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TechnologySony's Xperia 5 isn't the triumphant return of the compact flagship

17:35  06 september  2019
17:35  06 september  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Sony ' s Xperia phones have increasingly slid into the shadows, as Samsung, Apple and Chinese challengers carve up the smartphone market. The Xperia 5 resurrects the notion of a smaller Sony flagship phone and I think it makes its latest phone design work a little better.

Sony ’ s senior executive vice president Shigeki Ishizuka boasted that the new phone packs Sony ’ s advanced technologies into a “relatively compact ” body. As suggested by the segment of the live stream that 9to 5 Google reported on yesterday, the Xperia 5 will be available to pre-order in Europe

Sony's Xperia phones have increasingly slid into the shadows, as Samsung, Apple and Chinese challengers carve up the smartphone market. Last year, the Xperia 1 got weird. With a 21:9 ratio OLED screen, Sony was going hard on the cinematic appeal and it resulted in a phone that was best described as long, worst described as really unwieldy. The Xperia 5 resurrects the notion of a smaller Sony flagship phone and I think it makes its latest phone design work a little better.

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The Xperia 5 still has an impressive, HDR-ready OLED screen, but now it's 6.1 inches big, compared to the 6.5-inch screen on the Xperia 1. While that may still sound like a big phone, it's certainly not a compact phone and only a little bit smaller than the Xperia 1 -- small flagship phones just aren't a thing any more.

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Sony debuts the Xperia 5 for a more compact flagship phone experience. By David Nield. September 05, 2019. This really is a shrunken Xperia 1, which has a 6. 5 -inch screen – a lot of the other specs match up exactly. As for the rumored Xperia 2 upgrade, we'll have to keep waiting, perhaps until next

I'm not talking about Xperia 5 . 5 will remain 5 . What i mean is their moreYou say you're a Sony fans how can't you don't know Sony bring the super flagship ( Xperia 1) at first then for September flagship . Screw you Sony , this isn ' t compact at all!

However, at this 21:9 screen ratio, it's smaller, less wide and easier to handle. It's not as difficult to reach the upper parts of the screen, although reading (or browsing the web) on the Xperia 5 is just as frustrating as Chris Velazco's experience during his Xperia 1 review. A narrower screen means narrower text and more scrolling.

Sony wants to position its Xperia phones as media-consuming powerhouses, so this (kinda) explains it. It's just a shame that I spend more time with my phone vertically than horizontally. Another difference? The resolution on the Xperia 5 isn't 4K, but Full HD+ (1080 x 2520) -- 4K on a phone is still a hard sell. There's really not much point to it. This lower resolution will also mean the phone lasts longer.

Sony's Xperia 5 isn't the triumphant return of the compact flagship© Engadget Xperia 5

Other than the new footprint, there's otherwise a lot of Xperia 1 overlap. The new phone has the same triple 12-megapixel cameras, with a wide-angle lens, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM inside. The smaller display can still change SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) video and images into HDR (High Dynamic Range) content through Sony's remastering tech from its Bravia TV engineers.

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Instead, Sony unveiled the Xperia 5 . The numbering scheme is unusual because this phone is essentially a smaller version of the Xperia 1, and Sony simply made “ Compact ” editions of its larger flagship phones with all the same features and specs. It moved away from that as sales slumped, but

Sony ' s Xperia 5 isn ' t the triumphant return of the compact flagship . But smaller is better when it comes to 21:9 smartphones. Watch Sony ’ s IFA 2019 event in under 6 minutes. Watch the sales pitch for the new Xperia 5 .

There are drawbacks. It's frustrating to see a phone land in October 2019 without Android 10 -- you'll be on Android 9 until Sony issues an update and its track history isn't great. The trio of cameras seems like an unremarkable camera system versus other phones like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and the Huawei's P30 Pro. The biggest struggle might be convincing people to buy a Sony phone. Brand loyalty in electronics is one thing, but Xperia phones are usually invisible in phone stores.

Chris Velazco put it well in his review of the Xperia 1 -- it's a niche phone. The Xperia 5 is similar but smaller. Just a little bit smaller. And it's better for it.

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