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Sony Xperia 5 Review

Compact Phone with Attractive Design and Colours

Compact smartphones by Sony are used to offer mind-boggling features at unmatched rates. And Sony’s upcoming phone named Sony Xperia 5 UK is no different – followed by the launch of Sony Xperia 1. Well, it’s not as much compact as many are expecting – thanks to its 6.1-inches OLED display with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2520 pixels.

Other Sony Xperia 5 key highlights are related to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard memory, an 8MP front-facing camera, triple cameras on its back and 3140mAh battery. We have compiled everything we know about in our Sony Xperia 5 Review UK below. So, let’s keep going!

sony xperia 5

Sony Xperia 5 Pricing and Availability:

The UK audience from September 18, will be able to pre-order the phone whereas Sony Xperia 5 release date UK is all set to be October 4th, 2019. It’s expected to arrive on US shelves somewhere in November 2019, and we are short on words on for the rest of the countries.

As for Sony Xperia 5 Price UK, it’s likely to set users back £699 which seems £150 less as compared to Sony Xperia 1. Well, it’s not a mid-range smartphone – however, for something more affordable, you can get your hands on Sony Xperia 10 range. It’ll come in four different colours to choose from – Blue, Red, Black, and Grey.

sony xperia 5 design

Sony Xperia 5 Specifications:

Sony Xperia 5ModelsJ8210, J8270, J9210
PRICEAround £699
NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH DATEAnnounced2019, September
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2019, October
BODYBuildFront/back glass & aluminum frame
Dimensions158 x 68 x 8.2 mm (6.22 x 2.68 x 0.32 in)
Weight164 g (5.78 oz)
SimSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DESIGN & DISPLAYResolution1080 x 2520 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~449 ppi density)
TypeOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Size6.1 inches, 86.9 cm2 (~80.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Multi TouchYes
Covered (Protective)Corning Gorilla Glass 6
PLATFORMOperating System (OS)Android 9.0 (Pie)
ChipsetQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
Central Processing Unit (CPU)Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)Adreno 640
STORAGEInternal Memory128GB
RAM6GB
Variants128GB 6GB RAM
Memory CardmicroSD, up to 1 TB (uses shared SIM slot) - dual SIM model only
CAMERARear ( Triple )12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP
Rear Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking
Rear Camera Video[email protected]/30fps HDR, [email protected], [email protected] (5-axis gyro-EIS), [email protected]
Secondary (Selfie) ( Single )8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm
Secondary Camera FeaturesHDR
CONNECTIVITYWireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS ( Global Positioning System )Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
RadioFM radio Not Available
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
SOUNDAlert typeVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
MicActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
(MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player)
(Photo/video editor)
(Document viewer)
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3140 mAh battery
ColoursBlue, Red, Black, Grey

Xperia 5 Design and Display:

The Xperia 5 is significantly smaller as compared to Sony Xperia 1 from the outside. The original model keeps the aspect ratio of 21:9, but it’s equipped with a smaller screen with a size of 6.1-inches. This may not sound especially small, but Xperia 5 measures 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm dimensions. Although it’s still a very big phone, the small width makes the model so much easier to hold than Sony Xperia 5.

Sony dropped the 4K screen, choosing instead to have a 2520x 1080 screen. That is still quite sharp to eyes, but many apps and content that are not designed to resolve the display are still likely to have problems.

Sony Xperia 5 Mobile Phone

Although the OLED display is less than in the flagship model, the display on Xperia 5 remains HDR-compatible. The feeling of this handset is similar to that of its big brother, but its more plastic body doesn’t give feelings like iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy S10. The new model, which goes through the Xperia 1, should be robust, with its body less likely to take scuffs. The display is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 6 to protect it from damage and scratch.

The central button on the right side of the phone has a shutter, rocker volume, and lock switches. The fingerprint scanner is not yet tested by online sources, but it should be lightning fast even more than Sony Xperia 1’s scanner.

What’s Inside Sony Xperia 5?

There is nothing to be surprised to guess what is inside as Sony Xperia 5 is loaded with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Chipset – like Xperia 1. The same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is available which can be upgraded using the MicroSD slot (up to 512GB). Snapdragon 855 Chipset means it’s not supported by 5G network and you are limited to only 4G connectivity.

sony xperia 5 white

There is a slightly less 3,140mAh (Xperia 1 has a battery of 3,330mAh) charged by the USB-C port of the phone, which supports PD fast charging. The smaller battery does not matter much because there is a lower-resolution smaller screen to power.

Sony Xperia 5 Camera:

Nowadays, missing triple camera configuration on the rear doesn’t make any sense, and thankfully, Xperia 5 is equipped with 12MP + 12MP + 12MP cameras. Altogether, these are designed to offer users with maximum flexibility. Though, all camera sensors have the same megapixel resolution but operate at different focal lengths. The cameras are equipped with an aperture of f/1.6, f/2.4 and f/2.4 respectively.

The front-facing camera, on the other hand, is an 8MP that is ready to assist you in selfies and video. Online sources haven’t yet tested the camera quality – therefore, putting an even educated guess is too prompt.

sony xperia 5 white camera

Sony Xperia 5 Gaming:

Most important of all, Sony Xperia 5 is compatible with the DualShock controller from PlayStation 4 for proper control. There is even an optional clip on the top of the controller that holds the smartphone. Since this game controller is so much loved, it should give the Xperia 5 a lift, such as the Asus ROG Phone 2. The Xperia 1 is also supported by DualShock 4. Not only this but there is a Game Enhancer too, enabling you to capture your games at 20fps and make yourself entirely different – thanks to the voice changer feature.

Read Sony Xperia 5 Camera Review from dxomark

Review overview

Design8
Display8.5
Performance8
Camera7
Battery Life7.5
Software7
Price8

The Pros

  • Sleek and premium design
  • Multiple colour options to choose from
  • Super-smooth Snapdragon 855

The Cons

  • Not really compact as expected
  • Lacks 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Android Pie 9.0 OS instead of Android 10

Summary

7.7With almost similar specifications – very much like its elder brother, it’s a bold move by Sony to bring the price of its premium smartphone down significantly. To cut it short, it’s a nice device with a bunch of decent specifications and interesting features and could be an awesome choice if you want to enjoy a similar sort of experience like Sony Xperia 1 or looking to upgrade when it arrives on October 4th.

Victoria Parkle
the authorVictoria Parkle
Victoria Parkle loves writing about the latest and greatest smartphones as well as all the latest news related to technology. She is enlightening the readers with more than 5 years of experience in writing. And when she doesn't write, she can be found listening to music and watching science fiction movies.

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