Design & Hardware

The Xperia Z5 design is very similar to previous models in the Z line.

In terms of dimensions and weight the Xperia Z5 is as good as identical to its Z3+ and Z3 predecessors, and Sony has left the angular design pretty much untouched as well. The main difference is that the back is now plastic instead of glass which means it doesn't quite have the same premium feel as before. On the upside, it's not constantly smeared with fingerprints and arguably less likely to shatter in a fall. As before, the device is IP68 certified which means it is dust-proof and water-resistant. It should survive up to 30 minutes in a depth of 1.5 meters / 1.49 feet. 

Camera location in the top left corner remains unchanged.
On the right edge you'll find the power button which doubles as a fingerprint reader, the volume rockers and the camera button.

The 5.2-inch 1080p screen is the same size and offers the same resolution as before. It is covered with a scratch-resistant coating. Under the hood the Android operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 system chip and 3GB of RAM. 32GB of on-board storage can be expanded by up to 200GB via microSD card. A fingerprint reader for increased security is a new addition and integrated into the power button. The control layout remains unchanged, with power button, volume rockers and shutter button on the right edge. A plastic flap on the left edge covers the SIM and microSD slots, and the microUSB port is located at the bottom edge of the device – coverless for easy access. 

Images can be viewed on a 5.2-inch 1080p display.
SIM and microSD slots are hidden under a sealed plastic flap.

In the camera app the Z5 has been updated with a brand new multi-aspect 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It is paired with an F2.0 lens and LED flash. A hybrid AF system combining contrast and phase detect methods has been implemented for faster focusing times as well. The front camera offers a 5MP sensor, F2.0 aperture and 25mm equivalent focal length lens.