Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z5IBTimes India/Raymond Ronamai

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has officially released the much awaited flagship Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in the USA.

"Building a stable business in the U.S. market continues to be an important area of focus in helping Sony Mobile pursue profit by optimizing business scale. We are excited about the introduction of Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact unlocked in the U.S., particularly as we see a growing trend in the unlocked market," Kunihiko Shiomi, president, Sony Mobile Communications North America, said in a blogpost. 

Sony originally unveiled the Xperia Z5 series at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2015 in September and they are now finally being made available in the US.

But here's is the catch. Sony, for reasons unknown, is selling Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact models without finger-print sensor, which is present in devices sold in international markets. There is also no word on when Sony plans to release top-end variant Xperia Z5 Premium with 4K display in America.

Xperia Z5 sports 5.2-inch full HD display and houses Snapdragon 810 processor, backed by 3GB RAM, 32GB inbuilt memory and a 2900mAh battery.

It also comes with top-notch 23MP camera hardware boasting proprietary Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Hybrid Auto Focus 0.03 sec, 5 x Clear Image Zoom and a wide-angle 5MP snapper on the front. [full camera details below].

On the other hand, Z5 Compact features smaller 4.6-inch HD screen and comes packed with Snapdragon 810 processor, backed by 2GB RAM 32GB inbuilt memory and a 2700mAh battery.

Camera specification of Z5 Compact is same as the flagship model.

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact release and price details:

The new Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are now available at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and other participating retailers across U.S. for $599.99 and $499.99, respectively.

Key specifications of Sony Xperia Z5, Premium and Compact:

Models Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Sony Xperia Z5 Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Display 5.5-inch 4K UHD (3840x2160) display with Triluminos display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer technology
  • Pixel density: 806 ppi (pixels per inch)
5.2-inch full HD (1920x1080p) display with Triluminos display for mobile technology
  • Pixel density: 428 ppi
4.6-inch HD 720p (1280x720) display with Triluminos display for mobile technology
  • Pixel density: 323 ppi
OS Android 5.1 Lollipop (guaranteed to get v6.0 Marshmallow update) Android 5.1 Lollipop (guaranteed to get v6.0 Marshmallow update) Android 5.1 Lollipop (guaranteed to get v6.0 Marshmallow update)
Processor 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) Octa-core CPU 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) Octa-core CPU 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) Octa-core CPU
GPU Adreno 430 Adreno 430 Adreno 430
RAM 3GB 3GB 2GB
Storage capacity 32GB, expandable up to 200GB 32GB, expandable up to 200GB 32GB, expandable up to 200GB
Camera
    • Main: 23mp camera with Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Hybrid Auto Focus 0.03 sec , 5 x Clear Image Zoom
    • Front: 5mp camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor, Full HD video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, Wide-angle lens (25 mm)
    • Main: 23mp camera with Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Hybrid Auto Focus 0.03 sec , 5 x Clear Image Zoom
    • Front: 5mp camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor, Full HD video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, Wide-angle lens (25 mm)
    • Main: 23mp camera with Sony Exmor RS for mobile sensor, Hybrid Auto Focus 0.03 sec , 5 x Clear Image Zoom
    • Front: 5mp camera with Sony Exmor R for mobile sensor, Full HD video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, Wide-angle lens (25 mm)
Additional Main Camera features Up to 8x Digital Zoom, Wide-angle G Lens (24 mm), Up to ISO 12800 Photo / 3200 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, 4K video recording, Pulse LED Flash Up to 8x Digital Zoom, Wide-angle G Lens (24 mm), Up to ISO 12800 Photo / 3200 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, 4K video recording, Pulse LED Flash Up to 8x Digital Zoom, Wide-angle G Lens (24 mm), Up to ISO 12800 Photo / 3200 Video, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode – video stabilisation, 4K video recording, Pulse LED Flash
Battery 3430 mAh; up to 2 days under mixed usage
  • QuickCharge 2.0 technology incorporated
2900 mAh; up to 2 days under mixed usage 2700 mAh; up to 2 days under mixed usage
Network 4G-LTE Cat 4/ Cat 6 (depending on the markets) 4G-LTE Cat 4/ Cat 6 (depending on the markets) 4G-LTE Cat 4/ Cat 6 (depending on the markets)
Add-ons Finger-print sensor, PS4 Remote Play, Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68), Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, Wi-Fi (MIMO), MHL 3.0, NFC, Finger-print sensor, PS4 Remote Play, Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68), Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, Wi-Fi (MIMO), MHL 3.0, NFC, Finger-print sensor, PS4 Remote Play, Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68), Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS, Wi-Fi (MIMO), MHL 3.0, NFC,
Sound system High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling, Clear Audio+, S-Force Front Surround, Auto-headset compensation, Stereo Recording High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling, Clear Audio+, S-Force Front Surround, Auto-headset compensation, Stereo Recording High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling, Clear Audio+, S-Force Front Surround, Auto-headset compensation, Stereo Recording
SIM (Type: Nano) Said to come in both Single-SIM and Dual-SIM models separately Said to come in both Single-SIM and Dual-SIM models separately Said to come in both Single-SIM and Dual-SIM models separately
Dimensions 154.4 x 76.0 x 7.8 mm 146.0 x 72.0 x 7.3 mm 127.0 x 65.0 x 8.9 mm
Weight 180 g 154 g 138 g
Colours Chrome, Black & Gold Graphite Black, White, Gold & Green Graphite Black, White, Yellow & Coral
Price ------------- $599.99 $499.99
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