Sony Xpe­ria Z5 Pre­mium Dual

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Sony’s Xpe­ria Z5 range con­sists of three mod­els: the Z5 Compact (4.6-inch), the Z5 Dual (5.2-inch) and the Z5 Pre­mium Dual (5.5-inch). But an ex­tra 0.3-inches isn’t all that sets the Z5 Pre­mium Dual apart from its sib­lings. It also has a shinier fin­ish and amaz­ingly, a UHD dis­play.

De­sign-wise, the Z se­ries has had only marginal changes over the years. The Z5 Pre­mium Dual’s min­i­mal­ist, boxy de­sign fea­tures front and rear pan­els made of Go­rilla Glass 4 plus a metal frame with plas­tic cor­ners. Why the plas­tic? If you drop the phone, the plas­tic cor­ners will ab­sorb im­pact rather than di­rect­ing pres­sure in­wards (like metal), which would shat­ter the screen or rear glass. The Z5 Pre­mium Dual con­tin­ues the wa­ter­proof tra­di­tion of its pre­de­ces­sors, with sim­i­lar cap­less ports and IP68 rat­ing of the Z3+.

A new ad­di­tion on the Z5 Pre­mium Dual is a fin­ger­print scan­ner. Gone is Sony’s sig­na­ture round power but­ton; in its place is an ob­long power but­ton that looks slightly awk­ward, as stylish, but dou­bles up as a fast and ac­cu­rate fin­ger­print scan­ner. Its po­si­tion on the side lets you grab the phone out of your pocket and al­ready have it un­locked by the time you’re look­ing at the dis­play.

The Z5 Pre­mium Dual’s main sell­ing point is its 3,840 x 2,160 pix­els dis­play. That’s 806 ppi, which, for a 5.5-inch phone is quite hon­estly ridicu­lous. At this size, it’s com­pletely im­pos­si­ble to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween a QHD (or even Full HD) dis­play and the Z5 Pre­mium Dual’s UHD dis­play. On top of which, most of your video con­tent is likely to be Full HD res­o­lu­tion at best. While there’re loads of 4K con­tent on YouTube, the YouTube mo­bile app it­self only lets you se­lect up to 1080p. Even Sony’s own video store only lets you buy Full HD movies for the Z5 Pre­mium Dual. Ob­vi­ously you can load your own 4K con­tent, but a one and a half hour movie is go­ing to eat around 100GB of stor­age.

Qual­ity-wise, the Z5 Pre­mium Dual’s dis­play is pretty great. Blacks are deep and col­ors are vivid and bright, al­though they’re nowhere near as good as the Note5 or Nexus 6P’s AMOLED pan­els. As with other Xpe­ria phones, white bal­ance is a bit on the cool side by de­fault, but you can tweak this man­u­ally in the Set­tings menu.

The Z5 Pre­mium Dual is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 810 octa-core pro­ces­sor with 3GB RAM. It only has 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age, but does come with a mi­croSD slot that sup­ports cards up to 200GB (for all that 4K con­tent you’ll want to load on your phone).

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