Sony has had a bit of a tough time with their mobile division in recent years. It has generally not been very successful even though the Xperia have always been excellently reviewed and the Z3C was universally loved for its excellent battery life and reasonable price.

Sony have just announced the Xperia Z5 which hopefully will have more commercial success than its predecessors. This year the phone comes in 3 versions which should hopefully suit everyone’s requirements and budget, the Z5 Premium, the Z5 and the Z5 Compact.

As with the Z3 the fundamental differences between devices is screen and battery, at the top end you have the 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium which has a 4k display and a huge 3450 MaH battery, the Z5 has a 5.2 inch 1080p screen with a 2900 MaH battery and the Z5c will have a 4.6 inch 720p screen with a 2700 MaH battery.

If the initial specs are not impressive enough the other features include:

  • Snapdragon 810 SoC, Adreno 430, 3GB RAM (2GB on Compact), 32GB storage, water and dust-resistant, MicroSD slot
  • Will run stock Android
  • It will have a fingerprint sensor
  • 23MP 1/2.3 Exmor RS™ sensor with F2.0 G Lens for the front camera.
  • It will feature the world’s fastest autofocus – 0.03 seconds. That’s 10 times faster than the blink of an eye!
  • PlayStation 4 Remote Play capability – you will be able to use your PS4 and play PS4 games on your smartphone (PS4 required)
  • They will come in various colours. The Z5 Premium’s shiny, fingerprint-resistant chrome plating also doubles as a mirror.
  • New Walkman
  • New headphone series
  • Zoomed-in images that aren’t blurry or pixelated. A picture taken at 5x zoom will have exactly the same quality and resolution as a picture taken from no zoom at all – that is pretty incredible. Gone are the days of trying to get pictures of your favourite sport stars from a long way up the stadium and having them turn out blurry and pixelated!
  • 2 days of usage even with a 4K screen.
  • Quick Charge capability, with 5.5 hours of usage in a 10 minute charge.
  • Doesn’t overheat – after 10 minutes of nonstop 4K video recording it only got a little bit warm.

Overall the based on the specification of the 3 versions this should be a huge success for Sony, many people have criticised the Galaxy S6 battery life and lack of MicroSD, and most other 2015 phones have had overheating issues with the Snapdragon 810 SoC and on top of that you get pretty much stock Android.

We can’t wait to get our hands on it and give it a full review.