Table of contents:
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, specifications
- Premium Design
- The screen, simply spectacular
- Excellent performance and autonomy
- Excellent camera, sound to match
- Well-Customized Android
- Amazing Extras
- An ultimate smartphone
2023 Author: Donald Evans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-27 23:51
Over the past year there has been no shortage of high-end phones competing in the market, and our review of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium demonstrates that the first smartphone with a 4K screen has a lot to say in this segment. In 2015 we have known models that exceed in price and specifications what is expected of a high-end, and the Z5 Premium represents a clear example.
In our analysis we verified that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium continues to bet on the three fundamental pillars of the family: excellent camera, good autonomy and water resistance To this is added a more careful finish than ever, the comfortable fingerprint reader and a refined version of Android. Of course we will also find a good processor, lots of RAM and plenty of storage.
Of course, we must mention the display, which not only offers great overall quality, but is the first on the market to reach 4K resolutionThis means that the sharpness it achieves is unique, and that it allows us to enjoy multimedia content in a way never seen before.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, specifications
Before starting our review, we are going to know the technical sheet of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. The truth is that the term "premium" suits it very well, because it is not only above the normal Xperia Z5, but also belongs to a new category above the usual high-end Here we detail its characteristics:
- Display: 5.5-inch IPS with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (806 ppi).
- Processor: 64-bit Snapdragon 810 with 1.5GHz 4-core and 2GHz 4-core.
- RAM memory: 3 GB.
- Internal Storage: 32 GB with optional microSD up to 200 GB.
- Rear Camera: 23 megapixel (1/2.3" Exmor RS) and 0.03 second hybrid autofocus.
- Front camera: 5 megapixel with Exmor R sensor and 25mm lens.
- Extras: Fingerprint reader and water/dust resistance (IP65/68 certification).
- Connectivity: 4G/LTE Cat. 6 (nanoSIM), Wi-Fi MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and GPS, GLONASS.
- Battery: 3,430 mAh with fast charge.
- Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop.
- Price: about 800 euros.
When a smartphone has the aspirations of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, design cannot be neglected, and the Japanese firm has exceeded our expectations in this regard. The design continues with the style that characterizes the family of devices, based on straight lines, which give the terminal a sober and minimalist appearance
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium can be defined as a block of metal and aluminum, which provides a very good feeling in the handMetal is used in the side frames, and glass in the front and rear area. A really attractive mirror effect has been created on the back. In addition, neither the camera nor the buttons protrude slightly, which reinforces the minimalist style.
The 5.5-inch screen makes the smartphone quite large, although the truth is that this size is becoming more common. The frames around the panel are small but, even so, using the device with one hand is reserved for few users. Of course, the buttons of the operating system are virtual (located on the screen), so it is easy to access them.
The audio jack is located on the upper edge, and on the lower edge we find the charging port and a hook in case we want to hang the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. On the right side we see the unlock and volume buttons, as well as one of direct access to the camera, a very convenient idea that manufacturers are leaving aside from incomprehensible way.
On the left side there is a tab that protects the SIM card and microSD from water and dust. Fortunately, audio and power ports don't need plugs, but the terminal must be completely dry before charging. The speakers are ideally located: there are two of them, and they are placed on the front, one above and one below.
The screen, simply spectacular
Obviously, the screen is the star of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review. It offers a total of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, which is four times the 1080p resolution typical of many current models. That's an incredible sharp 806 pixels per inch. The image quality is unmatched by any other model.
The operating system does advanced scaling that improves the rendering of elements, but it will be in the photos and videos where you really We will take advantage of all the possibilities of the screen. 4K is still taking off, but there's already material to be found, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium captures photos and videos at that resolution.
It is clear that it is completely impossible to distinguish the pixels, but care has also been taken with contrast, color reproduction and viewing angles. The result is a leading screen, which allows us to perform different calibrations to adjust it to our tastes and that it is even possible to control with gloves if we wish.
This display has certainly been ahead of its time, and it's clear brands like Samsung and LG are striving to deliver the 4K resolution. However, today the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the only model that can boast a panel of this level.
Excellent performance and autonomy
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium stood out during our review for its very high performance. Opt for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and that's a guarantee of excellent performance Some versions of this processor would get very hot, but we haven't experienced temperatures excessive in the tests we carried out.
Therefore, Android runs perfectly fluid at all times, we can not only perform simple tasks such as browsing, watching videos or sending messages, but demanding apps such as maps or 3D games will work excellently. If you like to play on your mobile, this model is perfect: powerful, with a large screen and with the possibility of being used together with a PlayStation 4.
For performance enthusiasts, here's a screenshot of the AnTuTu score, a performance test that shows this processor performs well It is among the fastest on the market. Here's the benchmark score:
If you want to dig a little deeper, we attach the detailed AnTuTu results explaining the score obtained:
The autonomy of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium seems really worthwhile. Its 3,430 mAh capacity is very respectable, but the best thing is that the terminal does efficient energy management Sony has included different more or less aggressive saving modes, depending on the time we need to extend a recharge.
The Japanese brand promises up to two days of autonomy, and in our analysis of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium we have verified that this can be achieved duration with reasonable use. In addition, the smartphone has a fast charging system that can greatly speed up the process, and offer us hours of operation with just a few minutes on the plug.
To have a slightly more objective reference, we have also passed the AnTuTu battery test, less known, but very interesting:
Excellent camera, sound to match
Sony makes some of the best photo sensors available, so you can choose excellent quality ones for your devices. The camera of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has a large (1/2, 3") Exmor RS sensor with 23 megapixels, with hybrid autofocus of 0. 03 seconds. The result is high-quality photos.
In good light conditions, I find the result impeccable, with realistic colors, sharp shots and an irreproachable result. But in adverse lighting situations the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is not far behind either, and that is what makes the difference in a high-end smartphone.
To give you an idea of what to expect, we've taken some example images that demonstrate the terminal's capabilities. We have used the camera app that comes by default, and we do not make manual adjustments. Here is the first screenshot:
Here we have another landscape under daylight, but in a somewhat cloudy moment, which offers a result to take into account:
Let's look at a mosaic on a wall (also in good light) to check the degree of detail offered by the Sony Xperia camera Z5 Premium:
Now we will show an example photo during the sunset of a dark day, in which the mobile defends itself in a very commendable way:
We now move on to the night photography, always with the default camera app and without special adjustments on our part:
We continue at night, with another closer shot, which could be improved with manual adjustments, but that doesn't look bad with automatic mode:
We end with a panoramic view of a beach, which is really clear proof that you can take great photos night with the Sony Xperia Z5 without knowing photography:
The front camera is also very good for the usual in these cases, but I don't see much point in using it, except for video calls. It is not logical to take a selfie with a secondary camera when on the other side of the phone we have such a good sensor.
Regarding the sound, it is an aspect that we should value very positively. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has two speakers, and they are located on the front. This is a very wise decision, since we will not cover them by mistake and they will be able to develop a high degree of power.
The audio quality is high, the volume is considerable and the bass is not bad for a mobile device. The truth is that we liked the sound a lot, and it seems to us an important aspect that too many manufacturers neglect, but in which Sony has put care.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop, a well-optimized version that runs smoothly. Best of all, we have a guaranteed update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in 2016, which will make us get much more out of benefits such as its fingerprint reader.
Sony has opted for a slight customization of Android that does not spoil its essence, but rather improves some details For example, the application drawer, notification bar shortcuts or multitasking, from which you can open some apps in floating windows.
With these screenshots you can get an idea of the visual appearance of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium:
But the truth is that Sony has tweaked a lot more of Android We've already talked about battery saving modes, but also it includes support for visual themes, a backup system and its own mechanism in case of device theft.
It also includes various customization options for the operating system, and allows you to conveniently send video to televisions or media players. It even offers a system to use the phone on the screen of the car entertainment center. Other than that, it is possible to play with a PlayStation 4 using the display phone. We can use an official remote, and the image quality is almost as good as on a television.
Regarding the integrated applications, they are not too numerous, and in general they are useful. A lot of care has been taken and most of them can be uninstalled, so in our Sony Xperia Z5 Premium we won't have programs that we don't use. Here we leave you screenshots of some of these integrated apps:
The truth is that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium stood out a lot in our review for its interesting additional details Some are little things like the LED notifications, the FM radio or the hook to hang the device, but others have a greater significance.
For example, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is water resistant The firm does not recommend submerging the device, but it does has prepared so that an accident with liquids does not damage it. In the end, this is a really important function, which greatly reduces the risk of problems with humidity or splashes.
On the other hand, the included fingerprint reader is really convenient. It provides a lot of extra security in a simple way, works quickly and is very well placed for easy activation. Without a doubt, an interesting extra, which will improve with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
An ultimate smartphone
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is what its name suggests: a superlative device, which stands above the high-end that existed up to now. Opt for the highest quality in all sections. Obviously, that implies a high price, but it is clear that these benefits must be paid for.
The truth is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has convinced us in our review, and it is surprising to what extent it is ahead of others "luxury" devices like the iPhone 6s. Here we talk about top-notch specs, a polished user experience, and head-spinning design.
Of course, this is one of the great smartphones of today. If you only settle for the best, the truth is that it seems to me one of the devices that you have to consider as your new mobile phone.
The strong points of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium are its camera, power, good software and extra features, all with an excellent finish.
The weak point of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (apart from the obvious high price) is its somewhat high thickness, although It is necessary for it to offer good autonomy.