Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review

Is the world's first Android device with a 4K screen worth the premium price tag?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Here we have it ladies and gentlemen… the world’s first Android phone with a UHD screen. And who’d have thought it? It’s from Sony, who hasn’t exactly been a trail blazer with its devices of late, with a seemingly stagnant design language, barely incremented specs and ultra-frequent releases.

Perhaps it’s fitting given Sony’s pedigree in television that it is the first to bring this technology to the smartphone market, but the big question is whether having such a high-resolution screen in a 5.5-inch panel (when the same resolution is used on 55-inch screens) makes any real world of difference at all.

Sitting atop the Z5 range, you’d expect the Premium to command a premium price – and it does. Coming in at £629.99, the phone is only out-priced by the 128GB Galaxy S6 edge +, despite the fact that the Sony includes just 32GB of on-board (expandable) storage. Aside from the rather meagre capacity and a lack of Qi charging yet again, the Z5 Premium does tick all the right boxes on the spec sheet. A Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, Cat 6 LTE with Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and MIMO Wi-Fi, great cameras, a big battery and Sony’s ubiquitous waterproofing – it’s all there.

If you’re splashing out such a large pile of cash for a flagship, you expect it to not only have all the right bits on the inside, you expect it to look good on the outside too. Sony’s OmniBalance design is tried and tested (and arguably tired), but it’s now well honed. The black Z5 Premium is perhaps too understated, but the chrome or gold models really attract attention, almost as much as they do mucky fingerprints! Keep a cleaning cloth in your pocket if you’re the slightly obsessive type.


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