News by Luke Jones on Wednesday September 02, 2015.
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The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium wowed us with its 4K screen, but the normal Xperia Z5 is where Sony wants the most attention, it is this device that will serve as the flagship for the company and is the one that Sony wants consumers to consider alongside the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and upcoming Apple iPhone 6s. If the Z5 Premium is Sony showing off, the Xperia Z5 is its revenue driver.However, while the Xperia Z5 is fantastic (Sony's flagships have been for years now), it is still only an incremental update, something this series suffers from, a victim of Sony's policy of launching a flagship twice a year. While it is hard to be too critical of the Xperia Z5 (again, it's fantastic), we can't help but want more from Sony in this department, and if bleeding edge specs and pushing the smartphone boundaries are your thing there are better options out there, not least Sony?s own Xperia Z5 Premium. If you have followed the company's flagship X series over the years then you will be instantly familiar with the design of the Xperia Z5. It looks pretty similar to the original Z that launched three years ago such is the slow burn Sony applies to aesthetic updates. It is hard to argue against the quality, the Z5 oozes premium with its glass panels sandwiching a metal frame. We know plenty still love Sony's OmniBalance design language but we can't help but want something new, while not really being disappointed with what we see. With the Xperia Z5 Premium really pushing the specs to the market leading category Sony has been wise to differentiate the normal Z5 by putting clear daylight between the specs. The Xperia Z5 is still flagship quality stuff, but it is not really going to trouble the most decked out smartphones on the market in terms of hardware. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, which is two levels below the Premium and a cut below many other rivals boasting Quad HD. However, we are yet to tire of Full HD 1080p, so Sony including it here is hardly a major problem, especially if the panel is top notch. Elsewhere there is the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and I asked a Sony employee if the company is having to throttle the processor because of its well-publicized overheating problems, and I was assured that was not the case. In other words Sony has dealt with the heat issues (or Qualcomm has) and the chip can run at full capacity... something we will be eager to test when we have the Z5 for a full review. 3GB of RAM helps the processor deliver that power, while 32GB of native storage comes as standard with a micro SD card slot to expand the space. A 2900mAh battery seems small, but Sony has been knocking it out of the park in this department with older Xperia Z's (that are the best performing battery life smartphones on the market), so we expect this to be one of the best juicers available. Sony is really talking up the camera on the Xperia Z5, and the company really should because most of its smartphone rivals use its sensors in their shooters. That means Sony is making the best camera hardware and surely knows how to get the most out of its own tech, right? The company certainly thinks so and here the Xperia Z5 gets the newest 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor with 23 megapixels, the world's fastest 0.03s autofocus, 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO12800 for photos and ISO3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, as well as 4K video recording. Perhaps the kitchen sink is in there too. Around the front is a 5 megapixel selfie lens that is also packed with all the bells and whistles we now expect from flagship smartphones.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.