Sony Xperia Z5: all the new features

Well, folks, it's finally here – after teasing us with a rehash of the Xperia Z3, in the form of the Z3+, Sony has finally unveiled its “official” flagship for this year – the Sony Xperia Z5. A well-known rectangle with stark shapes, button placements coherent with Sony's omni-balance design language, and a glass back is what you will see when you first lay eyes on it. In fact, it may seem that not much is different. But is it?

Despite the fact that it refreshes its flagships a bit too often, we wouldn't say that Sony is in the business of releasing the same phone over and over again. So, let's check out all the features that the Z5 brings, which you won't find on the Z3+.

Only 3 new features? Well, to be fair – if you are looking at this, it is much more probable that you are probably interested in how the Xperia Z5 measures against the Xperia Z3 – the flagship, which was announced a year ago, and not the Z3+, which is only 3 months old. In that case, you should add the 64-bit upgrade to the list, as the Z5 rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, while the Z3 has a Snapdragon 801 under its hood.

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. jimmies

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I have a z3 and I can't wait for this or the premium

15. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Same here, I've been waiting to upgrade from my Z3 which I bought on day 1. Now that the premium beast is out, am glad I didn't straight get the Note 5, and I believe not even the upcoming iPhone can do much compared to the Z5 Premium's list of offerings.

2. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

My guess came true. The photostat machine operator guy is still the head of Xperia Z phone design department.

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The black/gold version looks sick! I became really interested in this now, but it doesn't have OIS...

5. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

It has a special kind of digital/gyro stabilizer. No more fulldigital cropping stabilizer.

12. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Some "closed-loop actuator", and in definition, an actuator is a mechanical device.

4. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

For the camera sensor, isn't it .03, not .3?


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

This is a nice looking phone. However, it will NOT sell. BE-cause it doesn't have what made the iPhone (aside from Apple brand loyalty) and Galaxy S line iconic.

7. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

If they've been releasing every 6 months, they're selling.


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

If so, not with the hoopla and fanfare of the two I mentioned.

9. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You mean because it has front facing speakers, higher megapixel camera (that may actually produce worthy photos this time), expandable storage, and waterproof design it won't sell. Yeah ok. People sleep on Sony but they offer a whole lot more than what Sony or Apple is. Not to mention the capabilities it offers for PlayStation 4 owners. If Sony got the camera right and actually worked to get the phone on multiple carriers, the Z5 would mop the floor with every single phone offered this year. If.


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No. Actually I mean something much more simple: a physical home button.

14. rsiders

Posts: 2015; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Wow that's so important compared to the list of other things I just mentioned.

10. gtrc11

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

how im i supposed to use the fingerprint scanner with a case??

19. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Of course the case will be open there like how it has an open area on the volume buttons. Would it easy with no pain ?I don't know.

11. fancollo unregistered

Sony made the same statements since Z1.. the camera is a weak point. it now "listened" to the customers? it did as well before, but nothing changed. The problem is, i don't want to buy a sony z5 compact to find out, the problem is still there with ridiculous image quality.

16. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 713; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Then wait for the reviews. They will certainly show whether Sonly has improved the camera software or not.

17. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

And here I am still using a Z1. :'(

18. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Other improvements over z3 is usb port placement and no flaps

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