Sony Xperia Z5 Premium goes official with Canada's Bell, undercutting the compeition

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium goes official with Canada's Bell, undercutting the compeition
Following on the heels of an official Xperia Z5 Premium in the States, Sony wasted no time ensuring that its super-charged phablet is also available in neighboring Canada. 

Sold through Bell, the Z5 Premium is up for grabs at $299.99 with a 2-year commitment, or "just" $749.99 if bought without a term. We say "just" because Sony has actually managed to undercut the competition significantly, with rival Samsung's and Apple's competing Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus fetching as much as $849.99 and $1054.99, respectively. The advantage is a little less clear-cut when it comes to pricing with a contract, as while Bell asks the whopping $528.99 for the 6s Plus, Samsung's phablet is given out for the equivalent (to Sony's Z5 Premium) $299.99 with a 2-year term.

For those of you who've missed out on the Xperia Z5 Premium, it's basically an enlarged, even more decked-out version of the Xperia Z5, sporting a 5.5-inch screen with a ridiculous resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels (or 4K UHD). That said, the majority of time the Z5 Premium spends scaling down the image to 1080p, and only goes up within specific apps — like the gallery or video player. Still, even if those are two apps that you spend a ton of time perusing, it'll be nigh impossible to notice the difference between 4K UHD and Quad HD (1440 x 2560) on such a small scale. 

With that in mind, any takers?

source: Bell

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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)



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ah bell. Went there for my first ever phone contract... Was not fun!

2. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

If they have chrome I'll pick it up outright and unlock it. That's an amazing deal


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The writing style and word choice you used is very suggestive...almost like you're trying to dissuade people from buying the Z5P, probably due to its "ridiculous" resolution that can't be distinguished with the naked eye. Which of course is mostly the same with 1080p and QHD, but I don't hear these arguments when it's a Samsung device...

4. prosamuraiman

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

i concur. The article is written in quite a leading way. Whatever the case, as a former Note 3 owner, I find the Z5P a brilliant handset and an excellent upgrade.

5. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

inb4 less than 7 for their Z5P review because "4K is ridiculous"

8. T-rex unregistered

most (all) of their articles about Z5P are written in a leading way. seems like they just cannot control their disgust for sony

19. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

That's PA for you, they only see negative things about Sony but in terms of Sammy and fruity, they're hands down. Look at the review sections as well.

25. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Adblock should be used when browsing biased sites like these.

26. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

You folks are hilarious.

7. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

just got my cheap cardboard VR and it's actually quite fun (although a bit disorientating after a while) and with my Xperia Z Ultra, the pixels are clearly visible. With that i mind, I can imagine that when designing Z5 Premium, Sony had Cardboard VR in mind. Why? first, they have determined the screen to be 5.5inch, which, is the maximum size for standard cardboard VR. second, with 1080p but projected to 4K display, the GPU can render quite fast but still have final output of 4k which reduce the physical pixellated effect eventhough the software render still 1080p.

9. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Owning an Xperia Z5 Premium, I must agree that the 4K resolution is not to distinguish, not only from QHD, but also from FHD. However I don't like the negative overtones when Phonearena often refers to this screen resolution, because it is no more useless than the jump from FHD to QHD at these display sizes. No matter what aspiring eagle-eyes might say.

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The one place I think it matters is when you zoom way in on a photo or video. It does not get as grainy looking as lower resolutions.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats has nothing to do with screen resolution but more with picture or video resolution...

18. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

23 MP camera and 4K screen. If you take the picture with this phone the quality can be noticeable when zoomed in on the screen.

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The camera quality is good, right? You use more than just Superior Auto, right???

24. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I must admit some of the criticism about the camera is right. Good lit pictures look amazing with true colours and a lot of detail (only fully zoomed you notice this typical Sony watercolour processing, but this is nitpicking). But in less ideal situations the loss of detail is significant and there is quite some noise too. Also the camera is extremely wide angle which makes for some bad barrel distortion, which the software doesn't correct, but I think this must depend on the ratio you choose to shoot too. I shot only on wide-screen, I think in squarer ratios, the problem should not be there.

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Still waiting for that Z5P review. Mark my words...if it gets a 7 ima go ham in the comments section.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They will prove you all wrong and give it a 7.5 lol

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I want the 4k display but that's about it. The mirror finish is awesome too. I'll wait until they put an SD820 and up on a 4k display.

23. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

I have the Z5, but no custom Rom and kernel available for rooting and overclocking. At 1.5ghz it's not zippy.

13. nycguy54

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

Come on to the Verizon!!

17. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Come to T-mobile for me :)

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Carrier exclusivity is a good way to not sell much phone. So instead of having all the 25 million + possible client in canada they just go for 7 million. This is the kind of crappy decision thats make Sony phone not sell. Amazing device but always locked to one carrier per country. Crappy s**t!

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's not that simple. No one buying it means no one is buying it. In this scenario Sony gets no sales either way but at least by going with one carrier they save money on logistics and marketing. Meaning Bell foots the marketing bill and logistically they only have to ship to Bell warehouses rather than Rogers, Bell, Telus, Wind, etc. Besides, I don't think Sony had a choice here. Bell was probably the only carrier that placed orders.

22. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not going to lie, people getting so deep into their feelings over someone else's opinions on a Phone kind of amuses me.

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