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The company is finally ready for a jump in screen resolution and it's making that jump with a bang. What better way to stir things up than the first 4K display on a smartphone? Meet the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. If your natural inclination is to be wary of lofty model identifiers "Premium" may give the wrong impression.
In practice, the Z5 Premium has reasonably thin side bezels with some more meat top and bottom but overall the typical Xperia proportions. The front has the stereo speakers, the selfie camera, a couple of sensors and the primary mic hidden below the bottom grille.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the first smartphone to feature a 4K display. To be more specific it utilizes a 5.5" IPS panel of 2160 x 3840 pixel resolution. The resulting pixel density of 806ppi is well above anything we've seen on a smartphone or even a tablet for that matter.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is powered by a beefy 3,430 mAh battery sealed-in as expected. It scored an overall endurance rating of 66 hours, which is above average and certainly impressive, having in mind there is a 8M+ pixels on this screen to light up.
An endurance rating of 66 hours is still above average and it means that the Z5 Premium should be more than happy to offer that many hours of our test pattern usage.
The handset offers quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA support. LTE is enabled and Sony has multiple regional models to make sure the Xperia Z5 will work with the most widespread 4G networks at Cat.6 speeds.
Sony has decided to equip the whole Z5 family with a new 23MP camera. That means that the latest Premium sibling should offer a pretty comparable photo quality. Sony might be marketing the new camera as simply a 23MP one, paired with an f/2.0 24mm-equivalent wide-angle lens, but there is actually a lot more going on behind the scenes.
With 23MP camera and powerful Snapdragon 810, the Xperia Z5 Premium has all the required prerequisites to do 4K. It definitely lives up to those expectations, producing pretty impressive results. Videos come out with a lot of detail, nice colors and smooth motion.