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Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact now available in the U.S. with one major change

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact now available in the U.S. with one major change
The Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact are both now available in the U.S. The pair come to the states unlocked, but also without the fingerprint sensor that is embedded inside the home button of these units elsewhere. The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are both compatible in the U.S. with T-Mobile and AT&T.

The Sony Xperia Z5 features a 5.2-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 810 SoC containing an octa-core 2.0GHz CPU, and the Adreno 430 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside, along with 32GB of native storage. That actually provides 23GB of internal memory to the user. Those requiring additional storage can access the 200GB capacity microSD slot. A 23MP camera adorns the back of the handset, while a 5MP front-facing camera handles selfies and video chats. The 2900mAh battery provides up to two-days of power, and the phone is IP 65/68 rated for dust and waterproofing. Android 5.1 is pre-installed.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact has many of the same specs as its full-sized sibling. Changes include a smaller 4.6-inch screen, with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution, and the inclusion of 2GB of RAM. A 2700mAh battery is inside. The Xperia Z5 Compact measures 127 x 65 x 8.9 mm, and weighs in at 138 grams. That compares to the 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm size of the Xperia Z5. The latter tips the scales at 154 grams.

Another difference between the two is the price. Amazon will sell you the Xperia Z5 for $599.99. The Xperia Z5 Compact will cost you $499.99, and Amazon will ship both for free.

Check out our review of the Sony Xperia Z5 by clicking on this link.
Check out our review of the Sony Xperia Z5 by clicking on this link.


source: Amazon (1), (2) via AndroidCentral

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posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:34 12

1. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Where is that Xperia14 kid who talked about Apple and Samsung are cheap for disabiling the fm transmitter, unlike his generous Sony.
I am curious to see how he will defend such a decision.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:42 8

3. Clars123 (Posts: 596; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


Sony fanboys are the worst

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:31 13

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2047; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Most fanboys on this site are as worse as each other, but a few have different traits (eg Apple fansboys' hypocrisy, Nokia fans who point fingers at ms for Nokia's failure, etc). I see a lot of "____ fanboys are the worst" comments when someone criticises a fanboy.

Unrelated fact: Linux fanboys are the worst.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:13 1

26. Clars123 (Posts: 596; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


what makes most fanboys soo bad is their inability to accept that all tech companies don't have perfect devices..Xperia fanboys just go livid everytime Sony doesn't win a camera comparison or when people say their battery life isnt the best...perhaps they were the best some time ago but things change...the same for other companies..LG only recently stepped up its camera game and really impressed last year..but God forbid an Xperia fanboy hear that the G4 takes better pictures than the Z5

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:52

29. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Nope, all fanboys are equal.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:35 9

18. Xperia14 (Posts: 331; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Removing the fingerprint scanner is a really stupid decision by Sony, as well as releasing it four months late. And I'm not defending Sony regardless of what they do if you had paid more attention. Of course there are things I don't like about Xperia's, but overall they attract me the most. Nothing wrong with that right? Oh, and I'm not a kid btw.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:38 13

2. BobLawblaw (Posts: 297; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


This is madness out of Sony. It's like selling a modern car without ABS.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:48 16

5. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Except it isn't modern anymore. Within a month, Z6 will be released. This is the worst time to buy a Z5, especially at 600$.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:01 4

13. combatmedic870 (Posts: 555; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I agree. This is the issue with Sony.
If the Z6 hits and is in US carrier stores within 2 weeks of the announcement. It would actually do pretty well. I wasn't interested in any SD810 phones last year. But this year is going to be different with the hopefully ice cold 820.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:13 2

14. minhajmsd (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I thought Sony was switching over to yearly cycle? Nonetheless the timing of its release and the price is ridiculous, I can get a brand new international verison of the Z5 for $520 on eBay or the Z5P for $600.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:20 1

15. ecologer (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)


Z6 will not be released within a month.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 19:19

30. WPX00 (Posts: 218; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Nope. There arenr any rumors pointing to that. Id expect the Z6 in mid 2016, not MWC.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:43 4

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1762; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Sony does everyrthing to finally drown

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:54 8

6. lolatfailphones (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Yep there you have it folks $599.99 premium phone launched with outdated OS. ENJOY!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 12:59 1

7. Subie (Posts: 458; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Wish someone would post an article on WHY Sony removed the fingerprint sensor for the American market.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:21 1

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Possible copyright

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:56 1

25. trickster_qc (Posts: 107; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Because their fingerprint scanner sucks. It doesn't work properly half the time.

As far as I know, most people just disable it after a few days.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:38 2

33. Subie (Posts: 458; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


All reviews I've seen say otherwise. Troll elsewhere!

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 10:53

35. isprobi (Posts: 627; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I have a Z5 Premium and the fingerprint scanner works well unless your fingers or the button get something on them like lotion. Even though it was apparently designed for a 2 step process, wake then scan I can usually do both in one step.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:02 4

8. TheRealist (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


Sony doesnt give the chance for people to save up and buy their phones. Every 6 months a new flagship is released ?
Generally ordinary people buy their phones but they expect their slaves to upgrade every time :)

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:26 5

10. asim1999 (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)


Yeah, this is stupid.
You can get a Z5 Compact in the UK for the equivalent of $400 which is cheaper than the UK and has a fingerprint scanner. This is saying something considering tech in the UK is usually 20% more expensive than the US

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:51

11. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 350; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Buy the international unlocked version. Done. Sony will not sell any of these. I may have to consider HTC, LG and Samsung this year due to Sony's madness.

- From my Xperia Z3 Compact

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 13:56 5

12. SenorThrottles (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


It's almost as if Sony doesn't want to succeed.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:25 2

16. killer7D (Posts: 259; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


I like the quality of their phones but i cant understand such decisions!

It took so long to release the phone in the U.S. market and they also removed the finger print scanner?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 14:57

19. ryq24 (Posts: 688; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sony like to shoot at their own feet!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 15:27 1

20. JunitoNH (Posts: 1608; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Maybe I'm being unrealistic and unfair, but this thing should had been priced at $299.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 15:46 1

21. lolatfailphones (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


How about a note 5 for $2.99?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 15:48 2

22. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1231; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Sony's new business model is to try to rip off the ignorant. Its twice the price of the nexus 5x with nothing more to show for it.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:13

23. jellmoo (Posts: 1486; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Cross over into Canada and go to a Bell store. The Z5 is available at $650 Canadian (roughly $470 US). One unlock code later and you've saved about $100 and have a Z5 with a fingerprint scanner.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:16 3

24. legiloca (Posts: 1199; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


This the perfect recipe for disaster Sony.. Clap Clap

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:15 2

27. theo14461 (unregistered)


Why bother with this.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:17 2

28. sebstin (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


Isnt one plus X better than this at $250?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:21

31. Furbal (Posts: 921; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Sony. You are full of a bunch of idiot managers.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:58

32. sebstin (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


Any idea how many units sold today?. Probably that might give some idea where Sony headed to!!!!!..

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 15:18

36. isprobi (Posts: 627; Member since: 30 May 2011)


I would not have bought the Z5 Premium without a fingerprint scanner. I would have bought a BlackBerry Priv.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 20:08

37. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


TOO FING LATE!

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