8.3/10
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The Sony Xperia 5 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

Although opportunities for improvement remain in all aspects of the Xperia’s performance—if Sony wants to challenge the top ranked devices in our database—they remain capable devices for the most part; and dedicated cameras for ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto shots will add some versatility to your...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
The Verge

I don’t have any reasons to really dislike the Sony Xperia 5. I don’t have any really essential reasons to recommend it, either.

- Dieter Bohn, The Verge
Pocket-lint

If you want a smaller-scale phone and can live with the design, then this is a perfectly powerful phone, with a battery that lasts well enough. But the camera isn't competitive and the fingerprint scanner is poor.

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
DxOMark

Excellent focus and accurate exposure ensure that selfies from the Xperia 5 are sharp, with good brightness. Many problems with color, noise and artifacts, together with acceptable but average results for texture, flash, and bokeh have affected the overall score, however. Front camera image quality...

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Notebookcheck

Sony could be one of the big players in the smartphone market, but major shortcomings keep holding it back over and over again.

- Mike Wobker, Notebookcheck


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia 5 on October 4, 2019.


The Xperia 5 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia 5 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Sony backs up the Xperia 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia 5 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Sony Xperia 5's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1080 x 2520 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3140mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3140 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1714 minutes, 700 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia 5 Specs

Brand Sony
Overview
Release date October 4, 2019
Regions available UK
Networks
LTE:
700/800/850/900 /1500/1700/1800/1900/2100/2300/2500/2600 MHz
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie (Update Available: 10)

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.03 W/kg
Body: 0.95 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3140 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 988 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 700 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1714 minutes
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Black, Gray, Blue, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 6.8 x 0.82 cm (6.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 164 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 65/68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2520 pixels
Pixel density 449 pixels
Size 6.1 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 No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6), HDR video support
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 Yes
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 Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support Unknown
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
2xx optical, 5xx digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR, eye tracking, predictive Dual Pixel PDAF, 5-axis OIS, Second camera (12 MP, f/2.4, telephoto, predictive PDAF, 2x optical zoom, 5-axis OIS), Third camera (12 MP, f/2.4, ultrawide)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, F/2.0, HDR, SteadyShotTM with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stablization), Portrait selfie effects, Display flash, 3D Creator, Hand and Smile Shutter
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV Unknown
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer Unknown
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


DxOMark

A capable device

from DxOMark

Although opportunities for improvement remain in all aspects of the Xperia’s performance—if Sony wants to challenge the top ranked devices in our database—they remain capable devices for the most part; and dedicated cameras for ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto shots will add some versatility to your shooting options.

Read full review

Although opportunities for improvement remain in all aspects of the Xperia’s performance—if Sony wants to challenge the top ranked devices in our database—they remain capable devices for the most part; and dedicated cameras for ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto shots will add some versatility to your shooting options.

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The Verge

It’s perfectly fine and will be completely overlooked

from The Verge

I don’t have any reasons to really dislike the Sony Xperia 5. I don’t have any really essential reasons to recommend it, either.

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I don’t have any reasons to really dislike the Sony Xperia 5. I don’t have any really essential reasons to recommend it, either.

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Pocket-lint

A perfectly powerful phone

from Pocket-lint

If you want a smaller-scale phone and can live with the design, then this is a perfectly powerful phone, with a battery that lasts well enough. But the camera isn't competitive and the fingerprint scanner is poor.

Read full review

If you want a smaller-scale phone and can live with the design, then this is a perfectly powerful phone, with a battery that lasts well enough. But the camera isn't competitive and the fingerprint scanner is poor.

Read full review

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DxOMark

Modest improvement

from DxOMark

Excellent focus and accurate exposure ensure that selfies from the Xperia 5 are sharp, with good brightness. Many problems with color, noise and artifacts, together with acceptable but average results for texture, flash, and bokeh have affected the overall score, however. Front camera image quali...More

Excellent focus and accurate exposure ensure that selfies from the Xperia 5 are sharp, with good brightness. Many problems with color, noise and artifacts, together with acceptable but average results for texture, flash, and bokeh have affected the overall score, however. Front camera image quality remains on par with the more expensive Xperia 1, but both rank towards the bottom of our database.

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Notebookcheck

A strong smartphone, but weak cameras and underwhelming battery life

from Notebookcheck

Sony could be one of the big players in the smartphone market, but major shortcomings keep holding it back over and over again.

Read full review

Sony could be one of the big players in the smartphone market, but major shortcomings keep holding it back over and over again.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

Sony’s best-priced flagship yet

from Expert Reviews

With an (almost) identical feature list as its bigger brother, it’s certainly a smart move on Sony’s part to bring the price of its flagship down a peg or two. I might be seeing double, but considering you can get a similar sort of experience as the Xperia 1 for just a little bit less, then t...More

With an (almost) identical feature list as its bigger brother, it’s certainly a smart move on Sony’s part to bring the price of its flagship down a peg or two. I might be seeing double, but considering you can get a similar sort of experience as the Xperia 1 for just a little bit less, then the pocketable Xperia 5 is a decent choice for anyone looking to upgrade.

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T3

Excellent camera and battery life

from T3

Sony has pushed out another polished, stylish smartphone with a camera that impresses... but it's still playing catch up to the best flagships on the market

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Sony has pushed out another polished, stylish smartphone with a camera that impresses... but it's still playing catch up to the best flagships on the market

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TrustedReviews

A smaller, cheaper Xperia with a large, super-wide display

from TrustedReviews

Hot on the heels of the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 is another strong flagship-level phone from Sony, this time offering a slightly better balance between top-end specifications and everyday practicality. The Xperia 5 sacrifices a little of the wow factor for a little more usability – but we’re quite happy with the trade-off.

Read full review

Hot on the heels of the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 is another strong flagship-level phone from Sony, this time offering a slightly better balance between top-end specifications and everyday practicality. The Xperia 5 sacrifices a little of the wow factor for a little more usability – but we’re quite happy with the trade-off.

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Tech Advisor

An attractive smartphone which excels in a few key areas

from Tech Advisor

It’s hard to know what to think of the Xperia 5. It has a superb, cinematic screen, great stereo speakers and solid battery life. However, it’s badly let down by poor biometrics and some strange design choices. If you’re set on a widescreen display and watch a lot of films on your phone, yo...More

It’s hard to know what to think of the Xperia 5. It has a superb, cinematic screen, great stereo speakers and solid battery life. However, it’s badly let down by poor biometrics and some strange design choices. If you’re set on a widescreen display and watch a lot of films on your phone, you might be convinced considering its excellent performance. But for regular everyday use there are a number of better options, many of which are more affordable.

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AndroidPIT

A niche phone for 21:9 fans only

from AndroidPIT

The Sony Xperia 5 is by no means a bad smartphone. But it is a smartphone that is only suitable for a certain target group. You don't just have to like the 21:9 display, you have to want it. Anyone who does not see any explicit benefit in this should be warned. It offers a number of disadvantages...More

The Sony Xperia 5 is by no means a bad smartphone. But it is a smartphone that is only suitable for a certain target group. You don't just have to like the 21:9 display, you have to want it. Anyone who does not see any explicit benefit in this should be warned. It offers a number of disadvantages in everyday life - even though opinions differ in our editorial department.

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