After months of delay, it seems Sony’s newest line of Xperia devices are finally making their way overseas. The devices have been available exclusively in Europe for a few months now, and apparently the Sony executives have finally decided the US is ready them.
Following in the footsteps of the wildly popular Xperia Z4 line, the new generation of devices seem like more of an update than a refresh. Following a very similar design scheme, the new Z5 features the following specifications:
- Snapdragon 810 processor
- 23MP camera
fingerprint sensor(Revised: will no longer include this feature)
- high-res audio
- Android 5.1 Lolipop
- waterproof (IP65)
- dust tight (IP68)
- 5.2-inch FHD (1080p) display
- 3GB RAM
- 2900mAh “2 day” battery.
While a few of those specifications aren’t exactly “Flagship” by any means, the device is still going to run you a flagship price. Since Sony’s devices are shipping GSM Unlocked, you’re not going to be getting any carrier discounts, and will have to shell out $599 for the regular variant. That’s a bit of a hefty price for a handset that is quite a few months old by now, but if you are a die hard Xperia fanboy, be my guest.
If tiny phones are more your forte, Sony will be offering it’s tried and true “Compact” variant of the device. This handset will run you $100 cheaper, but has some adjusted specs to reflect this. Specs of the Z5 Compact include the same processor, camera,
fingerprint sensor (Revised: will no longer include this feature), high-res audio support, Android version, and waterproof and dust-proof specifications, but instead packs a
- 4.6-inch HD (720p) display
- 2GB RAM
- 2600mAh “2 day” battery.
If you want to get a hold (and believe me, you can with one hand) of the aforementioned “compact” variant, it’s going to run you a hefty $499.
Now it may just be of my personal opinion, but I would never pay 500-600 bucks for a 720p or even a 1080p display in 2016. Whatever those marketing execs were smoking must have been some weird shit, because there are SO many more options at that price point (ala, Nexus 6p, Lumia 950, Nexus 5X, LG V10 to name a few) which actually feature top of the line specs.
Regardless of how much these devices frustrate me, more options is never a bad thing, and if you are absolutely in love with the form factor, materials, or custom Sony android skin, hurry up and buy one of these things. They’ll be available February 7th from Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo.
Go ahead, I won’t be upset.
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