Z5 Premium vs Z5 Compact vs Z3 in 4K video recording overheat test (video)

Z5 Premium vs Z5 Compact vs Z3 in 4K video recording overheat test (video)
While some might have been balked at the news that Sony went with Snapdragon 810 for its latest and greatest ever batch of smartphones - the Z5, Z5 Compact, and the amazing Z5 Premium with a 4K display - it seems all is well with the chipset version that Sony is using. Not only did Sony outfit its newest handsets with a crafty heat pipe system for extra cooling, but the tests are showing it works, too.

As you can see in the 4K video recording test with all recent Xperias and their predecessors below, the phones reach very respectable video duration before the usual heat warnings that often happen when you try to record in this ultra high definition pop up. Granted, the Snapdragon 810 chipset might still be getting thermally throttled, and yet Sony knows the issues with Snapdragon 810, so it has probably put the phones through extensive testing, and/or applied thermal management techniques such for better heat dissipation. 

Whatever it is, it seems to be working, and, somewhat unsurprisingly, the largest phone in the stable that has the most space for heat dissipation - Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium - manages to last the longest. It recorded 4K video for close to an hour, filling 20 GB before the warning pop up appeared, so you can rest assure that your 4K-on-4K shenanigans with the Z5 Premium can lost longer than the available free space on the phone.

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Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Display 5.5 inches
    3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat



28. Drage

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2016

I am a fan of Sony but I am disappointed with the camera when it comes to Video recording. It automatically close after 5 minutes video recording. The battery overheat that's why the app close. It's not worthy when it comes to video recording.

27. adri9102

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

z1c - 1h without problems with 4K

22. therons

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

for that PA Rate for 7...Sony label make it disadvantages

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

score breakdown maybe like this Xperia Z5 score : 9/10 Sony score : 5/10 Sony Xperia Z5 total score : 7/10

26. therons

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

i like the way you thinking dude...positif.

17. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

phonearena employees just committed suicide after knowing that z5 series dosent heat up and perform like a boss

18. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Stop being sarcstic, you aren't sounding cool *meh*

13. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I'm getting that chrome bad boy. Come to papa. :D

14. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Me too. Easily the best phone of 2015.

15. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

And PA rating will be 7..

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

They're probably not even going to rate it. How much attention did it get from PA? Well, close to none.

11. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Why would you do a test when the phones are laying on the table and not being held on the hand when you are recordedin? Laying it on the table will just let the heat trap.. not a very accurate test..

10. gamerRO25

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

i recorded 2 hours non stop of 4K video on my iphone 6s and the phone did not get hot!

19. TypicalGeek

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

What is the conversion from "Apple" 4k to regular 4K? Apple 2160P = 720P?

9. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Stop beating the very dead horse about z5 abd overheating, this should be proof enough.

8. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Hurray I will be getting the Z5 premium best phone on the planet (tek dat heaters)

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Also, the Z5 and now z3 also takes 4k with h265 instead of the h264 which made my z3 hold about 30 minutes of 4k instead of 10 minutes.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Thatvdual pipe really helps.

7. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

That's what she said.

4. snake

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

No phone on the planet can record 4k for an hour other than the beautiful z5 premium

3. prashant1707

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

hey Daniel could u please compare the video quality of sony xperia z5 in 4k along with duration of 4k recording with samsung note5 and iphone 6s.

2. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

why not compare them with your favorite devices?

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung S6 fail after 20-30 min ( need to look at the phone and restart the 4k video every 5 min... ) LG G4 fail after 40-50 min. So this is far from bad.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i think he refer to iPhone 6s

1. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Nice! that's good to know!

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Yeah but the sad part is that the 'Overheat Test' has become a thing!

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7694; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think about how much data the smartphone has to work with on a continuous basis every single second. A 4k frame has 3840x2160 pixels per frame. Each pixel has 4 bytes. So that comes out to 33.18 mb per frame, and with 30 frames per second. That comes out to 995 mb, or just shy of 1 gb of image data per second. But that isn't the taxing part. The processor now has to compress the image data on the fly in order to make the video more manageable. This amount of data would not only tax any processor, but also heat it up. This type of test is not real world.

25. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

They should record the video while holding the phone not laying down. We all know that heat will build up because of that position. The recording should last longer when holding the phone properly. Anyways good job Sony!! Now make a good advertisement to your awesome phone!!!

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