Making good on the announcement it made almost a month ago, Sony has officially launched its newest flagship devices -- the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia Z5 Compact -- in American shores. As previously reported, the two smartphones are being released unlocked at Amazon, Best Buy, B&G, and other participating retail outlets for a retail price of $599.99 and $499.99 (suggested), respectively. Both devices will come with support for GSM networks.
As far as smartphones produced by Sony go, the company’s Xperia lineup of handsets is easily the most popular. The Japanese tech giant looks to continue along that line with two new Xperia Z5 smartphone offerings. The bigger Xperia Z5 comes with a 5.2 inch display screen that has a resolution of 1,080 pixels. This is flanked by a 23 megapixel camera on the rear side, and a 5 megapixel camera on the front side. Note that the Xperia Z5’s 23 megapixel shooter is said to have the quickest autofocus of any smartphone currently available in the market.
Inside the Xperia Z5’s frame, one can find a 1.9 GigaHertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 eight core chip set and the Adreno 430 graphics processing unit (GPU). This is further supported with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of onboard storage, plus the option of expanding the memory up to 200 gigabytes by way of a micro SD card. The device is equipped with a 2,900 mAh battery, and will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop, laced with Sony’s own Xperia UI.
As for the smaller Xperia Z5 Compact, it boasts a 4.6 inch IPS LCD display screen that comes with a resolution of 720 by 1,280 pixels (with 319 pixels per inch density). Like its bigger sibling, the Xperia Z5 Compact features a 23 megapixel camera on the rear side, and a 5 megapixel camera on the front side.
With regards to the Xperia Z5 Compact’s hardware specifications, it features a 2 GigaHertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 eight core chip set, aided by 2 gigabytes of random access memory (less compared to the Xperia Z5) as well as 32 gigabytes of built in internal memory, plus a micro SD card slot for expanding up to 200 gigabytes. Similar to the bigger Xperia Z5, the smaller flagship device ships with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Sony is known to produce mobile devices with impressive dust and water proofing capabilities, and the two latest Xperia Z5 handsets are no exception. They both come with an IP68 rating, which should no doubt please those users who were wondering if they could bring their Xperia Z5 devices to the great outdoors.
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