In the beginning of this year, I was able to test the Xperia Z5. At the time, it was the latest premium smartphone from Sony. However, they still had a surprise for us: the Xperia Z5 Premium.
What makes this “deluxe” version better than the others? Compared to the Z5, there are not many differences, with the exception of the 4K resolution screen, a first in the mobile industry. The image is very sharp, but not many providers offer 4K content, with the notable exception of Netflix.
I had astonishing results recording videos with 4K resolution. The only downside is the high temperature of the device after use. The good news is that this rise in temperature doesn’t happen when playing high-performance games such as Modern Combat 5, and this is a huge advantage over the Xperia Z3+. The battery life is fine for average use. However, using the device for battery-draining tasks (games, social media and recording) may drop battery life considerably, to about 8 hours.
The device specs are more than enough to run everything available at the Play Store: Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, and 3GB RAM. The storage space is also very generous: 32 GB, with an optional memory card slot (up to 200 GB). This is very handy if you plan on storing a lot of 4K videos. The software version is still Android Lollipop, and they plan on updating to 6.0 soon.
It’s really nice to play with the DualShock 4
The device is compatible with the Playstation console. It’s possible to use it to stream PS4 games, which is very useful when someone else is using the TV. The DualShock 4 can also be used to play, via Bluetooth connection. Asphalt 8: Airborne runs beautifully on the Xperia Z5.
The fingerprint recognition feature is integrated to the power button
As one can see, the Z5 Premium is a very powerful device, with sharp image quality. The only downside is the price.