The Sony Xperia Z5 is an Android smartphone produced by Sony. Part of the Sony Xperia Z series, the device, now known as the “Sumire” project code, was unveiled with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium at a press conference at IFA 2015 2 September 2015. The device was launched worldwide in October and will be launched in the United States as an unlocked device in February 2016. It is the successor of the Sony Xperia Z3 +. Similar to its predecessor, the device is waterproof and dustproof with an IP rating of 65 and 68. This is the first Sony device to have a fingerprint sensor. The camera comes with a 23-megapixel camera with 0.03-second hybrid autofocus that uses phase-detection autofocus, similar in the Xperia M5. In February 2016, Sony Mobile’s director of product marketing, Jun Makino, confirmed that the Sony Xperia Z5 will be the latest smartphone in the Sony Xperia Z series, with all future releases being released in Sony’s Xperia X series. However, this rumor was dismissed as Sony’s chief marketing officer, Don Mesa said that the X series will not replace the Z series.
Unlike its predecessors, the body design of the Xperia Z5 consists of an aluminum frame with a frosted glass holder to reduce the fingerprints that appear on the back of the phone. The device is IP65 and IP68 certified, which makes it resistant to dust and water. The device features a 1080p display (marketed as a 5.2-inch display) with a density of 424 dpi, featuring Sony’s “Triluminos” technology. The device also has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core system-on-chip clocked at 2.0 GHz with 3 GB of RAM. The device also has an internal storage of 32 GB with a microSD card extension up to 200 GB. The device also includes a non removable battery of 2900 mAh. The rear-facing camera of the Xperia Z5 is 23 megapixels with a sensor size of 1 / 2.3 inches and an aperture of f / 2.0, with a new Sony Exmor RS image sensor, instead of 20.7-megapixel image sensor its predecessors, from the Xperia Z1. As in the Xperia M5, cameras also feature a hybrid autofocus that uses a phase-detection autofocus capable of focusing the object in 0.03 seconds. Xperia Z5 also features a redesigned power button located on the right side of the device with a fingerprint recognition system that can be used to unlock the phone. However, the fingerprint sensor is disabled in the US version of the phone due to a “business decision”, although it can be reactivated by changing the firmware.
The Xperia Z5 is preinstalled with Android 5.1 Lollipop with Sony’s custom interface and software. Preloaded apps on the Z5 provide access to Google’s various services, including Google Play, which can be used to download and purchase apps, music, movies, and eBooks. The first week of March 2016, Sony released the updated Android 6.0 Marshmallow software for the Xperia Z5. On August 23, 2016, Sony announced that the Xperia Z5 would receive an upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat. The update started to be launched in January 2017, but was put on hold soon after on “reports from some users who have problems playing audio through third-party applications and performance of reading data encrypted on SD card “. The update resumed in February 2017.