With IFA well underway, Sony used its turn at the conference keynote circuit to announce a trio of new smartphones.
The proceedings started with Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai introducing the Xperia Z5 and its 23 megapixel rear-facing camera. According to Hirai, the company designed its new 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor to deal with many of the common pain points related to smartphone cameras. Assisting the sensor is an autofocus module that is able to focus on a subject in 0.03 seconds, as well as F2.0 lens that was designed in conjunction with Sony’s Alpha camera design team. It’s an imaging package that, at least on paper, promises to make the Z5 compelling to a lot of people.
In terms of the its design, Sony hasn’t deviated greatly from its previous efforts. For the most part, this is the same design people have grown to either love or hate, though the back of the phone does features a new frosted glass finish, which, at least in the press images Sony sent out, seems more elegant. Additionally, Sony has incorporated a fingerprint sensor into the phone’s power button, which is well-timed inclusion given the impending release of Marshmallow.
It wasn’t mentioned in the press conference, but the Z5 will include a Snapdragon 810 Processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage (expandable to 200GB via a microSD). According to Hirai, the 2900mAh battery is supposed to last two days on a single charge, and is Quick Charge compatible.
Without much fanfare, Hirai then announced that Sony will ship two additional variants of the Z5, the familiar Z5 Compact and the recently leaked 4K Z5 Premium.
The Compact will feature all the same internal components as its slightly larger sibling, but in a more, well, compact 4.6-inch form factor. It is, however, slightly thicker, with a 2,700mAh battery.
The Z5 Premium, the phone few people thought was real when it leaked a couple days back, will feature a 5.5-inch 3840 x 2160p display, and the same Snapdragon 810 and 3GB of RAM setup as its two siblings. In addition, to accommodate the more power hungry display, it will feature a massive 3430mAh battery (for comparison sake, that’s just a shade smaller than the Moto X Play’s long-lasting 3630mAh power pack). Sony claims the battery will keep the phone operating for two days straight on a single charge, but we’ll need to test the phone ourselves to see if that claim holds up.
Specific Canadian pricing and availability has yet to be announced by Sony, but the company said in a prepared statement that the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium will be coming this fall.
“Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be coming to Canada later this fall but we haven’t got any further information on specific Canadian timing, carriers or pricing that we can share at this time. We will keep you posted on the specifics for Canada. “