Today at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Sony Mobile has taken the wraps off three new high-end handsets as part of the Xperia Z5 series. There's the regular Z5, a 5.2-inch handset that follows on from the recently-launched Z3+, a smaller version of that phone, the Z5 Compact, and the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium, a monstrous 4K smartphone.
The new Z5 series devices are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 processor, backed up by 3GB of RAM in the Z5 and Z5 Premium, or 2GB in the Compact. Sony's Omnibalance design returns, with "frosted glass"-backed, metal-framed designs. All three pack an entirely new camera setup from Sony, the biggest upgrade since 2013's Xperia Z1. The new 23-megapixel Exmor RS sensor sits behind an f/2.0 Sony G lens, and Sony claims its new setup offers the fastest autofocus of any smartphone camera, focusing in just 0.03 seconds. Sony's also promising advancements in low-light photography and software stabilization in its new camera compared to the previous 20.7-megapixel unit.
For the first time in two years, a completely revamped main camera in Sony's new Xperias.
There's also a new fingerprint sensor mounted on the side, in the phones' redesigned power button, making these the first Sony phones to feature biometric security. And as we've come to expect from the Japanese firm, the Z5 series also boasts water and dust resistance, rated IP65 and 68. complete with capless microUSB and headphone ports.
And all three run Android 5.1 Lollipop alongside a Sony software experience that'll be familiar to users of previous Z-series phones. Headline features PlayStation 4 Remote Play capabilities and integration with Sony's other content platforms, like PlayMemories and PlayStation Video.
The regular Xperia Z5 — a 5.2-inch device with a 1080p display resolution and 2,900mAh battery — will launch globally in October, as will the Xperia Z5 Compact, which downsizes to a 4.6-inch 720p screen and a 2,700mAh battery. But the most interesting addition to Sony's stable is the new Z5 Premium, landing in November. The Premium boasts a 5.5-inch 4K Ultra HD display at 3840x2160 resolution, making for a ridiculous 806 pixels per inch. It's the world's first 4K smartphone, and though you might expect that insane resolution to drain the battery, Sony still claims it can offer "up to two days" usage on the Z5 Premium, with its 3,430mAh battery.
Sony plans to offer dual-SIM versions of the Z5 and Z5 Premium, while the Z5 Compact will be single-SIM only.
There's no word on any U.S.-specific availability yet, though Sony has made previous flagships available unlocked through its official online store. Needless to say, we'll be watching with interest to see how Sony's new camera experience measures up, and whether that ludicrous 4K display on the Z5 Premium lives up to the hype. Stay tuned for hands-on coverage later today.
Sony unveils next-generation smartphone camera with XperiaTM Z5 and XperiaTM Z5 Compact, and the world's first 4K1 smartphone2 XperiaTM Z5 Premium
- Xperia Z5 brings the best camera in a leading smartphone3, with an elegant waterproof4 design
- Xperia Z5 Compact shares the same flagship experiences in a no-compromise hand-sized body
- Ultimate smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium redefines mobile entertainment with the world's first 4K UHD smartphone display5 and 4K Ultra HD upscaling technology
- Next-generation smartphone camera experience designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera αTM technology, built to capture split-second moments – a brand new 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor, supporting the fastest autofocus in a leading smartphone6
- Integrated fingerprint sensor power button for intuitive unlock
Berlin, IFA, 2nd September 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications ("Sony Mobile") today unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and the world's first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium – each engineered to make everyday experiences better.
"Smartphones are part of people's lives" said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications. "Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go - we've set out to bring Sony's latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform."
A mobile camera experience unlike any other
Xperia Z5 features Sony's brand new large 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for mobile 23MP sensor and F2.0 G Lens - it's Sony's first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1, designed with Sony's interchangeable lens camera αTM technology for clear, vivid imagery every time.
The camera is capable of the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, a powerful blend of speed and accuracy to capture split-second moments with ease. It delivers a ground-breaking speed of just 0.037 seconds - faster than the blink of a human eye (average 0.1 - 0.4 s), so whether you're jumping for the frisbee in the park, diving into the pool or catching air on the vert ramp, you'll have the power to preserve spontaneous action in real-time.
A combination of the large 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor and advanced processing software lets you get close to subjects; whether it be a landmark, architecture or other objects of interest, with 5x clear image zoom with minimum loss of quality. And, advancements in low-light photography mean you can capture clearer photos at night or in darker surroundings with less noise and blur - perfect for capturing a sunrise or night skyline.
With the continued popularity of content capture for social media, Xperia Z5 series brings significant advancements in the evolution of Sony's SteadyShotTM with Intelligent Active Mode for video. Further improvements mean you'll be able to continuously capture action smoothly, such as riding a bike or skateboard, free from jolts or shudders. It also features better low-light performance without blur.
Designed for life, with the same flagship experiences in a choice of form factor
Designed by leading creatives at Sony's Creative Center studios in Sweden and Japan, Xperia Z5 presents a svelte continuous plate form, with a metal frame and frosted glass back. It's striking, comfortable to hold and waterproof for everyday convenience. With a 5.2" display, sleek looks and Fall 2015 fashion and interior design cues, colours range from elegant to expressive for any personal style or taste; White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green.
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z5 Compact brings the same great camera technology and features in a pocket-friendly compact device. It delivers uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design with a 4.6" display, perfect for one-handed use. And, Z5 Compact let's you express personal style with fresh, vibrant colours including Yellow and Coral, in addition to White and Graphite Black.
Both devices represent iconic Sony craftsmanship with premium materials throughout, including frosted glass finishing to the rear and a subtly etched Xperia logo side engraving, as well as capless USB for quick efficient connection and charging.
To the side, a new integrated fingerprint sensor power button means each device is personal, protected and easily unlockable with a simple pick up and press in one natural movement. It will also support the FIDO standard; authentication via fingerprint for online payment services - with news on first partners shared closer to launch.
Powerful performance that meets demands
Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring octa-core CPUs, 64 bit capabilities and ultra-fast 4G LTE speeds, letting you reach new levels of performance for video, photography and gaming. Whether you're multi-tasking over Wi-Fi or the latest 4G network, both devices deliver the speed you need. Download email with attachments in seconds and enjoy video streaming with no delays or unwanted buffering. Powerful smartphone features demand smart power management, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are equipped with Sony's incredible up to two-day8 battery stamina and innovative power-saving technology, which gives you superior long-lasting battery performance. With Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 enabled on the new devices, you can get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge™ 2.0 charger, such as the Quick Charger UCH10 (dependant on market variants)9.
Sony's 4K leadership now in a mobile device – Xperia Z5 Premium, the world's first 4K smartphone
Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first 4K smartphone with a sharp, vivid 5.5" 4K TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile and IPS, where breathtaking detail is depicted with pinpoint accuracy for the most natural images, at four times the resolution of Full HD.
Xperia Z5 Premium will upscale your favourite content to 4K, enhancing any native or third party videos or photos so you can view Netflix, YouTube or your holiday shots in rich, vibrant 4K detail. And, Xperia Z5 Premium is built to allow you to get creative by capturing in 4K and immediately enjoying the content on Z5 Premium, with the option of preserving any moment as an 8MP quality image.
And, why not port the memory card from Sony's 4K Action Cam FDR-X1000V to Xperia Z5 Premium to enjoy your footage immediately - or simply connect to the big screen either wirelessly via DLNA or with MHL 3.0 to enjoy your content on a 4K TV.
Xperia Z5 Premium is designed from the ground up as a high-performance mobile device, also powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. A high capacity 3430 mAh battery lasting for up to two days, with quick charge capability eliminates the need for regular charging.
Xperia Z5 Premium features a large 32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card, which offers extra room for 4K videos and movies, and images too. Xperia Z5 Premium also features Sony's innovative memory on display feature - the data transfer between processor and device is optimized so Xperia Z5's display memory technology remembers the display of images seen on your smartphone and caches the image or video so that you don't need to reload the full image each time you view it - preserving battery power in the process.
A flagship series powered by an entertainment and content ecosystem
Across the Xperia Z5 series, Sony's rich expertise in audio technologies lets you enjoy sound in incredible detail and clarity. High-Res Audio reproduces high frequency sound for a studio quality experience. DSEE HXTM upscales the audio fidelity of your existing MP3, AAC or Spotify tracks to near High-Res Audio quality. And for high quality wireless music listening, Sony's LDAC™ codec transmits data three times more efficiently than legacy codec over Bluetooth.
And now for the first time, Sony's new High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750 allows you to enjoy combined Hi-Res Audio music with Digital Noise Cancelling - your tunes as they were intended to be heard, with ambient background noise reduced by up to 98%.
Keep playing your favourite PlayStation®4 (PS4™) games wherever you are in the home with PS4 Remote Play10. Simply connect your Xperia Z5 series device to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller to ensure you never miss a minute of the action – whatever room you are in.
And to ensure you continue to enjoy the best experiences that Sony has to offer, all Xperia Z5 series users will benefit from access to Xperia Lounge Gold – delivering the world of Sony entertainment at your fingertips. Get access to exclusive competitions and offers; be among the first to try out new apps; and enjoy the latest movies, TV episodes and music included with your device.
Smart style, with new accessories
A range of stylish and protective Style Cover Window cases will be available for each Xperia Z5 series model at launch, in respective corresponding device colours - each will let you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window.
Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH54 is versatile headset with a doubling handset function, designed for users who want a convenient companion device to a large screen smartphone, allowing you to take and make calls, see messages, play music and enjoy FM radio.
Availability and specifications
Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally from October 2015, and Xperia Z5 Premium from November 2015 – Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM variants11.
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