• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.5 inches (2,160x3,840)
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • Connectivity: WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 2.0
  • Memory: 3GBs
  • Storage: 32GBs (expandable to 200GBs via microSD)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Camera: 23MP rear-facing camera
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Cons:
  • Price

Is 4K On A Smartphone Display Worth It?

Sony’s Xperia Z3 was the pinnacle of smartphone perfection when it was launched a couple of years back, and was a huge hit amongst Sony fans and smartphone enthusiasts alike. Having skipped a generation, Sony instead is going all in with its line of Sony Xperia Z5 smartphones, and now, we take a look at the highest end model of the device, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual.

The Xperia Z5 Premium Dual sports a 5.5 inch display with a 4K resolution of 2,160×3,840 pixels, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GBs of RAM and 32GBs of storage, which is expandable up to 200GBs via a microSD card. As the name implies, the Xperia Z5 Premium Dual also features support for two nanoSIM cards.

As with many high-end smartphones these days, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sports a fingerprint scanner, whereby in this case, is located on the phone’s power button. This fingerprint scanner is only activated when the power button is pressed and the lockscreen is turned on.

At the back, the Xperia Z5 Premium sports an amazing 23MP camera which comes with a variety of features, including manual controls which allows users to take photos the way they want to. The camera also sports some pretty impressive low-light capabilities, and not to mention that it records videos in 4K too. That said we do exercise caution as 4K videos are notoriously large, even if you’re just recording several minutes worth of footage.

Performance-wise, the Xperia Z5 Premium functions as well as can be hoped of a phone of its stature. Regardless of the number of apps running, the phone continues to be a powerhouse, running everything smoothly with little to no issues.

That being said, the phone is sometimes prone to slow app startup, with the main culprit in this case being the camera. Half the time, apps will open up with no issues, but during other times, it will take a few extra seconds to open up.

Battery life is also as good as the Z3. With moderate usage, we were able to stretch the phone’s battery life to roughly around two days without having to charge even once, although once we started adding in gaming to the equation, that number goes down a bit to about one and a half days.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For its price, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual is quite an expensive phone, but if you ever find yourself needing a phone that is long-lasting, and comes with all the latest bells and whistles, that one could ask for, it may be worth considerin

(previously published in issue February 2016)

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