News by Josh Dasey on Friday November 27, 2015.
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Sony's superphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, has made its debut in Canada with the carrier Bell, meaning this is an official launch by the Japanese company. The good news for fans of this device in the Great White North is that it is relatively affordable.Relatively is the keyword here as the Xperia Z5 Premium will still cost $749.99 off contract, which is a lot of money however you look at it. Although, it is worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 costs $849.99 and the Apple iPhone 6s Plus costs $1054.99, and those are the competition for the Z5 Premium. On contract the Xperia Z5 Premium matches Samsung's phablet, with a $299.99 cost on a two year commitment, while it is cheaper than the iPhone 6s Plus which is $528.99 on the same deal.
It has always puzzled us in our office why Sony is not a leader of smartphone screens. The company is well known for TVs, but has been content in towing a resolution line while rivals keep pushing boundaries. 4K is the ultra-clear resolution that has been on TVs for some time, but even so it is still not even the market leading resolution in terms of television. It is here to stay though and Sony has taken a bold new step and is trail blazing with other companies certain to follow the Japanese giant from here. The 5.5-inch 2160 x 3840 pixels Ultra-HD (4K) panel on the Xperia Z5 Premium comes with a pixel per inch density that is above 800ppi, a new record that smashes the nearest contender, which is incidentally the Galaxy S6 by Samsung with a 577ppi. Needless to say, this has instantly become the new standard bearer, the one to beat, and simply the best display on the market. However, amazing screen or not, if the rest of the phone is not that good then that panel just becomes a gimmick, right? The Xperia Z5 Premium is a solid smartphone away from the 4K display, although pound for pound the normal Xperia Z5 is probably still the device of choice if you want an all-round performance. Not least because we imagine that 4K resolution is going to hurt battery life, the Premium comes with a 3400mAh battery and we are concerned about that. However, Sony's Xperia flagships have been the best battery performers in the market bar none, so we trust the company more than most to strike a good balance between that stunning screen output and keeping the lights on long enough to enjoy it. In terms of design Sony has stuck with the Xperia Z language we have been used to for a couple of years, a double glass panel sitting on a metal frame. It is still mage premium (ahem), but it is also still an aesthetic we think needs something fresh, although admittedly not everyone joins us in that opinion. Under the hood there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 that Sony says is not suffering from heat throttling, while 4GB of DDR4 RAM is ideal considering the 4K screen on this thing. There is 32GB of native storage on board and a micro SD card slot to expand, while Sony's newest Exmor 23 megapixel camera sensor serves as the primary lens.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.