Sony Xperia 5 Review Rundown
Sony Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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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 isn't massive so the body isn't too long, a problem I experienced with the Xperia 10 Plus. The glass rear panel comes in a wonderful deep red color, a blue, a stylish white/grey, and a normal black. The fingerprint sensor is on the side of the phone, a position I find natural and easy to locate.
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 has a 21:9 screen that measures 6.1in across the diagonal. It's not much smaller than the Xperia 1 – which costs £150 more – but the resolution has decreased from 4K to FHD+. The Xperia 5 looks the same, is powered by an identical Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, runs Android 9, and uses a similar triple-camera array. Most confusing of all is how much the Xperia 5 costs.
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 runs a pretty pure Android and that's pleasing. Like the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 has a 21:9 CinemaWide display. The camera app is nice and offers a professional mode where you can record in RAW format. The Xperia 5 records videos in 4K with 30 FPS or 1080p with 60 FPS.
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 has a 6.1-inch OLED panel, which has a 21:9 aspect ratio. Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 with a Snapdragon 855 SoC that integrates an Adreno 640 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage. The Xperia 5 offers three 12 MP rear-facing cameras of various focal lengths and fields of view. It can shoot in up to 4K at 60 FPS, although we would recommend using the preinstalled Cinema Pro app.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Xperia 5 is geared toward creative professionals and smartphone shutterbugs. It offers excellent performance and build quality, but falls short on battery life, camera quality, and software. The display is too small for the 21:9 aspect ratio, battery life is just okay, and its marquee feature, the camera, doesn't compare with similarly priced phones.
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 is the spiritual successor to the Xperia Z Compact series. While small phones are not exactly what the general public wants, there is a niche audience for them. So, does the Xperia 5 deliver that flagship experience in its ergonomic shell? Let's take a deep dive!
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The 21:9 aspect ratio is natively supported by Netflix for many of its films, while stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos support aim to provide premium sound. The Xperia 5 runs Android 9 Pie out of the box, and while it's confirmed to get Android 10 an availability date is yet to be revealed. Sony has joined the 2019 trend of triple cameras, with wide, ultrawide and telephoto offering great flexibility for shooting. On the video side, the Xperia 5 offers recording in 4K up to 30fps.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 heralds the return of Sony's popular compact handset range. It's a scaled-down version of the Xperia 1 with similar specs, cameras and design, but in a smaller form factor. It has a 21:9 screen, powerful speakers and a supercharged chipset. But surely a smaller screen makes this phone worse for consuming content?
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 puts all its buttons on the right side of the phone, which is odd because there are more of them than you're used to. The teeny fingerprint sensor seems less reliable than on the Xperia 1.
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sony Xperia 5 is available from retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy for $799. Like the iPhone 11 Pro, the Xperia 5 incorporates a triple 12-megapixel rear camera. It boasts HDR support via Sony's Bravia X1 for Mobile engine. The Xperia 5's 8-MP front-facing camera is pretty average, delivering splotchy, flat shots.
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
At just £699 it's around £150 cheaper than the Xperia 1, making it a tempting value proposition. This is arguably Sony's finest smartphone camera yet, offering features and performance that falls just short of the top tier. The Sony Xperia 5 isn't an outright winner, however it remains one of the best-balanced smartphone packages Sony has produced in years.
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- 2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: Now at it's lowest ever SIM-free price. Expertreviews. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: a niche phone for 21:9 fans only. Nextpit. 09 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone Review: A handy handset despite having a 6-inch display. Notebookcheck. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. Pcmag. 20 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review: the best camera to fit in your pocket?. Phonearena. 08 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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- 10. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. Tomsguide. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 11. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. Trustedreviews. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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