Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact – Quick Look

Sony has announced its entirety Z5 lineup and I have already taken a look at the world’s first 4k display on a phone, the Z5 premium. So if you haven’t seen it here is the link so you can check it out. But today I’m going to take a look at it siblings, The Xperia Z5 and Z5 compact.



Let’s start with the Z5. The design is very familiar, if you’ve used any Xperia flagship before, but what you’ll notice is that Sony ditched the glass panel on the back for a smooth and matte plastic finish. And to be honest, this feels so much better. It doesn’t lose the premium feeling though, but this material choice is going to be way better for fingerprints. So let’s do a quick tour of the Z5.

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact

  1. On the right side you get a dedicated camera key, volume rockers and a special power key, which I will get to later. A nano SIM card slot and a microSD card slot. Thank You Sony, for doing this.
  2. There is a lanyard on the bottom with the micro USB port, so you get quick charge support.
  3. And at the top you get a 3.5 mm headphone jack, with a noise-canceling microphone. All of this in a IP-68 dust and waterproof build. I love the way it feels in the hand. I think it feels better than Z5 premium in my opinion.


The display is a 5.2 inch 1080p display. So. No QuadHD here like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. The LG G4 has approximately the same height with this 5.5 inch display but the width of the G4 is definitely wider.Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact

The Oneplus 2 is just slightly larger than the Z5. The point that I’m trying to get across is that it’s a fairly large device for its smaller screen size. So be prepared for that, if you’re planning to purchase this phone.

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact

The Galaxy S6 edge plus is almost the same size, So keep that in mind. The Z5 has an all-new 23 megapixel camera with F 2.0 aperture. A 24 mm wide angle lens, LED flash and also supports 4K video recording. All of the Z5 lineup comes with the same camera. All across the board on the front you get a 5-megapixel camera with a 25 mm wide angle lens perfect for your selfies.


The power button on the side is special because it doubles as a fingerprint scanner, and ergonomically it makes perfect sense. Where most fingerprint scanners are at the bottom of the display, the setup is easy and it can register up to 10 fingers. And I feel this is more natural. It’s super fast and accurate and this has to be my favorite fingerprint scanner implementation so far on a mobile device. Z5 family is being powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB of RAM and the Adreno 430 GPU.Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact-1

So these things should be snappy performance wise. And the camera is quick and responsive with the super fast 0.03 second autofocus and support for tons of modes, including a full manual mode for precise control over your images.

So stay tuned for a full review of this camera. The big surprise to me while I was looking at these devices is how much I love this Z5 compact. Basically it is the same device as the Z5 with the exact same specs besides to 4.7 inch 720p display. When I first pick this thing up, I didn’t know the resolution of the display and I thought it was 1080p. So for you guys are worried about the low resolution, don’t be. Because in a small form factor the display look fine. Just like the previous generations of the compact line. The build quality is also the same. Same waterproof shell with the great feeling matte finish.

It’s got a sd-card slot, just same camera, same processor, same fingerprint scanner and they did not skimp out on this phone. The only thing is that this phone is a little bit thick in hand. But it’s nice to see a compact device that I can reach everything with one hand. It was really comfortable to use. I can’t wait to get this one since I am a huge fan of this compact series.


So let me know guys which one do you prefer the Z5 or the Z5 compact. Let me know in the comment section below. Obviously the huge story was the Z5 premium with the ridiculously pixel-packed 4k display. It’s got 806 pixels per inch. So check the article out. I am liking what I’m seeing, out of the Sony camp. If you don’t need a 4k display, I feel that Z5 is perfect. And besides maybe personally wanting a QuadHD display but the compact is also great for people that don’t want a huge device with the power of a flagship. Don’t forget to share this post with others, I am putting great amount of effort to provide you guys great content.

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