It’s no secret that Sony has been struggling in the smartphone market for years now. The reason for this struggle involves numerous factors, though poor marketing and limited presence in North America certainly doesn’t help matters any. Those interested in getting Sony’s latest flagships often have to wait significantly longer than folks in other major markets. The Sony Xperia Z5 family has been no exception to this rule, but the wait in the US is finally over.
A little more than three months after the phone hit the UK, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact have been confirmed for launch in the United States. Unfortunately, the launch is still a bit off, with the phones coming February 7th, priced at $599.99 and $499.99 respectively. Sony has yet to mention any specific plans to bring its 4K-equipped Z5 Premium to North America.
As a quick refresher, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are powered by a Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM and offer a 23MP rear cam, 5.1MP front cam, 32GB onboard storage, microSD, and waterproofing technology. Where they differ is in screen size and battery, with the Z5 packing a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a 2900 mAh battery. In contrast, the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 720p display and a 2700 mAh battery.
As you can see, the specs are quite good, but let’s not forget that the Z5 faces faces substantial competition in the states, and many of its competitors manage to match or trump these specs at even more aggressive price points. For those that prefer a smaller screen size however, there are no other sub-5-inch devices on the market that come close to the power offered by the Z5 Compact.
What do you think, anyone interested in picking up the Z5 or Z5 Compact? If so, what is it about the phone that sells you?