Price (RRP): $1149
It’s the end of the year and Sony has arrived with its last big phone of the year, and this one is big, packing in a number of impressive features. Could this be the best phone of the year?
Sony’s third take on the flagship smartphone sector this year borrows from the other two flagships, and packs it into a body that might look and feel a little more premium than other flagships, which we suspect is the general idea.
Inside this handset, you’ll find basically a mirror image of what’s in the Sony Xperia Z5, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 eight-core processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, the latter of which can be easily upgraded thanks to a microSD slot found in the unit.
Google’s Android 5.1 “Lollipop” is found on this phone out of the box, just like the Z5, and again like it you’ll find a 23 megapixel camera on the back with support for 4K Ultra HD video as well as a 5 megapixel camera up front.
Connections are the same, too with a Category 6 4G LTE modem providing download speeds as fast as 300Mbps, while home and work networks can be picked up with 802.11ac/a/b/g/n technologies, and other devices can latch on using Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP. You’ll also find GPS and A-GPS here, as well as Near-Field Communication (NFC), while wired connections are handled over a 3.5mm headset jack and a microUSB connection.
This technology is encased in between two plates of glass and a frame of coloured metal, with the front glass being scratch-resistant and protecting a 5.5 inch LCD, and this is a special LCD.
For this display, you’ll find some special Sony sauce, with a 4K Ultra HD screen — the world’s first mobile 4K screen, in fact — delivering 3840×2160 on a Triluminos screen.
This screen is unsurprisingly a touchscreen, offering ten points of touch if need be, with the buttons for Android applied as virtual soft buttons.
Other buttons can be found on the right edge, with a power button hiding a fingerprint sensor, with this sitting above a volume rocker and a physical camera button.
A few ports can be found on this phone, with a 3.5mm headset jack up top, a water-resistant microUSB down at the bottom, and a door on the left side hiding a tray for both the nanoSIM and microSD cards, which this phone can take both of.
The battery is fixed, however, with the 3430mAh battery not able to be removed from the unit.