Specs summary

Screen
5.5"

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's screen is 5.5 inches with 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3430mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3430 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 26.3 days standby time, 910 minutes (2G), 1150 minutes (3G).



The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium looks, feels and performs like a premium flagship device, but it still has its occasional hiccups.

- Souvik Das , Digit 

Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium has a gorgeous, pin-sharp screen, it's powerful, packs a solid camera and won't die when you spill your drink on it.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

Reviews summary

7.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 20 reviews

What's good  

  • 4K resolution display offers vibrant colors
  • Speedy overall performance
  • Dust- proof and water-resistant

What's bad  

  • Heavy and slippery
  • Camera produces dull and cold images on basic setting
  • Processor heats up during intense gaming sessions
  • Hard to see advantages of 4K over 2K

The Xperia Z5 Premium is the biggest phone in the Z5 lineup. Measuring in at 6.1 inches it sits firmly in the phablet range and at 180 grams it is also one of the heavier smartphones on the market. The size and weight made it difficult for experts to use especially when combining the size with the clear glass back. Not only did they find it unwieldy they also worried about its overall slipperiness. Sony seems to have thought of that issue as they included reinforced corners for protection against accidental drops. Despite the premium in the name, it comes with plastic edges instead of the metal ones found on the Xperia Z5. Like the rest of the Z line, the Z5 Premium is IP68-rated, meaning it is dust-proof and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

The Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone to offer a 4K screen. What does that mean? The 5.5 inch panel has a resolution of 2160 x 3840 for an eye searing pixel density of 806 pixels per inch. To put that into perspective, the iPhone 6S Plus has a resolution of 1080 x 1920. While a higher resolution screen might seem impressive, many reviewers were a bit underwhelmed as they could barely see any differences between the one on the 6S Plus and the Z5 Premium. They also didn't notice any additional benefits of the screen during day to day tasks or even viewing multimedia files. With that said, most agree the screen is gorgeous as it offers superb colors, viewing angles and sunlight legibility.

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Behind the screen are a 2GHz octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, which is the same as the Xperia Z5. For the most part it performed quite well for experts even when playing the latest 3D games or shooting 4K videos. CNET states, "There's very little you can throw at this phone to slow it down." The only drawback others noticed was heating issues with the back heating up to the point where they were hesitant to play intense games for very long. In order to power the screen and processor Sony opted for a 3,430mAh battery. During everyday usage, reviewers were able to get around a full day out of it, but streaming back 4K videos constantly resulted in only around 5 hours.

The 23MP main camera impressed reviewer, but they do not back Sony's claim that it is "the world's best smartphone camera." While they agree it takes decent pictures, many found the images dull when compared to shots on other phones with the camera skewing to a colder white balance, which led to less vibrant colors. Of course, the camera app does allow for manual calibration of white balance and other modes so users can choose adjust as necessary for the perfect pictures. Besides an upgraded megapixel count, Sony has also included a new 5X zoom and a new autofocus. While welcome features, experts were a bit let down with the results as the zoom did not focus properly on the intended target and the autofocus had issues capturing moving objects.

Despite its overall solid performance, reviewers have a hard time recommending it. Recombu states, "…you'll pay a premium price for this phone, and with no real advantages over the standard Xperia Z5, plus poorer battery life and more difficult handling, we'd say go with the original flagship instead." Tech Radar adds, "…the Xperia Z5 Premium is the go-to phone for enthusiasts who want the next big thing. It's just a shame that isn't not a more rounded package…"


Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


AndroidPIT

A smartphone with some unique selling points

from AndroidPIT

The Sony Xperia Z 5 Premium is a smartphone with some unique selling points, but it seems out of date in some areas. Sony’s OmniBalance design principles are a matter of taste - some love them, others simply find them boring. But the simple truth is that it feels like it’s time for a fresh face. Also, Sony should finally bid farewell to the mirrored glass rear. Especially in comparison with other premium models, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus, the Z5 Premium can easily be said to lag behind in terms of design. When it comes to the device’s interior, however, Sony gets... Full review

Notebookcheck

High-performance technology and an exceptionally high-resolution display

from Notebookcheck
Sony's designated Premium smartphone turns out to be a bigger twin of the Xperia Z5 with the same technological basis apart from the screen... Full review
Android Police

Not a bad phone, but not worth the asking price

from Android Police

You're looking at about $700 to get your hands on this phone, and that's not even for a North American version with proper warranty support. I'm not sure what Sony's plans are for the Z5 series going forward, but it would be nice to at least have the option of buying one here. As for whether or not you should, that's a more complicated question.

From a technical standpoint, having a 4K display in a phone is really neat. Practically, it really doesn't matter. I'm not even talking about the questionable benefit of having that many pixels, there's just very little use for 4K on this... Full review

Android Community

Pretty good looking, decent camera, and great fingerprint scanner

from Android Community

Anyone hoping for a real wow factor with this phone based on the specs or the marketing hype will be sadly disappointed. While the Z5 Premium isn't a bad phone by any stretch, it simply doesn't live up to that hype or the pretty steep retail price. With UK pricing set by Sony at £600 ($713 accounting for VAT) or thereabouts, the first thing we'd suggest is that you shop around for a deal. But above all that, it's just not worth it. Not unless you absolutely want a Sony Xperia Z5 and you want the Z5 with the largest screen available.

The 4K display is too far ahead of its ti... Full review

Brighthand

Basically a Sony Z5 with a largely unnecessary 4k display

from Brighthand
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium’s biggest draw is the 4K display, which separates it from every other phone on the market. Otherwise, specs are very similar to the Xperia Z5, and they are solid.Because the 4K display is difficult to discern from the Z5’s lower-resolution display at an average distance, most users should go with the cheaper unit. But for those that want the best of the best, or want to develop 4K mobile content, this is the unit to get... Full review
The Indian Express

4K images look stunning on this one

from The Indian Express
4K images look stunning, but they take a slight second to load. It is good that you can shoot 4K videos with the phone and view them in full resolution on the phone itself. The one impressive thing is that despite the high-resolution screen, the Premium has a similar battery life as its cheaper cousin. Buy this phone if you want to stand out in the crowd with a phone that is almost like jewelry and has a screen that shines... Full review
The Inquirer

Sharp screen, powerful innards, good battery life

from The Inquirer
The Xperia Z5 Premium is only a part-time 4K device, but it still merits applause for moving Sony's smartphone range line forward where the Xperia Z5 did not. The display alone might not make the £80 price difference a worthwhile expense, but combined with the pricier handset's longer battery life and heavier-hitting benchmark scores it gets pretty hard to suggest that you should save the cash... Full review
Pocket-lint

First class all the way

from Pocket-lint
Ultimately, the higher resolution display feels like Sony laying down a marker for the future. We're sure that 4K content will become more prevalent and that this device could then offer a lot more. However, at the moment, this is a pricy 5.5-incher, facing plenty of talented, big screened, more exciting, rivals... Full review
Android Authority

Capable of matching most, if not all, of the best handsets on the market

from Android Authority
The real winner in the Xperia Z5 premium specs is the larger display, which some of you may prefer. Just make sure you understand the compromises that the 4K display has to make. Not to mention the fact that you are paying a much higher price for it. We’ll leave you with this – innovation spurs further innovation. While the 4K screen on the Xperia Z5 Premium is first-generation technology, the world of Ultra HD and beyond on your smartphone is certainly looming, and Sony can safely say it was the first... Full review
Tech Advisor

Big, bold and the verdict on the first 4K phone

from Tech Advisor
A 4K smartphone might seem like something you want but you really don't need it and it's an expensive card to play in order to trump your mates. The device is also big, uncomfortable and brash. Hardware is the same as the regular Z5 so it really comes down to the screen, which doesn't even display 4K much of the time. We strongly recommend steering clear of the Premium which is this year's most unnecessary phone and sticking to the regular Z5 or one its alternatives... Full review

Daynaevelyn123

It's ok because

The screen is dull and the lighting when taking a photo really dull and sometimes the buttons get stuck when pressing!
The screen is dull and the lighting when taking a photo really dull and sometimes the buttons get stuck when pressing! Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 2, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/800 /850/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.43 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3430 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 440 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
910 minutes (2G)
1150 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 26.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Chrome, Gold, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm
(6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
(6.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels
Pixel Density 801 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info ISO, Night mode
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, DivX, XviD, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony E6853

Also available in a dual-SIM model.

Additional Sensors
- Finger Print Sensor
- Pedometer
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