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Sony Xperia 5 Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Beautiful 21:9 screen
  • Good camera performance
  • Good battery life
Cons**
  • Camera isn't as good as Xperia 1

Summary

Sony Xperia 5 is the spiritual successor to the Xperia Z Compact series. It's a scaled-down version of the Xperia 1 from earlier in 2019 with similar specs, cameras, and design, but in a smaller form factor. The Xperia 5 has a 21:9 CinemaWide display, a Snapdragon 855 SoC and 6GB of RAM.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
At 8.2mm thick and 164 grams, the Xperia 5 is the ideal phone to slip into your pocket and not notice it's there. The screen is a reason to buy, provided you can get past the unusual ratio, which doesn't really have many uses. The glass rear panel comes in a wonderful deep red color, a blue, a stylish white/grey, and a normal black. It has the Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of memory, a MicroSD card slot, water and dust resistance, and stereo speakers.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful screen
  • Beautiful colors
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Camera isn’t great
  • No Android 9 Pie

nextpit[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following[***]:
Sony uses the same camera setup in the Xperia 5 as in the larger Xperia 1. The camera app is nice and offers a professional mode where you can record in RAW format and set your parameters manually. The Xperia 5 records videos in 4K with 30 FPS or 1080p with 60 FPS. There is no headphone jack, so you must use Bluetooth.
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Pros[**]
  • Good performance
  • Good cameras
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No headphone jack
  • No 3.5mm jack

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 has a 6.1-inch OLED panel, which has a 21:9 aspect ratio. The panel operates natively at 2520x1080 and achieved an average peak brightness of 599 cd/m² according to X-Rite i1Pro 2. Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 with stereo speakers that get reasonably loud and are dominated by midrange frequencies.
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Pros[**]
  • Bright and contrast-rich display
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No microSD card slot

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
In daylight, the camera performed well overall, with solid color accuracy and crisp foreground details. Low-light photos are again disappointing, with shots looking muddy and flat. With good light, the Xperia 5 shoots solid 4K video, though we encountered a few skipped frames when panning. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset along with 6GB of RAM.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre low-light photos
  • No wireless charging

techadvisor[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Sony has joined the 2019 trend of triple cameras, with wide, ultrawide and telephoto offering great flexibility for shooting. The Xperia 5 is particularly great at large, imposing subjects, and in good light you will get excellent results. The 3140mAh battery is average at best, a significantly smaller capacity than many phones at this price point. There's no wireless charging, although an 18W fast charger is included in the box.
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Pros[**]
  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre low-light camera
  • No wireless charging

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 42%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 is a relatively long and thin device that's rather angular. The dimensions of the handset are 158 x 68 x 8.2mm, with a weight of 164g. The rear of the Xperia 5 houses the three cameras in a bump that's one of the thickest we've seen on a phone. The device is built around an aluminium frame, with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front and back.
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Pros[**]
  • Long, thin body
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • 21:9 display is a little dim
  • No IP rating

theverge[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 has a 6.1-inch OLED screen, but in a 21:9 aspect ratio. Sony has three lenses on the back of the Xperia 5: a regular, a wide, and a 2X telephoto. Image quality is decidedly average, which, in late 2019, is actually higher praise than you might expect.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • Poor camera software

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The 3,140-mAh battery inside the Sony Xperia 5 isn't particularly large among premium phones. Sony's Android skin, to its credit, adds a lot of functionality that doesn't come baked into Android by default. The phone doesn't support wireless charging — something that's quite surprising, given its glass sandwich design.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • Not the most powerful Android phone

trustedreviews[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Sony has followed up on the Xperia 1 with the more compact, yet ostensibly similar, Xperia 5. It sacrifices the former phone’s large 4K display for a more manageable and affordable flagship phone. It retains its 21:9 OLED display – although a little smaller and less sharp than the iPhone 11 Pro. The Xperia 5 sacrifices a little wow factor for a little more usability – but we’re happy with the trade-off.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent triple camera setup
  • Excellent performance
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • No wireless charging
  • No Night mode

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 5 hands-on review: Compact, colorful, but not quite a winner. digitaltrends. 2019-09-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: a niche phone for 21:9 fans only. nextpit. 2019-10-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. pcmag. 2020-03-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. techadvisor. 2019-10-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. techradar. 2019-11-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: the smaller, taller phone. theverge. 2019-12-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. tomsguide. 2020-04-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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