In addition to the Sony Xperia 1 presented at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February, the Japanese group will be offering the Sony Xperia 5, a high-end smartphone reminiscent of the company’s successful Compact models, from the beginning of October. The components of the smartphone presented at IFA 2019 in Berlin are largely identical to its big brother.
Just as with the Xperia 1, Sony also relies on a 21:9 format display for the Xperia 5, which is particularly suitable for the playback of movies. However, the display has shrunk from 6.5 inches to 6.1 inches. The resolution was also reduced from 3,840 x 1,644 pixels to 2,520 x 1,080 pixels. Although the Xperia 5 is 90 mm shorter and 4 mm narrower than the Xperia 1, it doesn’t come close to the compact dimensions of the 5-inch Xperia XZ2 Compact from spring 2018.
Cinema display is protected with Gorilla Glass 6
To protect the display of the smartphone from scratches and cracks, Sony Cornings uses Gorilla Glass 6. The case is also protected against dust and water according to the P65/68 standard. The POLED panel offers HDR support and a high brightness of 650 cd/m². The Sony Xperia 5’s X1 image processor originally comes from the company’s TV department.
The battery of the Xperia 5 is slightly smaller with 3,140 mAh instead of 3,300 mAh with the Xperia 1. The smartphone is charged via USB type C with up to 18 watts. Unfortunately, there is no wireless charging possibility despite the proud price. An in-display fingerprint sensor is also missing. Apart from that, there are no differences between the built-in components and the features of the two Sony high-end smartphones. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory, which can be expanded via a microSD card, is installed.
The camera on the back consists of three sensors, each with a resolution of 12 megapixels. The main camera (26 mm wide-angle) combines an optical image stabilizer (OIS) and an electronic image stabilizer (EIS) to prevent blurred images in all situations. It is complemented by a 52 mm telephoto lens and a 16 mm super wide-angle lens, which, however, only feature the EIS. The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels.
The Sony Xperia 5 is offered in Germany with Android 9 Pie, which was supplemented by the Sony user interface, for 799 euros. The colours available are red, blue, black and gold.