Sony today rolled out its next generation Z series family in Malaysia – the Xperia Z5 Dual, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium Dual – the world’s first 4K UHD smartphone. While retaining the Xperia DNA in look and feel, the new Z5 series boasts the latest innovations in camera, packs powerful performance, unmatched durability, Hi-Res Audio and two-day battery life.
The Xperia you love
Designed at Sony’s Creative Center studios in Sweden and Japan, the new Xperia Z5 series deliver the signature Xperia look, but now with a metal frame and frosted glass back. The 5.2-inch Xperia Z5 Dual is sleek and comes in White, Graphite Black, Gold and Green.
Not everyone wants a big phone, so the Xperia Z5 Compact satisfies those who prefer something more pocket-friendly. The 4.6-inch device is beautifully compact and stylish, offered in Yellow and Coral, White and Graphite Black.
On the side, an integrated fingerprint sensor makes it easy to unlock the device with your thumb.
Fastest autofocus in a smartphone
At a groundbreaking speed of just 0.03 seconds (yes, faster than you can blink), the Xperia Z5 Dual’s new 23MP camera has the fastest autofocus in a smartphone. The new 1/2.3 Exmor RS for mobile sensor and excellent f/2.0 G Lens bring advancements in low-light and 5x clear image zoom.
More important that just megapixels, though, is Sony’s improved SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode for video. Having tested this first hand, the image stabilisation is mind-blowingly good.
Kid Chan of Kid Chan Studios and Ridduan Ismail of Tukang Tangkap Foto Gembira Anda (TTFGA) exhibited photos that were taken with the Xperia Z5 Dual. The enlarged prints showcased amazing detail and colour reproduction.
It’s all about performance
Sony Mobile didn’t hold back on other areas either. The Xperia Z5 Dual and Z5 Compact are powered by the 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. Both are 4G LTE equipped, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC built-in.
What has impressed since the Z2 is the outstanding battery life. Sony’s incredible Stamina mode delivers up to two-day battery life. Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology enables for rapid-charging – 10 minutes of charging gets you 5.5 horus of usage.
4K on a smartphone? Why not
You may scream gimmick, but the breathtaking details and crisp visuals will likely blow you away. The Xperia Z5 Premium dual is the world’s first 4K smartphone with a 5.5-inch 4K TRILUMINOS Display for mobile and IPS panel.
The Z5 Premium Dual will upscale your content to 4K, whether you’re watching iflix, YouTube or videos you’ve shot.
The top-of-the-line Z5 is all about performance, and features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor bundled with 3GB RAM. It gets 32GB of internal memory with support for microSD (up to 200GB). That’s plenty of storage for all that 4K content.
A high capacity 3,430mAh battery keeps it going for two days and also supports quick charge.
Hi-Res Audio or bust
Sony is synonymous with audio, a rich heritage thanks to the Walkman. Built-in with Hi-Res Audio, the Xperia’s DSEE HX upscales audio fidelity of your MP3s, AAC or Spotify tracks. If wireless is your thing, then Sony’s LDAC codec will ensure streaming your favourite music is seamless and lag-free.
The Xperia Z5 series works perfectly with Sony’s new High-Resolution Audio Headset MDR-NC750.
While we talk about hardware, it’s nothing without content. Xperia Z5 series users have access to Xperia Lounge Gold which delivers the best of Sony entertainment to your fingertips.
Alongside the new Xperia Z5 family is a range of stylish accessories including Style Cover Window cases in multiple colour choices.
There’s also a Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH54 that’s made for calls and your music.
Pricing and availability
The Xperia Z5 Compact is a single SIM device and retails for RM2,299. The Xperia Z5 Dual is priced at RM2,699. Both devices will be available beginning November.
The availability and pricing of the Xperia Z5 Premium Dual will be announced later in the quarter.
The phone made for Bond
The launch of the Xperia Z5 series coincides with the much-anticipated Bond Spectre 007 Promotion that kicks off on 31 October 2015. For any purchase of the Xperia Z5 Compact and Z5 Dual, you will receive limited edition Spectre merchandise. This includes a round neck shirt (worth RM109), bottle opener (worth RM59) and Photobook (worth RM259).
The Xperia Lounge offers exclusive content for Xperia Z5 Series users including three movie downloads worth RM229, Photobook worth RM259, free calls and messaging by LINE, e-magazine by SPH Magazines, taxi ride discounts by MyTeksi worth RM45 and RM30 shopping voucher from Zalora.