Sony Xperia Z5 Dual
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About the Phone
- Beautiful and attractive design.
- Sturdy build quality.
- Top-notch display.
- Scratch-resistant glass.
- It offers a fluid and lag-free performance.
- Amazing audio quality.
- The 4K video experience is lovely.
- It has a Fingerprint Sensor.
- It generates heat when exposed to heavy usage.
- There are minor glitches during gaming.
- The power button is too dented.
- It has dated Android version.
- The battery provided is insufficient.
While everything seems fine, the dated processor and the heating issue are the only repelling factors of the Xperia Z5 Dual.
Xperia Z5 bears similarity with the phones in the Xperia family. Despite the signature Sony design, Xperia Z5 comes as a breath of fresh air. The bar-shaped smartphone has a beautiful matte-finish look with a Fingerprint Sensor that is positioned quite unusually – it rests on the right side, where your thumb rests while holding the phone. This little feature is a welcome addition.
Xperia Z5 has a 5.2-inch full-HD IPS display with scratch-resistant glass with Oleophobic coating, which has thankfully replaced the screen guard on display that we saw in Xperia Z3+. There are two powerful cameras – 23MP rear camera and 5.1MP front camera. Also, the camera is equipped with a Sony Exmor sensor.
Xperia Z5 Dual runs on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop). It has a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994). For enhanced graphical performance, the phone also packs Adreno 430 GPU. With 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory (expandable up to 200GB), the phone promises a smooth and seamless experience.
It is available in four colour variants – White, Graphite Black, Gold, and Green. Apart from this, Xperia Z5 Dual retains its IP68 certification, thereby maintaining its dust and water resistant tags. Priced at Rs. 52,990, the Xperia Z5 Dual competes against flagship phones like Apple iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
Now, coming to the design. The frosted glass and the matte-finish back impart a premium look-and-feel to the phone. The volume keys are located on the lower part of the right panel, which may be an issue since you might keep triggering them whenever you hold the phone.
Below the volume buttons lie the camera button. Coming to the front, you can see that the bezels are slimmer, with only the top part housing the 8MP selfie camera, flash, and an earpiece.
Sony Xperia Z5 sports a 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen, with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution. It has a scratch resistant glass and an Oleophobic coating. This protects the screen from accidental damage and grease.
The display is bright, vibrant, and vivid with excellent colour reproduction. Also, the viewing angles are great. Even in bright light settings, you can use the phone easily since the glare is minimum.
Xperia Z5 Dual packs in a 64-bit octa-core (2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A57 and 1.5GHz quad-core) processor posited on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, which heats up real quick even with the trivial, day-to-day tasks. And if you are playing graphics-intensive games, you can only imagine how hot it can get.
The heating issue aside, Xperia Z5 is an excellent performer. It can handle multitasking with ease. Switching between apps is smooth and seamless. You will only see a minor lag when using the augmented reality (AR) camera apps. Apart from this, the phone hardly shows any signs of lagging. The powerful processor of Xperia Z5 contributes to the high ranking benchmark scores of the phone. Sony Xperia Z5 scores 53,155 in AnTuTu, outsmarting the Nexus 6 (51,855) and Moto X Style (51,350). In the GeekBench 3 test, it managed to score 4,720, which puts it above the LG G4 (3,260) and HTC One M9 (3,952).
Sony has always stayed ahead in the camera front. The 23 MP rear shooter comes with a Sony Exmor sensor and is capable of clicking stunning and sharp images, with plenty of details. Both daylight and nighttime shots come out looking great. And since the phone uses the same Triluminos technology that Sony uses in its TV screens, the colour reproduction is a class apart!
But this isn’t the only exciting feature of the phone’s camera. Sony makes up the lack of optical image stabilisation with its SteadyShot software that helps minimise the blur factor, always ensuring that your snaps look great.
For video recording, the phone offers similar options as is usually found in Xperia phones such as 1,080p at 60fps or 720p at 120fps. You can also film 4K videos via the rear cam. Other camera features include HDR, Face Detection, Phase Detection Autofocus, and LED flash.
Moving on to the 5MP front cam, it comes with a flash that helps capture decent selfies. Although you might see some amount of noise while zooming in the images, that’s only a minor issue. Apart from good selfies, video chatting is also a breeze with the front cam.
In Xperia Z5, the battery has been reduced to a 2,900mAh battery, which does not suffice for a phone with such powerful specs. You might be able to stretch the battery a full day only if you stick to light usage like calls, browsing, and using a few social media apps. The battery drops down drastically when you indulge in heavy gaming and continuous online streaming.
The good thing is that Sony incorporated a Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 2.0 tech on the phone. So, even when you hit the red alert, it won’t take long for the phone to get fully charged. This is where Xperia Z5 disappoints the most.
Loaded with some amazing specs and sporting a stylish design, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Xperia Z5 Dual is one of the best phones from Sony. Apart from the heating issue and the dated processor, this phone is a great performer. But even with its unique features, Xperia Z5 fails to stand apart in the crowd in today’s rapidly evolving and competitive market, given that better options like the Samsung Galaxy S6 64GB or the Nexus 6P exist.