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Sony Xperia Z3+ vs. Sony Xperia Z5: Is There Need for an Upgrade?

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In a recent comScore study, it was determined that Android is the most dominant player as far as mobile platforms are concerned.

What helps this Google-based platform outperforms others such as Apple’s iOS, and Microsoft’s Windows is the fact that Android has numerous manufacturers making use of it, and each one of them has a different thing in mind.

While it is true to say that the Android world is swift in changing, the latest model of Sony Xperia smartphone represents an almost swift change, but this time to the extremes. Less than three months into the release of Sony Xperia Z3+, this tech giant has also rolled out a new Sony Xperia Z5, seemingly putting the Xperia Z3+ model into the books of history.

While there are some who think that Sony was kind of in too much a hurry, the company feels that it needed to act quickly to compete fairly in the highly competitive smartphone market. So, how do these two Sony flagships – Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z5 – compare against each other?

Design and display

Sony seems not to be close to ditching its OmniBalance guns as far as the design is concerned; something that leaves the two smartphones – Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z5 – very similar in appearance. From a distance, the two look one and the same. However, there are some restrained changes included in the latest model’s design.

You should be able to notice the Xperia logo has shifted its position to the side of the phone. Also, the power button has been overhauled where the Xperia Z5 comes with an elongated and recessed power button in place of the old circular one. This new power button sits on the right hand of the phone and it also features a fingerprint sensor.

There are no further changes in the design of the new Z5. The layout remains the same with the volume keys still keeping their position. The camera button has also maintained its position on the right, just beneath the protective cover.

There is no significant improvement in the display of the Xperia Z5 from that of the Xperia Z3+. The display size remains the same at 5.2 inches with full HD.

Features and specifications

As noted earlier, this new Xperia Z5 comes with subtle changes when pitted against the recently released Xperia Z3+. However, the addition of a fingerprint sensor on the latest model is perhaps the phone’s biggest selling points.

The specifications of the new phone also do not have huge highlights and the changes are almost unnoticeable. The Xperia Z5 comes with a Qualcomm-based Snapdragon 810 chipset, a RAM of 3GB and an internal storage of 32GB. This can be expanded to 128GB using a microSD card. What remains to be unknown is whether Sony has taken care of the issue that affected the camera app of Sony Xperia Z3+ in this new release. Many users of Xperia Z3+ have complained that the camera app often crashes, and the device ends up overheating when using it.

When looking at its dimensions, the Xperia Z5 seems to be a little thicker (0.6mm) than the Z3+ thanks to its 7.5mm thickness. The other dimensions remain the same at 146mm and 72 mm. This increment in thickness might be a hint that the new device will no longer be overheating.

Camera and battery unit

The new Z5 model comes with a combination of new and old features from the Z3+. The front-facing camera of the Xperia Z5 has a 5.1MP snapper and is equipped with a Sony Exmor R sensor, which represents a very slight improvement from what the Z3+ has. The rear snapper comes with a 23MP sensor, which is an upgrade from the previous 20.7MP.

Even though there is an increment of 0.6mm when it comes to a thickness of Xperia Z5, there is no significant change in the battery unit size. In fact, the size has dropped by 30mAh and now stands at 2,900mAh.

Price and availability

In Japan, the Sony Xperia Z3+ is known as Xperia Z4, and it was launched just June this year. Sony slapped a price of $800 on this device, a figure that the device struggled to match. This price has been tumbling in many places, and the trend might continue in the coming weeks now that the Xperia Z5 is here.

Sony Xperia Z5 was presented to the public during the IFA event in Berlin; however, U.S. users will wait until later this month or in October before they can buy one. There is no confirmation just yet, but the Xperia Z5 is expected to be priced at $900.