Sony is one of the most revered companies when it comes to the latest mobile devices as well as a variety of other tech gadgets. After launching the Xperia 1 flagship smartphone a few months ago, the company has already released the Sony Xperia 5, a smaller version of the latter. The Sony Xperia 5 expected release date in the UK is the 4th of October 2019.
The Sony Xperia 5G price is £699, which is the phone’s pre-order price in some of the outlets where the phone is available such as Amazon. It might seem a little pricey, but the gadget has impressive features such as an HDR-ready OLED screen as well as triple 12-megapixel cameras.
The Sony Xperia 5 2019; a brief overview
- HDR for immersive viewing
- Smaller size, same features
- Fast Snapdragon 855 processor.
- No headphone jack
Here is a summary of Sony Xperia 5 specs
Sony Xperia 5 review
By knowing all the details about this phone, you can make a sound decision on whether the gadget will meet your needs.
The Xperia 5 has a stylish design that helps house some of the most impressive mobile phone technology from Sony thus far. The premium body is available in a variety of colors. The edges give the phone a classy appeal and the texture is smooth. The Xperia 5 has a sleek and strong metal frame covering it on the front and back to protect it in case it drops. The screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which is one of the most durable metals. This phone is also 100% waterproof.
While the design is amazing, not a lot of people will be excited to hear the Xperia 5 has a side fingerprint scanner. It seems inconvenient seeing that the buttons are located on the side. The lock key, volume toggle, and the fingerprint scanner are all located on the right side of the phone. The microphone is placed at the bottom, which is the ideal spot for most smartphone devices.
The Xperia 5 has a smaller screen ratio of 21:9 inches compared to its predecessor. The display is powered by the company’s award-winning BRAVIA TV technologies and X1 for mobile gaming. It is less wide and this new feature makes it easier to handle. You can reach the upper parts of the screen with ease and game with comfortability.
The device also has a Full HD+ resolution for better viewing experience. The 6.1-inch display can also convert SDR videos and pictures into HDR quality; an impressive feature for those who like crystal clear photos and videos.
Processor, storage, and performance
The Xperia 5 comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, one of the best at the moment and 6GB of RAM. It runs on Android Pie and has an internal storage memory of 128GB. The memory is expandable using a microSD card with a storage space capacity of up to 512GB. The processor mentioned above can also be found in some of the best-performing smartphones in recent times making the Xperia 5 a reasonable bargain.
For starters, you can enjoy a fully immersive gaming experience without glitches or downtime at 2.84GHz quality. It also renders videos and images in 64 bits and uses the Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU chipset for graphics. 6GB of RAM also means you can multitask while on your phone and it will not hang at any given moment.
Gamers will also be excited to hear that Sony included a game enhancer add-on as part of the Sony Xperia 5 features to enrich your gaming experience. With the enhancer, you can turn off all notifications for incoming calls, disable the camera, and even maximize your battery life. You can also record your game progress, capture, and share your victories.
The Sony Xperia 5 battery life is not as good as the one found in phones with the same price or the Xperia 1. The Xperia 5 has a battery capacity of 3140mAh stored by a Li-On battery. Good news though; the phone has a fast-charging feature meaning you can charge it quickly and get back to using it in a while. Unfortunately, you cannot charge it wirelessly; perhaps a suggestion Sony should consider for future releases.
Speaker and call quality
As far as speaker quality goes, Xperia 5 has some of the best features. The phone comes equipped with Dolby Atmos features which give you an unbelievable listening experience by creating a powerful atmosphere sound. Watching movies on the Xperia 5 with your pods or headphones will never be the same again. Considering it has no jack outlet, you will only be able to use wireless speakers or Bluetooth devices. Alternatively, you can always use the phone’s loudspeaker.
Call sound quality is also exceptional and can only be affected by network issues in which case the problem will be the network providers and not the phone. The sound flows above and around you ensuring you hear every word uttered. The Xperia 5 teamed up with Sony Pictures Entertainment when making the sound to ensure users get extraordinary audio and visual experience.
The software used on the Xperia 5
This phone boasts of impressive software that makes the price worth it.
Operating system and features
The Xperia 5 form Sony runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system backed by a powerful processor. While the operating system is decent and among the latest, we expected an upgrade to the Android 10.0 OS seeing the former is becoming rather common. Nonetheless, Sony can fix this by sending users an update maybe in the recent future. The Android 9.0 also OS uses artificial intelligence to give users an intuitive experience.
Some of the most impressive features found on the Xperia 5 include an asymmetrical design which makes it easy to handle the phone as well as proper app presentation. The inbuilt apps, such as Gmail, are easy to navigate enabling you to work efficiently or even multitask. The split-screen feature means you can navigate Google Maps while messaging a friend or watch a video while chatting with friends on social media.
Camera, video, and image quality
The Sony Xperia 5 camera is almost similar to the one found on the Xperia 1. The rear camera has three 12-megapixel lenses; a primary lens with an f/1.6 aperture, a 2x telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and a super-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.4. It also comes with optical image stabilization as well as identity and holds focus, which is made possible by Sony’s AF feature. The AF feature helps hold focus on the human eye when taking pictures to give them better focus. It is also present in the 8-megapixel camera found on the front.
Sony also introduced BIONZ X technology on this device to help aid the Sony Alpha cameras installed on the same. This technology gives users up to 10fps AE/AF and has a noise reduction feature as well as advanced mode controls that provide creative freedom. With these cameras and the features, you can capture images or videos when lighting is low while minimizing the background noise; amazing, right? The Xperia 5 is perfect for low-light shooting but can also be adjusted to shoot in bright daylight. The manual mode enables users to change the exposure value, white balance, and a variety of advanced settings.
Reviews for the Xperia 5 might not be plentiful seeing the device is yet to make its way into most people's hands.
The Sony Xperia 5 is not as big as the Xperia 1, but that might be a good thing considering the features found on the former. However, to a new user, the phone might seem a bit complicated, especially when you decide to handle everything manually. However, when it comes to performance, the Xperia 5 is a step ahead of most phones in the market going for the same price. It also has some of the latest features, and for that price; we can call it a bargain.
However, we were a little disappointed to see that Sony did not reintroduce the jack option. Wireless headphones do not last the whole day, and the same can be said when it comes to air pods. The best things about this phone are the image, sound, and video quality and the state-of-the-art processor. You can be guaranteed Sony will make improvements, but until then, the Sony Xperia 5 remains to be one of the best phones on the market for that price.