Review Sony Xperia 5: a rare example of a compact smartphone with flagship filling
Sad but true: those who don’t like big smartphones, the choice today is almost gone. Despite constant narrowing of the scope, the average size of the display — and with it, the phone itself is growing steadily. If you do not take into account all sorts of low-end models, the entire selection today consists of a compact version of the Google Pixel (e.g., Pixel 4), iPhone 11 Pro with a screen diagonal of 5.8 inches and now the Sony Xperia 5. You know, Sony has been practiced release reduced
Yes, I’m a little embarrassed to call it a smartphone with a 6.1-inch screen compact. And nevertheless is one of the most compact flagships at the moment. But the fact that Sony once again used extruded screen with “cinematic” aspect ratio 21:9 – it is possible to make the body slightly longer, within reason, but more narrow — its width is exactly 68 mm. In exactly the same way the company approached the design of the Xperia 1, but there is the screen size bigger, and wider body. Even though it is allocated on the device background of the closest analogues, but not allowed to recommend it to those who are accustomed to a compact smartphone. Xperia 5 – is another matter.
|Sony Xperia 5||Sony Xperia 1||Realme X2 Pro||Xiaomi Mi 9||Apple iPhone 11|
|Display||6.1 inch OLED
2520 × 1080 pixels (21:9), 449 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.5 inch, OLED,
3840 × 1644 pixels (21:9), 449 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.5 inch, Super AMOLED, 1080 × 2400 (20:9), 402 ppi; capacitive multi-touch||6.39 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 (19,5:9) pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.1 inches, IPS, 1792 × 828 pixels (19,5:9), 326 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 6||No data|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: eight cores (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, the frequency of 2.84 GHz + 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, the frequency of 1.78 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: eight cores (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, the frequency of 2.84 GHz + 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, the frequency of 1.78 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+: eight cores (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.96 GHz, 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz and 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: single core Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.85 GHz + three cores Kryo 485 Gold, frequency of 2.42 GHz + four cores Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz||A13 Apple Bionic: six cores (2 × Lightning frequency 2.65 GHz + 4 × Thunder, frequency 1.8 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 640||Adreno 640||Adreno 640||Adreno 640||Apple GPU|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB||6/8/12 GB||6/8/12 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||128 GB||64/128/256 GB||128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB|
|Memory card support||Yes (microSD up to 1TB)||Yes (microSD up to 1TB)||no||No||No|
|Connectors||USB Type-C||USB Type-C||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||Lightning|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||One/two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, CDMA 800||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 19 (to 1600/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 19 (to 1600/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 19 (to 1600/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE: bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40||LTE-A Cat.16 (up to 1024/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 66|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax|
|Navigation||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS (dual band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), the sensor of the color spectrum||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer (digital compass), the sensor of the color spectrum||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, Face ID|
|Fingerprint scanner||There, on the right side||There, on the right side||There is, built into the screen||There, on the screen||No|
|The main camera||Triple module 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization patisia mostly and telemodul||Triple module 12 + 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2.4 GHz + ƒ/2,4, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical stabilization patisia mostly and telemodul||Quadruple module: 64 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 13 MP, ƒ/2,5 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 2 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Triple module: 48 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 16 MP, ƒ/2,2 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2.4 GHz, dual-led flash, phase detection autofocus and optical stabilization patisia – in the main module|
|Front camera||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||8 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, no autofocus, no flash||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and without autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 11,92 W·h (3140 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,65 W·h (3330 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 15,2 W⋅h 4000 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,91 W·h (3110 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||158 × 68 × 8.2 mm||167 × 72 × 8.2 mm||161 × 75,7 × 8.7 mm||157,5 × 74,7 × 7.6 mm||150,9 × 75,7 × 8.3 mm|
|Weight||164 grams||178 grams||199 g||173 grams||194 grams|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie shell ColorOS 6||Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI||iOS 13|
|Current price||from 44 000||79 990 rubles||32 990 rubles||26 705 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 29 700 rubles for the version 6/128 GB||from 59 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics, software
The key idea in the design of the latest Sony smartphones is to use a screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9. This allows you to maintain a comfortable width to the body at large of the diagonal. Sony Xperia 1 was very good in this respect – one of the few flagships, which almost always can be operated with one hand. Xperia but 5 is even better, although it would seem, a difference of 3 mm should not play a role. However, it is noticeable, though not as much as between iPhone and iPhone 11 Pro 11 Pro Max.
Of course, by design, Xperia Xperia 1 and 5 are very similar, with the faces these models differ only in size. The best feature of both is the screen, which is completely free from the cut, or “bangs”. Yes, there is a pretty impressive top frame — well, okay. Sony Xperia 5 is available in four colors: black, grey, red and blue, which we just considered. Xperia 1 also offered in four colors, but they are a little different, and among them was purple. Would and Xperia 5 in purple, but Sony such plans initially had.
Case Xperia 5 on both sides is closed by tempered glass Gorilla glass 6, the perimeter is a thin metal frame with a slotted antenna wireless modules. The fingerprint scanner is located on the side, slightly higher than in the case of Xperia 1, but overall pretty comfortable. But it works, as I thought, worse – it might be in a smaller area of the sensor. It is very sensitive to finger position, if you set it a little uneven, recognition does not occur. However, after a week the number of wrong positives eroding – probably, the habit needed to make finger.
The mentioned fingerprint sensor on the right side edge is located exactly in the center. Immediately under it is the power button, and just below – a dedicated camera button. Rocker for volume control is located over the sensor, it looks like a single button, so it is not always clear which of its provisions you click – in my opinion, it would be logical for her to separate or take the form of two separate buttons as in any iPhone.
The tray for SIM-cards is located on the left side — other elements on the no side. Removing it without the use of foreign objects – plastic plug is easy to hook a fingernail. However, it is fixed securely and is further pressed by a rubber gasket, which prevents moisture to get inside. In fact, the protection class of the Xperia 5 is exactly the same as the Xperia 1, IP65/IP68. This means that the smartphone is in theory possible to keep the water at a depth of five feet for half an hour without any consequences. However, in practice, if in the end something will happen – it will not be covered by warranty. Well, I would note that the case is very slippery – you really want to “shackle” him in any case to not slip out of hands.
The operating system is pure Android 9.0 Pie without the shell, but with minor modifications from Sony. The side faces of the smartphone, but rather those places where the screen is joined with side edges, sensitive to touch – it menu Side Sense in which it is possible to keep apps and system functions for quick access. You can ask and a couple of apps that will work in split screen mode as the aspect ratio of 21:9 to this very have.
However, I must confess that after a few weeks of use I had to disable Sense on the Xperia Side 5. If Xperia 1 this function is in fact sometimes helped, there is more likely to interfere.
Display and sound
Screen Xperia 5 is perhaps the most significant difference from the Xperia 1. It is not only less diagonal (6.1 inches vs. 6.5), but also in reduced resolution (2520 × 1080 versus 3840 × 1644). And this step seems logical. At 4K resolution the pixel density would be just outrageous – and it just that case when to the naked eye to discern the difference, no way. In the end, Xperia 5 offers a density of 449 ppi, and it is absolutely comfortable figure.
The matrix is made by technology OLED, and the display without flaws like cut-out for speaker and front camera. Outside it is protected by tempered glass Gorilla glass of the sixth generation. The viewing angles are as wide as possible, and in General first impressions of the screen are strictly positive. Let’s move on to laboratory tests.
The maximum measured brightness was 389 CD/m2, which is typical for OLED-matrix. But it is worth noting that the maximum level is limited in manual settings. When you select automatic installation of illumination in certain conditions, the brightness can be higher. Note that automatic brightness control in most cases works perfectly, but occasionally in the process of testing the smartphone, I noticed an abrupt increase.
In the settings screen of the Sony Xperia 5 you can choose one of two colors display modes (Standard Mode and Creator Mode), and adjust the white balance (manually or with the help of several presets), switch on night mode, customize fonts and so on. Since the display characteristics vary greatly depending on the selected mode of operation, all the tests we carried out twice. Let’s start with the professional mode, Creator Mode, in which the color gamut is as close to the reference sRGB space.
In this mode, the average gamma value is not very far removed from the standard – at the rate of 2.33 2.2, and color temperature is slightly too high, its average value is 7500 K, 6500 K. vs. optimal Average deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide set of colors) in professional mode is 3,47 at the upper limit of normal of 3.00. However, for a smartphone is quite a decent figure.
Standard screen mode is enabled by default and should appeal to the vast majority of users. In this color gamut is slightly wider, closely approaching the space DCI-P3.
The average range in this mode is 2.19 — almost exact hit in the benchmark. The average value of the color temperature is increased to 8500 K, that is, the shades go in cold even more range than in the Creator Mode. Well, the average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette much beyond the upper limit of normal – it is 5.78.
From these measurements it can be concluded that the display Xperia 5 might be a little better than in the flagship Xperia 1, but the difference is not so great.
From the point of view of sound reduced the flagship Sony manifests itself exactly the same as the original Xperia 1. The sound is played in stereo, from two speakers, quite loud and good quality. Mini-Jack is not available, but for those who still prefer to listen to music on wired headphones in the box are adapter. With wireless headphones Xperia 5 works perfect and supports everything you need, including aptX HD and LDAC. And of course, you can plug any headphones without restrictions — as a brand monster WH-1000XM3, and models from other manufacturers, and even Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro.