By Thomas Wellburn on 15:10, 7 Nov 2015 inGeneralLatestNewsPhonesReviews

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The mid-phone in Sony’s flagship Xperia Z line looks a little bit similar on paper. Can it do enough to differentiate itself from its predecessor?

When Sony announced their three new smartphone devices at IFA this year, the response was a little muted. Not only did they look the same, they also didn’t seem all that different inside either. Aside from some gimmicky features such as the Z5 Premium’s ludicrous 4K screen, there was little to really make them sand out against the competition. Now that we’ve actually got one in our hands, things feel a little different and I’m actually noticing that there’s been some significant upgrades in the areas that count. Still, will it be enough to warrant the high asking price?

Technical Details

OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (upgradable to 6.0)
Processor Snapdragon 810 (1.5GHz Quad-core + 2GHz Quad-core)
Screen 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (428 ppi)
Memory 3 GB RAM
Storage 32GB
Micro SD compatible Yes, up to 200GB
Rear camera 23MP
Front camera 5.1MP
Video 4K
Connectivity 3G, 4G LTE
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
Weight 154g
Battery 2,900mAh

3.9

Pros

  • Excellent camera
  • Brilliant screen
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Gets very hot
  • Mixed performance
  • No USB-C or Marshmallow

Design

Camera

Screen

Performance

Innovation

Value

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