Sony Mobile Communications is the smartphone venture of the electronics giant Sony. This company has gained a unique and well reputed name of it's own and hence is trusted by a large customer base. To add to its reputation, this brand successfully introduced its flagship series, the Xperia ‘Z’ and ‘X’. One such flagship smartphone released last year is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. This smartphone comes with the code name ‘Suzuran’ and was first announced in September, 2015. Finally, it was released on 1st October, 2015. It was released in other countries after a few months. The predecessor model to this smartphone is the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and Sony Xperia A4. . This smartphone has the upper middle class and middle class as their target audience. And for those people who travel extensively this smartphone is most suitable. The compactness of this smartphone makes it portable and its lightness adds on to the comfort. The major USP’s of this smartphone are the its small size, high protection toward environmental factors like dust and water. Also it's amazing camera quality is surely notable. So now let us discuss about its other technical features and analyse its pros and cons eventually.
This smartphone comes with an Aluminium body which provides the metal finish to the phone. It has the entire back casing made of frosted glass. This gives the smartphone a very premium look. The frosted glass casing also helps avoid dirty fingerprints from appearing on the phone. This smartphone also has high quality protective technology to make the smartphone dustproof and water resistant. The IP rating used here is IP65 & IP68. The best and unique part of its design is its compactness. Accordingly, length of this smartphone is 127 mm and the breadth is 65 mm. It comes with a thickness of 8.9 mm making this smartphone appear pretty thick. The entire device has a very premium look. The glass rear makes this phone quite slippery to handle. The display in this smartphone is of IPS LCD capacitive type with 16M colours. This smartphone comes with a display of 4.6 inches which is in order to maintain the compactness of the phone. The weight of this smartphone is 138g which is a pretty decent weight, hence maintaining the compactness. The resolution of this display is around 720 x 1280 pixels. It comes with good multi touch feature up to 10 fingers. The protection to the display is given by the presence of scratch resistant glass and oleophobic coating. The display used here is a Triluminos display which runs on the X – Reality Engine. This smartphone comes in four different colours namely White, Yellow, Coral and Black.
This smartphone comes with an Android OS. It functions with v 5.5.1 (Lollipop). The chip set used here is the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 hardware module chip. The processing in this smartphone is taken care by a pair of processors. One of them is a Quad – core Cortex - A53 processor with a processing speed of 1.5 GHz. The second processor is also Quad – core but is Cortex – A57 with a processing speed of 2 GHz. The graphics is taken care by the Adreno 430 GUI. The internal memory storage of this smartphone is up to 32 GB. It also comes with the expandable memory option using a microSD card. The memory can be expanded up to a maximum of 200 GB. The RAM in this smartphone is of 2 GB. The RAM could have been better to avoid lag in performance during times of heavy usage.
This smartphone comes with dual camera feature. The primary camera is 23 MP with an aperture focal length of f/2.0. The wide angle focus is 24 mm. The sensor size is 1 / 2.3 inches. Additional features like face detection, geo tagging, auto focus, LED Flash, HDR and Panorama is also present. The front camera is just 5.1 MP with an aperture focal length of f/2.4. The resolution of the camera is 1080p. Also the secondary camera comes with HDR feature. The lens used in these cameras is Sony Exmor RS Image Sensor based. This sensor gives the unique clear, high quality pictures. The audio in this smartphone is pretty decent. It comes with fully functional FM Radio with RDS. The video recording is done with a resolution of 2160p at 30fps.
It comes with a non – removable, Li – Ion battery with a max capacity of 2700 mAh. It comes with an average standby time of up to 520 h and a talk time of 11 h on 3G. It comes with single sim option. The type of sim to be used is nano sim. GSM is the compatible network for this smartphone. It is compatible in both 3G and 4G modes. It also has the basic connectivity features like Wi–Fi and Bluetooth.
The advantage of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact smartphone is its compactness, portability, good display, weather proof standards and amazing main camera. The disadvantages though are its poor front camera and low RAM.