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Check out the Sony Xperia Z5; three models, including an Xperia Z5 Premium, to be unveiled next week? (UPDATE)

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Check out the Sony Xperia Z5; three models, including an Xperia Z5 Premium, to be unveiled next week? (UPDATE)
A loyal PhoneArena reader has just sent us some interesting information related to Sony's new product introduction scheduled for September 2nd. According to our tipster, Sony is going to take the wraps off of three new handsets on Wednesday. The Sony Xperia Z5 will feature a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact will have a smaller 4.6-inch display with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. And the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is also expected to be made official during the event. This variant will include a 5.5-inch, 4K resolution screen with a pixel density between 801-805ppi. It also will be equipped with a 23MP rear camera that can take 4K videos.

Our source also sent us a screenshot of the Sony Xperia Z5. In the background you can see two other Xperia Z5 units in different colors.  The next Sony flagship will be powered by the Snapdragon 810 SoC, carrying an octa-core 2.0GHz CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside, along with 32GB of internal storage. A 23MP camera adorns the back of the device, while selfies and video chats are handled by the 8MP front-facing camera. The Xperia Z5, as well as the other two models, will feature a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone, which explains why the power button and volume rockers are positioned so far down the right side on all three models.

This next week is going to a busy one with Sony's event taking place on the same day that Huawei will also announce some new handsets, including the Huawei Mate S. The IFA show starts in Berlin on September 4th. Keep it here for all of the new product releases and news that you want to read about.


Thanks for the tip!

UPDATE: Our source tells us that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will feature a 4K resolution screen, not the QHD screen we previously posted. Pixel density will be between 801 and 808ppi!

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posted on 30 Aug 2015, 02:33 46

1. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


We all know the destiny of S810 powered flagships.
The real flagship "killer" of 2015.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 03:09 10

11. Carl3000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 11 Oct 2014)


They are choosing the best worst option. Think about it. At this moment there is no chip better than the 810 despite the overheating issues. I'm not counting Samsung's latest chips in their flagships because its a closed door when it comes to development of ROMs, its a closed platform, which is the opposite of what Nexus is about.

Anyway, I literally see no reason for people to upgrade to Z5, even if you have the Z3...

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 03:27 24

20. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


lol... you care more about roms, than energy efficient chip and less heat? you are definitely a minority of smartphone buyers.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 10:53 7

118. kyan- (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


its sad how people think majority of smartphone buyers browse xda rom hackz section

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 23:03

175. iushnt (Posts: 1785; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Also seeing the optimization of TouchWiz and feature they offer, s6, note 5 with custom rom would suck..

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 04:03 17

26. vincelongman (Posts: 4575; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The "best worst option" would be the 808
Similar performance to the 810 without the overheating (much weaker GPU, but that's not a big deal)

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 05:37 8

54. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Agree 808 would have been a better option. Especially considering the S810 overheating issues seen in the Z3+/Z4.

I have Z3C & will likely buy the Z5C. I was really hoping for 1080p though, I find 720p not sharp enough. And a 2015 device aimed at being a mini flagship and priced as such really should have 1080p - the 4.7" HTC One M7 from 2.5yrs ago had 1080p.

I also wish Sony moved the volume button above the power button, it is to low and looks like a palm could easily change volume accidentally.

posted on 02 Sep 2015, 10:33

187. StuiWooi (Posts: 91; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


I feel exactly the same, I would've IMMEDIATELY bought a Z5C with that. I actually bought an M7 from ebay over the weekend (after a few beers) because it's the smallest 1080p screen I know of but the seller dropped it during packing so that was a bust.

Plus the compacts get all the cool colors! Sony why-oh-why could you not do Full-HD/Quad-HD/Ultra-HD for the Z5C/Z5/Z5P? HTC proved the small one is possible, the Z4v has the middle and they just announce the big one... boo :-(

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 08:13 2

88. may_czos (Posts: 770; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Much weaker GPU is a big deal plus SD808 is heating a lot as well.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 05:54 2

60. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


The 808 would be a much better option than the 810. 2 cores less, but few apps actually support multi threading and the 808 can keep those 2 cores running at full speed for much longer than the 810 can manage without thermal throttling cutting in.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 07:40 4

84. Finalflash (Posts: 3211; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Not really, the thermal issues were largely caused by the earliest batch of 810s. These later chips will most likely have 0 heat issues and may even come with additional refinements in manufacturing. 808 would be a ridiculously bad choice seeing as how it is very under powered GPU wise and literally everything depends on the GPU these days.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 07:47 7

85. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


That's not the case. Qualcomm released an updated version of the 810 already to combat the overheating problems, but they still persist.

And literally everything relies on the GPU? That's (a) not true and anyway (b) the GPU in the 808 is more than capable of handling a QHD display, so I don't see how it's not powerful enough. Not heard any complaints about the G4 lagging at all and it has an 808 in it.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 12:01 1

128. Penny (Posts: 1653; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Reviews of the OnePlus 2, also using the Qualcomm 810, show that it does not suffer from overheating at all. It could very well have been resolved, either by changing something with the manufacturing or implementing some sort of throttling to prevent the CPU from overheating.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 13:26 1

140. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


They underclocked the 810 in the OnePlus 2 to lower the chances of it overheating. Crippling a chip is hardly the right answer though, better to go with the 808 that can happily run a full pelt for extended periods without overheating.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 08:14 3

89. may_czos (Posts: 770; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


808 wouldn't be a better option, it's very hot as well while being slower.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 08:46 2

103. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


The 810 is faster for 30sec, after this thermal throttling kicks in and 808 out performs it.http://www.androidauthority.com/snapdragon-808-vs-810-overheating-test-605273/ . the rev 2.1 810 is used in HTC one m9 and z3+/z4 and they still suffer heating issues, granted 2.1 is not as bad as rev2.0 but the issue has not been resolved entirely and it is still a terrible chip.http://www.androidauthority.com/qualcomm-snapdragon-810-v2-617956/ . give me 808 over 810 any day.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 09:15 2

106. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1059; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


You aren't going to notice any in real world difference between these high end chipsets(especially when you are running decent software that doesn't waste cpu cycles, android isn't efficient with ram or cpu, Windows Phone 8.1 is much much better in this regard, but not Windows 10 mobile quite yet(its still not finished, but should be as efficient as Windows Phone 8.1)).

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 16:16

163. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


In terms of performance you would be right. However, I would notice the difference between a phone running cool and lag free vs a phone that runs hot and has heat related issues.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 19:14

171. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1059; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Running cool doesn't necessarily mean lag free. Samsung manages to make such inefficient software that it doesn't matter what hardware you have, it still lags. And just because a phone gets warm, or hot, doesn't mean its going to lag. There are always going to be circumstances under which a phone gets hot, such as recording 4k video or running a benchmark. But its not going to get hot under normal use(unless its defective or the software sucks).

posted on 31 Aug 2015, 01:06

180. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I'm not making this stuff up (please check out my links below), it lags when it gets hot because after just 30sec the CPU throttles down to a peak of around 1.3GHz AND it has to constantly switch to the little cores to try maintain a manageable temperature - both of these can cause lag.

Arstechnica said the 810 throttles so early and so severely that people who are using an 810 powered phone for just a minute could run into slow downs. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/04/in-depth-with-the-snapdragon-810s-heat-problems/

another site also confirms severe throttling http://www.androidauthority.com/snapdragon-808-vs-810-overheating-test-605273/

and this also happens even with the newest rev2.1 http://www.androidauthority.com/qualcomm-snapdragon-810-v2-617956/

In real world usage the 808 is faster, more reliable, and better on battery. If you disagree with this then please supply links that backup or support what you are saying.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 13:27

141. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


Thanks SMB, I knew I had read an article that proved the 808 was the faster chip over an extended period, but couldn't find it anywhere.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 13:28

142. DarkStar286 (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


Wrong on both counts, read SMB's post for the proof.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 14:25

152. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Why Would The Z5 Be Powered By The Sd810 When The Z3+ Already Is. If They Don't Use The Sd820, Helio X20 Or The Exynos 5433/7420. The Phone Will Flop.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 02:42 14

2. fyahking (Posts: 957; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


810? R.I.P. Sony Mobile!

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 05:24 5

47. Hallyu (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Sony mobile would be nothing different from its sibling Vaio laptop.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 07:59 4

87. bur60 (Posts: 853; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Except that Vaio laptop wasn't really a sibling, it was a laptop company that had financial backing from Sony and that's why it got Sony branding. Sony only pumped money in vaio, vaio dissapinted them. Back to the topic, I do hope that the Z5 compact has 808 and manual camera or atleast camera api 2 enabled.

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 02:43 13

3. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Z5 compact with 1080p and Snapdragon 820 would be awesome

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 03:16 14

14. Wiencon (Posts: 1920; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


It does not need 1080p display, c'mon it 4.6 inches...no one would benefit from bump in resolution

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 04:04 10

27. neela_akaash (Posts: 1216; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Or i would say Z5 compact with 720p, 4gb LPDDR4 ram and Snapdragon 820 would be freakingly awesome

posted on 30 Aug 2015, 05:21 4

46. tango_charlie (Posts: 254; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


why do you need 4GB of RAM in a phone? bigger battery, better build quality, bigger sensor with 3 tone led flash, better speakers....that's what you should ask for.

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