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OnePlus 2 review – the new “flagship killer” smartphone of 2015

OnePlus 2 is the newest Chinese 2016 Flagship Killer, but is it really worthy of this title already? We shall see next year. For now, it seems that this device could be a 2015 flagship killer, if not for some of its own shortcomings. Its best features are the beautiful display with a solid build and its low price for the features it offers. On the other side of the barricade are its heat up issues, the lack of a microSD, fast charging and NFC.

 

 

OnePlus 2 flagship killer

 

Design and display

 

OnePlus 2 is a well-earned step-up from OnePlus One, replacing its plastic body with a sturdy metal frame and a grainy grey back frame made of stronger plastic. If you are not pleased with the regular back cover, you can choose a bamboo, rosewood or dark apricot wood or Kevlar one for an additional $27. The display is relatively well-sized at 5.5 inches with full HD resolution at 401 ppi. The viewing angles are pretty good,with vivid colors and crispy brightness.

 

OnePlus 2

 

 

The device is a bit on the thick side, at 9.9mm, and it weighs a bit too, at 175grams or 6.17oz.

 

An important addition to the OnePlus 2 is the fingerprint scanner below the display. This digit reader is different from the likes of iPhone and Samsung because it does not require you to swipe your print on it. All you have to do is hold your finger on the reader and it will recognize you. You can register up to five fingerprints on the phone and you should register thumbs and index fingers too, for unlocking when holding the phone and unlocking it when it is laying down respectively. You should know that you cannot pay in shops with this phone yet; the fingerprint scanner function can just be used as an unlocker method.

 

OnePlus 2 size

 

 

OnePlus 2 has an USB Type-C connector that you can safely use to charge your phone. This is the latest connection type and it will become available to more and more smartphones in the future, so it’s a good thing to have. It is reversible and Plus 2 remains in history as the first world-wide selling phone with Type-C connectivity.

 

Hardware, camera and OS

OnePlus 2 is packed with the usual 2015 flagship hardware and then some. What we have here is an 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC accompanied by 4 GB of RAM. There’s a lot of power involved, which can also mean problems. The processor packs some heat but it also gets overheated at times – not as high as other Snapdragon 810-packed devices like HTC One M9 – but it still gets hot when extensively used.

 

Performance-wise, the device runs very well, with some little drawbacks like the home button tardiness that will be fixed in a future OTA. The user experience is fluid and fast, but it seems like the device could do so much more.

 

 

OnePlus 2 camera

 

 

OnePlus 2 has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. The One specs were the same, but you can clearly see some differences when it comes to image quality. The rear camera now has laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. The camera has a simple app with a user-friendly interface and basic features like Beauty, Clear image and HDR. The resulting images are pleasing and on par with similarly-specked offerings on the market.

 

OnePlus 2 is running on an Android 5.1.1 OS with its own skin on top, Oxygen OS. There are similarities between stock Android and OxygenOS because OnePlus has kept most of the stock functionality of Google’s operating system while improving its performance with more features such as Shelf – a secondary home screen. There are some drawbacks to this OS, for example the text message client which shows your messages and the messages your received from your responder in separate windows.

 

OnePlus 2 hardware

 

 

Battery

 

OnePlus 2 has a 3,300 mAh battery, an upgrade from the 3,100 mAh cell OnePlus One has. Since the screen size and resolution remain the same as with the previous model, power consumption should be stable, even if we are dealing with a more powerful SoC. Since the device does not have fast or wireless charging, you will be looking at long charging sessions for your device. You get a full day of usage even when you intensively use your phone, at least for starters. The biggest power-consumer on the Plus 2 is Android itself, which means there is not much you can do to improve your battery life.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

OnePlus managed to construct another hit and it does live up to its motto “Never Settle”. OnePlus 2 builds on its predecessor and it does not lose its appeal, with a decent price, great hardware improvements and a budget-friendly price for a flagship-wannabe. It feels more premium, it is stronger and sturdier and its OS is pretty promising too.

 

It is not flawless though, as Plus 2 does sport some issues when it comes to the fingerprint reader and the home button, and with some confusing software options. It does not have a microSD slot, which means you will have to deal with 16/64GB of storage and the lack of fast charging may be an issue for some people too.

 

OnePlus 2 price

 

 

You can find OnePLus 2 selling for prices starting at $329. You can purchase it directly from OnePlus or from online stores. Sadly, the device still sells through the invite system, but it is much less restrictive than it was with OnePlus One.

 

Source: OnePlus, GSM Arena

 

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Kyocera DIGNO – the first washable smartphone in the world exclusive to the Japanese market

We all enjoy a good waterproof smartphone once in a while, but what if someone came up with an awesome idea? This invention comes from the Japanese market – of course – and it promises to bring us all washable phones! Kyocera DIGNO rafre is promoted as a prototype for a smartphone you can wash with soap and hot water!

Kyocera washable phone

This is legit the first hand-soap-washable phone, since no one else coined this term yet. It is water resistant for water warmed up to 43 degrees C or 103 F. The phone is also said to be temperature resistant, vibration resistant and it should heal its back when it is scratched. Of course, all these features will only be available in some – very special – conditions. Even if you can wash the phone with hot water and soap, it was not tested with ALL soap brands and it is not recommended to submerge it in water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc6eNqoLeQs

The Kyocera smartphone will be available in multiple color options: Coral Pink, Marine Navy and Cashmere White and it does not have an official price yet. What’s sad is that it may never expand from the Japanese market.

Official Kyocera washable phone specs:

  • Colors Coral Pink, Cashmere White, Marine Navy
  • Size (W×H×D) / Weight Approx. 71×141×10.1mm / Approx. 155g
  • Battery 3,000mAh
  • Charging Time Approx. 160 minutes when using the common AC adapter 05(sold separately)
  • Continuous Call Time /
    Continuous Standby Time Approx. 1,300 minutes (VoLTE) / Approx. 790 hours (4G LTE/ WiMAX2+)
  • Operating System Android™ 5.1
  • Memory Internal memory: 16GB ROM / 2GB RAM
  • External memory: microSD™ / microSDHC™ / microSDXC™
    (up to 128GB)
  • Compatible Communication 4G LTE / WiMAX2+
  • Maximum Communication Speed Reception: 150Mbps
  • Transmission: 25Mbps
  • Display Approx. 5.0-inch HD TFT LCD
  • Camera Main camera: Approx. 13-megapixel CMOS
  • Front-facing camera: Approx. 2-megapixel CMOS
  • External Connection Wi-Fi®: IEEE802.11b/g/n/ (2.4GHz only)
  • Bluetooth®: Ver.4.1
  • Other external devices: Stereo earphone jack

 

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

 

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KYOCERA Launches “DIGNO rafre,” World’s First Hand-Soap-Washable Smartphone

Features soap and hot water resistance newly enabling use while taking a bath

December 8, 2015

(This product is only available to the Japanese market.)

Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced the launch of the new DIGNO rafre smartphone for KDDI Corporation — the world’s first*1 smartphone with resistance against foaming hand soap*2.

In addition to resistance against shock, water and dust*3, DIGNO rafre features hot water resistance that enables use while washing hands or taking a bath*4. Furthermore, as the back face of the smartphone is coated with a “scratch-healing*5” material that allows everyday minor abrasions to self-heal, the DIGNO rafre can be used in pristine condition for a long time. The new device has an elegant, sleek design with two-tone colors and easy-to-grasp round form which comes in three colors: Coral Pink, Cashmere White and Marine Navy and is part of the new KDDI lineup announced on December 3.

See the promotional video by KDDI for more information (Japanese).

Photo: DIGNO rafre can be washed with foaming hand soap
ModelDIGNO rafre
PriceTo be determined by retailer
ColorCoral Pink, Cashmere White, Marine Navy
Sales CompanyKDDI Corporation,
Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company (Japan only)

Development Background

These days our smartphones have become a ubiquitous item that is carried every day. Their uses have dramatically expanded to not only calls and texts but also more immersive uses such as checking recipes during cooking and outdoor uses in harsh environments. Considering where and how often smartphones are carried and used, Kyocera developed this new product which enables users to keep their smartphone clean and pristine.

By utilizing Kyocera’s proprietary waterproof technology and high durability, Kyocera offers the DIGNO rafre equipped with resistance to foaming hand soap*2 and hot water*4.

Main Features

1. Waterproof performance enables cleaning with foaming hand soap
Although soapy water has higher permeability due to its nature of lowering the water surface tension, the DIGNO rafre features improved waterproof performance that can be used with foaming hand soap by utilizing integral molding of the packing parts which have passed Kyocera’s proprietary tests.

2.Hot water resistance*4 ideal for use while washing or bathing
In addition to conventional waterproof performance, the DIGNO rafre also possesses resistance to hot water. Furthermore, the new smartphone is equipped with a touch panel display that can be operated even if the screen or your hand is wet, allowing you to enjoy a bath while watching a video or using your device.
Photo: Users can operate the smartphone even with wet hands

3. Scratch-Healing*5 for self-healing from minor abrasions
A coating that allows minor abrasions caused during everyday use to self-heal is applied to the back face of the smartphone, so the DIGNO rafre can be used in pristine condition for a long time.
Photo: Back face coated with scratch-healing

4.Enhanced durability performance
The display utilizes scratch-resistant, high-strength Dragontrail® X glass and realizes additional protection by applying a structure in which the display is slightly recessed, thus enhancing durability against accidental drops. The DIGNO rafre also possesses vibration resistance enabling safe use in vibrating environments such as on bicycles and motorbikes and temperature resistance enabling users to enjoy winter sports.

Photo: Raised periphery structure to prevent direct impact on the glass surface Display utilizing Dragontrail® X

Photo: Kyocera’s DIGNO rafre smartphone (Left to right: Coral Pink, Cashmere White and Marine Navy)
*1 World’s first smartphone available in the market with resistance to hand soap foam. Based on research by NEO MARKETING INC. (as of November 1, 2015).
*2 Waterproof performance equivalent to IPX5/8.
Kyocera’s proprietary durability test (cleaning cycle test of hand-wash using hand soap foamed with water lathering and rinsing) was conducted. The product’s features were confirmed based on the Kyocera’s proprietary cleaning cycle test of hand-wash using hand soap foamed with water lathering and rinsing.
As for rinsing, completely remove the foam from the handset with gently running water. After cleaning, completely remove water by applying a dried soft cloth to the handset.
Ensure that caps, etc. are attached correctly before use. Clean with sufficiently foamed hand soap. Do not mix different types of hand soap. The product passed under the test conditions; cannot be guaranteed for all type of hand soap.
For details and precautions of cleaning method, see the au website (product page) or the instruction manual.
*3 Waterproof / Dust resistance equivalent to IPX5/8 and IP5X:
Rated for MIL-STD-810G six categories: Shock, Vibration, High Temperature (operating and in storage) and Low Temperature (operating and storage). The product passed the test conditions for the above categories; full operation cannot be guaranteed under actual conditions. Furthermore, there is no guarantee against damage.
*4 Kyocera conducted a proprietary test to check that the handset does not break down when splashed with hot water having approximately the same temperature (43°C or less) as that of hot water in a bathtub. Ensure that caps, etc. are securely fixed and attached before use. Do not carry in for a long time. Do not submerge in hot water in the bathtub. Do not submerge in hot springs or hot water with bath powders.
*5 Deep abrasions (including peeling of coating and break in coating itself) caused by high impact owing to dropping or throwing the product or by contact with sharp items cannot self-heal. The product cannot guarantee repair of all abrasions. The self-healing performance may be deteriorated or disabled depending on the environment of use (e.g., friction material, load, temperature).

“DIGNO” is registered trademarks of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. The service name “4G LTE” is based on the definition of 4G to include LTE by International Telecommunications Unions (ITU). LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Google, Android, Google Play and other marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. WiMAX is a trademark or registered trademark of WiMAX Forum. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Bluetooth® and the Bluetooth logo are trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. for which Kyocera has been granted permission to use. microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. Dragontrail® and its symbol mark are trademarks of Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. All company, system, and product names listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective holders.

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Source: Kyocera

 

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Oppo R7S first impression – premium-looking smartphone at a special price!

Oppo R7S is the most recent smartphone to grace the R7 line and it is – at least on paper – one of the best smartphones you can get since it balances specs with price very well. It is priced at around £259 (around $400 for some markets, including the US), which makes it a mid-range smartphone, but when you look at it you will definitely think it looks much more expensive than it actually is.

 

oppo_r7s_front

 

 

Main specs for Oppo R7S:

 

  • 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display
  • octa-core Snapdragon 615 CPU (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage plus microSD card slot
  • 3070mAh Battery with Flash Charger for 50-minute 90% charges
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Color OS.

 

For a mid-range phone, Oppo R7S is built pretty well and it comes with all the accessories you would want from flagship phones (but we never get a full box of things from them, do we?). The box gets you the smartphone plus a set of earbuds and a clear TPU case and a VOOC fast charge power brick. The charge power brick is a hit and miss though, because it has a European charger for some people, which means you would have to get another adapter that fits your electric plug.

 

Oppo-R7s

 

 

Even if it is not one of the smaller smartphones around, Oppo R7S feels like a very light device at 155grams. It is also pretty slim, even for its large-ish battery (it’s 7mm thick!). The phone is dual-SIM and accepts microSIM cards. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, FM and 4G.

The smartphone is available in Gold and Silver color options.

 

First impressions

 

Oppo R7S has a 5.5-inch screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3 with a 2.5D shape that is branded Arc Edge. The AMOLED display has a good 401 ppi density which compliments the ColorOS 2.1 UI sitting on top of the Android 5.1 version. This UI is designed to work much faster, it has faster app launch and boot speeds, plus you get some interesting – possibly bloatware-y – software additions to the device. The changes include notifications on the lock screen, memory management processes, and gestures to launch some apps or features with the screen off. The colors on the screen are vivid, clear and bright.

 

The 13MP rear camera is set in a square lens holder and presents features such as the image stabilization system, a special low-light mode, editing tools and filters and a beautify-cation setting for the selfie 8MP camera because we all love our selfies!

 

Oppo-R7s-3

 

 

Overall, this device seems like a very good purchase, especially if you love to hold a premium-feeling smartphone. It is very similar to an iPhone in design, but it does retain some charm of its own. Oppo R7S could prove to be one very bright and lovable smartphone come 2016.

 

Considering it was trying to infiltrate the US market, Oppo managed to accomplish this feat via the show America’s Next Top Model, where it quickly became a character of its own. It was promoted in every episode where its cameras and overall design became great selling points. We will have to wait and see if this stunt increases sells of Oppo devices in the US market in the near future.

 

Source: GSM Arena via Digitaltrends

 

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Samsung A series gets 3 new mid-range models: A3, A5 and A7

Samsung made some updates to its mid-range Galaxy A series and the devices are going live in China later this month. Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 will come to China first, but they will go live globally next year. They are cheaper alternatives to the flagship Galaxy S series, but they do pack a mighty punch on their own.

 

GalaxyA2016_A7_Main

 

 

 

The cheapest of the bunch is Galaxy A3. It has the smallest screen of the bunch at 4.7 inches and 720p and it only packs 1.5GB of RAM. It does not have a fingerprint reader or MST tech, features that the other two devices have. Below you can see the full spec list:

 

  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.5 GHz Quad Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Network: LTE cat 4

 

Galaxy_A3_final

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 is the mid-ranged of the mid-range devices with a slightly bigger screen at full HD res and a fingerprint scanner plus MST. It gets 2 GB of RAM. Below you can check the full spec list:

 

  • Display :5.2-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Additional features :MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0,
    NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3mm , 155g
  • Battery: 2,900mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6

 

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Samsung Galaxy A7 is the premium of the mid-range line with a 5.2-inch full HD screen, the fingerprint scanner and MST, plus 3GB of RAM and and octa-core processor. Below is the full spec list:

  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor :Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, 172g
  • Battery: 3,300mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6

 

 

Galaxy_A7_final

 

 

 

Samsung did not tag the devices with any prices yet, but they will definitely vary by region. Some months will pass until we will hear more about these devices and their appearance on the European and US markets, but here’s hoping!

 

Source: Samsung

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Fairphone 2 – the first ethical modular phone to launch ahead of Google’s Ara

Modular phones are a thing for the future, and since Google showed their first attempt at a modular phone, everyone has been hyped for an Ara. But what if you could have one of these futuristic gadgets sooner than Google had in mind? Fairphone 2 could be a great alternative as the device is already very close to being complete, especially since it does not use any “conflict” minerals that could make the building process longer and more complicated.

 

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Fairphone was the idea of some thoughtful devs who considered that the world could embrace a greener more ethical tech product. They crowd-funded the phone that sold more than 60,000 units, which was more than enough to put in motion a second iteration of the device. Fairphone 2 is even more greener and more environmentally friendly than its predecessor. It is modular, but not as modular as Project Ara wants to be. The smartphone is built much like a regular phone, but its parts are easily replaceable. This way, you can prolong your device’s life without having to spend lots of monies on more and more devices every few months (unless you really like those mainstream smartphones).

 

 

 

 

Fairphone 2 has easily replaceable or repairable parts and the manufacturers promise to help their customers at every step if need be. If you need a better camera, a faster processor, more RAM or better GPU, all you have to do is contact Fairphone and you will get them (at a price, of course). You will be able to replace every part of this device with better ones as the company continues to grow and those orders keep coming in.

 

What does the original Fairphone 2 look like? Here’s the spec list:

  • 5-inch full HD (1080p) LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 801
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage plus microSD
  • Dual SIM slots
  • 2,420 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE connectivity.

 

This being said, the device should place somewhere around the mid-high average spectrum of the niche market. You can order a Fairphone from the official site linked in the source, but don’t expect it to arrive before January 2016. You can choose between black matte, blue matte, blue translucent, transparent and black translucent. The translucent back cases show some of the “internal organs” of the device. You will have to pay $590 for one, and the company is assuring customers that “Your purchase covers the cost of phone production, plus Fairphone’s operations and projects that create positive impact”.

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes to tearing down and building back up, Fairphone 2 does very well, as the guys from iFixit gave it 10 out of 10. The modular smartphone is easy to teardown because it has no glue whatsoever between components; you simply take everything off by unscrewing some nice little screws. The LCD screen and glass protection are fused together, but they can come off pretty easy too if you need them to.

 

All in all, if you want to try the modular smartphone deal before Google amazes us with its real Ara phone, you can support independent manufacturers and choose a Fairphone 2. You may have to wait for a while for your order to get to you now, but next year these could become very popular and steal Google’s race from beneath their feet!

 

Source: Fairphone

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Sony Xperia Z5 review – the world’s best smartphone camera to date?

Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the newer devices on the market and it is trying to re-put Sony on the smartphone market charts after an executive decision of cutting off lots of employees earlier this year. The move did not cut Sony’s daily expenses too much as money is still being siphoned out through the mobile division, but any device being launched could be better than no device at all, right?

 

Sony Xperia Z5

 

 

It appears that Sony is working on keeping itself relevant on the mobile market to no avail, hoping that the future will need its mobile expertise soon.

How does Sony Xperia Z5 fare this year? For one, it is considered the smartphone with the best camera around! The device is basically the dream of every mobile photographer or vlogger out there because not only does it take great photos, but it offers a beautiful display to check them on. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows because one of the biggest problems of the device is the battery. But more on that later on.

 

Specs and hardware

 

Xperia Z5 is the latest phone of the line and it does retain the design choices that made Xperia phones must-haves in the past. The Omnibalance design – as branded by Sony – accentuates inoffensiveness and symmetry, but manages to keep the spirit of Sony Xperia alive with every iteration. A few physical differences include a wider and flatter power button that acts as a fingerprint sensor as well, a detail that most other OEMs are getting rid of now.

 

Sony Xperia Z5 is basing its design on an illusion that its display edges are all blunt when, in fact, the sides are rounded up to make sure you don’t hurt yourself? It is comfortable to hold though and there is no danger of dropping it on the floors anytime soon. As it happens with most recent Sony products, the device is water and dust proof and it has an Index Protection rating of 65/68. Of course, it’s all good if you keep the SIM and MicroSD card tray sealed. The microUSB port is capless and, as a result, Sony advises you that if you drop the phone in water, you have to wait for it to dry out before attempting to recharge.

 

When it comes to raw power, Sony Xperia Z5 is sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (made by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 and a quad-core 2GHz Cortex A57) with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Its internal storage is made up of 32GB plus a microSD slot that supports up to 200GB. Everything can be admired through the 5.2-inch display with a 1080 x 1920p resolution at 428 ppi pixel density protected by scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating.

 

 

Xperia Z5

 

 

Sony Xperia Z5 display

 

The 5.2-inch display is one of the best around and, even if it does not go beyond a full HD, it does offer one of the finest mobile screens on the niche market right now. The screen has a Luminous LCD display which has great color reproduction and gorgeous black levels as well as respectable viewing angles.

 

When it comes to sound, Sony used its common front-facing stereo speakers on the top and bottom. They are similar to HTC’s Boomsound speakers. The audio is clear, strong and loud, but some complain that it may lack some bass power.

 

When it comes to performance, Sony’s most recent device proves to be one of the best on the market as well; in benchmarks it manages to catch up and even beat its competition (Nexus 6P, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One A9) in some categories. The apps load in a matter of a few milliseconds and there is no slowdown when it comes to running more apps at the same time.

 

The device runs on Android 5.1.1 at launch, which is a little of a disappointment, considering that Android 6.0 Marshmallow has been around for a month or so already. But that will be fixed when the update comes along.

 

Camera – one of the best cameras in the world?

 

Sony Xperia Z5 is branded as having one of the best cameras in the world for a smartphone device in 2015, and the device lives up to the statement. The primary camera has a 32MP sensor that stands out, and it is no surprise since Sony does make cameras and components not only for itself but for Fujifilm, iPhone and Nikon as well. It has a 1/ 2.3-inch Exmor RS 23MP camera with autofocus that allows it to catch clear images in 0.03 seconds. The camera also allows video capture at [email protected] with HDR.

 

 

 

The secondary front camera has a 5.1MP sensor that catches frames at 1080p with HDR.

Sony Xperia Z5′ s camera allows users to catch great moments with automatic effects but it also allows them to control their story with the manual mode. The resulting photos are among the best you will ever find on a smartphone in 2015, with great definition even in night settings where we all know things get pretty blurry and noisy.

 

The letdowns

 

If we are to nitpick, the first concern with Sony Xperia Z5 is the battery. The 2,900 mAh cell promises to last up to two days of usage, but that is just impossible, right? If you are barely using your device, maybe it will last that long. But if you use the gorgeous camera or play some games, that usage period will drop significantly, as it happens with all devices.

 

Xperia z5

 

 

Conclusion

 

Pros: All in all, Sony Xperia Z5 managed to save Sony’s name, at least for now, by offering a great product with little details to criticize. Its camera has reason to be called the best mobile lens in 2015 ( and Samsung may want it in its next flagship!) and its performance does not disappoint. One of the better aspects of the device is the gorgeous display that just makes you want to look at things all the time.

 

Cons: The little problems that Sony Xperia Z5 has are the lackluster battery and the speakers. The device will not last for long when you use it extensively and those speakers cannot be used without headphones or a portable audio enhancement if you want loud music with clear definition.

 

Conclusively, Sony Xperia Z5 is a good smartphone coming from the Japanese multinational. It is perfectly constructed, although some may say it lacks personality. Is it a good acquisition? That depends on how you use your smartphone on a daily basis, but in my personal opinion, it is one if not THE best smartphone around. You can find the device online and in stores at prices starting from $660.

 

Source: GSMArena