Sony Xperia Z5 Premium in the Test

Sony’s flagship Xperia Z5 premium impresses with a record display that shows more than 8 million pixels at 5.5 inches. But why do we need this flood of pixels? It sucks not the battery empty? And what does the 5.5 incher else on it? Connect has put him in the test lab.

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The Z5 premium Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact is the third and last representative of Sony Z5 series, which priced and visually closes the series towards the top. By no speech can be handy at 154 x 76 millimeters and 181 grams, and an EIA also speaks a clear language from 799 euros. It is believed a new world record but still not equal under the simple housing consisting of two glass plates, which are held together by a solid frame.

The unadorned forms associated for years is typical for Sony’s premium models. But while the glass on the back with Z5 and Z5 Compact is rough and Milky, Sony Z5 premium has opted for a smooth and shiny surface. But this is not enough: In the (third in addition to gold and black) color variant chrome the whole back mirror, which magically attracts not only looks, but also fingerprints. Not everyone might like the Flash mirror lens, but it is only welcome, because Sony thus leaves the beaten of the same Smartphone designs.

Build quality is typical of Japanese – – excellent up to an IP certification (IP68). The Smartphone is immune against temporary immersion in water, the USB port is fortunately open, what saves the smarter removing of the protective cap when reloading. Good also the wide power button that is right in the frame we liked. It is good to feel and is home to a fingerprint sensor with a high rate of detection. You can unlock the display so with a gentle thumb pressure easily.

Display: Not getting 4 K

When Sony introduced the Z5 premium at the IFA 2015, the excitement was great, and not because of the impressive technical facilities, but because sleight of hand was placed under the manufacturers overlooking the record display. The content in most cases appear not in 4 K as it quickly turned out, so with 3840 x 2160 pixels, but with a lower resolution that is simply upscaled. To blame for this, however, is not Sony, but rather the simple fact that the Android operating system and apps is not programmed for such a high resolution. The content – a problem, which is also 4K-Fernsehern so lack the ultra sharp display. Currently, only photos and videos are displayed in “real” 4 K, and the only if they are stored in a high resolution.

It charged the store however, because if even a one-minute video locker swallows 500 MB, then a normal film needs about 45 GB – which overwhelmed the Z5 premium: 20.5 GB internally available to all user content, up to 200 GB can be via Microsd. Not only this example shows that 4 K is a technology, which is far to put it friendly times – ahead their time. Also, the fact that Sony will not even grabs a 4K-Demovideo in the memory, speaks volumes. This could be but also because that amazed viewers when watching native 4K-Inhalten will quickly determine that the high resolution on the small screen at all benefits no sharpness.

We could not notice a difference for full-HD or 2 K with the best will. What we very probably could confirm measurements, is the very good regardless of the ludicrous resolution quality of the Panel.

Plenty of power under the hood

The Qualcomm top model Snapdragon 810, which is also 4 K do not run out of steam if more than twice as many pixels have to be controlled as usual working under the record display. The power processor is clocked at 2 GHz and 3 GB RAM is supported. The Z5 premium is one of the most powerful Smartphone on the market that meets even the highest demands. The heat generated when used heavily, such as playing 3D-Krachern like asphalt 8 or real racing 3D is striking.

You know the 23-mega pixel camera from the Z5 sister models: you shines with a barely noticeable shutter lag, high image sharpness and an excellent video quality. A class but is not: in bad light iPhone 6 s or Samsung’s Galaxy S6 are better that a tick.

The remaining equipment is State of the art, especially we would emphasize the sound properties at this point, because they stand out even in the premium segment. Special 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 technology developed by Sony, and the Jack provides headsets with active noise cancellation with power.

In addition the support of various lossless audio formats such as FLAC, ALAC, DSD and LPCM. In total, Sony has allowed technically few shortfalls, only we missed two entries in the list of equipment: an infrared transmitter, to the smartphone into a universal remote control to turn, and a wireless charging standard such as qi.

Update on Marshmallow comes

The premium Smartphone Android 5.1 is installed, an update to the latest version 6.0 Marshmallow is in the starting blocks. Here the purchaser must not worry, finally, now, Sony is among the manufacturers with the best software support. The restrained UI like about a widely customizable sleep mode and a close connection to the PlayStation with a discreet look and useful extensions. Superfluous, however, are the numerous apps, the Sony unasked sets in the store, among other sky go, Amazon shopping and AVG protection. Luckily can you uninstall it easily.

Laboratory values and conclusion

Contrary to expectations, the high-resolution display is no power guzzler. Our measurements show that the power consumption is although not low, but at least moderately, in standby mode, as well as under load. Because Sony also incorporates a battery an ordinary capacity mAh offering 3430 (Z5: 2900 mAh, Z5 compact: 2700 mAh), the premium model achieves a good run-time of 6:43 hours in our standardized use mix. On a working day, it so easy to get and can together calls to the after-work beer.

The radio properties, there are almost no differences to the other Z5 models: while in the (barely used) GSM network, plenty of air is upwards, the thumb pointing up in the more important UMTS and LTE networks. Unfortunately, the premium Smartphone assumes also the acoustic shortcomings of the sister models: phoning, voice quality in the green area is but somewhat worse than at other top phones, which the relatively low volume of calls both transmit and receive direction,.

Much wrong to do not with the Z5 premium anyway, it is a typical upper-class model from Sony, with class design, great facilities and without any significant weaknesses. Faced with the choice, we would attack but to the normal Z5. This is just as good, but handier and cheaper in principle.

 

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