Sony Xperia Z5 review

I was given a silver-colored device for testing, here you can see all the updates to the design code of the current flagship line - the splash screen color matches the body color, minimalism, matte material, and the smartphone almost always looks neat and clean. The recognizable button was replaced by a fingerprint sensor, Xperia engraving on the bottom left, above the screen and below - speaker strips, and quite loud, this applies to both conversational and regular ones. The ends are metal, with damping inserts, upon impact, the energy does not spread throughout the body, but only in one area, this has a positive effect on the survivability of the smartphone. There are no films here, the front of the display covers the glass, the back - the glass, polished in a special way, looks very cool.

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There are four colors in total: black, gold, green and gray, as in the review. If I decided to buy a Z5, I would choose either green or gold - I'm already tired of black and silver smartphones.

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On the other hand, I advise everyone to pay attention to black too, it was made matte, it looks cool. As a fan of sonystyle, I can't help but note that the current flagship line looks much more interesting than the previous one. All the best Sony finds of recent years are embodied here. The microUSB and 3.5mm connectors are devoid of plugs, so you don’t have to constantly pull them, while there is water protection, Sony will talk less about this now (to avoid problems), but rain will not disable the device.

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The traditional groove for attaching the strap has been preserved, the buttons are very well made, they are pressed moderately soft, moderately elastic - the camera button will help you quickly take a picture if you see something interesting on the street. Button behavior can be customized.

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One cover on the left, it contains a panel with cutouts for a SIM card and a memory card. A convenient solution, the main thing is to pick up the edge of this panel and pull it out. NanoSIM cards, if you have a "micro", I recommend not to cut, but to get a new card from the operator. Memory cards of any possible capacity are supported, this allows you to seriously increase the memory of the device. When installing the card in the "Camera", they offer to choose where to save the pictures.

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Here is what is written on the official website about water protection, I think everyone who is going to buy a smartphone should know this information:

"The Xperia Z5 is water and dust resistant, making it resistant to driving rain or washing under the tap (however, remember that all ports and covers must be securely closed when doing this). The device must not be completely submerged under water, nor should it be exposed to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as alcoholic beverages. Incorrect or inappropriate use of the device will void the warranty. The device has been assigned an IP65/68 protection class. Please note that the Xperia Z5 has a USB charging port for connecting to other devices, which is not closed by a cover. If your smartphone has been exposed to water, charge it only after the USB port is completely dry.”

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That is, it's better not to shoot underwater.

By the way, the sides on the back protrude a little, this is done in order to raise the glass above the table. Contrary to the reviews, I did not feel that the bumpers strongly cut into the palm, there was no discomfort.

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Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 5.2 inches, the resolution is FullHD, a number of proprietary technologies are supported, these are TRILUMINOS and X-Reality Engine. Here is what they write on the official website:

  • X-Reality mobile technology analyzes every image on the screen and optimizes colors, sharpness and contrast. As a result, you get photos and videos with the highest detail and low noise.
  • TRILUMINOS Display and Live Color LED technology provide the widest color gamut with vibrant reds, natural greens and blues.

Display settings allow you to change the look of the clock on the lock screen, select system icons for the status bar, enable the image enhancement mentioned above, X-reality, extreme brightness mode or turn off all enhancements, there is a "gloved mode" that will also help use your smartphone in the rain or snow. There is an adaptive backlight adjustment, a white balance setting too, I tried to adjust it for myself, and I stayed at the usual settings. So it is most convenient, the eyes do not hurt. All other functions are familiar. If you have vision problems, you can choose the font size. The typical Sony feature that allows you to wake your smartphone from sleep mode by tapping the screen twice works here. Two taps, the screen lights up, it always works, it's very convenient when the Z5 is in a cradle or lying on a table. The "backlight control" function is quite interesting: when the device is in your hands, the backlight is on, when you put the device on the table, the screen turns off.

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I can’t say anything special about the display with all my desire - a completely normal screen for a modern smartphone.

Fingerprint sensor

On serial devices, the sensor works in the same way as on prototypes, there are no complaints. A corresponding section appears in the "Security" menu, where you can bind up to five fingerprints to the sensor. The process itself is simple: put your finger several times until the scale is full, everything is similar to other similar systems. Then you specify what exactly the sensor will do, and you start using it. I like that unlocking takes a fraction of a second, you put your finger on it and you immediately find yourself on the desktop, without pattern keys and other nonsense. I note that you don’t even need to press the button, just put your finger on it. There were practically no erroneous positives - if there were, it was most likely my fault.

All Sony flagship smartphones have a scanner with a button, so this chapter is identical for Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Here I’ll tell you about one interesting incident, maybe it will be useful for the owners of smart watches and other accessories. One fine Saturday evening in October, I was sitting with friends in a restaurant and having fun, not paying attention to the phone. When there was a pause in the conversation, I took a look at the mail. Received a letter from a reader. He wrote this:

Good evening. I found a minus with a print. You can unlock your phone with another finger. How will Sony react to this? At first, I put the phone down. Then, after thinking, he took and wrote the answer.

Hello, how is this possible?

The man answered quickly, obviously the problem excited him.

I don't know. Sat casually played. And found. Tried to rewrite the software update, but left. Tomorrow I'll go and try on another device.

— Please write what the results of the check will be.

This is where we parted, but in the morning the correspondence was continued.

Hello. Changed phone and same thing. Where it is interesting to write. This is a minus for Sony. What should I do? I always look at phone reviews on your site. What's next?

— How exactly does everything happen?

A reader sent me a video, I won't show it here - after all, personal data and all that. The phone has one fingerprint, for the thumb. Alex, this is the name of our reader, presses several times with another finger, for example, the index finger, and the unlock occurs. To be honest, I got scared. Did Sony make a bad sensor? Is this a massive bug? Forwarded the video and our correspondence to colleagues at Sony. I must say that Alex lives in England, he talked to technical support, talked in the salon, no one helped him there, so I started to worry - after all, if it was some kind of trick, the specialists would certainly help, right?

After a couple of hours, I received a response from Sony:

“This situation is normal. The user has the Smart Lock feature enabled, which allows you to unlock the phone when connected to some accessory, which is, as it were, authorization for access.

In this case, he has a Pebble watch in this role. When the Smart Lock function is enabled, the lock icon on the lock screen is circled, and in principle, you can get into the phone not just by using the wrong finger, but simply by swiping the screen.

The function is located along this path: Settings - Security - Smart Lock".

And just five minutes later, a letter came from Alex: “The problem was, I hope, in the smart lock. I just have a PEBBLE smart watch on me and I entered it as TRUSTED. Therefore, it worked. Now turned off. We'll see. While everything is fine, the other finger does not work.

Phew. You can breathe out. Two conclusions can be drawn from this story. First - you need to learn the materiel - for the first time I hear about Smart Lock. It is strange that Sony technical support could not figure out the problem, especially since there is a hint here, a lock in a circle. The second conclusion is that if you are already making a fingerprint, then turn off Smart Lock. Otherwise, what is the use of protection? A colleague will be able to calmly take the phone, unlock it, look at pictures or something else and put the device back.

Original note and a small discussion were published in our Android section, check back often.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is used, as you know, this is a rather "warm" solution, so I went to visit my friend, the owner of an infrared thermometer. It was interesting to see what the heat is in numbers - in fact, heat is felt well when shooting video, not only in 4K, but also when shooting a simple video. So, I used the method described here by colleagues from Androidcentral. If you turn on shooting in 4K and leave the camera, well, or insert it into a tripod, the temperature of the back cover reaches forty degrees, that is, it is very hot. And even when you start shooting video in 4K, a warning about a possible increase in temperature appears.

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If you don't shoot video and just use your smartphone, write SMS, use the browser and other normal tasks, the lid around the NFC module becomes warm, but nothing more. The moment associated with heating must be taken into account, but it is hardly worth being scared.

You can read more about the processor here and here. The rest of the features are: 3 GB of RAM (the Z5 Compact has 2 GB of memory), 32 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, there is support for LTE. Android version 5.1.1. Adreno 430 is responsible for graphics, wireless interfaces are Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n/ac. Let me remind you once again that the Z5 and Z5 Premium will have two SIM cards with LTE, the “compact” has only a version with one SIM card.

We've had some conversations with the company that it would be nice to get a version with 64 GB of memory - you know, sometimes even the best memory cards behave strangely and this affects the work of applications installed on the microSD. Until Sony changes anything, learn to use the built-in 32 GB correctly and buy normal memory cards. Although it pleases - no loss of rights.

Finally - screenshots from Antutu. They say that if you run them several times in a row, the results worsen, here are the results of the first test.

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Features

A little about other features of the smartphone:

  • Paired with PS4 is supported, in other words, Xperia turns into a screen, pick up a joystick and play. Considering the diagonal of the display, it is better not to do this on the “compact”. And on Premium it is quite possible to play some simple games, which is what I do.
  • Old accessories are supported - I mean, from other Z series smartphones with a five-pin connector. A noise canceling headset and microphone will work just fine.
  • The new Sony MDR-NC750 headset has been announced, there is noise reduction, and the built-in microphones can also be used when shooting video, which (they say) allows you to record sound with unprecedented quality. Haven't checked yet. The function only works with the Z5 family. The test will be released on the website soon.
  • Much less pre-installed software garbage, this is also noticeable. One screen less.

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  • As before, there is support for mini-applications, click on the button for selecting open applications, a list is displayed below, you can download something else in addition. There is a calculator, a timer, a browser, taking a screenshot, a calendar, a mini-player, there is even a mirror - the front camera turns on, you can quickly check the condition of the face.
  • Sony-style player, sound quality is good, tried with different headphones. The device supports high-resolution audio out of the box, LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD formats, there is ClearAudio +, the LDAC codec is supported - music transfer via Bluetooth in maximum quality, you just need headphones that support the same codec. So far, only Sony has it, the Sony MDR-1ABT model. In general, in terms of music, the Z5 line may be interesting for music lovers, since there is no need to install additional players in order to listen to the same FLAC files. Add an amplifier to the Z5, good headphones, play around with the software, and you have a beginner audiophile kit.
  • Uses Bluetooth 4.1, supports ANT+ profile for use with sports equipment, has NFC, DLNA, Wi-Fi MIMO, MHL 3.0. Using an MHL cable, you can connect the Z5 to a TV and use it to play videos (for example).

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Камеры

Фронтальная камера 5 МП, используется широкоугольная оптика, снимать селфи – одно удовольствие. Конечно, если вы любите этот жанр. Основная камера 23 МП, из того, что вам обязательно нужно знать перед покупкой, – тут действительно очень и очень быстрый автофокус. Второй момент связан с оптическим увеличением. Посмотрите на фотографию Кремля, снятую с моста, вот здесь как раз и было использовано увеличение. Видно, что программа постаралась подрисовать картинку, на экране смартфона смотрится неплохо, на экране ноутбука артефакты заметны. В общем, увеличением в смартфонах пользоваться не советую, не советую этого делать и для Z5, в крайнем случае можно, но сильно рассчитывать на хороший результат не стоит.

Sample photos

The overall impression is what matters. It's much easier to get a good shot now with the Z5 series, especially compared to the Z3. If the hand does not tremble, the pictures are very high quality: razor-sharp clarity, natural colors, even with not the best lighting, you can count on a good result. Shooting 4K videos is hardly a strong marketing advantage, especially given how quickly your smartphone heats up, but you can also shoot such videos and then watch them on a 4K TV. Or watch it on your smartphone screen. I hope that this year we will also do a comparative test of the cameras of modern flagships, let's see who wins.

Don't forget, there will be tests of the small Z5 and Z5 Premium on the site, so there will be more shots so that you can draw your own conclusions about the device's camera.

Finally, a little about the modes of operation:

  • Super auto mode, as simple and comfortable as possible for any user;
  • Manually, here you can select the maximum resolution, set the ISO and other parameters;
  • AR-effect, something like augmented reality, when masks appear on people in the lens, dinosaurs, gnomes and so on walk around, the device heats up very much, but copes with the task quite quickly;
  • 4K video, everything is clear, the video is at the maximum resolution, all my videos were shot in bad weather, waiting for the sun to show you a good example. Looks great on a smartphone screen;
  • AR mask, very strange selfie;
  • Portrait style, another selfie mode;
  • Artistic effect, everything is clear here, filters;
  • Panoramic view;
  • Create stickers from photos;
  • Timeshift video, slow motion effects;
  • Insert a face into an image;
  • Multi-camera, recording the same scene from different angles on the same screen;
  • Take a photo and record sound.

You can download additional effects, applications for the camera, found Vine from interesting things, short videos, Evernote, everything is clear with this.

Opening hours

A 2900 mAh battery is installed, QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging technology is supported, after charging for 45 minutes, the smartphone can allegedly work all day. Naturally, it all depends on your particular use. Sony claims two days of work for the Z5 line, but that's a bit far-fetched. If you shoot video in 4K on the Z5, the battery will run out very quickly. Here we must say this: in theory, smartphones of the Z5 line can work for two days. In practice, it all depends on you.

Familiar power saving modes are supported.

The power supply in the kit will be different, it does not support QuickCharge - you will need to buy such a power supply separately. I want to remind you that I tested the UCH-10, a power supply with QuickCharge support, you can read it here.

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Conclusions

There are no questions about conversational dynamics. Sound in HD is supported, I really like this feature, the interlocutor seems to be standing nearby. You quickly get used to good things. There are no questions about the quality of the connection, the vibration in your pocket is felt, the usual speaker is not too loud - it does not yell, it is easy to miss a call or notification in a noisy place.

In official retail, the device costs 49,990 rubles, this applies to both the version with one and two SIM cards, I would immediately buy DualSIM, at least just in case. I suggest you decide on the color yourself, silver seems to me the most practical, prints are not so noticeable on white.

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What I liked:

  • Assembly, device design. Of Android smartphones, there are three devices that I absolutely love, the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE+, the Blackberry Priv, and the entire new Z5 line. What is "mini", what is Premium, what is a regular smartphone look great. Just a pleasure to pick up and use every day. Protection against water is conditional here, keep this in mind;
  • The camera will probably still be finished, but even now it shoots more interesting than its predecessor;
  • Well done fingerprint sensor;
  • Advanced musical features;
  • LTE;
  • There is a slot for memory cards;
  • Minimum extra software;
  • Absence of any shell;
  • Good offline time;
  • Interesting accessories, working with PS4.

What I didn't like:

  • CPU heating and related incidents - for example, the camera may be closed at the most inopportune moment;
  • No headset included;
  • I would recommend that Sony pay more attention to the dynamics of the smartphone, see how it is done on other devices - at least on the iPhone;
  • The screen will not appeal to those who have dealt with other modern smartphones;
  • No wireless charging, although many people are already used to this feature.

What else can you buy with that money?

  • iPhone 6S, memory depends on the version of the smartphone - if you buy an American, you can take 64 GB;
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE, 32 GB version costs comparable money.

Reviews of these smartphones are on the site, I recommend that you read them. It makes no sense to list other devices, consumers in Russia have the highest level of knowledge and respect for the Sony brand, so you can safely put the Z5 and Apple and Samsung products in line. What exactly to choose is up to you. I will only note that the iPhone still cannot be thrown out of comparison - the price is painfully similar. Another OS, another world, but maybe someone just decides to try? As for Samsung, there is a space design, good materials, a good camera, but the shell can scare you away. As well as the inability to increase memory. By the way, I won’t advise anyone to buy an iPhone 6S with 16 GB of memory either, at least you need a version with 64 GB.

And, if you looked at the price of the Z5 with sarcasm, then now, remembering the features of other modern flagships, you will no longer be so categorical, right? It's good when there is a curved screen, but even better when there are more than a hundred gigs of memory. Here you can choose what is more important.

Modern prices are very surprising, so I won't be surprised if consumers now rake out the Z3 and Z3 + and bypass the flagships. Expensive. While very expensive. Sony will show the next flagship in 2016, most likely it will happen at IFA next September. It may well be that we will see a phablet based on the Z5 and a tablet made on the same platform.

I personally like the updated line very much. If you are looking for the best smartphone to use for several years, be sure to include the Z5 in the comparison.

Sony Xperia Z5 review

I was given a silver-colored device for testing, here you can see all the updates to the design code of the current flagship line - the splash screen color matches the body color, minimalism, matte material, and the smartphone almost always looks neat and clean. The recognizable button was replaced by a fingerprint sensor, Xperia engraving on the bottom left, above the screen and below - speaker strips, and quite loud, this applies to both conversational and regular ones. The ends are metal, with damping inserts, upon impact, the energy does not spread throughout the body, but only in one area, this has a positive effect on the survivability of the smartphone. There are no films here, the front of the display covers the glass, the back - the glass, polished in a special way, looks very cool.

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There are four colors in total: black, gold, green and gray, as in the review. If I decided to buy a Z5, I would choose either green or gold - I'm already tired of black and silver smartphones.

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On the other hand, I advise everyone to pay attention to black too, it was made matte, it looks cool. As a fan of sonystyle, I can't help but note that the current flagship line looks much more interesting than the previous one. All the best Sony finds of recent years are embodied here. The microUSB and 3.5mm connectors are devoid of plugs, so you don’t have to constantly pull them, while there is water protection, Sony will talk less about this now (to avoid problems), but rain will not disable the device.

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The traditional groove for attaching the strap has been preserved, the buttons are very well made, they are pressed moderately soft, moderately elastic - the camera button will help you quickly take a picture if you see something interesting on the street. Button behavior can be customized.

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One cover on the left, it contains a panel with cutouts for a SIM card and a memory card. A convenient solution, the main thing is to pick up the edge of this panel and pull it out. NanoSIM cards, if you have a "micro", I recommend not to cut, but to get a new card from the operator. Memory cards of any possible capacity are supported, this allows you to seriously increase the memory of the device. When installing the card in the "Camera", they offer to choose where to save the pictures.

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Here is what is written on the official website about water protection, I think everyone who is going to buy a smartphone should know this information:

"The Xperia Z5 is water and dust resistant, making it resistant to driving rain or washing under the tap (however, remember that all ports and covers must be securely closed when doing this). The device must not be completely submerged under water, nor should it be exposed to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as alcoholic beverages. Incorrect or inappropriate use of the device will void the warranty. The device has been assigned an IP65/68 protection class. Please note that the Xperia Z5 has a USB charging port for connecting to other devices, which is not closed by a cover. If your smartphone has been exposed to water, charge it only after the USB port is completely dry.”

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That is, it's better not to shoot underwater.

By the way, the sides on the back protrude a little, this is done in order to raise the glass above the table. Contrary to the reviews, I did not feel that the sides cut hard into the palm, there was no discomfort.

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Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 5.2 inches, the resolution is FullHD, a number of proprietary technologies are supported, these are TRILUMINOS and X-Reality Engine. Here is what they write on the official website:

  • X-Reality mobile technology analyzes every image on the screen and optimizes colors, sharpness and contrast. As a result, you get photos and videos with the highest detail and low noise.
  • TRILUMINOS Display and Live Color LED technology provide the widest color gamut with vibrant reds, natural greens and blues.

Display settings allow you to change the look of the clock on the lock screen, select system icons for the status bar, enable the image enhancement mentioned above, X-reality, extreme brightness mode or turn off all enhancements, there is a "gloved mode" that will also help use your smartphone in the rain or snow. There is an adaptive backlight adjustment, a white balance setting too, I tried to adjust it for myself, and I stayed at the usual settings.So it is most convenient, the eyes do not hurt. All other functions are familiar. If you have vision problems, you can choose the font size. The typical Sony feature that allows you to wake your smartphone from sleep mode by tapping the screen twice works here. Two taps, the screen lights up, it always works, it's very convenient when the Z5 is in a cradle or lying on a table. The "backlight control" function is quite interesting: when the device is in your hands, the backlight is on, when you put the device on the table, the screen turns off.

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I can’t say anything special about the display with all my desire - a completely normal screen for a modern smartphone.

Fingerprint sensor

On serial devices, the sensor works in the same way as on prototypes, there are no complaints. A corresponding section appears in the "Security" menu, where you can bind up to five fingerprints to the sensor. The process itself is simple: put your finger several times until the scale is full, everything is similar to other similar systems. Then you specify what exactly the sensor will do, and you start using it. I like that unlocking takes a fraction of a second, you put your finger on it and you immediately find yourself on the desktop, without pattern keys and other nonsense. I note that you don’t even need to press the button, just put your finger on it. There were practically no erroneous positives - if there were, it was most likely my fault.

All Sony flagship smartphones have a scanner with a button, so this chapter is identical for Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Here I’ll tell you about one interesting incident, maybe it will be useful for the owners of smart watches and other accessories. One fine Saturday evening in October, I was sitting with friends in a restaurant and having fun, not paying attention to the phone. When there was a pause in the conversation, I took a look at the mail. Received a letter from a reader. He wrote this:

Good evening. I found a minus with a print. You can unlock your phone with another finger. How will Sony react to this? At first, I put the phone down. Then, after thinking, he took and wrote the answer.

Hello, how is this possible?

The man answered quickly, obviously the problem excited him.

I don't know. Sat casually played. And found. Tried to rewrite the software update, but left. Tomorrow I'll go and try on another device.

— Please write what the results of the check will be.

This is where we parted, but in the morning the correspondence was continued.

Hello. Changed phone and same thing. Where it is interesting to write. This is a minus for Sony. What should I do? I always look at phone reviews on your site. What's next?

— How exactly does everything happen?

A reader sent me a video, I won't show it here - after all, personal data and all that. The phone has one fingerprint, for the thumb. Alex, this is the name of our reader, presses several times with another finger, for example, the index finger, and the unlock occurs. To be honest, I got scared. Did Sony make a bad sensor? Is this a massive bug? Forwarded the video and our correspondence to colleagues at Sony. I must say that Alex lives in England, he talked to technical support, talked in the salon, no one helped him there, so I started to worry - after all, if it was some kind of trick, the specialists would certainly help, right?

After a couple of hours, I received a response from Sony:

“This situation is normal. The user has the Smart Lock feature enabled, which allows you to unlock the phone when connected to some accessory, which is, as it were, authorization for access.

In this case, he has a Pebble watch in this role. When the Smart Lock function is enabled, the lock icon on the lock screen is circled, and in principle, you can get into the phone not just by using the wrong finger, but simply by swiping the screen.

The function is located along this path: Settings - Security - Smart Lock".

And just five minutes later, a letter came from Alex: “The problem was, I hope, in the smart lock. I just have a PEBBLE smart watch on me and I entered it as TRUSTED. Therefore, it worked. Now turned off. We'll see. While everything is fine, the other finger does not work.

Phew. You can breathe out. Two conclusions can be drawn from this story. First - you need to learn the materiel - for the first time I hear about Smart Lock. It is strange that Sony technical support could not figure out the problem, especially since there is a hint here, a lock in a circle. The second conclusion is that if you are already making a fingerprint, then turn off Smart Lock. Otherwise, what is the use of protection? A colleague will be able to calmly take the phone, unlock it, look at pictures or something else and put the device back.

Original note and a small discussion were published in our Android section, check back often.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is used, as you know, this is a rather "warm" solution, so I went to visit my friend, the owner of an infrared thermometer. It was interesting to see what the heat is in numbers - in fact, heat is felt well when shooting video, not only in 4K, but also when shooting a simple video. So, I used the method described here by colleagues from Androidcentral. If you turn on shooting in 4K and leave the camera, well, or insert it into a tripod, the temperature of the back cover reaches forty degrees, that is, it is very hot. And even when you start shooting video in 4K, a warning about a possible increase in temperature appears.

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If you don't shoot video and just use your smartphone, write SMS, use the browser and other normal tasks, the lid around the NFC module becomes warm, but nothing more. The moment associated with heating must be taken into account, but it is hardly worth being scared.

You can read more about the processor here and here. The rest of the features are: 3 GB of RAM (the Z5 Compact has 2 GB of memory), 32 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, there is support for LTE. Android version 5.1.1. Adreno 430 is responsible for graphics, wireless interfaces are Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n/ac. Let me remind you once again that the Z5 and Z5 Premium will have two SIM cards with LTE, the “compact” has only a version with one SIM card.

We've had some conversations with the company that it would be nice to get a version with 64 GB of memory - you know, sometimes even the best memory cards behave strangely and this affects the work of applications installed on the microSD. Until Sony changes anything, learn to use the built-in 32 GB correctly and buy normal memory cards. Although it pleases - no loss of rights.

Finally - screenshots from Antutu. They say that if you run them several times in a row, the results worsen, here are the results of the first test.

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Features

A little about other features of the smartphone:

  • Paired with PS4 is supported, in other words, Xperia turns into a screen, pick up a joystick and play. Considering the diagonal of the display, it is better not to do this on the “compact”. And on Premium it is quite possible to play some simple games, which is what I do.
  • Old accessories are supported - I mean, from other Z series smartphones with a five-pin connector. A noise canceling headset and microphone will work just fine.
  • The new Sony MDR-NC750 headset has been announced, there is noise reduction, and the built-in microphones can also be used when shooting video, which (they say) allows you to record sound with unprecedented quality. Haven't checked yet. The function only works with the Z5 family. The test will be released on the website soon.
  • Much less pre-installed software garbage, this is also noticeable. One screen less.

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Камеры

Фронтальная камера 5 МП, используется широкоугольная оптика, снимать селфи – одно удовольствие. Конечно, если вы любите этот жанр. Основная камера 23 МП, из того, что вам обязательно нужно знать перед покупкой, – тут действительно очень и очень быстрый автофокус. Второй момент связан с оптическим увеличением. Посмотрите на фотографию Кремля, снятую с моста, вот здесь как раз и было использовано увеличение. Видно, что программа постаралась подрисовать картинку, на экране смартфона смотрится неплохо, на экране ноутбука артефакты заметны. В общем, увеличением в смартфонах пользоваться не советую, не советую этого делать и для Z5, в крайнем случае можно, но сильно рассчитывать на хороший результат не стоит.

Sample photos

The overall impression is what matters. It's much easier to get a good shot now with the Z5 series, especially compared to the Z3. If the hand does not tremble, the pictures are very high quality: razor-sharp clarity, natural colors, even with not the best lighting, you can count on a good result. Shooting 4K videos is hardly a strong marketing advantage, especially given how quickly your smartphone heats up, but you can also shoot such videos and then watch them on a 4K TV. Or watch it on your smartphone screen. I hope that this year we will also do a comparative test of the cameras of modern flagships, let's see who wins.

Don't forget, there will be tests of the small Z5 and Z5 Premium on the site, so there will be more shots so that you can draw your own conclusions about the device's camera.

Finally, a little about the modes of operation:

  • Super auto mode, as simple and comfortable as possible for any user;
  • Manually, here you can select the maximum resolution, set the ISO and other parameters;
  • AR-effect, something like augmented reality, when masks appear on people in the lens, dinosaurs, gnomes and so on walk around, the device heats up very much, but copes with the task quite quickly;
  • 4K video, everything is clear, the video is at the maximum resolution, all my videos were shot in bad weather, waiting for the sun to show you a good example. Looks great on a smartphone screen;
  • AR mask, very strange selfie;
  • Portrait style, another selfie mode;
  • Artistic effect, everything is clear here, filters;
  • Panoramic view;
  • Create stickers from photos;
  • Timeshift video, slow motion effects;
  • Insert a face into an image;
  • Multi-camera, recording the same scene from different angles on the same screen;
  • Take a photo and record sound.

You can download additional effects, applications for the camera, found Vine from interesting things, short videos, Evernote, everything is clear with this.

Opening hours

A 2900 mAh battery is installed, QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging technology is supported, after charging for 45 minutes, the smartphone supposedly can work all day. Naturally, it all depends on your particular use. Sony claims two days of work for the Z5 line, but that's a bit far-fetched. If you shoot video in 4K on the Z5, the battery will run out very quickly. Here we must say this: in theory, smartphones of the Z5 line can work for two days. In practice, it all depends on you.

Familiar power saving modes are supported.

The power supply in the kit will be different, it does not support QuickCharge - you will need to buy such a power supply separately. I want to remind you that I tested the UCH-10, a power supply with QuickCharge support, you can read it here.

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Conclusions

There are no questions about conversational dynamics. Sound in HD is supported, I really like this feature, the interlocutor seems to be standing nearby. You quickly get used to good things. There are no questions about the quality of the connection, the vibration in your pocket is felt, the usual speaker is not too loud - it does not yell, it is easy to miss a call or notification in a noisy place.

In official retail, the device costs 49,990 rubles, this applies to both the version with one and two SIM cards, I would immediately buy DualSIM, at least just in case. I suggest you decide on the color yourself, silver seems to me the most practical, prints are not so noticeable on white.

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What I liked:

  • Assembly, device design. Of Android smartphones, there are three devices that I absolutely love, the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE+, the Blackberry Priv, and the entire new Z5 line. What is "mini", what is Premium, what is a regular smartphone look great. Just a pleasure to pick up and use every day. Protection against water is conditional here, keep this in mind;
  • The camera will probably still be finished, but even now it shoots more interesting than its predecessor;
  • Well done fingerprint sensor;
  • Advanced musical features;
  • LTE;
  • There is a slot for memory cards;
  • Minimum extra software;
  • Absence of any shell;
  • Good offline time;
  • Interesting accessories, working with PS4.

What I didn't like:

  • CPU heating and related incidents - for example, the camera may be closed at the most inopportune moment;
  • No headset included;
  • I would recommend that Sony pay more attention to the dynamics of the smartphone, see how it is done on other devices - at least on the iPhone;
  • The screen will not appeal to those who have dealt with other modern smartphones;
  • No wireless charging, although many people are already used to this feature.

What else can you buy with that money?

  • iPhone 6S, memory depends on the version of the smartphone - if you buy an American, you can take 64 GB;
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE, 32 GB version costs comparable money.

Reviews of these smartphones are on the site, I recommend that you read them. It makes no sense to list other devices, consumers in Russia have the highest level of knowledge and respect for the Sony brand, so you can safely put the Z5 and Apple and Samsung products in line. What exactly to choose is up to you. I will only note that the iPhone still cannot be thrown out of comparison - the price is painfully similar. Another OS, another world, but maybe someone just decides to try? As for Samsung, there is a space design, good materials, a good camera, but the shell can scare you away. As well as the inability to increase memory. By the way, I won’t advise anyone to buy an iPhone 6S with 16 GB of memory either, at least you need a version with 64 GB.

And, if you were looking at the price of the Z5 with sarcasm, then now, remembering the features of other modern flagships, you will no longer be so categorical, right? It's good when there is a curved screen, but even better when there are more than a hundred gigs of memory. Here you can choose what is more important.

Modern prices are very surprising, so I won't be surprised if consumers now rake out the Z3 and Z3 + and bypass the flagships. Expensive. While very expensive. Sony will show the next flagship in 2016, most likely it will happen at IFA next September. It may well be that we will see a phablet based on the Z5 and a tablet made on the same platform.

I personally like the updated line very much. If you are looking for the best smartphone to use for several years, be sure to include the Z5 in the comparison.

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I was given a silver-colored device for testing, here you can see all the updates to the design code of the current flagship line - the splash screen color matches the body color, minimalism, matte material, and the smartphone almost always looks neat and clean. The recognizable button was replaced by a fingerprint sensor, Xperia engraving on the bottom left, above the screen and below - speaker strips, and quite loud, this applies to both conversational and regular ones. The ends are metal, with damping inserts, upon impact, the energy does not spread throughout the body, but only in one area, this has a positive effect on the survivability of the smartphone. There are no films here, the front of the display covers the glass, the back - the glass, polished in a special way, looks very cool.

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There are four colors in total: black, gold, green and gray, as in the review. If I decided to buy a Z5, I would choose either green or gold - I'm already tired of black and silver smartphones.

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On the other hand, I advise everyone to pay attention to black too, it was made matte, it looks cool. As a fan of sonystyle, I can't help but note that the current flagship line looks much more interesting than the previous one. All the best Sony finds of recent years are embodied here. The microUSB and 3.5mm connectors are devoid of plugs, so you don’t have to constantly pull them, while there is water protection, Sony will talk less about this now (to avoid problems), but rain will not disable the device.

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The traditional groove for attaching the strap has been preserved, the buttons are very well made, they are pressed moderately soft, moderately elastic - the camera button will help you quickly take a picture if you see something interesting on the street. Button behavior can be customized.

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One cover on the left, it contains a panel with cutouts for a SIM card and a memory card. A convenient solution, the main thing is to pick up the edge of this panel and pull it out. NanoSIM cards, if you have a "micro", I recommend not to cut, but to get a new card from the operator. Memory cards of any possible capacity are supported, this allows you to seriously increase the memory of the device. When installing the card in the "Camera", they offer to choose where to save the pictures.

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Here is what is written on the official website about water protection, I think everyone who is going to buy a smartphone needs to know this information:

"The Xperia Z5 is water and dust resistant, making it resistant to driving rain or washing under the tap (however, remember that all ports and covers must be securely closed when doing this). The device must not be completely submerged under water, nor should it be exposed to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as alcoholic beverages. Incorrect or inappropriate use of the device will void the warranty. The device has been assigned an IP65/68 protection class. Please note that the Xperia Z5 has a USB charging port for connecting to other devices, which is not closed by a cover. If your smartphone has been exposed to water, charge it only after the USB port is completely dry.”

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That is, it's better not to shoot underwater.

By the way, the sides on the back protrude a little, this is done in order to raise the glass above the table. Contrary to the reviews, I did not feel that the bumpers strongly cut into the palm, there was no discomfort.

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Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 5.2 inches, the resolution is FullHD, a number of proprietary technologies are supported, these are TRILUMINOS and X-Reality Engine. Here is what they write on the official website:

  • X-Reality mobile technology analyzes every image on the screen and optimizes colors, sharpness and contrast. As a result, you get photos and videos with the highest detail and low noise.
  • TRILUMINOS Display and Live Color LED technology provide the widest color gamut with vibrant reds, natural greens and blues.

Display settings allow you to change the look of the clock on the lock screen, select system icons for the status bar, enable the image enhancement mentioned above, X-reality, extreme brightness mode or turn off all enhancements, there is a "gloved mode" that will also help use your smartphone in the rain or snow. There is an adaptive backlight adjustment, a white balance setting too, I tried to adjust it for myself, and I stayed at the usual settings.So it is most convenient, the eyes do not hurt. All other functions are familiar. If you have vision problems, you can choose the font size. The typical Sony feature that allows you to wake your smartphone from sleep mode by tapping the screen twice works here. Two taps, the screen lights up, it always works, it's very convenient when the Z5 is in a cradle or lying on a table. The "backlight control" function is quite interesting: when the device is in your hands, the backlight is on, when you put the device on the table, the screen turns off.

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I can’t say anything special about the display with all my desire - a completely normal screen for a modern smartphone.

Fingerprint sensor

On serial devices, the sensor works in the same way as on prototypes, there are no complaints. A corresponding section appears in the "Security" menu, where you can bind up to five fingerprints to the sensor. The process itself is simple: put your finger several times until the scale is full, everything is similar to other similar systems. Then you specify what exactly the sensor will do, and you start using it. I like that unlocking takes a fraction of a second, you put your finger on it and you immediately find yourself on the desktop, without pattern keys and other nonsense. I note that you don’t even need to press the button, just put your finger on it. There were practically no erroneous positives - if there were, it was most likely my fault.

All Sony flagship smartphones have a scanner with a button, so this chapter is identical for Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Here I’ll tell you about one interesting incident, maybe it will be useful for the owners of smart watches and other accessories. One fine Saturday evening in October, I was sitting with friends in a restaurant and having fun, not paying attention to the phone. When there was a pause in the conversation, I took a look at the mail. Received a letter from a reader. He wrote this:

Good evening. I found a minus with a print. You can unlock your phone with another finger. How will Sony react to this? At first, I put the phone down. Then, after thinking, he took and wrote the answer.

Hello, how is this possible?

The man answered quickly, obviously the problem excited him.

I don't know. Sat casually played. And found. Tried to rewrite the software update, but left. Tomorrow I'll go and try on another device.

— Please write what the results of the check will be.

This is where we parted, but in the morning the correspondence was continued.

Hello. Changed phone and same thing. Where it is interesting to write. This is a minus for Sony. What should I do? I always look at phone reviews on your site. What's next?

— How exactly does everything happen?

A reader sent me a video, I won't show it here - after all, personal data and all that. The phone has one fingerprint, for the thumb. Alex, this is the name of our reader, presses several times with another finger, for example, the index finger, and the unlock occurs. To be honest, I got scared. Did Sony make a bad sensor? Is this a massive bug? Forwarded the video and our correspondence to colleagues at Sony. I must say that Alex lives in England, he talked to technical support, talked in the salon, no one helped him there, so I started to worry - after all, if it was some kind of trick, the specialists would certainly help, right?

After a couple of hours, I received a response from Sony:

“This situation is normal. The user has the Smart Lock feature enabled, which allows you to unlock the phone when connected to some accessory, which is, as it were, authorization for access.

In this case, he has a Pebble watch in this role. When the Smart Lock function is enabled, the lock icon on the lock screen is circled, and in principle, you can get into the phone not just by using the wrong finger, but simply by swiping the screen.

The function is located along this path: Settings - Security - Smart Lock".

And just five minutes later, a letter came from Alex: “The problem was, I hope, in the smart lock. I just have a PEBBLE smart watch on me and I entered it as TRUSTED. Therefore, it worked. Now turned off. We'll see. While everything is fine, the other finger does not work.

Phew. You can breathe out. Two conclusions can be drawn from this story. First - you need to learn the materiel - for the first time I hear about Smart Lock. It is strange that Sony technical support could not figure out the problem, especially since there is a hint here, a lock in a circle. The second conclusion is that if you are already making a fingerprint, then turn off Smart Lock. Otherwise, what is the use of protection? A colleague will be able to calmly take the phone, unlock it, look at pictures or something else and put the device back.

Original note and a small discussion were published in our Android section, check back often.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is used, as you know, this is a rather "warm" solution, so I went to visit my friend, the owner of an infrared thermometer. It was interesting to see what the heat is in numbers - in fact, heat is felt well when shooting video, not only in 4K, but also when shooting a simple video. So, I used the method described here by colleagues from Androidcentral. If you turn on shooting in 4K and leave the camera, well, or insert it into a tripod, the temperature of the back cover reaches forty degrees, that is, it is very hot. And even when you start shooting video in 4K, a warning about a possible increase in temperature appears.

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If you don't shoot video and just use your smartphone, write SMS, use the browser and other normal tasks, the lid around the NFC module becomes warm, but nothing more. The moment associated with heating must be taken into account, but it is hardly worth being scared.

You can read more about the processor here and here. The rest of the features are: 3 GB of RAM (the Z5 Compact has 2 GB of memory), 32 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, there is support for LTE. Android version 5.1.1. Adreno 430 is responsible for graphics, wireless interfaces are Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n/ac. Let me remind you once again that the Z5 and Z5 Premium will have two SIM cards with LTE, the “compact” has only a version with one SIM card.

We've had some conversations with the company that it would be nice to get a version with 64 GB of memory - you know, sometimes even the best memory cards behave strangely and this affects the work of applications installed on the microSD. Until Sony changes anything, learn to use the built-in 32 GB correctly and buy normal memory cards. Although it pleases - no loss of rights.

Finally - screenshots from Antutu. They say that if you run them several times in a row, the results worsen, here are the results of the first test.

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Features

A little about other features of the smartphone:

  • Paired with PS4 is supported, in other words, Xperia turns into a screen, pick up a joystick and play. Considering the diagonal of the display, it is better not to do this on the “compact”. And on Premium it is quite possible to play some simple games, which is what I do.
  • Old accessories are supported - I mean, from other Z series smartphones with a five-pin connector. A noise canceling headset and microphone will work just fine.
  • The new Sony MDR-NC750 headset has been announced, there is noise reduction, and the built-in microphones can also be used when shooting video, which (they say) allows you to record sound with unprecedented quality. Haven't checked yet. The function only works with the Z5 family. The test will be released on the website soon.
  • Much less pre-installed software garbage, this is also noticeable. One screen less.

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  • As before, there is support for mini-applications, click on the button for selecting open applications, a list is displayed below, you can download something else in addition. There is a calculator, a timer, a browser, taking a screenshot, a calendar, a mini-player, there is even a mirror - the front camera turns on, you can quickly check the condition of the face.
  • Sony-style player, sound quality is good, tried with different headphones. The device supports high-resolution audio out of the box, LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD formats, there is ClearAudio +, the LDAC codec is supported - music transfer via Bluetooth in maximum quality, you just need headphones that support the same codec. So far, only Sony has it, the Sony MDR-1ABT model. In general, in terms of music, the Z5 line may be interesting for music lovers, since there is no need to install additional players in order to listen to the same FLAC files. Add an amplifier to the Z5, good headphones, play around with the software, and you have a beginner audiophile kit.
  • Uses Bluetooth 4.1, supports ANT+ profile for use with sports equipment, has NFC, DLNA, Wi-Fi MIMO, MHL 3.0. Using an MHL cable, you can connect the Z5 to a TV and use it to play videos (for example).

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Камеры

Фронтальная камера 5 МП, используется широкоугольная оптика, снимать селфи – одно удовольствие. Конечно, если вы любите этот жанр. Основная камера 23 МП, из того, что вам обязательно нужно знать перед покупкой, – тут действительно очень и очень быстрый автофокус. Второй момент связан с оптическим увеличением. Посмотрите на фотографию Кремля, снятую с моста, вот здесь как раз и было использовано увеличение. Видно, что программа постаралась подрисовать картинку, на экране смартфона смотрится неплохо, на экране ноутбука артефакты заметны. В общем, увеличением в смартфонах пользоваться не советую, не советую этого делать и для Z5, в крайнем случае можно, но сильно рассчитывать на хороший результат не стоит.

Sample photos

The overall impression is what matters. It's much easier to get a good shot now with the Z5 series, especially compared to the Z3. If the hand does not tremble, the pictures are very high quality: razor-sharp clarity, natural colors, even with not the best lighting, you can count on a good result. Shooting 4K videos is hardly a strong marketing advantage, especially given how quickly your smartphone heats up, but you can also shoot such videos and then watch them on a 4K TV. Or watch it on your smartphone screen. I hope that this year we will also do a comparative test of the cameras of modern flagships, let's see who wins.

Don't forget, there will be tests of the small Z5 and Z5 Premium on the site, so there will be more shots so that you can draw your own conclusions about the device's camera.

Finally, a little about the modes of operation:

  • Super auto mode, as simple and comfortable as possible for any user;
  • Manually, here you can select the maximum resolution, set the ISO and other parameters;
  • AR-effect, something like augmented reality, when masks appear on people in the lens, dinosaurs, gnomes and so on walk around, the device heats up very much, but copes with the task quite quickly;
  • 4K video, everything is clear, the video is at the maximum resolution, all my videos were shot in bad weather, waiting for the sun to show you a good example. Looks great on a smartphone screen;
  • AR mask, very strange selfie;
  • Portrait style, another selfie mode;
  • Artistic effect, everything is clear here, filters;
  • Panoramic view;
  • Create stickers from photos;
  • Timeshift video, slow motion effects;
  • Insert a face into an image;
  • Multi-camera, recording the same scene from different angles on the same screen;
  • Take a photo and record sound.

You can download additional effects, applications for the camera, found Vine from interesting things, short videos, Evernote, everything is clear with this.

Opening hours

A 2900 mAh battery is installed, QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging technology is supported, after charging for 45 minutes, the smartphone supposedly can work all day. Naturally, it all depends on your particular use. Sony claims two days of work for the Z5 line, but that's a bit far-fetched. If you shoot video in 4K on the Z5, the battery will run out very quickly. Here we must say this: in theory, smartphones of the Z5 line can work for two days. In practice, it all depends on you.

Familiar power saving modes are supported.

The power supply in the kit will be different, it does not support QuickCharge - you will need to buy such a power supply separately. I want to remind you that I tested the UCH-10, a power supply with QuickCharge support, you can read it here.

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Conclusions

There are no questions about conversational dynamics. Sound in HD is supported, I really like this feature, the interlocutor seems to be standing nearby. You quickly get used to good things. There are no questions about the quality of the connection, the vibration in your pocket is felt, the usual speaker is not too loud - it does not yell, it is easy to miss a call or notification in a noisy place.

In official retail, the device costs 49,990 rubles, this applies to both the version with one and two SIM cards, I would immediately buy DualSIM, at least just in case. I suggest you decide on the color yourself, silver seems to me the most practical, prints are not so noticeable on white.

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What I liked:

  • Assembly, device design. Of Android smartphones, there are three devices that I absolutely love, the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE+, the Blackberry Priv, and the entire new Z5 line. What is "mini", what is Premium, what is a regular smartphone look great. Just a pleasure to pick up and use every day. Protection against water is conditional here, keep this in mind;
  • The camera will probably still be finished, but even now it shoots more interesting than its predecessor;
  • Well done fingerprint sensor;
  • Advanced musical features;
  • LTE;
  • There is a slot for memory cards;
  • Minimum extra software;
  • Absence of any shell;
  • Good offline time;
  • Interesting accessories, working with PS4.

What I didn't like:

  • CPU heating and related incidents - for example, the camera may be closed at the most inopportune moment;
  • No headset included;
  • I would recommend that Sony pay more attention to the dynamics of the smartphone, see how it is done on other devices - at least on the iPhone;
  • The screen will not appeal to those who have dealt with other modern smartphones;
  • No wireless charging, although many people are already used to this feature.

What else can you buy with that money?

  • iPhone 6S, memory depends on the version of the smartphone - if you buy an American, you can take 64 GB;
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE, 32 GB version costs comparable money.

Reviews of these smartphones are on the site, I recommend that you read them. It makes no sense to list other devices, consumers in Russia have the highest level of knowledge and respect for the Sony brand, so you can safely put the Z5 and Apple and Samsung products in line. What exactly to choose is up to you. I will only note that the iPhone still cannot be thrown out of comparison - the price is painfully similar. Another OS, another world, but maybe someone just decides to try? As for Samsung, there is a space design, good materials, a good camera, but the shell can scare you away. As well as the inability to increase memory. By the way, I won’t advise anyone to buy an iPhone 6S with 16 GB of memory either, at least you need a version with 64 GB.

There are four colors in total: black, gold, green and gray, as in the review. If I decided to buy a Z5, I would choose either green or gold - I'm already tired of black and silver smartphones.

On the other hand, I advise everyone to pay attention to black too, it was made matte, it looks cool. As a fan of sonystyle, I can't help but note that the current flagship line looks much more interesting than the previous one. All the best Sony finds of recent years are embodied here. The microUSB and 3.5mm connectors are devoid of plugs, so you don’t have to constantly pull them, while there is water protection, Sony will talk less about this now (to avoid problems), but rain will not disable the device.

The traditional groove for attaching the strap has been preserved, the buttons are very well made, they are pressed moderately soft, moderately elastic - the camera button will help you quickly take a picture if you see something interesting on the street. Button behavior can be customized.

One cover on the left, it contains a panel with cutouts for a SIM card and a memory card. A convenient solution, the main thing is to pick up the edge of this panel and pull it out. NanoSIM cards, if you have a "micro", I recommend not to cut, but to get a new card from the operator. Memory cards of any possible capacity are supported, this allows you to seriously increase the memory of the device. When installing the card in the "Camera", they offer to choose where to save the pictures.

Here is what is written on the official website about water protection, I think everyone who is going to buy a smartphone needs to know this information:

“The Xperia Z5 is water and dust resistant, making it resistant to heavy rain and faucet washing (but keep all ports and covers firmly closed). The device must not be completely submerged under water, nor should it be exposed to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as alcoholic beverages. Incorrect or inappropriate use of the device will void the warranty. The device has been assigned an IP65/68 protection class. Please note that the Xperia Z5 has a USB charging port for connecting to other devices, which is not closed by a cover. If your smartphone has been exposed to water, charge it only after the USB port is completely dry.”

“The Xperia Z5 is water and dust resistant, making it resistant to heavy rain. , nor washing under the faucet (however, remember that all ports and covers must be securely closed when doing this). The device must not be completely submerged under water, nor should it be exposed to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as alcoholic beverages. Incorrect or inappropriate use of the device will void the warranty. The device has been assigned an IP65/68 protection class. Please note that the Xperia Z5 has a USB charging port for connecting to other devices, which is not closed by a cover. If the smartphone has been exposed to water, charge it only after the USB port is completely dry."

That is, it's better not to shoot underwater.

By the way, the sides on the back protrude a little, this is done in order to raise the glass above the table. Contrary to the reviews, I did not feel that the bumpers strongly cut into the palm, there was no discomfort.

Display

The diagonal of the IPS display is 5.2 inches, the resolution is FullHD, a number of proprietary technologies are supported, these are TRILUMINOS and X-Reality Engine. Here is what they write on the official website:

  • X-Reality mobile technology analyzes every image on the screen and optimizes colors, sharpness and contrast. As a result, you get photos and videos with the highest detail and low noise.
  • TRILUMINOS Display and Live Color LED technology provide the widest color gamut with vibrant reds, natural greens and blues.

Display settings allow you to change the look of the clock on the lock screen, select system icons for the status bar, enable the image enhancement mentioned above, X-reality, extreme brightness mode or turn off all enhancements, there is a "gloved mode" that will also help use your smartphone in the rain or snow. There is an adaptive backlight adjustment, a white balance setting too, I tried to adjust it for myself, and I stayed at the usual settings. So it is most convenient, the eyes do not hurt. All other functions are familiar. If you have vision problems, you can choose the font size. The typical Sony feature that allows you to wake your smartphone from sleep mode by tapping the screen twice works here. Two taps, the screen lights up, it always works, it's very convenient when the Z5 is in a cradle or lying on a table. The "backlight control" function is quite interesting: when the device is in your hands, the backlight is on, when you put the device on the table, the screen turns off.

I can’t say anything special about the display with all my desire - a completely normal screen for a modern smartphone.

Fingerprint sensor

On serial devices, the sensor works in the same way as on prototypes, there are no complaints. A corresponding section appears in the "Security" menu, where you can bind up to five fingerprints to the sensor. The process itself is simple: put your finger several times until the scale is full, everything is similar to other similar systems. Then you specify what exactly the sensor will do, and you start using it. I like that unlocking takes a fraction of a second, you put your finger on it and you immediately find yourself on the desktop, without pattern keys and other nonsense. I note that you don’t even need to press the button, just put your finger on it. There were practically no erroneous positives - if there were, it was most likely my fault.

All Sony flagship smartphones have a scanner with a button, so this chapter is identical for Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact and Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Here I’ll tell you about one interesting incident, maybe it will be useful for the owners of smart watches and other accessories. One fine Saturday evening in October, I was sitting with friends in a restaurant and having fun, not paying attention to the phone. When there was a pause in the conversation, I took a look at the mail. Received a letter from a reader. He wrote this:

Good evening. I found a minus with a print. You can unlock your phone with another finger. How will Sony react to this? At first, I put the phone down. Then, after thinking, he took and wrote the answer.

Hello, how is this possible?

The man answered quickly, obviously the problem excited him.

I don't know. Sat casually played. And found. Tried to rewrite the software update, but left. Tomorrow I'll go and try on another device.

— Please write what the results of the check will be.

This is where we parted, but in the morning the correspondence was continued.

Hello. Changed phone and same thing. Where it is interesting to write. This is a minus for Sony. What should I do? I always look at phone reviews on your site. What's next?

The function is located along this path: Settings - Security - Smart Lock".

And just five minutes later, a letter came from Alex: “The problem was, I hope, in the smart lock. I just have a PEBBLE smart watch on me and I entered it as TRUSTED. Therefore, it worked. Now turned off. We'll see. While everything is fine, the other finger does not work.

Phew. You can breathe out. Two conclusions can be drawn from this story. First - you need to learn the materiel - for the first time I hear about Smart Lock. It is strange that Sony technical support could not figure out the problem, especially since there is a hint here, a lock in a circle. The second conclusion is that if you are already making a fingerprint, then turn off Smart Lock. Otherwise, what is the use of protection? A colleague will be able to calmly take the phone, unlock it, look at pictures or something else and put the device back.

Original note and a small discussion were published in our Android section, check back often.

Performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor is used, as you know, this is a rather "warm" solution, so I went to visit my friend, the owner of an infrared thermometer. It was interesting to see what the heat is in numbers - in fact, heat is felt well when shooting video, not only in 4K, but also when shooting a simple video. So, I used the method described here by colleagues from Androidcentral. If you turn on shooting in 4K and leave the camera, well, or insert it into a tripod, the temperature of the back cover reaches forty degrees, that is, it is very hot. And even when you start shooting video in 4K, a warning about a possible increase in temperature appears.

If you don't shoot video and just use your smartphone, write SMS, use the browser and other normal tasks, the lid around the NFC module becomes warm, but nothing more. The moment associated with heating must be taken into account, but it is hardly worth being scared.

You can read more about the processor here and here. The rest of the features are: 3 GB of RAM (the Z5 Compact has 2 GB of memory), 32 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, there is support for LTE. Android version 5.1.1. Adreno 430 is responsible for graphics, wireless interfaces are Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n/ac. Let me remind you once again that the Z5 and Z5 Premium will have two SIM cards with LTE, the “compact” has only a version with one SIM card.

We've had some conversations with the company that it would be nice to get a version with 64 GB of memory - you know, sometimes even the best memory cards behave strangely and this affects the work of applications installed on the microSD. Until Sony changes anything, learn to use the built-in 32 GB correctly and buy normal memory cards. Although it pleases - no loss of rights.

Finally - screenshots from Antutu. They say that if you run them several times in a row, the results worsen, here are the results of the first test.

Features

A little about other features of the smartphone:

  • Paired with PS4 is supported, in other words, Xperia turns into a screen, pick up a joystick and play. Considering the diagonal of the display, it is better not to do this on the “compact”. And on Premium it is quite possible to play some simple games, which is what I do.
  • Old accessories are supported - I mean, from other Z series smartphones with a five-pin connector. A noise canceling headset and microphone will work just fine.
  • The new Sony MDR-NC750 headset has been announced, there is noise reduction, and the built-in microphones can also be used when shooting video, which (they say) allows you to record sound with unprecedented quality. Haven't checked yet. The function only works with the Z5 family. The test will be released on the website soon.
  • Much less pre-installed software garbage, this is also noticeable. One screen less.

Cameras

Front camera 5 MP, wide-angle optics is used, taking selfies is a pleasure. Of course, if you love this genre. The main camera is 23 MP, from what you absolutely need to know before buying - it has really, really fast autofocus. The second point is related to optical magnification. Look at the photo of the Kremlin, taken from the bridge, here is where the magnification was used. It can be seen that the program tried to paint on the picture, it looks good on the smartphone screen, artifacts are noticeable on the laptop screen. In general, I don’t advise you to use zoom in smartphones, I don’t advise you to do it for Z5 either, in extreme cases you can, but you shouldn’t count on a good result.

Sample photos

The overall impression is what matters. It's much easier to get a good shot now with the Z5 series, especially compared to the Z3. If the hand does not tremble, the pictures are very high quality: razor-sharp clarity, natural colors, even with not the best lighting, you can count on a good result. Shooting 4K videos is hardly a strong marketing advantage, especially given how quickly your smartphone heats up, but you can also shoot such videos and then watch them on a 4K TV. Or watch it on your smartphone screen. I hope that this year we will also do a comparative test of the cameras of modern flagships, let's see who wins.

Don't forget, there will be tests of the small Z5 and Z5 Premium on the site, so there will be more shots so that you can draw your own conclusions about the device's camera.

Finally, a little about the modes of operation:

  • Super auto mode, as simple and comfortable as possible for any user;
  • Manually, here you can select the maximum resolution, set the ISO and other parameters;
  • AR-effect, something like augmented reality, when masks appear on people in the lens, dinosaurs, gnomes and so on walk around, the device heats up very much, but copes with the task quite quickly;
  • 4K video, everything is clear, the video is at the maximum resolution, all my videos were shot in bad weather, waiting for the sun to show you a good example. Looks great on a smartphone screen;
  • AR mask, very strange selfie;
  • Portrait style, another selfie mode;
  • Artistic effect, everything is clear here, filters;
  • Panoramic view;
  • Create stickers from photos;
  • Timeshift video, slow motion effects;
  • Insert a face into an image;
  • Multi-camera, recording the same scene from different angles on the same screen;
  • Take a photo and record sound.

You can download additional effects, applications for the camera, found Vine from interesting things, short videos, Evernote, everything is clear with this.

Opening hours

A 2900 mAh battery is installed, QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging technology is supported, after charging for 45 minutes, the smartphone supposedly can work all day. Naturally, it all depends on your particular use. Sony claims two days of work for the Z5 line, but that's a bit far-fetched. If you shoot video in 4K on the Z5, the battery will run out very quickly. Here we must say this: in theory, smartphones of the Z5 line can work for two days. In practice, it all depends on you.

Familiar power saving modes are supported.

The power supply in the kit will be different, it does not support QuickCharge - you will need to buy such a power supply separately. I want to remind you that I tested the UCH-10, a power supply with QuickCharge support, you can read it here.

Conclusions

There are no questions about conversational dynamics. Sound in HD is supported, I really like this feature, the interlocutor seems to be standing nearby. You quickly get used to good things. There are no questions about the quality of the connection, the vibration in your pocket is felt, the usual speaker is not too loud - it does not yell, it is easy to miss a call or notification in a noisy place.

In official retail, the device costs 49,990 rubles, this applies to both the version with one and two SIM cards, I would immediately buy DualSIM, at least just in case. I suggest you decide on the color yourself, silver seems to me the most practical, prints are not so noticeable on white.

What I liked:

  • Assembly, device design. Of Android smartphones, there are three devices that I absolutely love, the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE+, the Blackberry Priv, and the entire new Z5 line. What is "mini", what is Premium, what is a regular smartphone look great. Just a pleasure to pick up and use every day. Protection against water is conditional here, keep this in mind;
  • The camera will probably still be finished, but even now it shoots more interesting than its predecessor;
  • Well done fingerprint sensor;
  • Advanced musical features;
  • LTE;
  • There is a slot for memory cards;
  • Minimum extra software;
  • Absence of any shell;
  • Good offline time;
  • Interesting accessories, working with PS4.

What I didn't like:

  • CPU heating and related incidents - for example, the camera may be closed at the most inopportune moment;
  • No headset included;
  • I would recommend that Sony pay more attention to the smartphone speakers, see how it is done on other devices - at least on the iPhone;
  • The screen will not appeal to those who have dealt with other modern smartphones;
  • No wireless charging, although many people are already used to this feature.

What else can you buy with that money?

  • iPhone 6S, memory depends on the version of the smartphone - if you buy an American, you can take 64 GB;
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE, 32 GB version costs comparable money.

Reviews of these smartphones are on the site, I recommend that you read them. It makes no sense to list other devices, consumers in Russia have the highest level of knowledge and respect for the Sony brand, so you can safely put the Z5 and Apple and Samsung products in line. What exactly to choose is up to you. I will only note that the iPhone still cannot be thrown out of the comparison - the price is painfully similar. Another OS, another world, but maybe someone just decides to try? As for Samsung, there is a space design, good materials, a good camera, but the shell can scare you away. As well as the inability to increase memory. By the way, I wouldn’t advise anyone to buy an iPhone 6S with 16 GB of memory either, at least you need a version with 64 GB.

And, if you were looking at the price of the Z5 with sarcasm, then now, remembering the features of other modern flagships, you will no longer be so categorical, right? It's good when there is a curved screen, but even better when there are more than a hundred gigs of memory. Here you can choose what is more important.

Modern prices are very surprising, so I won't be surprised if consumers now rake out the Z3 and Z3 + and bypass the flagships. Expensive. While very expensive. Sony will show the next flagship in 2016, most likely it will happen at IFA next September. It may well be that we will see a phablet based on the Z5 and a tablet made on the same platform.

I personally like the updated line very much. If you are looking for the best smartphone to use for several years, be sure to include the Z5 in the comparison.