Sony Xperia Z5 Review


The Z5 is the latest addition to the Xperia line of phones offered by Sony. Basting major improvements in terms of its design as well as a few notable software upgrades, this model is currently one of the most popular on the market. What can you expect when purchasing the Xperia Z5?


Sony has made some improvements when compared to the previous version (the Z3+). Although the overall shape is still notable angular, the corners have been slightly rounded and a frosted finish has replaced its glossy appearance. Users can choose tones of green, gold, black and white. This provides a rather subdued and yet classy appearance. The frosted veneer also helps to minimise the effects of scratches and smudges over time.

Screen Size and Camera

We should not be too surprised that the Z5 is following suit with its major competitors in terms of the size of the screen and its photographic capabilities. This model offers a 5.2-inch display. While slightly less than the predicted iPhone 7 and the Samsung Note 3, a 448 ppi resolution more than makes up for such dimensions. There are also both front- and rear-facing cameras (similar to the previous version). The front camera boasts a resolution of 5.1 megapixels while the clarity of the rear camera has been refined to accommodate 23 megapixels. All pictures are quite clear and crisp while the user has the option to employ numerous different settings.

Processing Power, Storage and Memory

The Sony Xperia Z5 is equipped with am Octacore quad 2 GHz processor alongside a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. These offer the user an onboard memory of 3 gigabytes (seemingly the benchmark of all of the major phones released in 2016). A storage capacity of 32 gigabytes enables this unit to rank with the best in the business. So, it should come as no surprise that 4G speeds can be easily accommodated. The Z5 currently uses the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS and while this is not the latest, it is thought that upgrades will be possible.

Battery Life

One major improvement in relation to other versions of the Xperia is that the lifespan of the battery has been dramatically improved (one of the gripes that owners expressed in regards to the Z3). However, the developers have somehow managed to make the phone itself lighter; weighing in at only 180 grams. When we consider that the battery output is rated at 2,900 mAh, this is a feature not to be taken “lightly”.


The only negative attribute of this phone is that at the time of writing, it was priced at no less than £521 pounds. This allows the Z5 to easily be one of the most expensive units on the market. Still, there are undoubtedly many tech-savvy users who will gladly shell out their funds to enjoy the numerous features and advancements that this newer version has to offer.