Sony Xperia Z5 is official, comes with the world's fastest autofocusing rear camera - 0.03 seconds

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.

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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. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Please be a great camera. Please!

3. kabiluddin

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I'm hopeful this time mainly because they dramatically improve their RX100 and alpha camera's jpeg ( I find their previous series jpeg really nasty). So this time we will (hopefully) see some major improvement.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If this camera has 0.03 seconds to focus, then this camera much have slow motion as well. I wonder how many frames per second it can do.

5. AZNHA unregistered

me too

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They were vague, but no OIS, no sale. I'm tired of software stabilization only.

16. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

no OIS damn.

10. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

"Enhanced optical image stabilisation There's a new closed-loop actuator in the camera that controls the lens position. Essentially, this is adding a feedback loop to the previous open-loop actuator, aiming to make it more accurate. Sony claims that the new unit deals much better with controlling motion."

6. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

They mentioned something about some type of stabilization. Some fancy term. Not sure if that's actual optical or software but Sony,on paper, has made my next phone. Just come to T-Mobile baby and take my money again. The Z3 was/is nice for me.

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

And I'm not taken aback by the phone.. It feels more like xperia z3+0.5. The 0.5 for the camera.

8. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

I have no desire for a QHD phone, but it seems odd that they'd make the Premium 4k and drop two steps for the regular.

12. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

I think it makes sense for customer retention on current owners of the 5.2" Xperias (like myself) as well as for making the Premium model more crazy and appealing to those wanting the biggest and best device.

9. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

i hate this new trend of black/white front bezel spaces for all colors, instead of matching them with the back plate color (like iphone).

14. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm glad they're different from iPhone.

15. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

you have no clue what i'm talking here, i just gave iphone as an example, even galaxy s6 also matches bezel space colors, so the color of entire phone is uniform.

11. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Decent specs, it doesn't have much difference between z3+. But the real downside here is the battery, it is smaller than z3+, and z3 performs bad in battery life. OIS is not much important, but Hoping sony fixed the software and hoping the new camera sensor will produce quality pictures.

17. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Bad battery life? I think you got a defective unit, because every review concluded that the Sony Xperia Z3 is one of the better performers in terms of battery life

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