The Official James Bond Phone: Sony Xperia Z5

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The Sony Xperia Z series is their most exclusive one and now they have added not one, but two new Z phones. Joining the series are the Z5 and the Z5 Premium. We will take a look at the Z5 model, which is named the official James Bond phone for the new movie “Spectre”.


The Features

Sony has stuck the design of their Z phones, implementing some changes. The back of the phone is still glass, yet it has a frosted finish. The power button is now flat and functions as a fingerprint scanner. The Sony Xperia is a bit thicker and heavier than the Z3, yet the difference is not noticeable.

What I really like about Sony phones is the vividness of their displays and the Z5 one again has a great screen. The screen size is 5.2” with a pixel density of 428 PPI.

The back camera of the phone is an amazing 23-megapixel camera. According to Sony, this is the camera with the best image sensor.

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and has 3GB or RAM.

And of course, as for all devices from the Z series, the Sony Xperia Z5 is waterproof.


The Specifications

BODY Dimensions 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm (5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 in)
Weight 154 g (5.43 oz)
  – IP68 certified – dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes


DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~69.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
  – Triluminos display
– X-Reality Engine


PLATFORM OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810
CPU Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
GPU Adreno 430


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 23 MP, 5520 х 4140 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR
Secondary 5.1 MP, 1080p, HDR


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  – High-Res audio


COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, apt-X
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ BDS (market dependant)
Radio FM radio with RDS
USB microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host


FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
  – Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– ANT+ support
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor


BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 520 h (2G) / Up to 540 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 13 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 17 h (3G)
Music play Up to 87 h



The Verdict

The Sony Xperia Z5 phone is a classy phone, continuing the tradition of the Z series. Of course, there are some minor problems regarding performance, yet again, the new Z5 doesn’t have the overheating problem that was so discussed for the Z3. With a price of around $800, think twice before buying it. It is undoubtedly a great phone, if you can afford a phone from this price range.


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