Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium: First Impressions

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 21 Oct 2015
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium: First Impressions

Sony is looking to shine in on the flagship smartphone war, with the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Premium. The Z5 Premium boasts of a 4K resolution display, and both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium have the same specifications barring the display, resolution and battery.

Sony is Sony! The brand name has a lot of weight when it comes to consumer electronics. I personally have had a great experience with some of Sony’s products back in the 90’s. But, that’s the catch – back in the 90’s! Don’t get me wrong, Sony has had some great products when it comes to TV’s, cameras, and of course, the PlayStation 4. But, today’s conversation is not about Sony’s product portfolio. It’s about smartphones. Sony has announced the launch of the Xperia Z5 and the Z5 Premium in India. Before you ask why Sony has not launched the Z5 Compact, it is because Sony says that their market research indicated that consumers in India prefer devices with large displays. So, lets kick things off with the grand-daddy device – the Xperia Z5 Premium.

Xperia Z5 Premium

Getting the specifications out of the way, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium comes with a 5.5-inch 4K display. Yes, you read it right, a 4K display – a first for smartphones. Until now, we have seen a bunch of smartphones being launched boasting of 2K resolution displays, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge PlusNexus 6P, HTC One M9 Plus, Moto X Style, LG G4, and more. Hence, if you crave the bragging rights of owning a pint-sized handheld 4K resolution display, this is the only smartphone out there for you.

Although watching 4K videos on the display was a great experience, but honestly, I would not be able to tell the difference in a smartphone display with 2K resolution, and the Z5 Premium in a blind test. Having said that, the best use case scenario that I can see for a 4K display on a smartphone, is with images. If you are clicking high fidelity images and need to see them in absolute detail, then the 4K display on the Z5 Premium makes perfect sense. We will reserve our final judgment for the display when we review the Xperia Z5 Premium, but for now, it looks stunning.

Coming back to the specifications of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, it comes with a 3430mAh battery. The Xperia Z5 Premium comes with a Sony Quick Charger, which the company claims can offer 5.5 hours of use with just 10 minutes of charging. Sony says that the device can last for up to two days of usage. The display is one of the biggest guzzlers of the battery, and we would like to see how a 4K display on a smartphone consumes battery under real world conditions. The device is available in Gold and Chrome variants.

The Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, coupled with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone has 32GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to a whopping 200GB, via microSD cards. The rear of the device has a 23MP camera, and the front has a 5MP camera. Sony says that the smartphone can focus in 0.03 seconds, and at the launch event, whatever picture I clicked with the device appeared crisp and clear. The smartphone runs on Android v5.1 Lollipop, out of the box.

Overall, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium feels like a 'premium' device. The display is gorgeous, and the smartphone feels the way a flagship device should. We will, however, reserve our final judgment of the smartphone for our review.

Xperia Z5 Premium - back

Sony Xperia Z5

Kicking things off with the specifications, they are the same as the Xperia Z5 Premium except for the battery, which in this case has a capacity of 2900mAh. The display on the Z5 is 5.2-inches, and has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Everything else remains the same, as the Xperia Z5 Premium.

The Xperia Z5 is available in three colours – gold, black and green. I particularly liked the green colour – it has a matte finish, and stands out among the overcrowded smartphone stable. People will ask you what smartphone it is if you pull out the green Xperia Z5 in public, and that's a large section of the point behind spending about Rs. 50,000 behind a smartphone. It's different, and I like it. The smartphone feels quite compact, and since I personally prefer the 5-inch form factor, and that’s what the Z5 delivers.

In its performance, the device felt smooth and fluid. The matte back made the smartphone easy to hold as well. Apart from the appearance, ergonomics and display, there is little difference that I can point out between the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Premium.

If you are looking to pick up the Xperia Z5 or the Z5 Premium this holiday season, then Sony is offering customers content worth Rs. 4,000 for free. This includes a three-month subscription to Sony Music with unlimited downloads, as well as a three-month subscription to Sony Liv. Customers would also get free Amazon Kindle e-books worth Rs. 1,000, as well as a three-month subscription to Hungama Play. The devices would also come pre-installed with Modern Combat with free in-game credits, worth Rs. 780 – a real treat for mobile gamers.

You can pick up the Sony Xperia Z5 from October 23, for Rs. 52,990, and the Xperia Z5 Premium from November 7, for Rs. 62,990. Stay tuned, as we will bring you an in-depth review of the smartphones, soon!

Watch our First Impression Review Videos of the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium below.

Sony Xperia Z5 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Release Date: 27 Oct 2015
Variant: 32GB
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    5.2" (1080 x 1920)
  • Camera Camera
    23 | 5 MP
  • Memory Memory
    32 GB/3 GB
  • Battery Battery
    2900 mAh
Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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