Sony took the stage at IFA 2019 and introduced its latest smartphone called Xperia 5 – yes, five. It comes with a 6.1” OLED panel with a tall CinemaWide screen, effectively arriving as the compact sibling of the Xperia 1 flagship.
The Xperia 5 comes with Snapdragon 855, but sadly, the Five in the name has nothing to do with 5G – Sony coupled the chipset with the regular X24 LTE modem.
The new phone borrowed the trio of cameras from the Xperia 1 (12 MP regular + 12 MP ultra-wide-angle + 12 MP telephoto), but now the setup is placed in the upper left corner.
With the screen becoming smaller, Sony decided to cut down the resolution as well. This phone has Full HD+ resolution, which calculates to 2519 x 1080 pixels, and Sony says the smaller form factor is “for a viewing experience true to creators’ intent.”
There is also Dolby Atmos-enhanced stereo sound with one speaker on the bottom and the earpiece acting as a second one for the stereo experience.
Just like the Xperia 1, the new phone also brings Creator Mode. However, the Xperia 5 is one step ahead of its bigger brother with a new feature called “Smart connectivity”. It learns the phone’s behavior with LTE and Wi-Fi signal and automatically switches to LTE when it predicts any compromise in the wireless connectivity.
When a phone gets smaller, its battery cell imminently loses capacity – the Xperia 5 has only 3,140 mAh, but still supports Power Delivery charging, so there’s no issue in topping it with 18W rates.
Initially, the smartphone will be bundled with the Sony WF-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones, with pre-orders starting next week, while actual shipping is scheduled for October.