The Xperia 1 was a great handset, with its 21: 9 screen offering something a little different from the competition. The Xperia 5 is more or less identical, although this time around the screen is a smaller, more maneuverable model of 6.1 inches. Retaining the same range of features as the big brother of the Xperia 5, but at a lower price, is probably the most interesting phone.
The Sony Xperia 1 had a lot to offer, with a different approach with its 21: 9 4K display and the use of three cameras for ultimate flexibility. This 6.5 inch screen and its wide format make it a piece to hold, which will make the Sony Xperia 5 even more compact, a phone more interesting for most people. We must use the phone at the address IFA 2019 to see what this compact phone is.
Sony Xperia 5 – Design and Screen
From the outside, the Xperia 5 is actually a smaller version of the Xperia 1. This model retains the 21: 9 aspect ratio of the original, but its 6.1-inch screen is smaller. This does not seem particularly small, but the Xperia 5 is slimmer than 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm. Even if the phone is still high enough, the reduced width makes this model a little easier to hold than the Xperia 5.
Sony abandoned the 4K display, opting for a 2520 x 1080 screen instead. It still seemed very clear to us, even though many applications and content not designed for this screen resolution were potentially problematic. Sony has made progress on this front, promising Fortnite in full screen.
Although the lower resolution OLED screen is lower than the flagship model, the Xperia 5 display remains HDR compatible.
This phone has a feel similar to that of its big brother and the plastic body does not have the same premium feel as, for example, the iPhone XS or the Galaxy S10. Going through the Xperia 1, the new model should be sturdy, with its body less likely to pick up scuffs. The display has Gorilla Glass 6 for toughness.
Sony gives the phone a degree of protection IP65 / 68, which means it is sealed against dust and must withstand rain and falls. The fine print warns that you must not “completely immerse the device, or expose it to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water or water. drinks such as drinks “and that” the USB port must be completely dry before charging “.
The right side of the phone has a central button with shutter, volume rocker, lock switch and fingerprint reader. We did not have the chance to test the fingerprint reader, but if it is as good as the Xperia 1, it should be extremely fast.
Sony Xperia 5 – Games
The Sony Xperia 5 is not only compatible with the 21: 9 format, but it is also compatible with the DualShock 4 controller of the PlayStation 4 for optimal control. There is even an optional clip placed above the controller to hold the phone in place. Given how much this game controller is appreciated, the Xperia 5 should take over the competition, like the Asus ROG Phone 2. DualShock 4 support also arrives on the Xperia 1.
There is also the Game Enhancer, which allows you to continuously capture your games at 20 fps and use the voice modification function to get you to the different sound.
Sony Xperia 5 – Cameras
It is impossible to miss the three cameras on the back, which correspond to those of the Xperia 1. Designed to offer maximum flexibility, the three cameras have the same resolution of 12 megapixels but work at different focal lengths, with a focal length main f / 1.6 26 mm. camera, zoom f / 2.4 52mm and wide angle f / 2.4 16mm.
We did not have the chance to put the camera to the test, although we expected results similar to those of the Xperia 1: it’s the best camera Sony has put on a phone, but a touch behind the Google Pixel 3.
There is also an 8 megapixel front snapper.
Sony Xperia 5 – Power
There is no surprise in guessing what’s inside, the Xperia 5 using the same Qualcomm 855 chipset as the Xperia 1. It also has the same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which can be upgraded via the microSD card reader up to 512 GB.
Using the 855 chipset means that this phone does not support the growing number of 5G networks and you are limited to 4G LTE connections.
A slightly smaller battery of 3,140 mAh (the Xperia 1 has a 3,330 mAh battery) charged via the USB-C port of the phone supporting fast PD charging. The smaller battery will not make much difference because there is a smaller screen and lower resolution. In fact, we hope the Xperia 5 will last longer with a charge, as the Xperia 1 was a little disappointing. We will have to wait until we have a sample of reviews to see if this new phone is good or not.
Sony Xperia 5 – Price and release date
The Sony Xperia 5 will go on sale in the UK on Friday, October 4th. Preorders will start on Wednesday 18 September 2019. The price for Europe is set at 799 €, which corresponds to about 715 £. to be freed. With this kind of price, the Xperia 5 should be around £ 130 cheaper than its big brother.
Sony Xperia 5 – First verdict
Given that the Xperia 5 shares many features with its big brother, the Xperia 1, we already have a pretty good idea of its evolution. With its extra-large screen and smaller housing, the Xperia 5 feels like it has reached Sony’s radical design in a more comfortable way. Of course, there is a lower resolution screen, although the new model should be clean enough for most people.
Thanks to the range of cameras offering great flexibility, the Xperia 5 should be a decent mobile camera, even if the Pixel 3 will probably be even more powerful.
While the Xperia 1 had a lot of high-end competition, the lower price and smaller case of the Xperia 5 put it in a slightly different category and make it, no doubt, a more interesting phone. Watch our comprehensive review to give you a complete description of this new device.
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