Benchmark test confirms Sony Xperia Z5 Premium offers 4K resolution for certain applications only

Benchmark test confirms Sony Xperia Z5 Premium offers 4K resolution for certain applications only
It was with great fanfare that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was unveiled last week as the first smartphone to feature a 4K resolution screen. But as we told you earlier this morning, the 2160 x 3840 resolution is used for a limited number of applications. Other times, the screen features a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution.

Proof of this appears on the GFXBench benchmark site where the handset is listed as having an FHD screen. According to a report published today, the 4K screen will come in to play only when viewing videos and photos. Even when playing video games, the screen reverts back to a FHD resolution.

Checking out the 3D Graphics performance of the Xperia Z5 Premium reveals that it runs at a lower frame rate than its siblings. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact seems to have superior 3D Graphics performance, running at 37.8 fps during the Manhattan benchmark test. The Sony Xperia Z5 ran the test at a speed of 18.8 fps while the Xperia Z5 Premium tested at 18.7 fps.

If all of this turns out to be true, will it change your mind about purchasing the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium?


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Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3430 mAh(19.17h 3G talk time)

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54 Comments

1. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Smart thing...

13. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Chapeau for your engineers sony.

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Same thing they did with all of their Z series devices after lollypop update. If you are a owner of Z2 or before models, you would have noticed that the icons suddenly got bigger after the lollypop update. They somehow downscaled the resolution of the Home-screen to improve the battery performance. And it really works. Smart move from Sony. Coz visually you can't see any pixelation in such small screens even with HD resolution. If someone says they can see the difference then it's just a PLACEBO EFFECT or they are looking a screen with more brightness(AMOLED). To all the Bashers: i got this info from one of Sony's R&D guy.

52. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

You can change the size of the icons anytime you want...

55. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

A long time ago it was suggested taht 4K makes more sense than QHD for these devices exactly for the reason that 4K can be run like FHD with 4 pixels (areas) posing as 1. Then if needed you can run at 4K for the required applications, it would be awesome if user had control over which resolution to run on a case specific basis. I guess the same argument can be made for QHD and regular 720 HD, but none of the phones seem to implement that logic the problem is that at 720 most people with decent vision can see pixelation even on 5" phones and FHD brings a drastic improvement for those devices. So yeah...

38. MSi_GS70 unregistered

come oon parena .. this android trick been on the scene aaages ago from begining ? Of course resolution will be lowered .. I was telling this to LG G3 owners.. obviously they stupidly didn't believe.. Just open google chrome and type what is my resolution and you will real resol what chrome actually has .. even less than 720p .. you will be so like ; what the hell chrome will lower resolution to crappy 640x360 .. surprised ? Only if you install dolphin browser they never lower resol. it stays true reslol. !

45. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

that's true. i just did it in my htc m8 and showed 360x640, wtf. and in this reasolution chrome is still a battery sucker.

51. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

HOLY COW. Chrome saying I have 412x732 in my galaxy s6 edge plus. Dolphin showing I am rocking 1440x2560 .

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sony should have taken one on the chin for team Android and cap it at 750p instead of 1080p so Apple can't troll Android with high Manhattan benchmarks because of their s**t 750p display.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You should be taking a day off from Phonearena today brosephine. You need to reserve all your Apple hate for tomorrow. You sure you can keep up with all the 30+ threads after tomorrow's event?

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I have plenty of love to go around Miss. I am not sure 30+ threads is enough to be honest.

8. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well actually when comparing the iPhone 6 against the Xperia Z3 Compact or the Galaxy Alpha, the iPhone still beated them on performance, both on-screen and off-screen... But in real life the problem with the iPhone (until tomorrow) is RAM because my Z3 Compact keeps many apps or tabs in the background ready for me to access them again instantly... the iPhone has to reopen. RAM benchmarks should be done more frequently... specially now that all flagships are fast enough to notice without direct comparisons

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

iPhone 6 had a faster chip compared to the z3 compact and alpha. Of course it'll beat them. Put an exynos 7420 in a 720p or even 1080p phone and it will beat the crap out of iPhone 6 in on screen.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Even Galaxy S5 Plus with SD805 and 1080p had pretty much same FPS like iPhone 6+.

24. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I like your comments sir, they are always logical.

29. FluffyBled unregistered

I agree with you but cmon, :P the comment he replied to is so irrational! +1 anyway :P!

42. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Irrational? How come? Maybe you simply didn't understand my post

50. FluffyBled unregistered

The first paragraph only ... even though the screen resolution is almost the same (ignore iPhone's 750p res!), it cannot be compared to Z3C or the alpha. As for the rest, it is correct, and yes, apple is going in the wrong direction with their iOS!

53. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Why not? Both the Z3 Compact and the Alpha are devices directly competing with the iPhone 6. Similar size, similar display resolution, high performance, best networks, best camera from each company (not the alpha but it was good nontheless)... best designs I am not making this up... GSMArena made a direct comparison... Btek made also comparisons... Maybe the iPhone can be also compared to the bigger Z3 at the time and the S5 - S6 because there is no iPhone between the 6 and the 6+ but nobody can't deny that both the Z3 Compact and the Galaxy Alpha are comparable with the iPhone 6 And if you meant that it can't be compare because the iPhone doesn't beat them... go ahead and look for benchmark tests... GSMArena's article has them... however I still would go for the Z3 or Alpha in terms of performance simply because of the benefits of having more RAM

39. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Put an exynos 7420 in a 720p... Well, what are they waiting for?

32. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sorry broseph Read it and weep. http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-ZTE-Nubia-Z9-is-the-first-1080p-phone-to-outperform-the-iPhone-6-in-our-toughest-graphics-benchmark_id72922 A ZTE with 1080p beats it and the Z3 and Alpha match up quite well. On par I would say.

54. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I don't know who you replied to... but if it was me I agree they match up very well.... I own and love my Z3 Compact so I dont need to "weep"... and my point was that the iPhone with a dual core 1.4GHz processor (aka NOT A FASTER CHIP as Tyrion stated) is able to beat my quad core 2.5GHz Z3 Compact In reality I never notice the difference in snappiness, at least not like it used to exist before (old android did indeed have lag compared to old iPhones)... but today every Flagship device is buttery smooth, and the iPhone lag behind in terms of RAM, and it shows.

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

In fact, I would go so far as to say that if the Alpha used the Exynos 5433 instead of the 5420 it would have butch slapped the iPhone 6 pretty you good. Same goes for the Z3 compact using the SD805 instead. But alas Sony is too poor to do that lucky for Apple. They are using the SD810 on the Z5 for sone reason..........

40. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

the SD810 has the faster GPU (Adreno 430) and a faster CPU even when clocked at the same MHz. It's future-proof with its 64-bits (ARMv8 instruction set). So for Lolipop and beyond, these Cortex A57/A53 cpu's are better than the old Cortex A15 of the Krait 400 cpu's.Then there's the improved LPDDR4 memory support and a faster Hexagon V56 DSP chip. It should average about 30% overal performance gain over the SD805. In essence the SD805 is the top-end (and final) 32-bits SoC while the SD810 is the first of the new 64-bits SoC (with typical problems of a first generation in of the SoC especially in v1). Like I wrote before. I'd skip these A57/A53 SoC's as I see more practical gains in the future Cortex ARM72-based SoC's. Not to mention that without (at least) 4GB you might as well use a 32-bits SoC. I just hope that H/W-devs don't fuck things up with overzealous high-resolutions and anorexic thin designs.

41. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Oh I didn't say the SD805 was better, I just said the Z3 compact and Z3 should have used it instead of the SD801. And I was also saying the Z5 series should be using the Exynos, Helios, or pressure Qualcomm to release the SD820 sooner or delay the Z5 for the SD820.

3. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

That seems to actually be a great decision. I have an Asus Zenfone 2 (5.5 inch FHD) and a Motorola Droid Turbo (5.2 inch QHD), and the only really noticeable differences ate just in display quality; the AMOLED screen on the Turbo provides more vibrant colors and better contrast than the LCD screen on my ZF2, but details and sharpness seem nearly identical.

4. KushielAOC

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Its somewhat upsetting that you cannot at least use it in Quad HD for games... Deal breaker? No - its still superb. Again, I should have the option to use any resolution capable - even if it fries my phone or takes large chunks of my battery life. I think they should disable by default, and display a warning when you turn it on - but at least give us the option.

28. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

http://www.xda-developers.com/the-z5-premiums-resolution-is-not-always-4k-and-thats-a-good-thing/ look at the "changing resolution" part and enjoy whatever DPI and resolution you want with no root, only adb and a USB cable is needed and of course a computer

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Acually this makes it more appealing since it will use 4K when need it... kind of like turning X-Reality or Bravia Engine On in my device... it is only noticeable when looking at pictures and videos... they saturate the image and make them pop.

7. Basharhd99

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

That's perfect actually! This will only turn on 4k when you need it and prevents it from draining too much battery and prevents overheating.

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