Sony Xperia 5 Hands-on – Basically a Smaller Xperia 1!
The Sony Xperia 5 was announced at IFA 2019, and it’s effectively a more compact version of the Sony Xperia 1. A smaller display, a 1080p panel, and the battery are pretty much the only things that differentiate it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We got to spend some time with the Xperia 5 at IFA, and I made a video for the XDA TV YouTube channel which you can check out below.
First and foremost, the Sony Xperia 5 is literally just a more compact Xperia 1. It has the same cameras, same chipset, same storage configurations… it’s pretty much the same device. The battery gets a small downgrade along with the display panel, but that only makes sense. Why is it not called the Sony Xperia 1 Compact then? To be honest, who can say. It’s a strange naming decision, although it doesn’t take away from the device itself.
It fits in the palm of your hand, a marketing slogan which Sony, to be fair, was correct about. It’s definitely difficult to reach the top of the display thanks to the 21:9 aspect ratio, but the device itself can easily be wrapped around your hand. It’s a flagship for sure, though without pricing information we don’t know how affordable it is yet. Pre-orders start on the 18th of September, so consumers will know by then how much it retails for.
|Category||Sony Xperia 5|
|Size||6.2 x 2.6 x 0.3 inches, 5.8 oz|
|Display||6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED (1080 x 2520), 21:9 CinemaWide display|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Storage||128GB UFS (microSD card slot)|
|Rear Cameras||Triple Cameras:|
|Charging||Xperia Adaptive Charging (USB PD)|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos, stereo speaker, no 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Software||Android 9 Pie|
|Connectivity||A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)11, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.1|
|Ports & Buttons||USB Type-C, Side-mounted fingerprint scanner|
|Colors||Black, Blue, Gray, Red|