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Sony has announced the Xperia 5, the latest addition to its flagship smartphone lineup. The new phone brings technology from Sony’s Xperia 1 smartphone and puts them in a slightly more manageable size.
The Xperia 5 features a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display with wide gamut BT.2020 color space support. The screen uses technologies from Sony’s Bravia TV systems to help bring High Dynamic Range (HDR) technologies to its latest smartphone. Another neat feature of the Xperia 5 is a new Creator mode, a feature inspired by Sony’s Master Series TV systems that ensures color accuracy on par with reference displays. Like the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 display achieves 10-bit tonal gradation using temporal dithering (8 bit display with 2 bit FRC), which makes it possible to support the ITU-R BT.2020 color space. The display's color gamut covers all of the DCI-P3 color space (with Illuminant D65).
The display can achieve a bright 1000 nits for a dim scene with 1% APL (average picture level), but can still achieve an impressive 400 nits for a fully white scene (100% APL).
Sony has also added Dolby Atmos surround sound technology to add ‘breathtaking realism’ to audio coming from the device, whether you’re using headphones or the built-in stereo speakers on the Xperia 5.
On the imaging front, the Xperia 5 uses a triple-camera setup with 12-megapixel sensors behind each of the three lenses: a 16mm, a 26mm and a 52mm (35mm equivalent). The main 26mm camera features a 1/2.6" sensor with 1.5μm pixels and an F1.6 aperture, along with Dual Pixel autofocus that uses all green pixels for fast autofocus even in low light. The 16mm wide-angle and 52mm 'zoom' cameras feature 1/3.4" sensors with 1.0μm pixels and F2.4 apertures. The imaging system uses a Sony Bionz X image processor, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is available on the main and telephoto cameras.
On the computational side, up to 12 image frames are constantly buffered for image stacking, on all three cameras. HDR capture combines up to 3 frames of varying exposure, and in low light multiple frames of the same exposure time are combined with one long exposure to mitigate noise.
Unlike the Xperia 1, the main camera unit in the Xperia 5 does not utilize a stacked CMOS sensor with DRAM. On the Xperia 1, the added memory on the imaging chip allowed for advanced features like an anti-distortion electronic shutter and high speed video up to 960 fps, which are absent on the Xperia 5.
Sony has also brought its Eye AF technology to the Xperia 5, featuring deep-learning based face detection for fast initial eye detection, and what Sony calls 'Eye Stabilizer' technology which attempts to track the eye initially acquired. Continuous burst shooting is available up to 10 fps with AF/AE calculations taking place at up to 30 fps. 'Bokeh mode' is available on the telephoto camera, and uses both dual pixel information and segmentation (machine learning based face detection) to generate a depth map. The depth map is stored as metadata for post-processing purposes in software like Google Photos. Only one frame is captured in this mode, leading to decreased image quality due to the lack of frame averaging.
For mobile cinematography, the Xperia 5 has 4K HDR capability thanks to 10-bit HLG video capture using the HEVC codec. Like the Xperia 1, 4K HDR video benefits from HDR capture: multiple exposures are blended when HDR is on. The Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” app provides 'pro' video settings like white balance, shutter angle, and manual focus assist, and also provides a set of 'looks' that are intended to match color output of high-end CineAlta cameras. Optical and electronic image stabilization are used in conjunction with one another for smooth, gimbal-like footage. Continuous autofocus is available in video, but is restricted to a center point only.
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Other features include a manual camera mode with long exposure support (up to 30 seconds), Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and back of the device, USB PD charging, a 3140mAh battery, IP68/IP65 water resistance and Sony’s ‘smart connectivity’ function that uses Neural Network Libraries to analyze Wi-Fi and LTE signals to know when to switch from one to the other for optimal connectivity.
The Xperia 5 will be available in the United States at various retailers starting November 2019 for a retail price of $799 and will ship with Android 9 Pie. For more information, visit Sony’s product page.
September 5, 2019 – Sony continues its smartphone evolution with the introduction of Xperia 5, the latest addition to the flagship series, bringing key technologies from Xperia 1 into a compact, stylish and sleek smartphone design.
“With Xperia 5 we’ve brought what our customers loved from Xperia 1 into a smaller design with the latest award-winning technology from Sony,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia 5 continues to bring uncompromised performance and leading experiences to a smartphone, only possible with Sony.”
Triple camera system with Eye Autofocus
Xperia 5 features an advanced triple camera system with 12 MP sensors on each module, as well as Sony’s powerful BIONZ X™ image processor for mobile and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization. With a 16mm lens for super-wide-angle shots, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm portrait and tele lens (35mm equiv.), you can capture great moments in any occasion.
Additionally, the new Xperia 5 includes Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, plus continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) calculations happening at up to 30 fps, allowing it to capture moving subjects with precision focus and optimal exposure. The main 26mm camera features a bright F1.6 lens and Dual Photo Diode image sensor with extremely large 1.4μm pixel pitch, enabling it to produce beautifully sharp low-light images.
For mobile cinematography, the new Xperia 5 features Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” application. Developed in partnership with engineers from Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division, Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” allows users to create multiple video projects with different settings or looks, as well as offering more flexibility and customizability for video shooting by adjusting white balance, manual focus and audio recording levels. Individual clips can also trimmed and merged together. These powerful capabilities complement the ability of the Xperia 5 to record video in multiple high-resolution formats including full native 4K resolution.
Xperia 5 is also compatible with Sony’s ‘Imaging Edge™ Mobile’ application, for easy transfer and social sharing of images and video from compatible Alpha or Cyber-shot™ camera.
Experience superb content immersion with a 21:9 CinemaWide display and Dolby Atmos sound
Xperia 5 brings the 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio to a smaller form factor, for a viewing experience that is true to creators’ intent.
The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display is powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies with X1™ for mobile engine bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies for more contrast, color and clarity.
Xperia 5 also has Creator mode inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction bringing precise color accuracy in your hands. As with Xperia 1, Xperia 5 also has 10-bit tonal gradation representing a myriad of colors and delivering deeper blacks, while colors appear more natural. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports wide color space ITU-R BT.2020 as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.
The entertainment factor is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, for an immersive entertainment experience that flows all around you with breath-taking realism when using headphones or Xperia 5’s built-in stereo speakers. While Sony’s audio technologies, Hi-Res audio for both wired and wireless, DSEE HX and Stereo speakers empowers you to hear music in its purest form.
The expansive 21:9 display also takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online. In addition, you can now power up your gaming with improved Game enhancer allowing you to record your game play with burst screen capture at 20fps and synthesize your voice with Game enhancer’s voice changer feature.
Advanced technology in a sleek and compact design
Xperia 5 brings the best of Xperia 1 into a smaller footprint while keeping the 21:9 CinemaWide display. The sleek metal frame is protected with the help of durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the front and back, while Xperia 5’s IP68/IP65 certified water resistance guards against the elements. The device will have Android™ 9 Pie pre-installed.
Stay connected and entertained all day
Xperia 5 features ‘Smart connectivity’ to make sure you’re connected to the most optimal network. It uses Sony’s deep learning engine (Neural Network Libraries) to analyze Wi-Fi signals and predict near-future connectivity issues. Smart connectivity will automatically switch to LTE when it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection to ensure you always have optimal connectivity.
Xperia 5 has the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform with the integrated X24 LTE Modem for enhanced performance with gigabit LTE connectivity. It features 4 x 4 MIMO technology supporting all LTE bands, uniquely including low-bands, so you’re connected even in areas with weak signal coverage.
Xperia 5 also features Smart Stamina, USB PD fast charging and a 3140mAh battery to keep your device running all day.
Xperia 5 will be available in the United States at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, and other participating retail outlets on November 2019 with a retail price of $799.99. Xperia 5 is operable on GSM networks and certified to work on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. For more information on all technology and features contained in Xperia 5 please visit https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-5/
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