Imagine the best of Sony TV technologies delivered in a smartphone. A super-vivid and sharp display, right in the palm of your hand. Meet Xperia Z5 Premium. With a 4K Ultra HD display, this 5.5” smartphone packs in four times the resolution of Full HD for an unrivalled viewing experience.
Sony's flagships have always been playing off each other in a nice but, after a certain point, rather repetitive way. When Sony decided to pass on QHD-screens, it looked like it had the right reasons to keep up with 1080p for flagship generations on end.
Today, however, the company is finally ready for a jump in screen resolution and it's making that jump with a bang. What better way to stir things up than the first 4K display on a smartphone? Meet the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
For all other manufacturers, native 4K resolution support will only be coming around with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony have come up with a clever way of going around that limitation. All the screen graphics - everything about the user interface and most of the apps - is rendered in 1080p (Full HD) and it's then upscaled to UHD, except videos and pictures.
To be fair, the Z5 Premium does bring enough novelties to the series to deserve its name. The first ever 4K display on a smartphone is surely a catchy headline feature, but we shouldn't also miss the fact that it comes spread over a display that's 5.5-inch in diagonal, a size that was so far missing from Sony's flagship portfolio. It is also available in the signature Chrome paintjob, making its rear a near perfect mirror for possibly some nice selfies with the main camera.
Besides that, you get all the perks that the original Z5 has - the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, the new 23MP camera sensor, the enhanced connectivity, and the more powerful chipset. It's still waterproof too.
It looks like the phone itself got all the premium treatment and there was nothing left for the accessories. There's nothing Premium about the retail box contents of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, which we got - just a regular 1.5A charger and a USB cable. A headset was missing, but one will be included in the retail package, region dependent, of course.
Design and build quality
The history behind the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium might be quite an interesting one, but we'll probably never know for sure. The Z5 Premium, unlike the Z5 and the Z5 Compact, comes with a reflective glass on the back (no matter the color flavor) and a stainless steel frame similar to the Xperia Z3 . It's almost like the Z5 Premium was supposed to come out with the Z3, but got pushed back a couple of seasons.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone to feature a 4K display or UHD as it's also known. To be more specific it utilizes a 5.5" IPS panel of 2160 x 3840 pixel resolution. The resulting pixel density of 806ppi is well above anything we've seen on a smartphone or even a tablet for that matter.
4K is another name for UHD resolution or 2160 x 3840 pixels. That's an awful lot of pixels - something along the lines of 8.3 million of them. Phones so far had only been able to go as high as 1440 x 2560 pixels (3.7 million pixels). And Sony's own Xperia line has never gone higher than 1080 x 1920 pixels (2 million). So with this phone, we're essentially rocking twice or even four times the usual number of pixels on the screen. An insane jump in resolution, right?
Sony is offering the Z5 Premium in both a single SIM and dual SIM variant, just like the Z5. The handset offers quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA support. LTE is enabled and Sony has multiple regional models to make sure the Xperia Z5 will work with the most widespread 4G networks at Cat.6 speeds.
- Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display Size: 5.5 inches (~70.4% screen-to-body ratio)
- Primary Camera: 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- OS: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
- Internal Memory: 32GB, 3GB RAM
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