices, you cannot ignore the following:
Heating should not be a problem anymore: The first thing I did after getting my hands on the Xperia Z5 was to record a 4K video. While the device notified that “the camera will shut if its temperature rises”, as it used to with earlier Xperia devices too, to my surprise the new smartphone could keep its cool even after shooting a 4K video for almost 10 minutes. In earlier Xperia Z versions, around two minutes of 4K recording turned the phone into a heater and shut down the camera if not the entire device.
While Snapdragon 810 SoC is infamous for its heating woes, Sony has taken the extra pain to accommodate it by using chrome dual heat pipes to manage heat. The heat pipe concept is nothing new. It is present in Xperia Z3 as well. But the dual pipes in Z5 ensures faster heat dissipation.
Faster and better camera: Sony claims the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium houses the world’s fastest auto focus cameras. During the brief session with the device, the camera was indeed fast in tracking moving objects and that too on full zoom. Sony also boasts about superior image quality on full zoom compared to other smartphones. Pictures taken on full zoom did stand out well. Overall, the camera quality is superior.
Better display: We heard a lot of noise around using 4K resolution in a 5.5-inch display. Many tech enthusiast questioned the need of 4K display on a smartphone or have explained how it makes very little sense on a 5.5-inch panel. In reality, the display quality of the Z5 Premium is excellent. On the other hand, the 5,2-inch Full HD Xperia Z5 screen is also a delight to view.
Premium design: The new Xperia Z5 series looks obviously similar to its predecessors due to Sony’s commitment towards to its traditional Xperia Z design. However, the both the flagships flaunt premium metal finishing. The Z5 Premium comes with a reflective metal rear panel which is equivalent to a mirror. No wonder it looks great, but attracts fingerprints. Also both the devices are not among the slimmest smartphones.
The Xperia Z5 will be available from October 23 while the Z5 Premium will hit the stores only on November 7. The Sony Xperia Z5 has 5.2-inch full HD screen, Android Lollipop 5.1, 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994); Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable to 200 GB). The Z5 series offers 23MP rear and 5MP front cameras along with 2,900 mAh battery. The Z5 Premium has similar specs apart from a 5.5-inch 4K screen and a bigger 3,430 mAh battery.
Stay tuned to this space for the detailed review of Xperia Z5.