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Sony Xperia 5

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Product Overview

Xperia 5 is a smartphone in Sony's flagship series, bringing technologies from Xperia 1 to a compact and sleek package. It features a 21:9 cinematic OLED display and 3 rear-facing cameras for superior multimedia and entertainment experience.
Thanks to advanced technologies from Sony’s α – Alpha brand cameras, the Xperia 5 offers precision focus with Eye Autofocus as well as Optical SteadyShot™ for smooth and shake-free videos.

Ratings

What we found

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

What external reviewers found

External score 64%
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Good performance
  • Excellent triple camera setup
Cons
  • Poor camera software
  • Mediocre low-light photos
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging

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Specifications

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External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Reviewer score 72%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found:
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.
Pros
  • Beautiful screen
  • Beautiful colors
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Camera isn’t great
  • No Android 9 Pie

nextpit[2]

Reviewer score 76%
Reviewers from nextpit have found:
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.
Pros
  • Good performance
  • Good cameras
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No headphone jack
  • No 3.5mm jack

notebookcheck[3]

Reviewer score 66%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found:
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.
Pros
  • Bright and contrast-rich display
  • Decent battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No microSD card slot

pcmag[4]

Reviewer score 57%
Reviewers from pcmag have found:
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.
Pros
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • Mediocre low-light photos
  • No wireless charging

techadvisor[5]

Reviewer score 68%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found:
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.
Pros
  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons
  • Mediocre low-light camera
  • No wireless charging

techradar[6]

Reviewer score 42%
Reviewers from techradar have found:
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.
Pros
  • Long, thin body
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • 21:9 display is a little dim
  • No IP rating

theverge[7]

Reviewer score 63%
Reviewers from theverge have found:
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.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Poor camera software

tomsguide[8]

Reviewer score 60%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found:
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.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Not the most powerful Android phone

trustedreviews[9]

Reviewer score 76%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found:
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.
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].
  2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: a niche phone for 21:9 fans only. [nextpit].
  3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone Review: A handy handset despite having a 6-inch display. [notebookcheck].
  4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. [pcmag].
  5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. [techadvisor].
  6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. [techradar].
  7. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review: the smaller, taller phone. [theverge].
  8. ^ Sony Xperia 5 review. [tomsguide].
  9. ^ Sony Xperia 5 Review. [trustedreviews].

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