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Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 – Which One Is Better?


Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium are top phones from the Japanese manufacturer, which addresses a wide variety of users based on preferences regarding the screen size.

One of the main criticisms permanently addressed to phone manufacturers is the limited diversity in terms of screen diagonal and hardware specifications.

If Samsung, HTC and Apple chose to launch more powerful devices with large screens, Sony tries attend the needs of those who need a compact phone, but with high-end specifications.

This is why the new series of phones from the Japanese producer includes no less than three models of phones that share a large part of the technical features but come with different screen sizes.
These are the common specifications that Sony Xperia Z5 series share. Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, Cortex A53 quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A57 quad-core and 2 GHz with 2GB / 3GB RAM and minimum 32 GB internal memory. Comes with a 23MP camera with 4K video recording, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi, all of this running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, planned to update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Unsurprisingly, Sony adopted the same design for the three models, especially for the back made of glass, but there are some differences: Z5 and Z5 Compact have an aluminum frame, while Z5 Premium has a frame made of steel. The back glass now has a “frozen” look which, at least in theory, should keep away dirt and fingerprints. The power button has been redesigned and now includes a fingerprint sensor.

Depending on screen size, the three phones have different dimensions: Z5 measures 146x72x7.3 mm and weighs 154 grams, Z5 Compact has 127x65x8.9 mm and 138 grams and Premium Z5 has 154.4×75.8×7.8 mm and 180 grams.

All three terminals are resistant to water and dust thanks to IP68 certification (lasts up to 30 minutes at a maximum water depth of 1.5 meters).

The screen is an IPS Triluminos, but is the main element that differentiates the 3 smartphones. Z5 features a display 5.2″ in diagonal and Full HD resolution, while Z5 Compact relies on a 4.6″ screen with HD resolution. Instead, Z5Premium stands out by being the first smartphone with a display 4K (3840 × 2160 pixel resolution). Even if the diagonal is larger, 5.5″, the density of 806 pixels per inch is too big for a smartphone. Even including QHD resolution (2560 × 1440 pixels) is considered too high and 4K resolution has four times more pixels than Full HD.

Undoubtedly, we are talking only about a marketing trick with no real benefit to users and the disadvantage of high energy consumption.