Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is one of the initial smartphones to embody a 4K screen in the Android market. This means its pixel density is as high as 807 ppi. Aside from this, what are the phone's other best features?
Release date and price
Xperia Z5 Premium was launched during the IFA 2015 event held on September 2nd. The handset is available in four colors, including: a coral green, yellow, black and white. The high-end device will cost you a whooping US$860.
Design and Build Quality
The Xperia Z5 Premium features Sony's trademark Omnibalance design. With all buttons placed on its right side, the phone boasts the Xperia logo on its side, an elongated power button as well as a fingerprint sensor that can be used to unlock the phone. Other buttons include the volume key, not forgetting Sony's dedicated camera shutter button at the lower end towards the edge.
Xperia Z5 Premium is complemented with a 5.5 inch display. Its left side is not very different from the standard Xperia Z5, with a microSD slot and Nano SIM cards engraving. At the bottom, you'll find a microUSB 2.0 port and band mounting hole which prevents the Xperia Z5 Premium from floating away when used under water.
At the front, it is complemented with an LED notification light, proximity sensor, a 5.1 MP front shooter bundled with Exymor R sensor and stereo speakers.
At the back, the Xperia Z5 Premium is furnished with the classic glass plate surrounded by an aluminium frame. Its 23MP main camera is on the upper left, with an LED flash right above it.
Xperia Z5 Premium may just be the first smartphone in the world to deliver a UHD resolution. Its 5.5 inch display screen offers a 4K resolution, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, at an huge pixel density of 807 ppi. This very impressive for an Android smartphone.
Shooting of 4K videos is now possible without the need for a UHD television. Equipped with an Upscale feature, most content can be extrapolated to 4K. Compared to other devices that allow 4K recording, none can offer playbacks of a similar resolution, so that may be Xperia Z5 Premium selling point.
Though the Xperia Z5 Premium won't always reproduce 4K resolution, it takes down a notch to a stunning Full HD. Another plus, is its excellent viewing angles, and the ability to operate the screen under water.
Like other premium smartphones, the Xperia Z5 Premium is equipped with a biometric sensor that allows you to unlock the screen with your fingerprints. Other things that can be accomplished with this function include mobile payment authorization e.g. for Android Pay and also enhancing the security of your device.
The sensor is intuitive, with Sony promising high accuracy with an above average responsiveness.
The Xperia Z5 Premium camera is an upgrade compared to other Xperia Z models. Image resolutions of 23 MP can be generated by the Exmor RS sensor, and an exceptionally 0.03 seconds fast autofocus feature.
The most outstanding feature of the Xperia Z5 Premium camera is what is referred by the company as the "Hybrid Image Stabilization". What this means is that stabilization is either semi-optical or semi-digital, which largely depends on the software.
The sound quality on the Xperia Z series has significantly improved, with the front speakers sounding louder and much clearer. This is all thanks to Sony's built-in DSEE HX technology. To amplify the sounds, utilize the Clear Audio+ mode.
Out of the box, the Xperia Z5 Premium is shipped running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop along with Sony's very own software interface, the Xperia UI, so expect Sony's typical pre-installed apps which include 11 Google apps.
The Xperia Z5 Premium can be tuned into FM using an integrated antenna, which is something that has not been seen anywhere on Earth for almost five years.
Other benefits include the ease of connection to your PS4 while using it as a controller substitute; seamless connection to your Android TV, as long as you download the ideal Android remote control app.
The Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which although is known for overheating issues, still provides a overall good system performance.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by Snapdragon 810 clocked at a 1.5 GHz speed on lower side with its full speed being 2 GHz. Packed with 3 GB of RAM, its 64-bit processor is bundled with Adreno 430 GPU support. It comes with 32 GB of internal storage but offer a microSD slot for memory expansion of up to 232 GB.
Packing a battery capacity of 3,430 mAh which promises more than a full day's use even 4K, Xperia Z5 Premium also comes with a number of power saving options such as the Stamina Mode and the Ultra Stamina mode. As an extra, it is comes with a fast charging feature.
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