Sony Xperia Z5 in the test: the smartphone with the sharp edges – hardware tests

Sony still current top model Xperia Z5 has already shown in the first Test that it has stored all the errors of his predecessors. In addition to excellent camera and the above-average battery life, it scores after the Android update to version 6.0 marshmallow with a revised software. In their own section, we discuss in more detail on the new features.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?

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Sony Xperia Z5: Price and Availability

The Xperia Z5 was published in October 2015 with a suggested retail price of 699 euros in Germany. Since then, its price has fallen several times and March 2016 he fell for the first time below 500 euros. Thus, it is only slightly more expensive than the better-equipped Galaxy Note 4 or slightly faster, but not speichererweiterbare or waterproof Galaxy S6.

Sony Xperia Z5: design and processing

The surface of the Xperia Z5 is slippery; the edges, however, are razor sharp. This contradiction I did not approve of the entire test period. In the edges short hair tangled and pulled the phone.

The side effect of these edges that much dirt accumulates in them. Particularly unpleasant are the edges, if you have short hair over the ears. During a telephone conversation, you realize how hair got caught in the cracks and be rooted in movement.

Otherwise, processing of the 5.2-inch Xperia Z5 is terrific. It is around a completely robust device with glass front and back and around an aluminum frame. Bumps and scratches his long harm, and I really have not spared it. Even dust and water directed at him no harm, even if I drop it into puddles. At a crash test but I have so far refrained.

xperia review z5 PT designThe Z5 is very nice; processing fits. But the edges cut into the skin. / © AndroidPIT

is new about the design is that the Xperia logo is on the side of the smartphone now. The power button is no longer out and is no longer circular. Instead, he is let into the smartphone and now also offers a fingerprint sensor.

Overall, the phone feels good in your hand. The buttons for volume, camera and the power button with the Fingerabrucksensor are all three well.

xperia review z5 PT certificacaoSIM card and microSD slot are behind a water protection. / © AndroidPIT

On the left side there is the slot for the microSD card and the nano SIM slot. This arrangement we know since the Sony Xperia Z3 +. On the lower edge we see the unprotected microUSB 2.0 port (why not type C, Sony?). is at the upper edge of also unprotected port for headphones.

xperia review z5 PT micro usbThe USB port and the pendant loop are below. / © AndroidPIT

Micro USB and jack are each coated from the inside with a water repellent film, the short-circuiting can be avoided.

xperia review z5 PT entrada fonesNext to the jack is the second microphone. / © AndroidPIT

On the front of the proximity sensor is attached. The notification LED and the front camera (5.1 megapixels, the Sony Exmor R sensor) can also be found above. The stereo speakers Sony has also not forget, even if you barely recognize.

xperia review z5 PT nowThe stereo speakers are almost invisible; only the selfie cam interrupts the black of Z5 front. / © AndroidPIT

Even if you look at it the back immediately, it is also transparent. It is dull, strengthened mineral glass. The Sony logo, however, is not dull and gives a sticky touch when stroked with a fingertip over it.

xperia review z5 PT traseiraThe back of the Xperia Z5 is made of glass. There are variations in color white, black, yellow, and Coral. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia Z5: Display

The 5.2-inch screen dissolves 1,080 pixels (425 ppi) 1.920 in x. It is a TFT, so that the blacks do not come close to that of an OLED, as we know them from the Motorola Moto X (2014), LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6.

The Sony Xperia Z5 display is impressive nonetheless. In bright light you can drag the slider so high that you can work undisturbed. In bed at night when sleep reading can fix it so deep that the display does not appear. What the screen of the Sony Xperia Z5 also distinguishes, color saturation and sharpness.

sony xperia z5 front display 2The display of the Xperia Z5 offers full HD resolution and is enjoyable viewing angle stable. / © AndroidPIT

Sony offers in the settings more ways than about a Nexus 5: There is a smart control for the backlight. Keeps you awake the screen when you hold the device in his hands. There are image improvements that enhance sharpness and saturation in photos and videos. There is a glove mode. And there is a tap-to-wake-up function that can wake the screen from the Stand-by the Xperia Z5 by double tap.

xperia z 5 display settingsSony can spice up the image quality artificial. Besides, it keeps the display awake intelligent. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia Z5: Features

A fingerprint sensor is not new in itself. What Sony has but really good job, its placement in the device. While Samsung installs him in the disputed home button, Huawei placed him on the back and most manufacturers offer no, he wanders at Sony exactly to where it belongs: in the power button.

sony xperia z5 side power buttonThe fingerprint sensor is easy to reach and very responsive. / © AndroidPIT

Compared to the sensors in competitors like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6 of the Z5 reacts just as quickly and accurately. Up to ten fingers you can assign a profile. If the scanner does not recognize when unlocking several times your fingers, it gives way to PIN or password.

Especially when wet can cause dropouts in recognition. So does not expect that your trial on rainy days when the first can unlock your Z5.

xperia review z5 sensor biometric ricoThe establishment of the fingerprint is already an integral part of the system, but not its benefits. / © AndroidPIT

Unfortunately, it will take a while until it meets another functions than to unlock your Xperia Z5. Play-store purchases can thus still unable to verify and other apps do not appreciate him as a password replacement.

With the update to Android Marshmallow, that could change, however, because Google provides a native API for the fingerprint sensor. Whether Sony uses this, we have not learned from our contacts.

Sony Xperia Z5: Software

Sony has committed itself for almost the entire Z-line to deliver long Android updates. Security-related updates come very early and regularly to the devices. If you buy an Xperia Z5 and unpacks the software is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

In March 2016, the over-the-air updates were provided to Android 6.0 Marshmallow by most providers and for branding-free models. Details for manual information you can extract the separate article:

  • Android updates for the Sony Xperia Z5 Z5 Z5 Compact and Premium

Sony removes some Sony features after the update. This includes especially the Stamina mode. Instead puts Sony at the Android's power management features and the Doze mode.

sony xperia Z5 marshmallow appsAfter the update, the software is a little easier. / © AndroidPIT

Apart from AR effect, Movie Creator, lounge, Lifelog, PS Video, File Commander, Smart Connect, What's New, Weather and FM radio you can uninstall any apps. Sony has thus not quite followed the pre-tested concept firmware and software only slightly reduced. This is a shame, because Sony pushed ahead with enthusiasm to the lightweight firmware.

sony xperia Z5 marshmallow sdcardUnfortunately, Sony does not use all the marshmallow functions. / © AndroidPIT

Sony does not use all the marshmallow functions. While the use of Doze mode was a wise decision, Sony is less pleasing to the MicroSD card. It is only possible via a detour to format the memory card as internal memory. Only then can fully move to the memory card your apps. How to do this, we will tell you in this article:

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Sony Xperia Z5: Performance

The performance of the Xperia Z5 is slightly higher than the comparably equipped smartphones, but on the Galaxy S6. In everyday use occasional stuttering fall on that we know of Android smartphones. They occur when launching applications, but do not interfere within apps.

Xperia Z5 a Snapdragon operates 810 (MSM8994) with four 1.5 GHz and 2 GHz four times. It supports 64-bit technology. To 3D graphics, the Adreno 430 GPU care. 3 GB of RAM provide good multitasking. So far, the Sony Xperia Z5 is only available in a version with 32 GB. Via MicroSD card, the memory can be expanded.

sony xperia z 5 specsSony is known for great software support. / © AndroidPIT

The built-in processor Snapdragon 810 is known as Hitzkopf Sony and has pulled out of the disaster to the Xperia Z3 + two consequences. First, the CPU is clocked lower, which reduces waste heat. Secondly, it has housed inside copper heat pipes that cool the chip. If you have so feared performance degradation by heat, you can rest assured.

In synthetic AnTuTu benchmark the Xperia Z5 was only seven percent below the figure that is being touted as the fastest smartphone of the Galaxy S6. When Geekbench the difference is, after all, even at 16 or 23 percent; However, the ratings are higher than for all other smartphones with Snapdragon 810. The same applies to Vellamo.

When gaming you have to take no concessions in department because device in any game in the Play Store the Snapdragon 810 or the Adreno 430 GPU to a halt. Even compared to the Galaxy S7, the Z5 does not hide his gaming peformance.

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sony xperia Z5 marshmallow AnTuTu GeekbenchThe marshmallow update improves performance Z5 something. / © AndroidPITsony xperia Z5 marshmallow Vellamo detailsAlso in Vellamo, the Z5 good points can. / © AndroidPIT

Sony Xperia Z5: Audio

The Sony Xperia Z5 is one of the few smart phones with front stereo speakers. Even if their quality is more suitable for video calls and voice, they offer an advantage when playing videos. The included headset is ideal for listening to music.

Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z5 has forward facing stereo speakers. These have been significantly improved in their performance, but not always come approach the quality of those in the HTC One M9. The maximum volume but has greatly improved compared to the speakers of the predecessor.

A plus for Sony devices are the microphones up and down, thanks to which you understand your interlocutor very well.

xperia review z5 PT audioThe sound can be machined on DSPs. / © AndroidPIT

The sound of the supplied in-ear headset is reasonable. With the audio test tone generator I generated sounds 8-16000 Hertz, which were reproduced equally loud. For most people, this is the frequency domain the entire audible spectrum.

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Also in the subjective feeling I have not bothered me about the headphones. Bass, middle and treble sounded quite balanced. Even more amazed I was when I saw that you get the headset to 7.45 euros in Amazon.

Sony Xperia Z5: Camera

At the prestigious Camera Test Portal DxOMark the Z5 camera is the current leader. However, the iPhone was passed six down. The Nexus 6P, the Galaxy S6 Edge and finally the Xperia Z5 have overtaken it. The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have not been included in the list, but could be better.

What makes the Z5 camera as well? Heart of the matter is the new Exmor RS sensor with 23 MP and ultra-fast autofocus of 0.03 seconds. so images have a maximum resolution of 5,520 x 4,140 pixels. Videos are recorded with a maximum of 2160p and 30 frames per second. Slow-motion videos to draw on in 720p at 120 frames per second.

sony xperia z5 camera mode 1Even bright colors draws the Xperia-Z5 camera balanced on. / © AndroidPIT

The camera has an excellent auto focus, which is really impressive and so far found in any other smartphone. The camera sensor will immediately recognize the moving object and adjusts the settings during AF immediately, causing the camera reacts fast to everything that is happening in front of the lens.

xperia review z5 camera settingsThe settings for video and photos can be achieved in the menu very well. / © AndroidPIT

How good the images are, but depends of course always of the included software from. The handle thus overall was very functional and easy to use, even I noticed that vibrations have not as strongly affected the recording of videos.

By default, the main camera spitting images in 8-megapixel, and thus leaves room for five times digital zoom. But it is better to compose the picture later cut free as the shaky digital zoom to use. Only the post-processing the camera has partially goofed, as you can see from the gallery.

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When asked why they had set eight megapixels factory, Sony responds: "From the Z5er series you can switch the quick start mode permanently to 23 megapixels. However, the default setting is 8 MP to enable the lossless zoom - which is important for the customer in most cases than the full resolution."

Sony Xperia Z5 Battery

The battery life of the Xperia Z5 is above average and is at moderate use an entire day. Sony has exchanged with the marshmallow update the in-house power saving against Android-board resources. These help the Xperia Z5 a full weekend without limiting the functionality of the device.

Since the Xperia Z1 Sony promises two days of battery life. The promise is of course true for the Xperia Z5. The permanently installed battery offers 2,900 mAh, which is enough capacity to fulfill that promise. The software has been optimized on saving electricity so I patiently watched during the week how long the Xperia Z5 really hold out.

Sony Xperia Z5: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
146 x 72 x 7.5 mm
157 g
2900 mAh
5.2 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
5.1 megapixels
23 megapixels
5.1.1 - Lollipop
Xperia UI
3 GB
32 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
2 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

The Xperia Z5 is a top smartphone with good software that provides the best camera and above-average battery life. The sharp edges but remain in my bad memories; maybe it's because you different.

Who would buy it? This is difficult to answer because Sony is quite late with this device. Much clippers found in the Galaxy S6 a very good alternative, which now costs less money. In battery-reviews the S6 also often comes better of it, but here we have to do a normalized comparison.

sony xperia z5 front display brandThe Xperia Z5 is very good, but not really better than its predecessor. / © AndroidPIT

To be honest, I see no feature that makes it a hundred euros more valuable than the Galaxy S6 the Xperia Z5. If you, however, the slightly better camera and the splash guard is on the MicroSD card slot, the Z5 is your first choice.

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