Before we get too excited about the release of the Sony Xperia Z6 and probably its four other variants, the Xperia Z5 line has yet to come in the US. We said it's arriving this month as announced from various retailers like Best Buy and Amazon. Unfortunately, the Xperia Z5 will not have fingerprint sensor. This news is puzzling since most of the latest smartphones today feature fingerprint scanners and the original Xperia Z5 has it.
No reason has been disclosed but don't expect the Xperia Z5 to have that special feature. No need to wait that long because the phone is actually available starting today, February 7 in the United States. Two variants are ready for your taking: the Xperia Z5 and the Xperia 5 Compact.
The Xperia Z5 line is a follow up to the Xperia Z3+ which is also the Xperia Z4 in Japan. The Z5 phones are offered for $599.99 (Z5) and $499.99 (Z5 Compact). Both models will be offered unlocked by Best Buy, B&H, Amazon, and more retailers.
To review, the Xperia Z5 boasts of a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p TRILUMINOS screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset, 32GB onboard storage, and 3GB RAM. The Xperia Z5's 23 megapixel custom 1/2.3 Exmor RS camera sensor is what made the phone one of the best in DxOMark mobile imaging rankings. It's actually on top, tied with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.
What's the difference between the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact? The Compact version is smaller and more affordable. Unlike the full-metal body of the Xperia Z5, the Z5 Compact uses some plastic. Screen size is obviously smaller at 4.6-inches with 720p resolution and RAM is lower at only 2GB. Such a small difference but if you just want a great camera, you can settle on the less expensive Xperia Z5 Compact.
SOURCE: Sony Mobile