Sony at the IFA 2019 introduced a new smartphone called Xperia 5 – yes, five. It comes with a 6.1-inch OLED panel with a tall CinemaWide screen, effectively arriving as the compact sibling of the Xperia 1 flagship.
The Sony Xperia 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 855, but unfortunately, the Five in the name has nothing to do with 5G – Sony coupled the chipset with the regular X24 LTE modem.
The new phone borrowed the trio of cameras from the Xperia 1 (12 MP regular + 12 MP ultra-wide-angle + 12 MP telephoto), but now the setup is placed in the upper left corner.
With the screen becoming smaller, Sony decided to cut down the resolution as well. This phone has Full HD+ resolution, which translates into 2520 x 1080 pixels. Sony says the screen has been tuned “for a viewing experience true to creators’ intent.”
There is also Dolby Atmos-enhanced stereo sound with one speaker on the bottom and the earpiece acting as a second one for the stereo experience.
Just like the Xperia 1, the new phone also brings Creator Mode. However, the Xperia 5 is one step ahead of its bigger brother with a new feature called “Smart connectivity”. It learns the phone’s behavior with LTE and Wi-Fi signal and automatically switches to LTE when it predicts any compromise in the wireless connectivity.
When a phone gets smaller, its battery cell imminently loses capacity – the Xperia 5 has only 3,140 mAh, but still supports Power Delivery charging, so there’s no issue in topping it with 18W rates.
Sony Xperia 5 Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
- 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 32(1500), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 46, 66(1700/2100)
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat19 1600/150 Mbps
- Announced: 2019, September
- Status: Release 2019, October
- Dimensions: 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm (6.22 x 2.68 x 0.32 in)
- Weight: 164 g (5.78 oz)
- Build: Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 6) & aluminum frame
- Colours: Blue, Red, Black, Grey
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IP65/IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
- Type: OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Size: 6.1 inches, 86.9 cm2 (~80.9% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~449 ppi density)
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- DCI-P3 100%
- HDR BT.2020
- Triluminos display
- X-Reality Engine
- Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- Storage: 128GB 6GB RAM
- Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot) – dual SIM model only
- Main Camera: Triple
- 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1/2.6″, 1.4µm, predictive Dual Pixel PDAF, 5-axis OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, predictive PDAF, 2x optical zoom, 5-axis OIS
- 12 MP, f/2.4, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm
- Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking
- Video: 2160p@24/30fps HDR, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS), 1080p@960fps
- Selfie Camera: Single – 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
- Features: HDR
- Video: 1080p@30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS)
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- Audio 3.5mm jack: No
- 24-bit/192kHz audio
- Dynamic vibration system
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dolby Atmos sound
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- NFC: Yes
- USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
- Models: J8210, J8270, J9210
- Battery Type & Capacity: Non-removable Li-Ion 3140 mAh battery
- Charging: Fast battery charging 18W (USB Power Delivery 2.0)
- USB Power Delivery
Sony Xperia 5 Price and Availability
The Xperia 5 will be sold with a price tag starting at $799.
TellForce Blog Buyer’s Guide Verdict
At $799, the Xperia 5 will receive steep competition from the iPhone 11, should Apple maintains the $749 starting price for its 6.1-inch phone, which is slated to be announced next week. Additionally, the Galaxy S10e also offers a charmingly compact flagship experience for $50 less than Sony’s latest. We look forward to finding out how the Xperia 5 measures up against those juggernauts in a few months’ time.
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Sony Xperia 5 Review Rating
We are yet to review the Xperia 5 and so do not have a review rating for it yet. This section will be updated with our review rating and a link to the review page, as soon as we have a review ready.
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