Does Sony have you sold on the new Xperia Z5 lineup?

Now that IFA 2015 is coming to an end, we can finally sit back and reflect. In the case of Sony — which undoubtedly had the biggest showing this year — it has become quite obvious to us that the distinct silence on Sony's part leading up to the expo was a great example of the quiet before a storm. Not only did the revered Japanese corporation have a brand new Xperia Z-line flagship, but it actually came out with two other extremely compelling devices, much to the delight of fans around the globe.

It doesn't matter if you're a Sony fan or not, the refreshed Z lineup ought to interest you regardless. And sure, some will be quick to point out that the Z5 and its derivatives — the Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium — are not a massive improvement over their predecessor, yet we couldn't help but feel great when holding any of the three in our hands back in Berlin. Perhaps that brilliant frosted glass at the back had something to do with it, or maybe even the excellent fingerprint scanner implementation. In any case, we liked what we saw very much, and though we reserve the right to revoke our praise once an actual review unit comes through our offices, we're excited about the Z5 lineup overall.

Are you? Does Sony have you sold on the Xperia Z5? The bonkers Xperia Z5 Premium with its 4K display? Or perhaps the Z5 Compact? 

Does Sony have you sold on the new Xperia Z5 lineup?

Meh, not great, not bad



1. letosaw

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This is the first Sony smartphone which I'm seriously considering to get

12. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

They have made this series after considering almost everybody's needs.

15. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I was almost sold until i saw no wireless charging

31. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Considering how slow wireless charging is, most OEMS doesn't do it. Yes it's a good feature but it's pricey and less efficient than it's wired counterparts. Its good but not now, same as USB Type C.

42. sgodsell

Posts: 7617; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can buy a wireless USB sticker that will adhere to the back of the phone. Then you plug the USB end into the phone. If you don't want to adhere it to the phone, then you can just use it when you want to. They sell them for $7-$10 on amazon.

20. bobpoland

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

Me too - i'm galaxy note 3 user, sony always had too small screen for me. Now this is it, and of cour waterproof is another good reason to change note. Note 5 is disappoint me, so time for first Sony Xperia(had t630 long long time ago ;))

24. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I'm just waiting on an in-depth camera review.

2. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

They are really great phones but without ads and marketing activities there is little chance for sony...

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I'm going to replace my Z2 with the Z5 premium as soon as it comes out.

56. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hell yea.........

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

If Snapdragon 810 behaves well in Z5, I might even consider getting one (or the new Nexus). I just want to be sure, so I wait for reviews and user experiences. Other than that, yes, I'm sold.

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Same, I'm seriously considering the Z5, along with S6 and the X Style.

19. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

If you've never owned a nexus, I am just warning you. I moved to nexus 6 from Z3 Compact. Was the worst idea

32. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

On the contrary Nexus tablets are good but not the Nexus 10. Nexus 7 is the best tablet so far imho.

36. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You kidding, the Nexus 10 was and still is amazing. I am still using it more than my iPad Air.

44. sgodsell

Posts: 7617; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Nexus 9 is also a really great tablet. Its a speed demon.

51. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

I talking about the nexus 6. Worst phone I've used so far. I wanted a developers phone. Not a phone with 6 hours battery life with a huge amount of crashes

5. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The price will be a major factor.

6. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

No need for front camera. Z5 premium have this bonus feature for selfie lovers:

7. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Depends on what their US pricing is going to be. They already reduced the prices in UK even before it's release, maybe due to public outrage? They also don't have strong support from the US carriers, T-Mobile already said they won't carry the Z5, and Verizon hasn't even released the Z4v yet so doubtful they'll release the Z5 anytime soon or if at all. I don't think Sony is any position to be pricing these phones at the top tiers of the smartphone economy. Z5c went from £549 ($840) down to £429 ($655). Z5 went from £599 ($915) down to £549 ($840). Z5 Premium went from £699 ($1,070) down to £629 ($960). Who knows if these are the same prices they'll be in the US though. Even with the lower prices, I think they're a bit much for Sony to be asking for if they want this line to be a breakthrough.

8. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I will wait for Z6 with S820 and fingerprint scanner under screen.

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1253; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Only issues for me is availability and price. The phones themselves are fantastic.

10. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014


11. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

I know regular reader at PA really hate dual sim phone, but I want dual SIM phone, and sony Xperia Z5 Premium dual were simply the BEST dual sim phone. I'm gonna get the Z5 premium dual.

13. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

If the fingerprint is touch operated I'm sold.

33. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Doesn't fingerprint scanning requires touching? How do you scan btw? By breathing?

59. t184256

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I think he meant touching as in not swiping.

14. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

I will buy ... Z5c for my son

16. fancollo unregistered

It all depends on CPU heat issues (sd810) and camera. If heat is an issue as with other xperias then what's the point - you can't start apps or cameras as they will shut down immediately! and if the camera is not at least on the level (quality) as Samsung S6 and LG G4, then there's really no point in waiting for this phone

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

These phones are pretty great. I like them. There is one thing I don't get though. Z3+ was hated on like anything. This phone just adds two things to it. A fingerprint scanner and a better camera. In fact, this phone is thicker than z3+ and has smaller capacity battery. So why was z3+ hated on so much while Z5 is getting all the love. Is it because the name had a Z3 in it, or am I missing something.

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