Sony Announces Xperia 5 Smartphone at IFA 2019

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Today, at IFA 2019 in Berlin, Sony announced its newest smartphone, the Xperia 5. Billed as “excellence in the palm of your hand,” the new Xperia 5 offers many of the same features as Sony’s lauded flagship, the Xperia 1, but in a more compact form factor. 

Small Body, Big Features

The most pronounced difference between the Xperia 5 and the Xperia 1 is the body size. Lighter, more narrow, and with a smaller 6.1" display, the Xperia 5 seems well-suited for those who found the Xperia 1 was a bit too tall for their tastes. Yet, despite its smaller footprint, the Xperia 5 still manages to incorporate and deliver many of same features of its bigger brother.

For starters, the Xperia 5 comes with a triple-rear camera system that, on paper, looks darn near identical to the setup you get with the Xperia 1. That system includes three 12MP shooter—a 16mm super-wide, a 26mm wide, and a 52mm telephoto—and offers the same groundbreaking camera features that help set the Xperia 1 apart. Of those features, two of the most notable are Eye AF (Autofocus) and 10 fps AF/AE (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure), which, until the Xperia 1 came along, had never been done in a smartphone before.

The list doesn’t stop there. The Xperia 5 also features a Snapdragon 855 chipset, Gorilla Glass 6, comes with 128GB of memory, water resistance, and runs Android 9 Pie—just like the Xperia 1. 

More Ways to Watch

Now, in terms of display, the difference between the Xperia 5 and the Xperia 1 isn’t immense, but it is conspicuous. After all, the Xperia 1 featured the world’s very first 4K HDR OLED panel. The Xperia 5 doesn’t have that, but it does offer a very sharp 6.1-inch HDR OLED panel that, like the Xperia 1, uses a 21:9 aspect ratio to deliver a cinematic feel when viewing content. And speaking of content: the Xperia 5 lets you choose between two modes when watching, Standard and Creator. Standard mode brings the quality and HDR remastering technology of Sony’s BRAVIA television series to your mobile device. Meanwhile, Creator mode uses advanced image processing technology to help faithfully reproduce the creator’s intent, so you see things as they were meant to be seen. 

Game On

Because it’s a Sony phone, Xperia 5 also boasts some serious gaming chops. Its 21:9 display plays a big part in that, because it gives users a larger field of view. But just like with the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 also features Sony’s special Game Enhancer mode, which boosts the gaming experience by optimizing settings to support your game. Other Game Enhancer features include hiding notifications, locking or disabling pesky distractions, RAM release to boost performance, and an upgraded suite of functions for sharing, including screenshot bursts, screen record, and more. 

In Short

Looking at the Xperia 5’s long list of features, it’s hard not to see it as an Xperia 1 that’s just a little bit smaller. The camera, hardware, and functionality are all near identical to the Xperia 1. The screen isn’t quite as large, but that’s kind of the point. For users who want all that the Xperia 1 has to offer, just in a smaller package, the Xperia 5 looks like a great fit.

The new Xperia 5 is available for pre-order now at B&H Photo.

What do you think of the new Xperia 5? Does a smaller Xperia 1 seem more appealing? Let us know down below. And, if you’d like to see our hands-on review of the Xperia 1, check out our full report here.   

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