Sony Xperia 5 Hands-on – Basically a Smaller Xperia 1!

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.

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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
Memory 6GB
Storage 128GB UFS (microSD card slot)
Rear Cameras Triple Cameras:

  • 12 MP – 1/ 2.6″ sensor size, Pixel pitch 1.4 μm, F1.6 lens, OIS photo stabilization
    Hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilization
  • 12 MP – 1/3.4″ sensor size, Pixel pitch 1.0 μm, F2.4 lens, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
  • 12 MP – 1/3.4″ sensor size, Pixel pitch 1.0 μm, F2.4 lens, OIS photo stabilization, Hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilization
Front Camera
  • 8 MP – 1/4 sensor size, Pixel pitch 1.12 μm, F2.0 lens, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo, SteadyShotTM with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
Battery 3,140 mAh
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
Water resistance IP65/68
Colors Black, Blue, Gray, Red

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Adam Conway
Adam Conway

I'm the senior technical editor at XDA-Developers. I have a BSc in Computer Science from University College Dublin, and I'm a lover of smartphones, cybersecurity, and Counter-Strike. You can contact me at [email protected] My Twitter is @AdamConwayIE and my Instagram is adamc.99.

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