Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact: The Z3’s Successor in the Test

The Xperia Z5 and its sister model Xperia Z5 compact convincing in the test: just in time for the holiday shopping Sony is back impressively with the Z5 double:

Rapid changes are not just a trade mark of Sony, on the contrary. The traditional Electronics Group is rather known to stick to a decision once taken. For this are also the two top Smartphone Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, the again the so-called “occasional balance” design follow: an edgy and uncluttered design language, the early 2013 with the first Xperia Z Sony has introduced. There is also no reason to change it radically — their consequent simplicity is unique in the Smartphone world after all and has a high recognition value.

New style icon

With the new Xperia generation was of course everywhere a bit sanded and honed, doing the exact sound coloring of frame and glass back four offered color versions and the Xperia engraved on the left side of the frame is especially managed. No question, the Xperia Z5 is a style icon. Applies not to the compact model because one it can’t hold the slim line (9 instead of 7 millimeters), on the other hand, Sony dispenses with an aluminum frame and relies instead on plastic. Although comes in a quality ceramic look that can’t keep up but mainly touch with metal. In return, the Z5 compact in each hand and pocket – fits because it is not only small, but also easy with 139 grams.

Frosted glass against fingerprints

The basic design of both models as with the predecessors consists of two glass panels, which are held together by a solid frame. The Z5 series, the glass on the back is no longer smooth and glossy, but rough and Milky, which again evaluates the housing. The frosted glass is also resistant to fingerprints, which is a clear advantage of over other glass of smart phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S6.

A further unique selling proposition: Both devices are the industry standard IP68 waterproof, the micro-USB connector is fortunately open, what saves the smarter removing of the protective cap when reloading. The Nano-SIM and Microsd slots, however, hiding on the left side behind a cap inserted precisely into the frame. The processing is top – can also be expected in prices. Sony products are finally not cheap, the Z5 Compact also applies the new Z5 and his little brother with a RRP of 699 or 549 euros.

We have found but still a small point of criticism: the volume keys sit on two models so far down that you can reach them with your thumb not more convenient.

New fingerprint sensor

Only on second glance the redesigned power button stands out, which no longer protrudes on the right side, but was easily sunk in the frame. With a length of one and a half centimeters, it fills almost the entire width of the frame. This surface design has a pragmatic background. A fingerprint sensor is integrated in the button, which works so intuitively how the iPhone 6: you have the thumb only very slightly press on to unlock the device.

Even if the display size and resolution clearly differ (the Z5 offers pixel 5.2 inches, the Z5 compact 1280 x 720 pixels on 4.6-inch 1920 x 1080), they show a comparable good representation. The luminosity of the Z5 is with over 550 candela at very high levels, contrast and color fidelity are also. With 665 candela, the LCD of the Z5 compact even among the strongest light panels, we have ever measured.

Below the display, Qualcomm’s top processor Snapdragon 810, which can access the Z5 to 3 GB on the Z5 Compact 2 GB memory works. About the performance must not worry but compact buyers: because fewer pixels must be controlled on the display, the memory usage of the system is also low.

Entertainment artist

In the Smartphone universe, Sony is not a large number, the sales figures are far behind Apple, Huawei and Samsung. But in contrast to the competitors referred to the Japanese in the entire segment of the consumer electronics are broad and at the same time a major content producer. Of which benefits those who opt for a Z5. Because Sony operates one of the largest film studios in the world (which has produced among others the new Bond movie “Spectre”), a film portal on the Smartphone is installed that provides current titles and series to stream.

And because Sony with the PlayStation 4 has the best-selling game console in the world in the portfolio, the Z5 can be with the PS4 pair to play about console games on your Smartphone. Also the inventor of the Walkman has incorporated his sound expertise in the Z5 series: the software DSEE HX improves the fidelity of MP3 or AAC files, the sound quality when listening to music via Bluetooth will be upgraded with the LDAC codec, and the Jack supports headsets with active noise cancellation.

Xperia user interface UI convinced with a pleasantly understated appearance and a high refresh interval – Sony belongs now to the Smartphone manufacturers with the best software support. What sucks about it: were numerous apps preinstalled on both Z5 models without asking, including Amazon shopping, vine, and sky go. They can be but all either uninstall or disable.

Almost a walkover to the top

Although the Xperia Z5 compact consumes less power with a smaller display, which is battery capacity 2700 mAh almost as high is like the larger sister model (2900 mAh). The result: While the Z5 with a maturity of less than seven hours shows a good endurance in the mix of connect uses the compact model with 7:40 hours is a real marathon runner. The batteries need approximately three hours to fill it up again, a quick charger is unfortunately missing.

The radio properties are top, weaken but in the GSM frequencies in the LTE and UMTS network. This is however no real big deal because the most calls in Germany are handled via 3 G. The same is true for the acoustics on the phone: she’s still in the green zone, but slightly worse than other top smartphones. The reason is the relatively low volume of calls both transmit and receive direction.

Without this little goof, Z5 and Z5 Compact had captured the first two places of the connect leaderboard in the coup. So it’s ‘just’ for the second and fifth place. The new edition of the Xperia series succeeded in Sony so. Now missing only the top model Z5 premium, which I hope is in the next issue to the test.

 

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