Sony Xperia 5 is different than the all majority of smartphones for a couple of the reasons: first of all it’s relatively compact if we compare to most of the phones these days; Secondly it’s also really comfortable to hold in the hand because it’s narrower than the usual smartphone due to 21 by 9 aspect ratio display but it’s also quite a tall phone.  Sony Xperia 5 is as tall as the Samsung galaxy s 10 plus.  I’m admitting this aspect ratio makes the device look ridiculously tall but once you start using the phone you start appreciating the comfort in the hand. Thanks to the split-screen feature the ability to run two apps side-by-side it’s just fantastic.  You will also enjoy watching movies in their original format without black bars on the top and bottom. In fact, most of the movies on Netflix are filmed in this cinematic aspect ratio so if you are a movie lover this phone might be for you!

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Sony Xperia 5  specifications

performanceSnapdragon 855
storage128 GB
camera12MP + 12MP + 12MP
battery3140 mAh
display6.1″ (15.49 cm)
ram6 GB
front camera8 MP
battery3140 mAh
processorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
display6.1 inches
ram6 GB
rear camera12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
chipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
graphicsAdreno 640
processorOcta core (2.84 GHz, Single core, Kryo 485 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 485 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 485)
architecture64 bit
width68 mm
weight164 grams
waterproofYes Water resistant, IP65, IP68
thickness8.2 mm
height158 mm
coloursBlack, Blue, Grey, Red
display typeOLED
aspect ratio21:9
bezelless displayYes
pixel density449 ppi
screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass v6
screen to body ratio calculated81.09 %
screen size6.1 inches (15.49 cm)
screen resolution1080 x 2520 pixels
internal memory128 GB
expandable memoryYes Up to 512 GB
wifiYes Wi-Fi 802.11, ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
wifi featuresMobile Hotspot
bluetoothYes v5.0
volteYes
usb typecYes (Doesn`t support micro-USB)
usb connectivityMass storage device, USB charging
nfcYes
network support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
gpsYes with A-GPS, Glonass
sim 14G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 2100(band 34) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
sim sizeSIM1: Nano

Sony Xperia 5 Display

Sony Xperia 5 display
Sony Xperia 5 display

The display has a lower resolution than the one found on the Xperia One. But in reality, the panel is stacked sharp bright and beautiful to look at even compared to other flagships out there. It’s one of the best there is also the so-called creator mode which basically shows the color grading of the video the Creator. Originally intended to show you without any added effects or enhance colors this mode can be either turned on manually or automatically. Some may also find a dynamic vibration system a little bit gimmicky but I think it’s pretty awesome.

As for watching movies especially if you combine it with Dolby Atmos that is coming out of it – all stereo speaker systems found these speakers to be really good. Overall, in fact, these are one of the best I’ve heard on any flagship phone this year.

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Sony Xperia 5 design

Sony Xperia 5 design
Sony Xperia 5 design

Sony still has a huge fan base that appreciates the company’s effort to stand out when it comes to design. In other words, the Xperia 5 is typical Sony rectangular clean classy and need to mention it looks different than other phones. Out there as you may expect the build quality is just top-notch and the phone is water and thus resistant also as you may guess.

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Sony Xperia 5 Camera

Sony Xperia 5 Camera
Sony Xperia 5 Camera

The phone has a triple camera system on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie shooter which sits next to a tiny LED notification light.  Also, Sony added eye autofocus technology from Sony’s alpha cameras and 10 FPS continuous shooting mode. This device still has a signature two-stage shutter button. Overall image quality is really good and it’s among best you can find out of a smartphone.  I was really impressed with 16 millimeters wide-angle cameras the pictures come out really sharp and detailed. Need to mention regular and telephoto lens takes beautiful images with natural-looking colors. Also, you will find a good dynamic range and plenty of detail edge detection in portrait mode.

The wide-angle lens on phones does not perform great at night but with the Xperia 5, we can take one of the best-looking shots.

Sony Xperia 5 Hardware

Sony Xperia 5 is not all about display or high quality cameras it’s got powerful hardware that assured excellent overall performance no matter what kind of games you play. The phone just flies.

Sony phones and the Xperia 5 combines stock Android with some added features and customization options the result of it a clean looking UI that is smooth and responsive.

Sony Xperia 5 comes with a fast charger in the box so you can get 50% charge in just about 30 minutes. However, there is no wireless charging as you may expect from any flagship device connectivity.

Xperia has great signal reception, GPS NFC and Bluetooth.

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Sony Xperia 5 cons

  • The phone does not have a headphone jack.
  • Sony Xperia 5 restarts every time you open up the SIM card tray.
  • Also, there is no face unlock feature.
  • There is no wireless charging.

Conclusion

There is a lot to love about the Sony Xperia 5 but like all smartphones it’s not perfect. Let’s start with the shortcomings the phone does not have a headphone jack and the device restarts every time you open up the SIM card tray. There is no face unlock feature and edge detection and portrait mode could be better.  Even though Sony brags about cameras on this phone there is no 4k 60fps video recording mode. Lastly there is no wireless charging.

Need to mention and all pros feature that makes the Sony Xperia 5 stand out!  I love the way this phone looks and feels and is simply different than other devices on the market.  I also like this great display one of the best cameras, excellent overall performance, good battery life, excellent loudspeakers. There is also a great clean and smooth user interface.

Despite some shortcomings, the Sony Xperia 5 is one of the best flagships out there. As it packs a ton of premium and innovative features in a bit unusual but nice-looking and compact body.

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