Sony Xperia Z5 Premium unboxing

Xperia Z5 Premium
Xperia Z5 Premium

We haven't seen the Xperia Z5 Premium since IFA, and even then we didn't see a whole lot of it. It sits atop the latest range of Sony's flagship Xperia lineup and can boast a world's first to boot.

Say hello to the world's first 4K smartphone.

We'll be spending some more time with the Xperia Z5 Premium over the coming days in the course of a review. But first things first, we've whipped out the old video camera and shot a quick unboxing and first impressions video which you can find below.

If you're not familiar, here's a quick hit list of some of the key hardware specs:

  • Snapdragon 810 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5" 4K (3840x2160 pixels), IPS display
  • 32GB of internal storage with microSD card expansion
  • 23MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 3430 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge

For a full breakdown of the specs, hit the link below.

Full Xperia Z5 Premium specs

Besides the world's first boast the Premium also completes Sony's Z5 lineup in size. From the Compact at 4.6-inches through the Z5 at 5.2-inches and the Premium at 5.5-inches, Sony has a high-end phone in all the major sizes.

We'll be diving much deeper into the Z5 Premium in the coming days and weeks, but what about early impressions? Well, the black one we have here looks fantastic. The black on black on black is an imposing look, and only the power button breaks it up. Maybe it, too, should have been black? Where perhaps the Z5 Premium loses out on the outside compared to its two smaller siblings is around the back. The frosted, matte finish has gone and the Premium boasts the shiny, fingerprint magnet rear side we've seen on previous high-end Xperias.

Weirdly, it perhaps feels better in the hand at this size than the smaller, 5.2-inch Xperia Z5. It's still a big phone with plenty of top and bottom bezel, but then maybe we're getting so used to large phones it's just becoming less of a thing.

And before closing, what about the display? Well, it might be 4K in hardware but most of the time it's 'just' 1080p. Which means it looks about the same as the 5.2-inch model just with a slightly lower pixel density. In the course of the full review we'll be looking at actual 4K content on this actual 4K display.

For now, be sure to jump into the comments with your own first impressions.

52 Comments
  • I assume it has some major android modifications made by Sony on it too as well? I'd like to see how it performs against the Nexus 6P since they have the same SoC... also in battery life. I suppose 4k on it isn't even anything but a gimick... I mean you can hardly get much for TV's yet and I don't see how on phone it'll do much for you... maybe we'll see.
  • Actually, no. Unfortunately Sony has decided to strip their version of Android of almost anything that would differentiate them from stock Android. You get just some tweaks on the app tray and Sony apps bundled in but that's it. Even Sony's superior notification tray from KitKat is gone in favour of that crap one from stock Android.
    You can use Xperia themes but, again, they won't theme a lot unlike they did on KitKat.
    If you actually like stock Android though, you won't have any problems with Sony's current skin. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You say "unfortunately" like sony bloatware is better than stock android....
  • Actually, I believe it is ►
  • These have been readily available at Bell Canada for a little while now.
    I almost went and bought one, but ultimately decided that I'm happy with what I have for now. Nexus 6
  • Likewise thought the same but went and tested the Z5P and the feel in the hand is easier compared to the Nexus 6, software is very good and Sony are now using community influence to improve their Marshmallow builds. I went through 3 Nexus 6Ps before looking at the Z5P and while it may not be running Marshmallow yet I know Sony are streamlining the whole update process for their handsets.
  • Since Sony makes the sensors used by many other manufacturers it'll be interesting to see how this 23MP sensor does!
  • Very poorly. You can read the review of the Z5 and Z5Compact here http://www.androidcentral.com/sony-xperia-z5-and-xperia-z5-compact-review. It's exactly the same phone. The only difference is the screen size and the 4K display.
  • actually it's rated the best camera right now on a smartphone Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's only rated as such by Dxomark whose results are as trust-worthy as a promise made by Kim Jong-Un.
    The reality is that, when you actually use it, the camera is pretty sh*tty considering how much Sony asks for the phone and how good the G4 and S6 are.
  • Do you own one? have you tested one significantly yourself? we should take your opinion or some bullshit mainstream site's opinion to dxomark right? You must be kidding yourself. Dxo mark are the top rated professionals and their opinion is credible and accepted everywhere, and can be used as credible evidence or submission unlike some bullshit biased site u just put up. Ask any z5 owner, they all say the camera is great, some have complained about issues with slow processing of pictures etc but that has been improved with the new camera update. It is as fast now as any other phone with a new UI and more features.
  • I doubt he / she owns one. I have the Z5C and the camera is fantastic.
  • Actually, its an excellent camera with the new camera update. The Z3 camera sucked but this time Sony decided to put out a serious contender. The Z5 camera has the fastest autofocus and its one of the best cameras on the market. DxOMark ranks it number 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGeLEECcu6M
  • @Shamoy12345 I don't see why the Z3 camera sucks. I have one and it takes incredible pictures! I get people saying I should be a photographer when they see the pictures it takes, but that is due to the camera prowess. I reckon you're dead wrong on that. This Z3 is the best phone I've owned, and I've owned various different phones, including the Lumia 1020. I'm now Sony all the way.
  • The Z3's camera is really good, but it just ended up being blown out of the water by the Samsung and LG phones that came out in early 2015. My girlfriend still uses my old Z3C, and she gets better pictures with it than I do with my G4, although that has nothing to do with the camera and everything to do with the person taking the pictures.
  • "This Z3 is the best phone I've owned, and I've owned various different phones, including the Lumia 1020." I also own a Z3 and a 1020. If you think the Z3 is better then let me tell you people who are telling you you should be a photographer are either your friends and are lying to you to make you feel good or don't like you and are playing a cruel joke on you.
    Sorry to be so blunt but based on what you said I'm absolutely sure you know nothing of photography or of how to use a camera.
  • @DJCBS I did not say the best camera, I said the best phone. The 1020 is the best smartphone camera, but it has terribly lackluster performance, and not many interesting features. The Z3 is far better overall - much better performance, waterproofing, SD card, and much more. Phone on phone, the Z3 is the winner, and, as a bonus, it also takes STUNNING pictures. The 41mp camera was a bit of a gimmick because it was only making highly compressed 16mp images, or something like that. It was a very boring, ugly phone, really.
  • To be completely honest it is the best camera I've used on a phone and I've had my hands on most of the flagship devices to date. You just need to know how to use it. Even on auto it still shoots some great photos. Before you say I know nothing about photography you're wrong, I've owned many professional cameras and have a keen interest in wildlife photography. My gf is a photographer with a BA in film and photography and has had her hands on my phone and thinks it is the best phone camera she's ever seen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Couldn't agree more. I think it's an awesome camera! I don't claimed to be a pro at photography, but I've sure got some beautiful shots with my Z3. As a side note, I love the stock-like UI.
  • Come on mannnnn! You first finish with OPPO R7s please. Posted via the Android Central App on my Galaxy S3 Neo Dual Sim which thankfully doesn't have S-pen and does not have a horrible metal body.
  • I got one, and camera is super awesome, except at night(digital noise) the UI is simpler from the z1s(my previous phone) but still better than the stock Android ui. Video almost looks 3D-ish it's cool. I love it, it has a premium feel but it'll slip out your hands easily. But I love it and there is really no complaints about it except that it's pretty expensive. No Android can replace the Sony widgets. I got the duel sim too a double whammy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got one too. I put mine in case ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01516LMJ0?tag=hawk-future-20&ascsubtag... ) Makes it a little nicer to hold(and I like colors, I wish the Premium came in the Z5C coral color).
  • Where u purchase ur Z5 Premium from?
  • expansysusa.com But it's the foreign model tho. Mine came in Chinese and power connector was Euro based with a USA converter. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cool, I just ordered one from expansyusa too! No problems with ur purchase? I bought the warranty. This my first time ordering from them.
  • My first time as well, but no problems with purchase. Came in a week. Posted via the Android Central App Edit:
    Just watched the video, and the one I got didn't come with a screen protector but came with earphones.
  • So this phone has a revolutionary 4K display, but it's only 4K when it hardly matters, such as when watching a video. Otherwise, it's 1080p on a 5.5" display, probably the worst pixel density on a flagship phone this year. Nice, Sony.
  • Right, because 1080p on a 5.5" display is just horrible /s Nexus 6
  • It's 4K only when it matters. Why would you want 4K when using the general UI? It's only even remotely useful when viewing media, which is when the 4K display kicks in. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So you say that it matters when viewing media at 4k, but it's also remotely useful. So which is it? They should have just made it 3k and be done with it, but they chose the useless marketing speak of a 4k phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 4K only matters when viewing media and i rather have longer battery for normal use 1080p is still sharp on small devices.
  • My question is...can people REALLY tell the difference between 1080 and 4k on a 5 inch screen? I'm guessing...for the majority of the human population...that answer is NO.
  • ^^^^The dumbest post of the day!
  • IMHO, the Z5P is the only phone that innovated this year.
  • How useful?
    Please elaborate. Posted via the Android Central App on my Galaxy S3 Neo Dual Sim which thankfully doesn't have S-pen and does not have a horrible metal body.
  • How exactly? Adding a 4K display isn't innovation Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is your own definition of innovation then? I guess u think it's easy to cram so many pixels on a small screen right? Please enlighten us on what you think is innovation, 3d touch? or curved screen like the edge? LOL
  • Nobody agrees with your HO.
  • Yup!and will be copied soon by competitors...
  • No, that would be the Z5C. A flagship with >5" you get like sand on the beach.
  • I need one Posted via the Android Central App
  • So much salt in this thread.
  • yup, phone envy Posted via the Android Central App
  • How much power does it really save by defaulting everything down to 1080p? The screen's native resolution is 4096x2160 and there are still 8,847,360 pixels being lit up all the time whether the screen image is 1080p or 4k. I always thought the main power draw on a phone is the screen itself and not whatever graphics processing that occurs.
  • It's probably more of a performance thing than a power saving thing. Even if rendering everything the phone does in 4K wouldn't take much more power, you'd better believe it'd cause a lot of stuttering and lag. I think the idea of a 4K phone screen is pretty dumb, but if it must be done, this seems like the most reasonable way to go about it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks good Posted via the Android Central App
  • Benchmark Test between Z5 Premium, LG Flex 2 and Nexus 6P would be nice because nearly same specs. LG Flex 2 (5.1.1)
  • I've waited for years for a phone with a great camera... mainly because I've never used a smartphone other than Blackberry. This Sony will be my first Android phone. I've been watching the price fall from 749.00 to 690.00 on Amazon in the US. Going to get this phone sometime after the new year when I hope the price might be easier to swallow. I love the front facing speakers on this, love that it looks different from what most people are carrying.
  • Love seeing you review things for AC again Richard. Keep up the great work
  • My opinion (and I know is just that) is that it's important to remember there is a difference in value between being able to capture video in 4K and displaying in 4K. Let me explain. When HD camcorders first became available I bit the bullet and bought one not because I could watch in HD at the time - I couldn't - but because I knew a TV upgrade was in the pipeline for us and then I would be able to enjoy the benefits. So if I was choosing a phone now the 4K ability would be something I could consider for capturing video. Having said that I upgraded to an Edge+ because I loved - and still love - the design of it.
  • This might be my next backup mobile. I miss my Z Ultra for media consumption :(
  • Screw the phone, I want the cool android figure in the background :D