As for model Compact, it’s been almost a year since the review of Xperia Z3 | Sony Xperia Z3: it’s a review of Electronicsmatter that convinced many smartphone buyers, looking for an Android product complete with great autonomy and pleasant design in addition to waterproof. At a distance of 12 months is now arrived on the market Xperia Z5, the successor with even better hardware and going to obscure it completely incomprehensible, decidedly model launched Xperia Z3 + from Sony in June in Italy. Find out the full review:
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
Sony chose across the spectrum processor Snapdragon 810 the Z5, a CPU that continues to be talked about so not positive and that is often limited to core level and clock by manufacturers to be able to contain fuel consumption and heat. Sony seems to have given no limit to this processor though it might be technically intervened to try to dissipate heat (over 25 Premium was applied thermal paste).
In addition to processor and 3 GB of RAM we have a 430 Adreno GPU that allow you to easily move the Lightweight UI that takes advantage of a 5.2-inch Full HD display nice and balanced.
- Dimensions: 72 x 146 x 7.3 mm
- Weight: 154 g
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8994 810
- CPU: 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A57 4 x, 4 x 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53, Octa Core
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 430, 600 MHz
- RAM: 3 GB, 1600 MHz
- Internal memory: 32 GB
- Memory cards: microSD
- Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels 5.2 inch, IPS,
- Battery: 2900 mAh
- Operating system: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Camera: 23.5 MP
- SIM Card: Nano-SIM
- Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, WiFi Display
- USB: 2.0, Micro USB
- Bluetooth: 4.1
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
To construct the level we have a smartphone even better than 23/23 +. The shell is opaque, polycarbonate and glass end very well, and it is certainly pleasant in proven gold but we admit that we wanted to try the Green, seen live on multiple occasions and very special. There is a small step back between the frame and the back cover that however little boredom and that preserves the scratches “countertop” on the posterior surface.
Xperia Z5 does not search the minimum thickness but the overall balance is good and the evolution of design can be appreciated even though it is a Sony in all respects and recognizable as an exponent of the Z series.
At the end of 2015 a Full HD display on 5.2 might seem “shortly” for a top range but the choice of Sony is appreciated as it allows you to weigh less on the processor and GPU, avoiding excessive consumption and allowing still having a very high pixel density. It is balanced, pleasant display under all conditions, without any major problems even with blacks although an IPS and therefore do not have a deep and extremely strong contrasts.
Present some customizations Sony color calibration, and the fingerprint reader.
Sony is thought to be the first manufacturer to market a smartphone with the biometric sensor on the power button on the side (all l, series Z5) and this solution is undoubtedly very convenient and interesting. This is not the fastest finger print reader on the market but is practical and positioned so that it does not create problems of ergonomics and design.
Only down fall is the volume rocker positioned below the ignition key that is short and maybe less comfortable than the top positioning. Smallness but worth highlighting marginal differences compared to Z3 views at the level of ergonomics and usability.
Drums, Audio and reception:
Considering the performance held with 25 Compact, we had some concerns about this 25 but eventually the autonomy proved to be in line with forecasts but still less than 23 (exceeding Z3 +). The Snapdragon 810 consumes a lot and even if the screen has a higher resolution than the Z3, the battery from 2900mAh does not have the same results. The day of use the closes anyway and Stamina Mode helps tremendously and could be almost used daily in soft given the enormous customisation possible.
As for the audio we definitely convincing performance. We are in line with high-end products and do not have any problem talking in call talking through a speakerphone that is mono and not stereo.
Good reception that did not show abnormalities with all connections wireless and with a great GPS.
Recalling that the Z5 which we tested comes directly from Sony Italy, the software in our test is based on Android operating system deployment, the last Lollipop 5.1.1 Google pending the release of Marshmallow which these days is coming on Nexus compatible and that Sony has already confirmed for the whole series Z from Z2.
Sony does not betray the expectations but not sensational news either door. The Z series is virtually unchanged in its essence and manages to combine a smart customization of the UI to a still very important structural changes and Google without a viewing enjoyment and cleaning certainly commendable.
Among small adds we find the Mini App store, accessible from Multitasking and which allow parts of programs, small applications or widgets in a floating window.
There are also a number of Sony Media management applications really well made and other preinstalled programs useful but not all which expand the offer Sony.
The system, also because of the hardware, runs well but didn’t we noticed real benefits than the Z3 that with great power and perhaps S801 has better optimization seen major update received, the great GPU and RAM virtually unchanged at quantitative level.
The Internet is entrusted to Chrome and runs very well with a speed of scroll and excellent movement and without jamming of any kind. In General then the interface shows no delays whatsoever even if that begins to heat small slowdowns can occur and any delay in executing a command although fractional seconds (also visible in the video).
Camera and Multimedia:
Sony is the leading supplier of cameras for smartphones in the world and has always had the highest number of megapixels when it comes to Android. Z5 range features a new objective to be 23.5 MP that greatly improved the possibilities offered by the previous 20.7 MP. Not only have more features software, but the resolution is now virtually unchanged even in 16:9 and you can use all the megapixels in automatic mode, which is not possible before. Unfortunately Sony still fails to find a perfect shots-handling algorithm and although the photos are great, there are those who do better (S6 and G4).
Also the physical button for more comfortable, does not allow to open the camera instantly.Excellent instead focusing, really fast.
Very good video that can be well stabilized by software but 4 k slightly lose this feature making it preferable to recording at 1080 p.
Great as said the multimedia part entrusted to one side to Sony really complete, fast and effective, the other the power of the hardware that allows you to install and play just about everything. There are also 32 GB of onboard memory expandable that satisfy everyone.
Sony Xperia Z5 is a smartphone on which there were many expectations and doubts. After the excellent Z3 do better is not easy especially when you have a processor that consumes more and more heated. Z5 is still a good product, already mature today and hopefully we can improve even with marshmallows and upcoming updates. The Z3 is Z best ever marketed and the hope is that Sony can produce a software camera that can really get the most out of the new Z5 23.5 MP in order to make it more interesting.