Sony’s new line of Z5 smartphones includes three smartphones with better or weaker specs, so depending on your budget, you can opt for the Premium, Z5 or the Compact model, in this article we’ll refer to the device with high-tier specs and we’ll compare it to Google’s new Nexus 5X, which came installed with Android Marshmallow.
Designs and Displays
Sony used a frosted glass design for the Z5 Premium, and this specific design is stylish, proving that the company is able to offer a smartphone which will be envied by the other manufacturers and desired by the customers. This phone is dust and water resistant, it has very thin bezels and a screen measuring 5.5-inch, whose resolution is QHD at 806ppi. Sony equipped the Z5 Premium with an IPS LCD display, which can be set to operate in Full HD mode, in order to conserve the battery life. Also, the device weights 180grams, so it’s not very heavy, although it’s very tall, measuring 154.4×75.8×7.8mm.
The Nexus 5X is a direct successor to the Nexus 5, which was released by LG in 2013. That model had a floating arc design and the rear camera was positioned in the upper left corner. The manufacturer made some changes and straightened the top and bottom sides, and moved the camera to the middle, placing a fingerprint scanner under it. The device is smaller and measures 147×72.6×7.9mm, which means that it weights 136 grams. As for the screen, it’s smaller at 5.2-inch and its maximum supported resolution is 1080x1920pixels at 424ppi.
The Z5 Premium is planned to be upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow, but for now, it runs on 5.1.1 Lollipop. Regarding its internal specs, without a doubt, the phone is a better performer with its superior Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor clocked at 2GHz, which is backed by 3GB of RAM, the latest Snapdragon processor came with some overheating issues, but Sony used extra cooling techniques decrease its temperature.
The Nexus 5X is powered by the slower Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor clocked at 1.44GHz, which supports 2GB of RAM.
Unfortunately, the Nexus device has fixed storage, meaning that you won’t be able to expand its capacity, so you’ll be stuck with one of these variants: 16GB or 32GB. The Xperia Z5 Premium has 32GB of internal memory and it supports expansion up to 200GB.
Also, both devices come with the standard connectivity options: WiFi, Bluetooth (v4.1 on the Z5 and v4.2 on the Nexus 5X), NFC and GPS, and they have a v2.0 microUSB port (Type-C on the Nexus 5X for faster charging).
Cameras and Batteries
The camera of the Z5 Premium won’t disappoint you, because until now, Sony has used only high quality lenses and without a doubt, the software has been improved and the features that have been added are doing a great job. The resolution of the main camera is 23MP, and even if OIS is missing, phase detection autofocus is a very useful feature which allows the camera to focus faster on the object so the image won’t be blurry, the front camera is also decent, supporting 5.1MP.
The Nexus 5X can record 4K videos with its 12.3MP Sony rear camera, but this option is also available on the Z5 Premium. However, LG has included laser autofocus, and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, so you’ll capture awesome photos in any condition, regarding the front camera, its resolution is 5Mp, but it’s not a big surprise.
The batteries are non-removable, but the 5 Premium supports a bigger cell with a capacity of 3430mAh, which lasts a lot longer than Nexus 5X’s 2700mAh unit.