Sony Xperia Z5 Premium officially announced: what you need to know

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 2, 2015


At IFA 2015 Sony officially took the veil off of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, the largest and highest-end variant of the new Z5 family. While not nearly as large as the now well-aged Xperia Z Ultra, the new Z5 Premium could be perfect for Sony fans looking for something a bit more on the phablet side.

On the outside the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium doesn’t seem a whole lot different from past Xperia Z offerings, offering the iconic glass-and-metal stylings that we’ve come to expect from Sony. Just like with the other members of the Z5 family, the power button on the side of the Z5 Premium is a bit bigger this time around though, making room for an integrated fingerprint scanner.

If you’re a long-time fan of the Omnibalance design language, you’ll find very little to complain about here. For what it is worth, the design also feels much more polished compared to the change from Z3 to Z4 (which was almost non-exsistent).

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium specs and features

Display5.5-inch 4K display with 808 PPI
Processor1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Storage32GB with microSD
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, A-GPS / Glonass, USB 2.0
CameraMain cam: 23MP cam with Exmor RS sensor, fast autofocus, 4K video capture and output, 23mm wide-angle G Lens, 5x clear image, HDR, ISO 12800 photo / 4000 vide, Steadyshot tech

Front: 5MP
SoftwareAndroid 5.1 with Sony UI
Battery3430 mAh
Dimensions154.4mm x 75.8mm x 7.8mm, 180 grams

Where the Xperia Z5 Premium really shines is the display, as the handset is the very first to offer a 4K screen. Considering the 5.5-inch size and the impressive PPI of 806, the resolution here is going to be nothing short of amazing. As for the other specs? The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium offers a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD, and a 3430 mAh battery that Sony says should provide around 2 days of battery life.

Just like with the Sony Xperia Z5, the Z5 Premium also features a revamped camera. The Xperia Z5 Premium has a 23MP sensor with autofocus of just .03 seconds and F2.0 G Lens tech. The camera also offers 5x clear image zoom, advanced processing software, and improved low-lighting capabilities. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium’s camera certainly looks and sounds great on paper, but until we have more time to put the camera though its paces, we’ll reserve judgment.

On the software front, you’ll find some of the Sony goodies you’d expect like Playstation Remote Play for playing your PS4 games on your Xperia device. That said, the software experience is much tamer than in the past, ditching a lot of the Xperia skin elements in favor of a near-stock Android approach.

While the Xperia skin was already lighter than many of its competitors, it is great to see that Sony isn’t holding still here. Sure there are some changes to icons and other areas, but many of the menus and other elements are going to feel a lot more like stock Lollipop than every before. We imagine this should also provide for a smoother, faster experience but we can confirm until we get some hands-on time and really put the UI through its paces.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium price and availability

While the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be available starting in October, fans of the Z5 Premium will have to wait a little longer. The Z5 Premium is expected to launch in November. It’s unclear if the phone will be made available in the US, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see it launch under T-Mobile, Verizon, or perhaps both.

We can’t comment on pricing just yet, but we’d expect the 4K display to come at a premium.

Press release

Show Press Release

Berlin, IFA, 2nd September 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today unveiled its next-generation Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and the world’s first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium – each engineered to make everyday experiences better.

“Smartphones are part of people’s lives” said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO at Sony Mobile Communications. “Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go – we’ve set out to bring Sony’s latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform.”

A mobile camera experience unlike any other

Xperia Z5 features Sony’s brand new large 1/2.3 Exmor RSTM for mobile 23MP sensor and F2.0 G Lens – it’s Sony’s first completely re-imagined smartphone camera module since Xperia Z1, designed with Sony’s interchangeable lens camera αTM technology for clear, vivid imagery every time.

The camera is capable of the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, a powerful blend of speed and accuracy to capture split-second moments with ease. It delivers a ground-breaking speed of just 0.037 seconds – faster than the blink of a human eye (average 0.1 – 0.4 s), so whether you’re jumping for the frisbee in the park, diving into the pool or catching air on the vert ramp, you’ll have the power to preserve spontaneous action in real-time.

A combination of the large 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile sensor and advanced processing software lets you get close to subjects; whether it be a landmark, architecture or other objects of interest, with 5x clear image zoom with minimum loss of quality. And, advancements in low-light photography mean you can capture clearer photos at night or in darker surroundings with less noise and blur – perfect for capturing a sunrise or night skyline.

With the continued popularity of content capture for social media, Xperia Z5 series brings significant advancements in the evolution of Sony’s SteadyShotTM with Intelligent Active Mode for video. Further improvements mean you’ll be able to continuously capture action smoothly, such as riding a bike or skateboard, free from jolts or shudders. It also features better low-light performance without blur.

Designed for life, with the same flagship experiences in a choice of form factor

Designed by leading creatives at Sony’s Creative Center studios in Sweden and Japan, Xperia Z5 presents a svelte continuous plate form, with a metal frame and frosted glass back. It’s striking, comfortable to hold and waterproof for everyday convenience. With a 5.2″ display, sleek looks and Fall 2015 fashion and interior design cues, colours range from elegant to expressive for any personal style or taste; White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green.

For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia Z5 Compact brings the same great camera technology and features in a pocket-friendly compact device. It delivers uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design with a 4.6″ display, perfect for one-handed use. And, Z5 Compact let’s you express personal style with fresh, vibrant colours including Yellow and Coral, in addition to White and Graphite Black.

Both devices represent iconic Sony craftsmanship with premium materials throughout, including frosted glass finishing to the rear and a subtly etched Xperia logo side engraving, as well as capless USB for quick efficient connection and charging.

To the side, a new integrated fingerprint sensor power button means each device is personal, protected and easily unlockable with a simple pick up and press in one natural movement. It will also support the FIDO standard; authentication via fingerprint for online payment services – with news on first partners shared closer to launch.

Powerful performance that meets demands

Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, featuring octa-core CPUs, 64 bit capabilities and ultra-fast 4G LTE speeds, letting you reach new levels of performance for video, photography and gaming. Whether you’re multi-tasking over Wi-Fi or the latest 4G network, both devices deliver the speed you need. Download email with attachments in seconds and enjoy video streaming with no delays or unwanted buffering. Powerful smartphone features demand smart power management, Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are equipped with Sony’s incredible up to two-day8 battery stamina and innovative power-saving technology, which gives you superior long-lasting battery performance. With Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 enabled on the new devices, you can get 5.5 hours usage with just 10 minutes of charging with a certified Quick Charge™ 2.0 charger, such as the Quick Charger UCH10 (dependant on market variants)9.

Sony’s 4K leadership now in a mobile device – Xperia Z5 Premium, the world’s first 4K smartphone

Xperia Z5 Premium is the world’s first 4K smartphone with a sharp, vivid 5.5″ 4K TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile and IPS, where breathtaking detail is depicted with pinpoint accuracy for the most natural images, at four times the resolution of Full HD.

Xperia Z5 Premium will upscale your favourite content to 4K, enhancing any native or third party videos or photos so you can view Netflix, YouTube or your holiday shots in rich, vibrant 4K detail. And, Xperia Z5 Premium is built to allow you to get creative by capturing in 4K and immediately enjoying the content on Z5 Premium, with the option of preserving any moment as an 8MP quality image.

And, why not port the memory card from Sony’s 4K Action Cam FDR-X1000V to Xperia Z5 Premium to enjoy your footage immediately – or simply connect to the big screen either wirelessly via DLNA or with MHL 3.0 to enjoy your content on a 4K TV.

Xperia Z5 Premium is designed from the ground up as a high-performance mobile device, also powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. A high capacity 3430 mAh battery lasting for up to two days, with quick charge capability eliminates the need for regular charging.

Xperia Z5 Premium features a large 32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card, which offers extra room for 4K videos and movies, and images too. Xperia Z5 Premium also features Sony’s innovative memory on display feature – the data transfer between processor and device is optimized so Xperia Z5’s display memory technology remembers the display of images seen on your smartphone and caches the image or video so that you don’t need to reload the full image each time you view it – preserving battery power in the process.

A flagship series powered by an entertainment and content ecosystem

Across the Xperia Z5 series, Sony’s rich expertise in audio technologies lets you enjoy sound in incredible detail and clarity. High-Res Audio reproduces high frequency sound for a studio quality experience. DSEE HXTM upscales the audio fidelity of your existing MP3, AAC or Spotify tracks to near High-Res Audio quality. And for high quality wireless music listening, Sony’s LDAC™ codec transmits data three times more efficiently than legacy codec over Bluetooth.

And now for the first time, Sony’s new High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750 allows you to enjoy combined Hi-Res Audio music with Digital Noise Cancelling – your tunes as they were intended to be heard, with ambient background noise reduced by up to 98%.

Keep playing your favourite PlayStation®4 (PS4™) games wherever you are in the home with PS4 Remote Play10. Simply connect your Xperia Z5 series device to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller to ensure you never miss a minute of the action – whatever room you are in.

And to ensure you continue to enjoy the best experiences that Sony has to offer, all Xperia Z5 series users will benefit from access to Xperia Lounge Gold – delivering the world of Sony entertainment at your fingertips. Get access to exclusive competitions and offers; be among the first to try out new apps; and enjoy the latest movies, TV episodes and music included with your device.

Smart style, with new accessories

A range of stylish and protective Style Cover Window cases will be available for each Xperia Z5 series model at launch, in respective corresponding device colours – each will let you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window.

Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH54 is versatile headset with a doubling handset function, designed for users who want a convenient companion device to a large screen smartphone, allowing you to take and make calls, see messages, play music and enjoy FM radio.

Availability and specifications

Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally from October 2015, and Xperia Z5 Premium from November 2015 – Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM variants11.

What’s your take?

So, are you impressed with the Xperia Z5 Premium or are you disappointed? Let us know in the comments.

  • Is it dual sim?

    • Samplethief

      Yes there is a dual sim version.

      • Frankie Bloise

        man, im hyperventilating now, this is lovely and thats something I use (dual sim) so if thats the case, i have myself my next phone!

        • Phil

          Agreed ?

  • Andrew Alamilla

    Everyone is going to bitch and moan about how 4k isn’t necessary on a screen with these dimensions, but I imagine apart from bragging rights Sony are probably intending on implementing some form of VR with this handset.

    Spec-wise, I still feel the Xperia has always had a lot to offer, particularly with the dual front-facing speakers, SD support & proven camera + battery technology.
    Just hope they can keep the pricing competitive!

    • razi ariff

      good point there sir…

  • Dusan

    Funny how Sony said few months ago that they have no interest in making a 2k phone anytime soon, and then they drop worlds first 4k smartphone in the same year. Epic trolling.

    • Wjdzm

      4K with 810. Epic trolling indeed.

      • Shamoy Rahman

        Doesn’t even overheat XD

    • well, they weren’t lying

    • Daikenkini

      Well, you see a 2k phone in their line up? :P

    • Svnjay

      They didn’t release a 2K phone.

      Also, 4K perfectly downscales to 1080p so the phone can stay at 1080p for most of the time and switch to 4K for viewing videos.

      • Shamoy Rahman

        They released the Z4v which has a 2k display.

        • Svnjay

          1440p is 2.5K

          • Shamoy Rahman

            it actually is 2.5k but everyone calls it 2k so I just call it 2k

  • TheGreatDroid

    After reading the words 4K and SD 810 together….

    • Милен Стефанов

      I almost pike…

    • Shamoy Rahman
      • daftrok

        That is for the Z5. What about the Z5 Premium?

        • Simon Setyadarma

          wait for the review.. :D

        • Shamoy Rahman

          I don’t think it would heat up on the Z5 Premium either. Gpu and CPU cores are different and the Adreno 430 is made to handle 4K. If they put a 4K display in that phone, they must’ve had a good reason and a lot of optimization to make it possible without any issues. Sony knows best. Wait for the reviews.

      • Ahmad Mysterios Chmail

        you should have moved the camera around , not one static POV .. on one POV the camera and processor will not calcualte so many frames and store them , whereas when moving , it will be more realistic , and so much light changes sounds and etc.

        test is not a real life observer for

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    • Overheated Oven

      Z3 and Z3+(4) both couldn’t handle 4k video after some sec. camera up was crashing lol imagine now with 4k display also …..

  • Siralf

    I would have made it a little bigger, but a great comeback from Sony. If it only Qualcomm had a processor that can hold the clock speed for 5 minutes.

  • Flip Jumpman

    4k is overkill but I really like this!

  • Arol Wright

    -5.5 inch 4K display, plus the rest of the specs
    -3430 mAh battery
    -Promising 2 days on a single charge

    Not sure how the phone will be managing a 4K screen and 2 days on a single charge with a 3430 mAh battery. Don’t know exactly how Sony manages battery life, but the Moto X Play also lasts 2 days on a single charge, has a 3630 mAh battery and a 1080p screen (4 times less resolution that the Z5).

    • Meow

      There is a small difference between how much battery you need for a 1080P to 2k to 4k. Most of the time on LCD what it does take battery is the backlight.

    • The backlight is the major battery drain with a display. The pixels themselves use far less energy by comparison. It’ll use more energy sure, but not 4 times like people think. It’ll use more processing power, but algorithms can prevent processing the image over and over if the display doesn’t change. Since most video content isn’t 4k and is only 1080P, it’ll likely be upscaled the video with vector algorithms that don’t take very much more processing power beyond a standard 1080P display. It’s very feasible that they managed to keep the same battery life with a higher resolution display.

      • Kamalnath

        well explained…. (Y)

    • Shamoy Rahman

      See, Meow and rtcinema have just explained what I wanted to say. Now if backlights were more efficient, that would solve the problem with LCD power consumption.

  • Милен Стефанов

    Reading again and again but don’t get it- is there OIS for that camera? This “Steadyshot tech” is just fancy name for digital stabilization…

    • Shamoy Rahman

      PIS (Phase Image Stabilization) makes OIS look ancient.

      • Kamalnath

        hope so….

  • Leonardo Souza

    4k its useless for now… but I love to see every technology pushing foward :D

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Virtual Reality and spec enthusiasts

  • Flip Jumpman

    Why not 4gb ram, is there OIS? There’s always a but… damn it!

    We should be able to build or phones these days like a PC and get to choose the components.

  • Phil

    Finally a worthy upgrade to my Z3, can’t wait to pick this phone up. Watching movies and videos should be an amazing experience?

  • Tom

    that thing is going to heat like a mother fucker

    • Daggett Beaver

      It looks like they’re going to underclock it. That plus throttling, and it shouldn’t overheat.

      • Joshua Pirog

        Which makes it slower than other phones unfortunately.

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Doesn’t overheat or throttle. Agressive thermal padding inside has fixed the problem.
      Also note that we’re pairing 810 with 4K together.

  • Sherpa

    Buttons towards the bottom is such a bad design. You are bound to press those when you are holding it in your hand.

    • Shamoy Rahman

      I never press them lol

  • V-Phuc

    Glad to see a flagship still have a microSD. The battery could have been bigger (4000mAh is my wish, but heh…). The rest of specs looks quite impressive. Can’t wait to see what kind of pictures this can take though Sony camera has been extremely good. Isn’t that their sensor in Samsung and LG phones?

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Yes they are in Samsung and LG phones but the new king of the hill is the Z5 series in camera and battery life.

    • Simon Setyadarma

      Why would Sony need that larger battery? I hope it really does alive for 2 days.
      Z3c with 2600 mAH could manage it, even T2 Ultra with 6 inch could survive until 2 days (?)

      IDK about LG, I thought LG uses Toshiba, but Samsung does use it.

      • Paulo Gutierrez

        They gotta need a bigger battery for the premium because it has a 4k display. The z3c can manage it because it has a 720p display. I kinda doubt that the z5 premium would last 2 days with that kind of battery and resolution even if the Snapdragon 810 doesn’t overheat.

  • andrew

    This phone is ridiculously powerful.

  • Yan Qin

    As a Note 5 and G4 user, 2K is already overkill for me. 4K, really? Not to mention SD810 series suck so bad, I don’t know why Sony went that far ahead when they still refuse to add OIS into their camera module.

    • Switch

      That’s funny, because neither the Note 5 or the G4 have 2k screens.

      • Yan Qin

        QHD != 2k?

    • son

      there is z5 compact with 720p display and regular z5 with 1080p display, for people like you.
      so stop complaining.

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Sony added PIS (Phase Image Stabilization) which makes OIS look ancient.

  • Daikenkini

    Guys, some of you also need to realize that 4k (3840×2160) is not just the double of 2k (1920×1080), instead it’s the quadruple of it.

    And we really should stop referring 2560×1440 to as 2k cuz it’s painfully misleading. 4k is called that way because it’s x3840 on the y-axis, 2k is called that way because it’s x1920 on the y-axis. That funny resolution inbetween is called QHD and it’s between FHD and UHD.

    • Technically you’re right, but you have it all wrong in respect to the naming conventions.

      TVs have been measured off of the y-axis for a long time. 480i/p, 720 i/p, then 1080i/p. Eventually 1080p became a standard for most TVs. Now we’re starting to see 4k TVs, those now are labeled via the x-axis.

      No one has ever called a 1080P TV “2K”. It’s always been referred to as 1080p.

      QHD is “quad-HD” because it’s 4 times the resolution as HD (720p). I’m not sure why it caught on calling QHD 2k, but it did). UHD is “ultra-HD”, but more commonly referred to as 4k because it’s 4 times the resolution as FHD (1080p). It also happens to be nearly 4k pixels wide. It’s the outlier in regards to naming convention. Most people seem to understand that 4k is 4 times the resolution as 1080p.

      Smartphones adopted the same naming conventions TVs have used even though most people hold a phone in portrait mode instead of landscape.

      • Daikenkini

        I’m sorry but I think we’ve caught ourselves a misunderstanding. Phones with a 2k display have a resolution of 1080×1920, not a resolution of 1920×1080. People started naming the resolution simply by the higher of the two numbers, but for phones only. That’s the only reason why I mentioned the y-axis in my comment. Which was a mistake, sorry.

        I’ve never seen someone refer to a 1080p TV display as 2k, either. The keywords simply got mixed up over the years (partly due to the technology savvy hyping a x2160 resolution as ‘4k’ instead of ‘2k’ or ‘2160p’.)

        Now one can’t have a discussion about resolutions before actually clarifying the keywords in use, lol. All I had wanted to say was: 3840×2160 is the quadruple of 1920×1080.

        • I agree that it’s 4 times the resolution, I wasn’t aware that anyone was confused by this. Also, you are literally the first person I’ve seen, in the 10 years I’ve worked in consumer electronics, call a 1080p smart phone a 2k smartphone. Literally the first. I’ve seen people recently start calling 2560×1440 “2k” for some odd reason.

          When dealing with laptops, TVs, or phones I’ve always seen people say HD (720p), FHD (1080p), QHD (1440p), UHD “4k” (2160p). See, 4k is the oddity because it’s the only one of all the screens that are labeled by the longer side.

      • Kevin Wolf

        3840×2160 isn’t called 4k, it’s called QFHD or UHD-1. 4k is a set of resolutions for cinema, being 4k DCI the standard (4096×2160).

  • TheManWithABigToe

    If this comes to Verizon, I’m in.

    • Stupidog

      It won’t.

      • RJ

        Why not, what do you know?

  • David

    What’s up with this new design trend, the S6 and the X5 premium both look like mirrors. Please make a matte version…

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Shiny and lustrous ;)

  • Shamoy Rahman

    4K and 810 and it doesn’t overheat
    Well done Sony :)

    • Pez Smith

      I hope you’re right … I like Sony to succeed.
      Will wait to see proper reviews. That test doesn’t do much.

  • Mo
  • Slawek

    Sony price for z5 is £599 and for premium £699 , prices from

  • Sergio Arroyo

    they look so beautiful

  • Ciro Taormina

    Bring it to Sprint plz

  • Brian

    Looks nice but the Snapdragon 810? It’s a dud. A pity.

  • Rodney Davis

    Looks a great match for the Z4 tablet


  • schahram

    This is a beautiful handcrafted device. I wish they would offer it in the US too.

  • s2weden2000

    ePIcness …

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    Note5 pimp slaps this so easily it’s definitely comical.

    • squiddy20

      Your comments are “definitely comical” too. Same tired old sayings every single time.

  • erikiksaz

    Hah, it’s laughable. This thing is going to be a stutter fest. Scrolling on chrome is going to be like the Eclair days.

  • Kamalnath

    sony rocks as of now…