Sibling rivalry: Sony's Xperia Z5 reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $999; Available on plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone;
Manufacturer: Sony

Australia has missed out on a flagship from Sony in the year 2015, but now we’re about to get three. First off the rank is the Xperia Z5, and it’s a phone for people who like a 5.2 inch display, but want something clean, simple, and upgradeable.

Features

Sony’s latest thwack at a smartphone in Australia is the Xperia Z5, with this handset taking an evolution of last year’s Z3 and improving design, specs, and a little more.

In this handset, Sony has equipped an eight-core processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 810 which will work alongside the Adreno 430 graphics processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage, with a microSD card slot to expand this if need be.

Google’s Android 5.1 “Lollipop” can also be found on this unit, here out of the box, here with Sony’s interpretation of how Android should look and feel.

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Connection options are pretty normal for a flagship, offering 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and apt-X, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, and 4G LTE, all of these for the wireless connections, while wired is handled through the microUSB charge and data transfer port at the bottom of the unit. A 3.5mm headset jack can also be found on the phone.

Cameras can also be found here, with a 23 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and an LED flash, capable of capturing video in 4K Ultra HD, while the front camera caters for Full HD video and 5 megapixel stills.

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All of this sits in a glass and aluminium body beneath a 5.2 inch Full HD display, revealing 424 pixels per inch across the 1920×1080 resolution. Sony’s Triluminos technology lights the display up, providing colour and contrast similar to the company’s TV efforts.

Water resistance can also be found here, with IP65/68 protection, suggesting that the Xperia Z5 should survive a close encounter with liquids, though given the ratings, it might be best to not send it down below one metre for over 30 minutes.

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Buttons on the handset all exist on the right side, with a power button hiding a fingerprint sensor, just above a volume button and then a camera button.

The remainder of the buttons are on-screen, with Android’s back, home, and multitask buttons appearing under the display as digital representations.

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Ports are also limited, fairly normal for Android phones, with a 3.5mm headset jack up top while the microUSB port sits at the bottom. A tray can be found behind a port on the left side holding both the nanoSIM and the microSD.