Check out the Sony Xperia Z5 series in its full glory


Barely months since the Xperia Z4/Z3+ made its official debut in Malaysia, the new Xperia Z5 series will be launched this week at IFA 2015. This time it will be released in 3 sizes – a Z5 Compact, a mid-sized Z5 and a larger Z5 Premium version. Thanks to a couple of sources, we now have a clearer look at the new Xperia flagships ahead of its official announcement.


In terms of design, the overall shape hasn’t change since the early Z series with its omni-balance approach of having a flat slab with subtle rounded corners. Gone is the iconic chrome power button and it is replaced by a wider flat looking one which potentially could double up as a fingerprint scanner. The frame has a poly-carbonate looking material with matte finish, while the premium version seems to have a glossy look to it. We are not sure if the devices shown here is a final product but it looks more sturdy than the previous version.

Retained also is the standard volume rocker and dedicated camera button, and the micro USB port is exposed just like its newer waterproof devices. On the left side, all 3 models has the word Xperia written and it still gets a flap cover which potentially still houses both Nano-SIM and microSD expansion. The back hasn’t changed since the beginning of the Xperia Z series and it is shown to carry a 23MP 1/2.3″ sensor, which is an upgrade over its current 20.7MP shooter on the Xperia Z1, Z2, Z3 and Z3+.

In terms of specs, the Xperia Z5 Compact will get a 4.6″ HD 720p display, while the Xperia Z5 retains the similar sized 5.2″ Full HD display. For the Xperia Z5 Premium, it is said to be a larger 5.5″ screen that pushes a Quad HD display of 2560×1440 4K display at 3840×2160. According to leaked benchmarks, both Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 will be running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor and it gets 3GB RAM for the Z5 and just 2GB RAM for the Z5 Compact. In terms of storage, the benchmarks suggest 32GB on-board for both models. They are also expected to receive a 23MP main and a front facing 5MP camera. Strangely the front camera is a notch below its current Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra that comes with a 13MP front shooter.

So far there isn’t any indication on the Z5 Premium specs but it is likely to carry better specs with 4GB RAM being a possibility. The Xperia Z5 is expected to be announced early tomorrow morning and we will find out the full specs by then. Do you like what you see? Or did you prefer if Sony went bonkers with an all new design?

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Alexander Wong