Sony Xperia Z5 will soon reach the US, but it will not look exactly like the version present on Asian markets. Some reports claim that the Z5 the US will receive will not have a fingerprint sensor attached. Not that such a feature is really desirable since devices that do have one are said to present a pretty shakey accuracy. Sony confirmed that the devices that US customers will get have no fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint reader is listed on the Z5 Compact spec list at this moment, but it will be removed soon, because Xperia Z5 does not present the feature on its spreadsheet anymore.
Sony is launching the Z5 and Z5 Compact in the US in February and they will sell for $499-599. They have been available in other parts of the world for a while now. You can even find them on Amazon for smaller prices than what you would pay for them in US retail shops and they have fingerprint sensors. It all depends on who you trust better at the moment.
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will go live in the US in February. The Sony Z5 series was launched in Asia in September 2015, but it needed six extra months to get to the US, apparently. The two new devices will go live on Amazon, Best Buy and B&H starting February 7th. The flagship Z5 will cost $599 and the Z5 Compact will cost $499.
Sony Xperia Z5 specs:
5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
23MP rear camera
5MP front facing camera
32GB of storage plus microSD slot
146 x72 x 7.3mm, 154g
2,900 mAh battery
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact specs:
4.6-inch 1280×720 LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
23MP rear camera
5MP front facing camera
32GB of storage plus microSD slot
127 x 65 x 8.9mm, 138g
2,700 mAh battery
The smartphones will be unlocked GSM versions and they will have US warranty. Considering their specs and looks, the devices seem a little bit too pricey for what the are offering. Sony will not get into business with carriers so you will have to pay full price for one of these babies. Considering that – price-wise – you would be choosing between one of these and a $500 Nexus 6P, we think this could be a tough sell on the US market. But we shall see if Sony can turn it into a success or not.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not many OEMs take updating their devices as seriously as Sony does, and this is what makes them so resilient in bringing their devices closer to the audience with every new smartphone. Since Google released its source code for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Sony announced which devices get the sweet treatment, and it goes really far back, all the way to Z2.
Plus, they released AOSP binaries for some devices, including the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. Mock builds for Marshmallow were already released for tests on some Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices, and now these builds are starting to roll out to users.
Those who want to participate in these beta tests can still apply via this concept app, because more positions have been opened today. Keep in mind that there may be some country restrictions in place; you could be getting a pass in the test groups only if you live in certain European countries.
The Marshmallow soak tests are still concept software at the moment, way below a beta version, and they may be buggy. If you want to go through with it and sign up, remember you may get bugs and issues, so you should have a secondary phone around just in case things get unstable.
Sony recently released the AOSP Android Marshmallow binaries for the open devices and Xperia Z5 is included. Unlike other OEMs, Sony recently decided to empower its devices with unlockable bootloaders and if you do own one of these smartphones or tablets, you will find it easier to flash AOSP ROMs on your device. The Marshmallow-based AOSP binaries for almost all Sony devices are out now and you will be able to find them via the source link below.
The most important of all devices is Sony Xperia Z5, one of the better smartphones out there. It is distinct from the previous Sony smartphones like Xperia Z3+/ Z4, mainly because it is free from the previous devices’ overheating issues. Its design is much improved as well, making it one of the slimmest and most beautiful smartphones of 2015. This smartphone is now open to tweaking, modding and after-marketing too. If you own one of the Xperia devices that can be unlocked, then you too can start flashing Android 6.0 AOSP on your smartphone.
Which Sony Xperia devices get AOSP binaries?
Below you can find a list with the devices getting AOSP binaries for Android 6.0:
Xperia Tablet Z
Xperia Z1 Compact
Xperia Z2 Compact
Xperia Z3 Compact
Xperia Z4 Tablet
Xperia Z5 Compact
There is a nice list of devices getting the Marshmallow treatment, and it is all the more impressive as this list also takes into consideration tablets and smartphones as old as 4 or 5 years that are getting the treatment. Even if the older devices will not be as fast and smooth-running, they will still run the software, which is more than what we can say about other OEMs (LG, HTC, Samsung for example).
These are the Sony Xperia devices that are getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow treatment! Since Google already released the factory images and OTAs for the Nexus devices so now it’s time for other smartphone makes to announce the devices they are picking for upgrades.
Sony is rather good at rolling out updtes, even if they mostly come much later than what happens with other device makers. The Android 6.0 plans for Sony Xperia devices go as far back as Xperia Z2.
Here is the full list for Sony Xperia devices that update to Android 6.0:
Xperia Z5 Compact,
Xperia Z5 Premium,
Xperia Z4 Tablet,
Xperia Z3 Compact,
Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact,
Xperia Z2 Tablet,
Xperia C5 Ultra,
Xperia M4 Aqua
There’s no news on WHEN the update will come to any of these devices, so stay tuned! We’ve got you covered as soon as we find out!