Taming dragons: Z5 Compact outlasts the Z3 series in 4K recording (video)

Taming dragons: Z5 Compact outlasts the Z3 series in 4K recording (video)
Sony has used some impressively minimalistic heat pipes and thermal paste to tame the fiery but firebreathing Snapdragon 810 in its newest Z5 series of phones. Despite some reports of erratic touchscreen and camera behaviour with the Z5 Compact, in the end these actually couldn't really be connected with or attributed to overheating from the Snapdragon inside.

In order to dispel the notion that Snapdragon 810 in the new Z5 series overheats and/or throttles performance like in most of the phones equipped with it, including the Z3+/Z4, an Xperia fan has put all of the Sony Z3-series, the Z5 Compact, and the Xperia M5 phones together, and ran the ultimate heat-up test with 4K video recording running continuously. 

Long story short, the Z5 Compact survived 40+ minutes under the grueling 4K test, before the usual alert popped up that the recording will stop so that the phone can cool down. That was the longest of the bunch used for this comparison, indicating that with the new Z5-series, Sony might have indeed managed to put behind the Snapdragon 810 scorched earth performance once and for all.

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Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Thank God for that, now I can confidently grab a compact some time this month.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Wow, Sry for the triple post

5. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

Thank God for that, now I can confidently grab a compact some time this month.

7. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Thank God for that, now I can confidently grab a compact some time this month.

11. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Thank God for that, now I can confidently gwab a dwagon compact some time this wabbit season.

21. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

You meant confidentwy? Wight?

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Month, this time some compact a grab confidently can I now that for God Thank! Fr tho, just like Professor Farnsworth would say...great news. I hope that some doubters *cough*AlanF*cough* learned something today :)

6. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

nice!...but can it play stairway to heaven?

8. T-rex unregistered

i hope this puts all the fuss to rest

10. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Fire cannot kill the dragon.

12. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

13. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

So a 2 yr old SOC Qualcomm 800 could do 4K pretty fine, why are we still arguing about it even after 2 generations? It's not an achievement, it's supposed to work this way.

18. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the thing is that all other snap 810 phone has overheating problem, even Sony and now they fixed it they made something unusable usable the thing that Qualcomm should have done on their own as a processor maker

14. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Nice job Sony! You have tamed the strongest dragon in the wild so far..

15. chamilatgamage

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

I saw earlier bunch of liars try to insult new Z5 family. But now we have glimpse of hope. i will go for z5 premium when it reaches middle east.

16. jinroh47

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

the test doesnt prove nothing, all recording black...

20. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

it proves that the overheating problem is no longer a real problem on the Z5 series is it me or some people commenting here is just plain ignorant?

17. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Can someone check if the recorded 4K video uses HEVC or still the H.264? Both codecs still uses the mp4 file format eh.

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the Z5 series can record in H.264 and H.265 codec not really sure what those mean but i hope it helps

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