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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Hands on Overview, Features, User Queries And Photos

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has been officially launched at the IFA 2015, at Berlin. The smartphone is launched with two other models of the same series Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, but as the name says Xperia Z5 Premium has some extra perks for users. We tried our hands on the phone and got to examine what Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has to offer.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Photo Samples

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Hands on Overview, Features and 4k Display Explained

Physical Overview

Sony Xperia Z5 premium definitely has something to attract those who choose to pick something lustrous and good looking which has 5.5 inch 4K UHD display and mirror finish on the back panel (not available in the other two variants). The framework that Sony has used is almost the same as what we have seen in the earlier Xperia Z series phones but it has curved edges and  glossy back which works just like a mirror, it has a chrome ring around the camera lens, and the camera and volume keys placed on the right panel  are accompanied with the power button which has a finger print sensor baked in.

The much highlighted feature of this phone is its first in its class display which is the 4K display, we won’t say its something that will wow the users but yes it gives you some benefits over the other phones, be it watching 4K resolution videos without a hassle or viewing natural images clicked by its 23MP camera.

Camera Overview

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium delivers a mighty camera which has 23MP sensor and F2.0 G lens which might sound good to the shutterbugs. Good to hear that after Sony Xperia Z1 this is the first time Sony has completely changed its camera module. Sony has big claims about the speed of its autofocus which is said to be 0.03 seconds, we must know its faster than the speed we blink, good for clicking picture of fast moving objects.

We examined the camera, the autofocus works really well and its quite fast and accurate, the zoom is not blurry, colours are also rich. The camera can be considered good for shooting in natural light but misses a few marks when it comes to low light pictures, it is not as convincing as we expected it to be, overall the camera is great, but it certainly not the best that we have come across when compared to other 2015 flagships.

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User Interface

Xperia UI in all new Z series phones showcased today is based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The interface will certainly be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow later. You can now directly uninstall apps from app drawer, you can watch individual power consumption from apps and we spotted a few new auto correct options too. There is no dearth of preloaded software (read bloatware), but some of that stuff can be uninstalled.

Camera Samples


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is a phone that is powerful, stylish, full of features and introduces the 4K UHD display in the present market. It is supposed to give a strong competition to existing and upcoming flagships. It will compete against phones like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge plus, LG G4 and upcoming Nexus phone.

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Common Questions

Here are some answers to common questions, that you might be looking for.

Question – How much Internal Storage is free?
Answer – Out of 32 GB around 20 GB was available on our review unit, but it was also preloaded with camera Samples and other content. We expect around 25GB space to be available at user end.
Question – Is MicroSD card slot available?
Answer – Yes, up to 200GB MicroSD card slot is supported.
Question – How much RAM is free on first boot?
Answer – On first boot, 2.0GB RAM is free out of 3 GB.
Question – Is USB OTG supported?
Answer – Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question – Is the Battery removable?
Answer – No, battery is not removable
Question – How efficient is the fingerprint sensor?
Answer – The fingerprint sensor, clubbed with the power button, works fast and efficient.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.