- Analysis by KJ David
Sony's Xperia 5 is a high-class entertainment smartphone whose mix of pros and cons lean heavily towards gaming and multimedia, bringing to mind some of the highest-specked smartphones found here on Phonerated. That said, it's not exactly a perfect smartphone, as our data-driven review reveals a couple of hiccups within its specs.
One of its biggest downsides is selfies, seeing that it settles for an 8-megapixel front cam resolution only , whereas many 2019-released models with tantamount feature sets boast 20-megapixel (or higher) selfie cam resolutions. Also, we expected something more than 128GB of native storage , considering its focus towards multimedia, although its 512GB external memory support makes that con somewhat forgivable.
We also think the Xperia 5 could have done better than a 3140mAh battery , especially since it runs on the Snapdragon 855 triple-cluster octa-core 2.84GHz engine , which made it one of the fastest smartphones as we were writing this. Joining those hardware components is a tolerable 6GB RAM.
This Xperia model's biggest perks include a 6.1-inch HDR OLED display with an expansive 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio that calls up our list of the best phablets and wide-screen phones in town. Sadly, unlike some of the models on the aforementioned list, its screen sticks to a 1080p-only resolution , instead of shooting for a premium-class QHD/QHD+ (1440p) quality.
Adding to its pros is a triple 12-megapixel rear camera setup whose key features include 4K-2160p HDR video-recording, 3D Creator, and the Eye Autofocus technology that it takes from Sony's upmarket Alpha cameras.
The rest of its entertainment-focused pros and cons include the brand's signature PS4 Remote Play feature coupled with Game Enhancer, together transforming the phone into a makeshift joystick for mobile games. It also comes with a dynamic vibration system claiming to improve the overall gaming experience.
In the end, although it flounders in comparison to some premium-class models when it comes to raw battery capacity, the Sony Xperia 5 is nevertheless a smartphone for multimedia junkies and heavy mobile gamers.
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