Sony Xperia Z5 Vs Z3+ Compared – What Is New in Z5

Sony has launched three new flagships and shook the smartphone industry with the new Sony Z5 Xperia premium with a 4K display.

Sony also launched two more flagship smartphones the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 compact along with the Z5 Premium. The Sony Z5 and the Z5 premium will go on sale in India top e-commerce stores by the end of October 2015, yet the smartphones are not listed on any large e-commerce store. (Updated – 22/10/2015)

Sony Xperia Z5 Vs Z3+ Compared

Sony Xperia Z5 Vs. Xperia Z3+: The Sony Xperia Z5 has a lot in common with the Sony Xperia Z5 premium, including the camera and screen size.

Compared to Sony Xperia Z3+, the Sony Xperia Z5 has subtle design changes compared to the Sony Xperia Z3+; the Sony Xperia Z5 has 7.3 mm in thickness while the Z3+ had 6.9 mm.

Weight is almost similar to Z3+ weighing 149 grams and the Z5 weighing 154 grams.

The Xperia Z5 and the Z3+ have the same Full HD Screen with 1920*1080 resolution and with 5.2-inch screen size.

The Sony Xperia Z5 is a single sim smartphone with 4G LTE support and also offer native support for 3G and 2G.

The smartphone has 32 GB of flash storage which can be expanded using a micro-sd card up to 200 GB.

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) 64 Bit Octa-Core processor and is coupled with Adreno 430 GPU for gaming.

The Sony Xperia Z5 has 3 GB of Ram which is sufficient for running apps and games comfortably on the device.

Sony Xperia Z5 Vs Z3+ Compared

The major change that we observe in the Sony Xperia Z5 is the better camera it has compared to the Sony Xperia Z3+.

The camera used in the Sony Xperia Z5 Plus is a 23 Mega Pixel using the Sony Exmor Rs lens. The camera is similar to the Sony Xperia Z5 premium and comes with steady shot technology along with the ability to record 4K videos.

Moreover, the camera as per Sony is an ultra-fast focus camera with 0.03 secs time.  The camera offers 5x digital zoom and has 24 mm wide angle G lens.

The front camera is a 5 MP Sony Exmor Rs Lens powered shooter, with steady shot technology.  It is also capable of recording Full HD videos.

The smartphone has run on Android Lollipop 5.1 the latest OS from Google and is moded with the Sony custom UI skin.

Update – 16 – September – 2015

Sony has backtracked on the status that the new Xperia Z5 line of smartphones including the Z5 premium, Z5, and the Z5 compact are safe to use in a pool.

Moreover, the company seems to be sending mixed signals all of a sudden, advertising the Xperia Z5 Premium, Z5 and Z5 Compact as IP68 certified, yet at the same time advising against actually using the devices underwater.



Sony actually tests the smartphones by sinking them in a tank filled with water to a level of 1.5 meters and then taking the smartphone out after 30 minutes, but the conditions in a pool or sea water are different, with chlorinated water or the salty water with varying degree of temperature and pressure.

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It is a bit confusing as Sony has not been giving a clear mandate that the smartphones to be used in a pool or on the beach while it calls them waterproof.

However, the good news is that the smartphone can be washed under the tap or can be easily used in the rain without any issues. So we can have a rain Selfie, under water Selfie sounds a little risky for the premium Z5 now.

The Sony Xperia Z5 is Waterproof and dust tight (IP65 and IP68) which makes sure that carrying it in rainy weather and to the beach is not worrisome.

The smartphone has 2900 mAH battery which is slightly lower than the 2930 mAH battery capacity of Xperia Z3+.

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