The Xperia Z5 is part of the new high-end line of Z5 smartphones, being weaker than the “Premium” version, but superior to the “Compact” handset. The M5 is more like a mid-range smartphone with a good camera. Below, you’ll have a detailed comparison between the Z5 and M5, which are expected to be released very soon.
Designs and Displays
Sony has always tried to find a balance between beauty and efficiency, to attract the consumers with its sleek, but powerful devices. It seems that lately, most of the new Xperia smartphones are carbon copies, because they share a similar design – flat glass backs with stainless steel/nylon corners and rear cameras placed in the upper left corner. All screens have three capacitive buttons integrated into them, while the top and bottom bezels are very thick.
Also, both the Z5 and M5 are dust and water resistant, but only the first model comes with a fingerprint scanner and it has a larger body, which measures 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm and has an IPS LCD screen sized at 5.2-inch (it supports 1080 x 1920 pixels at 428 ppi). The M5 measures 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm, the screen is sized at 5-inch, but it supports Full HD resolution as well, resulting in a pixel density of 441ppi.
The Z5 is available in these color options: White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green, while the M5 comes only in Black, White and Gold.
Sony opted for different hardware configurations for these models. The Z5 comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 810 octa core processor which is formed by two quad core CPUs with clock speeds of 1.5GHz and 2GHz, while the M5 uses a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 octa core processor running at 2GHz. However, both smartphones are housing 3GB of RAM and the internal memory can be expanded up to 200GB, but the Z5 houses 32GB of storage, while the M5 has half of its capacity.
The Z5 sports a rear camera with a slightly higher resolution of 23MP, compared to 21.5MP, but the features are identical on both phones: phase detection autofocus, LED flash, panorama, face detection and video recording at a resolution of 2160 at 30 fps. However, the front camera of the Z5 has a lower resolution of 5.1MP, compared to 13Mp, as the M5 supports.
Both of the Xperia devices have non-removable batteries, but their capacities differ. For example, the Z5 is powered by a2900 mAh battery which offers 17 hours of talk time over 3G, while the M5 has a smaller 2600 mAh battery which should provide a bit more than 12 hours of talk time.