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Sony Xperia Z5 FAQ, Pros, Cons, User Queries, Answers

We had good reason to be excited when the Sony Xperia Z5 was announced at Berlin last month – aside from impressive specs that boasted of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, internal storage of 32 GB with the option of expanding upto 200 GB, we loved the fact that the 23 Megapixel camera could record in 4K and that the Fingerprint sensor was on the Power button, a first of sorts!

We’ve listed out whatever information we have available on the Sony Xperia Z5 here, if you still have doubts or questions, feel free to drop us a note in the Comments section!

Xperia Z5 Colour Range

Sony Xperia Z5 Pros

  • Full HD Display (1080p) with a pixel density of  428 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • Has a 23 Megapixel rear camera that can go upto ISO 12800 for Photo and 3200 for Video
  • Can record video in 4K resolution that also comes with Video stabilization
  • Comes with High-res audio with digital noise cancelling using Sony’s proprietary audio technology
  • Comes with 32 GB storage that can be expanded upto 200 GB via microSD
  • IP65 and IP68 certified ; Dust-proof and Water-resistant (over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes)
  • Has a fingerprint sensor on the Power button
  • Can connect to your PS4 and play games remotely using the Xperia Z5

Sony Xperia Z5 Cons

  • Display is an LCD screen, brightness level low.
  • Front camera is a 5.1 Megapixel camera
  • No wireless charging

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We got our hands on the Sony Xperia Z5 – here is an overview of the device!

Sony Xperia Z5 Photo Gallery

Sony Xperia Z5 Camera Samples

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the design and build quality?
As you can expect from Sony, the design is top-notch with excellent build quality – the corners have a nice rubber edge that should protect the phone in the event that you drop it, the glass back has a frosted finish which gives it a premium look.

How is the display of the device?
The Sony Xperia Z5 has a Full HD display on its 5.2 inches LCD screen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920

Does the device come with any display protection?
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with a scratch-resistant glass with oleophobic coating, very much like the Dragontail glass.

Does the device support Adaptive Brightness?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports Adaptive Brightness.

Are the navigation buttons backlit?
Yes, the navigation buttons are backlit.

Does it have an LED notification light?
Yes, it has an LED notification light.

What OS runs on this device?
The Sony Xperia Z5 currently runs on a new-look Xperia UI based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. This update now looks a lot more like stock Android, especially in the in the notifications area and Quick Settings, although the main Settings area is still distinctly Sony.

How is the User Interface on the device?
The user interface is intuitive and simple to use – first time users won’t have a hard time navigating around the phone.

Does the device offer any themes to choose from?
Yes, there are several themes to choose from on the Sony Xperia Z5.

How much RAM is available on the first boot?
On the first boot, you’ll have about 1.8 GB of RAM free out of the total 3 GB RAM.

How much internal storage is available to the user?
From the 32 GB that comes with the device, you get close to 25 GB free – the phone comes with some content pre-loaded that could free up additional space.

Can the apps be moved to the SD card on the device?
Yes, the apps can be moved to the SD card if required.

Are there a lot of Bloatware apps pre-installed? Are they removable?
Yes, you’ll get Sony’s suite of Google alternatives for messaging, calling, contacts storage, camera, email, calendar and so on, but unfortunately, some of the pre-installed apps can not be uninstalled. So while you’re unlikely to be fond of What’s New, Movie Creator or Xperia Lounge, the best you can do is disable these apps you if don’t want to use them.

Does the device have a microSD expansion option?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 has a microSD slot that can support upto 200 GB.

How good is the camera quality of the device?
The camera quality is top-notch, so much so that DxOMark accorded the Sony Xperia Z5 the highest score so far. The device packs a whopping 23 Megapixel maximum resolution on its primary camera that captures 5520 x 4120-pixel stills, or video at 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps. Other camera features include phase-detection autofocus with touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, HDR, and panorama stitch.
The secondary camera is a notably lower 5.1 Megapixel resolution option, but that should suffice for those selfies and it also records video at a respectable 1080p.

Can we play Full HD (1080p) videos on the device?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports 1080p video playback.

Is Fast charging supported on the device?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports Quick Charge 2.0 which gives you a whole days power with just 45 minutes of charging.

How long does the Battery last for on the smartphone?
Sony claims that the Xperia Z5 can last for close to 2 days but we are yet to conduct our tests to ascertain this claim.

Does the phone come with a Fingerprint sensor? How responsive is it?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 comes with a Fingerprint sensor on the Power button and it works beautifully.

Does the device support dual-SIM?
Yes, it has Dual-SIM. It supports Nano-SIM, dual stand-by.

Is the device waterproof?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 is IP65 and IP68 certified (dust-proof and water-resistant over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes).

What are the dimensions & weight of the device?
The Sony Xperia Z5 weighs 156.5 gms and has the dimensions – 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Does it support USB OTG?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 support USB OTG.

How is the quality of the speakers?
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with excellent headphones and while the loudspeaker quality is quite good, we don’t have a definite way to judge that. Rest assured that it isn’t disappointing.

How is the Call quality?
As you can imagine, the call quality is without any issues and meets all your expectations.

What are the color variants available?
The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in India in Gold, Green and Black options.

What sensors are available on the device?
The Sony Xperia Z5 comes with

Does the device support double-tap to wake up?
No, the Sony Xperia Z5 does not support this feature.

What is the SAR Value of the Sony Xperia Z5?
This information was not specified, we will update this once we receive it.

Does the device support Voice wake up commands?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports this feature.

Does the Sony Xperia Z5 have any known heating issues?
No, unlike its predecessors, the Sony Xperia Z5 does not have any known heating issues.

Can the Sony Xperia Z5 be connected to a Bluetooth headset?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports this feature.

Does the device support the Mobile Hotspot feature?
Yes, the Sony Xperia Z5 supports this feature.

How is the Gaming performance on the Sony Xperia Z5?
With an Adreno 430 GPU and a Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with 3 GB of RAM, gaming on the device should be a breeze. Additionally, if you own a PS4, you can remotely play games on it using your Sony Xperia Z5!


Abhinav Singh

Abhinav Singh, a software engineer who is very much interested in social engineering. He is responsible to manage all the social media profiles of Gadgets To Use. He also has a hobby of tracking new apps and gadgets and to share them with our readers as well.