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Sony XPERIA Z5 Ultra with 4K screen to be unveiled in March 2016 – to have Snapdragon 820 under the hood?

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, which kicked off early this month, Sony lifted the lid on the Sony XPERIA Z5, the Sony XPERIA Z5 Compact, and the Sony XPERIA Z5 Premium. The XPERIA Z5 Premium is the world’s first smartphone that comes with a 5.5-inch 4K screen. It was initially believed that this was the previously rumoured Sony XPERIA Z5 Ultra phablet. However, according to a new report, the two are two different devices.

Sony XPERIA Z5 Ultra to be officially unveiled in March of 2016?


The new rumour comes to us courtesy of PricePony. According to the site, the Sony XPERIA Z5 Ultra will be officially unveiled on March of next year. Interestingly, that will be after MWC 2016, which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain from the 22nd to the 25th of February, where smartphone manufacturers usually lift the lid on new devices.

Snapdragon 820

PricePony also leaked the Sony XPERIA Z5 Ultra’s specs. According to the site, the phablet’s screen will be bigger than the 5.5-inch screen of the XPERIA Z5 Premium at 6.44 inches. Like the Z5 Premium, the Z5 Ultra’s screen will have a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels (Ultra HD or 4K). Like other smartphones in Sony’s new Z5 series, the device will sport a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera, which Sony boasts comes with the world’s fastest autofocus. To keep everything running for a long time, the device comes with a 4,000 mAh battery. Now comes the most interesting part of the leak. The XPERIA Z5 Ultra is said to come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU under the hood, coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 820 will not be available until the first quarter of 2016, so it would make sense for the XPERIA Z5 Ultra to be available by then. Since the phablet comes with a bigger 4K screen, we’re sure the Snapdragon 820 will be more than able to handle the processing requirements needed to run all of the hardware on board the device.

Sony XPERIA Z5 series devices come with the Snapdragon 810 under the hood, which seems to still suffer from overheating issues. To address these issues, leaked photos showing a torn down Z5 Premium reveals the use of twin heat tubes and thermal paste (the first smartphone to use the substance to regulate heat) for better heat management. We’re hoping Sony doesn’t have to resort to the same measures with the XPERIA Z5 Ultra with the Snapdragon 820 on board.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.

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Sony XPERIA Z5 officially announced

Sony is among the many manufacturers in attendance at the IFA 2015 trade show happening as we speak. At its press event, the Japanese device maker has made its new flagship official – the Sony XPERIA Z5.

Sony XPERIA Z5 now official

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Just like the international Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus and its Japanese-exclusive counterpart, the Sony XPERIA Z4, the Sony XPERIA Z5 features Sony’s OmniBalance design. Like other XPERIA handsets, the metal frame houses a number of physical buttons. These include the camera shutter key, the volume rocker, and the power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Like other Sony flagship before it, the Sony XPERIA Z5 is IP65/68. This simply means that the device is waterproof.

Most of today’s flagships come with Quad HD displays (resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels). Sadly, this is not the case with the Sony XPERIA Z5. Like its predecessor, it comes with a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). Its screen has a pixel density of 423 ppi.

A lot of Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus/Z4 owners were disappointed with their smartphones, mainly because the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU caused the device to overheat and crash. This is the same CPU under the hood of the Sony XPERIA Z5. It also comes with 3 GB of RAM. We’re hoping Sony has addressed the overheating issues of the CPU, before its new flagship is launched.

In the photography department, the Sony XPERIA Z5 comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an Exmor R sensor and a wide-angle 25 mm lens for better selfies. Here’s where it gets more exciting. It’s main camera is a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony’s 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor. Sony boasts that this camera offers the world’s fastest autofocus (a mere 0.03 seconds). Other features include 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO12800 for photos and ISO3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, and 4K video recording.

The Sony XPERIA Z5 comes with 32 GB of internal storage. If you need more storage space, it also comes with a microSD card slot. To keep the lights on, the smartphone sports a 2,900 mAh battery, which Sony claims can last up to two days. It runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with Sony’s XPERIA UI slapped on top.

Sony is yet to announce pricing and availability, but we’re sure to get an announcement from the Japanese firm in the weeks to come.

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Sony XPERIA Z5 series with “greater focus” teased on Twitter

We have recently been treated to a number of leaks concerning Sony’s upcoming XPERIA Z5 series (XPERIA Z5, XPERIA Z5 Compact, and XPERIA Z5 Plus). Now, the Japanese device maker has teased that a new smartphone with “greater focus” is coming soon. Could this be the rumoured XPERIA Z5 series, expected to make its official debut this year?

Mystery XPERIA smartphone with “Greater Focus”


We’ve known for quite some time now that Sony will be present at the IFA 2015 trade show, which kicks off in early September in Berlin, Germany. Now, Sony XPERIA GB has announced that its press event at IFA 2015 will take place on the 2nd of September.

Sony says that XPERIA fans should “get ready for a smartphone with a greater focus,” adding that “all will become clear on 02.09.2015.”

Sony also includes a photo in the tweet, showing a blurred out smartphone. Initially, we thought the photo showed the regular sized XPERIA Z5. However, judging from the size of the smartphone compared to the hand, it is likely that the photo is showing the smaller XPERIA Z5 Compact. It’s either that or the hand model used has really large hands, making the Z5 look smaller. Whatever the case, it shows that the smartphone’s camera can easily focus on an object even at night or in poor light conditions.

To recap, past rumours have claimed that the XPERIA Z5 will sport a 5.5-inch screen, while the XPERIA Z5 Compact will come with a 4.7-inch screen.

Going back to the teaser, it’s clear that Sony’s upcoming XPERIA smartphone will come with some type of advanced autofocus system. Sadly, this special autofocus feature is yet to be determined, but we’re sure to find out more in the next few days.

We are also hoping that Sony’s upcoming XPERIA Z5 series will come with the Sony IMX240 sensor, which is used by the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Lastly, we hope that the new smartphones will offer updated camera software.

For now, this is all just speculation, so take it with a pinch of salt. Fortunately, IFA 2015 is just a few days away, so we won’t have to wait very long to find out which rumours are accurate and which rumours were simply rumours, so stay tuned.

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Sony XPERIA Z5 Plus to have 4K screen?

Most of today’s flagships offer QHD screens, which offer a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Sony fans were disappointed to find out the the Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus only comes with an FHD screen (resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels). According to a report, this is about to change as the unannounced XPERIA Z5 Plus is rumoured to sport a 4K screen.


The news comes to us courtesy of Xperia Blog. It spotted a user-agent profile, which mentions what is believed to be the Xperia Z5+. The said device is said to be Sony’s second flagship to be unveiled this year.

The UAProf mentions a Sony-made device with model number E68XX, which is said to be the unannounced XPERIA Z5 Plus. It will be available in a few variants, including the E6833, the E6853, and the E6883. It also mentions that the resolution of the smartphone’s screen, which is 2160 x 3840 pixels. This is definitely higher than the 1440 x 2560 pixels offered by today’s flagships. According to Xperia Blog, the device will sport a 5.5-inch screen with a whopping pixel density of 801 ppi.

The UAProf also mentions that the XPERIA Z5 Plus will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor, which is the same CPU under the hood of the XPERIA Z3 Plus. Sadly, this CPU caused overheating problems for Z3 Plus owners. We’re hoping Sony addresses this issue before rolling out the Z5 Plus.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take this information with a pinch of salt.

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Leaked photo reveals Sony XPERIA Z5 and Z5 Compact will not sport USB Type-C

The unannounced Sony XPERIA Z5 and the Sony XPERIA Z5 Compact, Sony’s upcoming new flagship and its more compact yet just as powerful version, have been making the rounds in the rumour as of late. The first photo, showed the two with an Apple iPhone 6 in between them, and, at the same time, a fingerprint scanner on board. The second photo showed the smaller device on top of the larger smartphone. The third and latest photo shows the two side by side, which also reveals that there will be no USB Type-C on board. @ViziLeaks is the Twitter account responsible for leaking all of the photos mentioned, including the one found below.


Aside from showing that the two will make use of the regular microUSB connector, the photos also reveal that the two do not come with flaps that cover the ports. This suggests that the XPERIA Z5 and the XPERIA Z5 Compact will not be dust- or water-proof. mOn the flip-side, this could also mean that Sony will make use of the sma tech found on board the XPERIA M5, which is water-resistance even without the flaps covering the ports.

Sony will be hosting a keynote at the IFA trade show, which kicks off in Berlin, Germany on the 2nd of September. We’re hoping that the XPERIA Z5 and the XPERIA Z5 Compact make their official debut at the event.

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