Sony Xperia Z5 Premium NOW Available In UK: 23MP Camera & 4K Display In Tow

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Sony has now announced its latest 2015 batch of Xperia-branded smartphones, including the Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, and a new phablet dubbed the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium – this last model is the first mobile phone with a 4K resolution display! The firm took the wraps off at the annual IFA conference in Berlin, Germany, but we were fortunate enough to get a hands-on preview with all three models at a special event in London. Follow the link below to read our full first-look. 

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is now available to purchase in-store and online at Carphone Warehouse. The retailer is offering a chrome exclusive on the handset and £200 cashback offer if you upgrade to a Sony 4K TV from Currys PC World.* The Xperia™ Z5 Premium is available from £36.00 per month with an upfront cost of £50.00 on O2.

“The Sony Xperia Z5 premium is the world’s first 4K smartphone and top of the Sony Xperia Z5 range,” said Sony. “The handset boasts a huge 5.5 inch 4K display, highlighted by an aluminum frame and a frosted glass rear. The camera is now 23MP with an autofocus ready at under 0.1 seconds, meaning you’ll never miss that one-of-a kind photo opportunity.”

Anyone even only fleetingly familiar with Sony’s previous Xperia devices won’t be too shocked by the overall design on show across all three models here; the firm has stuck to its “Omnibalance” design language with an overall angular silhouette, a metal outer frame, and glass panels for front and back (as well as full waterproofing certification). There are one or two subtle changes, however, including frosted glass on the Xperia Z5, an opaque finish on the Xperia Z5 Compact, and a mirror shine finish on the Xperia Z5 Premium. Naturally they all come in a range of colours too, with the Xperia Z5 Premium’s mirror finishes in gold, chrome, or black, looking particularly striking. Meanwhile the Xperia Z5 can be had in white, black, green, or gold, and the Xperia Z5 Compact has options for black, white, “coral” (pink), or yellow.

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Sony’s signature circular power button has gone in favour of a more “tab” shaped design, it’s been nicely integrated into the side bodywork for access with either thumb or forefinger, but crucially this is more of a functional decision rather than an aesthetic one. How so? Well the new power key houses a fingerprint scanner, and Sony has gone to efforts to make it as seamlessly integrated and easily operable as possible; the idea here is you don’t even have to think about it, you just press the power key to wake the phone as you normally would, your print is scanned, and you’re in, just like that. It supports multiple prints too, so you can set it up for both thumbs and forefingers and never have to think about access at all.

Sony Xperia Z5:

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All three handset models feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor, however, the larger models pack 3GB of RAM while the Xperia Z5 has 2GB. The display technology in all three devices is Sony BRAVIA Engine-based using IPS LCD screens for some impressive visual quality in terms of colour, contrast, and brightness, although there are differences in resolution for each model.

The handsets also use memory-on-display tech to allow the processor to sleep the majority of the time when displaying static information, it’s only when you start active tasks that the CPU kicks in, and this is all designed to reduce battery drain as much as possible.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium:

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Android Lollipop comes pre-loaded on each device, and they’ll carry 32GB of onboard storage plus support for microSD cards up to 200GB. The Xperia Z5 has a 2,900mAh battery pack and a Full HD 1080p display at 5.2in. The Xperia Z5 Compact has a smaller 4.6in 720p HD display and a slightly smaller 2,700mAh battery. Lastly, the Xperia Z5 Premium has a 5.5in Ultra HD 4K display at 860ppi – the first 4K display on a smartphone – plus a 3,430mAh battery. Sony promises two day battery life from each model, although naturally this remains to be seen, and a 10 minute quick charge will give you 5.5 hours in a pinch.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact:

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The final major feature, which is the same across all three variants, is the camera. Sony has created a brand new 23MP sensor, with a 1/2.3in sensor size and six-element lens (up from the previous five-element setup) and 5x Clear Image Zoom capability. This has also been paired with a brand new software suite. The camera uses a “closed-loop” actuator which Sony demonstrated as offering better video steadying than optical image stabilisation, features enhanced low-light performance, and embedded phase detection hybrid autofocus which can focus and capture in 0.03 seconds.

The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact will be landing in stores and with networks in October, meanwhile the Xperia Z5 Premium will be coming in November. 

Sony had previously announced prices for the Xperia Z5 series, but according to listings on its own webstore has now reduced these prices down. The reductions appear to be a bid to bring the prices more in-line with those offered by third-party retailers.

Sony’s RRP for the Xperia Z5 flagship on its own site was £600 but it is now £550; the same price as Amazon UK. Clove UK remains a little cheaper at £525.

Meanwhile, the big daddy of the group, the Xperia Z5 Premium, started off at a whopping £700 but has been cut to £630 by Sony to match Clove UK’s price; these are pre-order prices though as the phone won’t arrive until October, and Amazon appears to not yet list this model.

The dinky Xperia Z5 Compact was £550 from Sony, but is now down to £430 undercutting both Amazon’s £450 and Clove UK’s £440 for the same device.

Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium & Sony Xperia Compact Spec Sheets

Sony Xperia Z5

Colours

White, Graphite Black, Gold, Green

Key Facts

Size

146mm x 72mm x 7.3mm

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor

GPU

Adreno 430

Weight

154 g

SIM Card

Nano SIM

Dual SIM variant available in select markets

Operating System

Google™ Android™ 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

Rear (main)

23MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, with fast autofocus

4K video capture and output

24 mm wide-angle G Lens

5x clear image, without loss of quality

HDR for photos and videos

ISO12800 Photo / 4000 Video

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Front

5MP with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor

Full HD 1080p for video chat

25 mm wide-angle lens

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Sound

Audio codec support: DNC, HRA, DSEE-HX, LDAC

Automatic headset compensation

S-Force Front surround

Stereo speakers

ClearAudio+

Display

Resolution

5.2” Full HD 1080p (1920×1080 pixels), IPS display

PPI

428

Glass panel

Chemical tempered glass + Anti-fingerprint coating

Display technology

TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile, with Sparkling Contrast and  Live Colour Creation

X-Reality™ for Mobile

Design

IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof

Capless USB

Memory

RAM

3GB

Flash memory

Up to 32GB

Expansion slot

microSD™ card, up to 200GB (SDXC supported)

Networks

LTE (4G), LTE Cat6, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G)

Battery life***

Battery (embedded)

2900 mAh (up to 2 day battery life) and Battery STAMINA mode

In the kit

Xperia™ Z5, charger, micro USB cable for charging and user documentation

Availability

Globally from October 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Colours

White, Graphite Black, Yellow, Coral

Key Facts

Size

127mm x 65mm x 8.9mm

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor

GPU

Adreno 430

Weight

138 g

SIM Card

Nano SIM

Operating System

Google™ Android™ 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

Rear (main)

23MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, with fast autofocus

4K video capture and output

24 mm wide-angle G Lens

5x clear image, without loss of quality

HDR for photos and videos

ISO12800 Photo / 3200 Video

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Front

5MP with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor

Full HD 1080p for video chat

25 mm wide-angle lens

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Sound

Audio codec support: DNC, HRA, DSEE-HX, LDAC

Automatic headset compensation

S-Force Front surround

Stereo speakers

ClearAudio+

Display

Resolution

4.6” 720p HD (1280×720 pixels), IPS display

PPI

323

Glass panel

Chemical tempered glass + Anti-fingerprint coating

Display technology

TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile, with Sparkling Contrast and  Live Colour Creation

X-Reality™ for Mobile

Design

IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof

Capless USB

Memory

RAM

2GB

Flash memory

Up to 32GB

Expansion slot

microSD™ card, up to 200GB (SDXC supported)

Networks

LTE (4G), LTE Cat6, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G)

Battery life***

Battery (embedded)

2700 mAh (up to 2 day battery life) and Battery STAMINA mode

In the kit

Xperia™ Z5 Compact, charger, micro USB cable for charging and user documentation

Availability

Globally from October 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Colours

Chrome, Black, Gold

Key Facts

Size

154.4mm x 75.8mm x 7.8mm

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor

GPU

Adreno 430

Weight

180 g

SIM Card

Nano SIM

Dual SIM variant available in select markets

Operating System

Google™ Android™ 5.1 (Lollipop)

Camera

Rear (main)

23MP camera with Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, with fast autofocus

4K video capture and output

24 mm wide-angle G Lens

5x clear image, without loss of quality

HDR for photos and videos

ISO12800 Photo / 3200 Video

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Front

5MP with Exmor R™ for mobile image sensor

Full HD 1080p for video chat

25 mm wide-angle lens

SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode

Superior Auto

Sound

Audio codec support: DNC, HRA, DSEE-HX, LDAC

Automatic headset compensation

S-Force Front surround

Stereo speakers

ClearAudio+

Display

Resolution

5.5” 4K (3840×2160 pixels), IPS display

PPI

806

Glass panel

Chemical tempered glass + Anti-fingerprint coating

Display technology

TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile, with Sparkling Contrast and Live Colour Creation

X-Reality™ for Mobile

Design

IP65 / IP68 dust-tight & waterproof

Capless USB

Memory

RAM

3GB

Flash memory

Up to 32GB

Expansion slot

microSD™ card, up to 200GB (SDXC supported)

Networks

LTE (4G), LTE Cat6, GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G)

Battery life***

Battery (embedded)

3430 mAh (up to 2 day battery life) and Battery STAMINA mode

In the kit

Xperia™ Z5 Premium, charger, micro USB cable for charging and user documentation

Availability

Globally from November 2015

Head over to Page 2 for all the pre-launch rumours and leaks…

So the Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 got a weird dual launch in Japan and the rest of the world, but it was rather a lot like the Xperia Z3 and everyone sort of reacted with “wha?” And before we’ve properly recovered from that confusion, Sony’s pitched another rapid curveball as news reaches our sensory organs that a follow-up Xperia Z5 handset is on the way for a September launch. The mind boggles.

It seems then, according to report from Technodify, the six-monthly development cycle we thought was dead is in fact alive and kicking, and perhaps even screaming. Also worth noting is that although Sony will almost certainly have a presence as it usually does at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, this September, according to the rumours  the Xperia Z5 will once again be launched in Japan (though feasibly it could launch at IFA at the same time). Quite whether it’ll be a Japanese exclusive followed by a confusing global rollout as the Xperia Z4+ or something, remains to be seen.

“What about dem specs?” We hear you cry. Well it’ll allegedly pack Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM – just like the LG G Pro 3 that has also just leaked recently. On top of this there’s talk of a massive 4,500mAh battery cell and a fingerprint scanner.

And it wouldn’t be a Sony phone without mad camera skills. There’s no bump in the number of megapixels but it has a new Sony Exmor RS 21MP IMX230 CMOS sensor setup with 4K video and HDR. Sony’s problem has never been the hardware anyway, it’s always been the batshit software which has been improving over time to make photography results less erratic.

To top it all off the rumour comes complete with word that an Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Ultra will be accompanying the flagship out of the gate – expect very similar specs.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Promo Picture Leaks

A new picture has appeared online which seems to be an official promotional image showing the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Or at least it’s alleged to be the Compact, we’re not so sure, because that looks like a fairly normal sized woman and that doesn’t look like such a dinky phone in her hand – but maybe that’s just us.

The image was posted by Dutch tech site TechTastic.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Teaser Highlights Camera Features

Sony seems to be taking a leaf out of LG’s book by actively teasing the Xperia Z5 ahead of its launch. The firm released an image via its official UK Twitter account, and while it didn’t name the Xperia Z5, it did hint that a smartphone was coming “with greater focus” and that “All will beomce clear on 02.09.2015,” the date of Sony’s big reveal event.

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Sony Xperia Z5+ Listed With 4K Display!?

For several generations of Xperia Z flagships Sony has resisted the urge to upgrade the display resolution from a battery-friendly 1080p Full HD, up until it produced the Xperia Z4v with a QHD panel.

However, that could be about to change with the Xperia Z5+, as a User Agent profile has appeared online for the Xperia Z5+, expected to follow the Xperia Z5. The UA profile was picked up by Xperia Blog.

Now, bearing in mind that UA profiles are easily faked, we should take this with a grain of salt. However, for now if we give it the benefit of the doubt, the rumoured 5.5in display using a 4K resolution would clock in at an astonishing 801ppi pixel density. Clearly this would be the sharpest display on the market, assuming another OEM doesn’t get there first (I mean, the Xperia Z5 isn’t even out yet…).

Oddly enough despite the massive boost in display resolution other components appear to be more conservative, perhaps in a bid to compensate for that extra battery drain. The profile lists Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 MSM8944 chip, so that’s current-gen technology on what could well be next year’s flagship.

Presumably this would be the tweaked and updated 810 model which is said to have no more overheating issues.

Sony Xperia Z5 & Z5 Compact Leak In Photos

Sony’s already set a press conference date for IFA 2015 on September 2, but now, ahead of that launch event we’re seeing images emerge of what may be unveiled.

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The pictures have appeared via Twitter source @vizileaks, showing both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact from a couple of angles.

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The main takeaway here seems to be a similar design to previous Xperia models, with the Compact being once again a bit chunkier than the full-size edition. Both phones also feature a new power button design that moves away from the signature round key and incorporates a fingerprint scanner. We can also see the USB port is the old type rather than the new Type C.

Worrying Sony Xperia Z5 & Z5 Compact Leak Points To Last-Gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chips

Well this is a spanner in the works. According to some leaked user-agent profiles picked up by Xperia Blog, Sony’s forthcoming Xperia Z5, and an Xperia Z5 Compact variant, will use Qualcomm’s last-gen Snapdragon 810 processor, rather than the previously rumoured next-gen Snapdragon 820. The rumour mill currently claims Sony will attend the IFA 2015 conference in Berlin, Germany, this September, where it will (as per previous years) launch a new iteration of its flagship.

The devices in the UA profiles are listed as the E6603 and E5803, thought to be the Xperia Z5 and Compact respectively. Both are listed with a MSM8944 processor, which is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810. As per Sony’s usual MO, the Xperia Z5 packs a 1080p resolution display while the smaller Compact has a 720p HD setup; display resolution and battery size are usually the only areas where the Compact series has a lower spec than its larger cousin due to space limitations. Xperia Blog’s report also claims to have heard from insiders that we shouldn’t expect a radically new exterior design, which may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on which side of the fence you sit. We actually rather like the exterior design of the Xperia range as is, it’s the software which needs tweaking (which is, apparently, happening, see below).

Our verdict? Well we’re massively in denial here but we’re hoping to be able to take this all with a pinch of salt and find the Xperia Z5 launches with an updated processor that isn’t prone to overheating issues!

Sony Testing New Xperia Android Software Build

According to whispers circulating on July 20, Sony is in the process of recruiting software beta testers in Sweden. The beta test is open to Swedish Xperia Z3 owners an will take place between July 27 and September 13 – if that’s the end date then it might line up nicely with previous rumours of a September launch for the Xperia Z5.

The implication here is that Sony is working on a new build of its Xperia software overlay for Android as it specifies a “new Android concept from Sony”, however, the recrutiment appears to be only interested in owners of the Xperia Z3 rather than one of its variants such as the Xperia Z3 Compact.

The details also suggest testers will be part of a test community on Google+ and are warned they will lose personal data at the start and end of the test phase, according to a report from Android Headlines. It’s also worth noting that this can’t be the Android 5.1 update for existing devices as this is due at the end of July, so the September end date doesn’t make any sense for that.

AH suggests that Sony may be making a heavier version of its UI overlay for Android, venturing the opinion that the current UI is a “light touch” approach. We’d disagree with this and flip it round (of course it’s subjective); to us at KYM Sony’s existing UI is way too heavy and had a rather uninspiring look to it, we’re hoping the firm will lean more towards stock Android as Samung has done with newer TouchWiz builds.

And now, as of July 23, new details have emerged apparently confirming Sony’s push for a new UI design. Gratifyingly it also seems we were correct in our prediction that it would be a cleaner version than ever before, and pretty close to stock Android.

The word comes from Sony itself, with the firm posting on its own blog about the “Concept For Android” initiative taking place in Sweden. The post also included two screenshots and a promo image of an Xperia Z3 running the software, giving us a taste of what to expect.

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At Sony Mobile we believe listening to feedback from our users is key in creating great experiences – so we’re starting to look at ways of building this more tangibly into our business and process design, with the simple aim of ensuring our products and services are as good as they possibly can be,” reads the post.

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Sony’s plan is to offer 500 Xperia Z3 users participation in the software testing phase, to try out a “stripped back, vanilla android look and feel, with native Sony features and apps we find most popular amongst our users.”

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It’s a chance for us to listen and act upon bug reports, opinions and experiences, so we can acquire feedback to improve the experiences based on what you like and what you don’t.”

Sony Still In The Mobile Game

There have been plenty of stories during the past 18 months about Sony leaving the mobile space. The company hasn’t had a great run of things for quite some time now, and the mobile space is a costly and often unforgiving market to operate in. Nevertheless, Sony is NOT going anywhere, according to the CEO of Sony Mobile, Hiroki Totoki. 

“The speculations arose because in 2014 we made a huge loss as a mobile business. It mainly came from the write-off of the goodwill of our impairment asset. When we bought back Ericsson’s share [in 2012], we bought back 100 percent of it. And obviously that price was high. We had to write it down and it made a substantial loss for the company.

“But this was an accounting loss and did not impact our cash flow. Our cash flow is very healthy. But the accounting loss was so huge — that’s why people have speculated like this. Before that rumour, we exited the VAIO business, which was the PC business. That led people to think that Sony would exit the smartphone business, as well. But the smartphone business is very different from PCs.

“Smartphones are completely connected to other devices, also connected to people’s lives — deeply. And the opportunity for diversification is huge. We’re heading to the IoT (Internet of Things) era and have to produce a number of new categories of products in this world, otherwise we could lose out on a very important business domain. In that sense we will never ever sell or exit from the current mobile business.”

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