At a glance
- 6.1 Inch HDR OLED screen
- Android 10
- Triple 12MP Camera, with wide angle, 4k video and 2x optical zoom
- 3140 mAh battery, 18w fast charging
- £699, £29.99 pcm (Carphone Warehouse)
- 21:9 aspect ratio, perfect for wide screen content viewing, but in a compact design that can be comfortably used with one hand.
- Dedicated movie creator app allows budding cinematographers to experiment with content creation.
- Affordable alternative to the Sony Xperia 1 for high end gaming, with enough processing power to handle even the most frantic titles.
Design and Appearance
The Xperia 5 has the same, slightly unusual shape as the other smartphones in the Sony Xperia range, but due to its comparably small size it feels sturdier than the Xperia 1. It's a comfortable size to be held and used with one hand which is a point of difference in a smartphone market where bigger is often considered better. The cinema-style screen combined with Dolby Atmos dynamic audio means the movie watching experience is predictably excellent.
The Xperia 5 contains a very similar 3 x 12MP camera array as its big brother, the Xperia 1. These cameras offer wide angle photography, 2x Optical zoom and an autofocus portrait mode. The inbuilt Cinema Pro app allows budding cinematographers to record 4k HDR video in 21:9, at up to 30fps. This means clear and crisp recording that amateur videographers will love! Unlike many other smartphones in its class however, the Sony Xperia 5 doesn't feature a dedicated night mode, so photography in low light can be of a lower quality than some of its competitors.
The Xperia 5's screen is specifically designed to give you an at home cinema experience. The display is HDR+, and the 21:9 aspect ratio means films from apps such as Netflix and Amazon prime are presented beautifully, without black bands above and below the screen.
Software and Features
The Xperia 5 comes with Android 9.0 as standard, and therefore has a streamlined and clean app layout. As it's a comfortable one-handed size, the Xperia 5 is laid out so that all parts of the screen are relatively accessible with the thumb, which is handy. The Xperia 5 has a side mounted fingerprint sensor which is a point of difference from most of its competitors which have touchscreen sensors.
Hardware is one section in which the Sony Xperia 5 really stands out. The Snapdragon chipset from Qualcomm is industry leading and the performance of the Xperia 5 makes it ideal for recording long bursts of 4k video, Box set playback and mobile gaming. There are plenty of dedicated games pre-loaded in 21:9 aspect ratio, and with the option to connect a wireless PS4 controller, the gaming experience is first rate for a smartphone.