Sony just made its long-rumored Xperia Z5 official at IFA 2015 in Berlin. After a year filled with hiatus that gave us the Xperia Z3+ and Z4, Sony finally came up with a new flagship device to take the torch from 2014's Xperia Z3. In such a crowded market, a device has to be rather outstanding in order to find a place under the sun, and judging from what we're seeing, the Xperia Z5 might be rather well-equipped for the task.
Featuring the signature time-tested OmniBalance design, it's rather hard to mistake Sony's new flagship for anything else than a top-end Xperia. The Z5 features a unibody with design that is clean and sleek, with a metal frame that has tapered, slightly rounded metal edges. At the right side of the phone, we find the usual set of hardware buttons Sony likes to put on its phones - a camera shutter key, volume rocker, and a power button that features an embedded fingerprint reader inside. The device is also waterproof (IP65/68), similar to Sony's previous flagships.
The specs sheet of the Sony Xperia Z5 is, to say the least, a rather well-endowed one. All those hoping that the Z5 will feature a Quad HD display will probably be disappointed to learn that Sony put a 5.2-inch one. It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which means that the display has a pixel density of 423ppi. Under the hood, there's a 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip, with four Cortex-A57 cores and another four Cortex-A53 singing in a big.LITTLE concert.
On the memory front, there are 3GB of RAM for your multi-tasking endeavors, while users will be able to make use of up to 32GB of native storage on the Xperia Z5. We also have a microSD card slot on board. Android 5.1 runs the show, with Sony's Xperia UI atop. The battery of the device is a 2,900mAh one, which allegedly delivers up to two days of battery life (and we're inclined to believe Sony's claims).
At the back, we have a 23MP camera with Sony's 1/2.3" Exmor RS sensor, while the front side of the phone bears a 5MP selfie shooter with an Exmor R sensor and a wide-angle 25mm lens. Sony went all-in with the rear camera, which comes with the world's fastest 0.03s autofocus, 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO12800 for photos and ISO3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, as well as 4K video recording.
Pricing and availability are not yet known, but we suppose the device will hit the majority of global markets in the following months. We will provide you with updates on the pricing and availability as soon as we know more about it.