Sony Xperia 5 Review

Sony launched Xperia series smartphone named Xperia 5 successor to Xperia XZ3. Sony Xperia 5 was released in India on 26 Sep 2019.
Xperia 5 is priced at $999 USD In US @ 6GB + 128GB Base Variant. it was Launched in 1 variant with 6GB Ram and 128GB Storage.

They had placed the same Display Quality which is of 4K Resolution Full View Display which is Very Smooth and Fast. Sony Has Concentrated in the Camera department and Adopted the Triple camera setup with 12MP + 12MP + 12MP Camera sensors which include Main, Telephoto, Ultra wide-angle Lens which we can see Xperia 1. Sony has Placed the Front camera in top Bezel to Achieve the Bezel-less Display Sony totally Removed bottom bezel while the camera sensor is the same 8MP Sensor used in Xperia XZ3.

Sony Xperia 5 features the Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm named SD 855 which is available on Blackshark 2, LG G8 Thinq and Oppp Reno too. this chip is made of 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 3 x A76 High power cores which are clocked at 2.42GHz, second part features 4 x A55 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.8GHz and Third Part consists of an A76 Single core which is clocked at 2.84GHZ. it has Adreno 640 GPU which increases its work by 20% compared to SD 845 the last Flagship processor from Qualcomm. it has an X24 LTE Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 2000 & 316MBPS. Coming to the AI Department it does not have Ai built in the processor, it has AI Optimizations which helps in AI Capabilities.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of Sony Xperia 5 and Jump into the review.

Sony Xperia 5 Specs

  • 6.1″ 4K HDR OLED 21:9 Cinematic display with Gorilla Glass 6 Protection
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128 GB Internal storage & Expandable with Micro SD up to 512 GB
  • 8 MP f/2.0 Front Camera
  • Rear triple camera setup, 12 MP (Main) f/1.6, OIS 16 mm lens +12 MP f/2.4 OIS (super Wide angle) 26 mm lens+12 MP( 2x Optical Zoom) f/2.4 52 mm lens cameras.
  • 3,140 mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0 Support
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / NFC / Volte
  • IP68 Water & Dust Resistance
  • Side Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dolby Atmos Surround Sound

6.1″ Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED screen :

Here in Display Department, Sony Xperia 5 Features an Excellent 4K Resolution Amoled panel Notchless Edge screen made by Sony with 449 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and enjoyable, viewing angles are also Excellent. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. there is also Support to View HDR 10+, Dolby Vision Content. This Oled panel is Majorly Used in Sony Premium Oled TV’s.

Stereo Speaker and Headphone Jack:

In Sony Xperia 5, Sony Used the traditional Stereo Speaker System and it is Much louder and equal when Compared to Xperia 1 Speaker System used in 2018 Sony flagship Smartphone. these speakers are supported by Dolby DTS X Sound technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos) tuned with 7.1 Channel which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker. The sound is Is More impressive Dolby Atmos and Dynamic Vibration System.

Sony Has Removed Headphone jack In their Smartphones From Xperia XZ3. This Year Also Sony Continued the same trend and removed 3.5MM headphone jack. Coming to USB-C Port and 3.5mm earphones, the USB-C port was equipped which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are a good pair of headphones in the Box which have Excellent Sound Signature. Sony also provided 3.5MM To USB – C Dongle In Box Contents which is Good.

Build Quality : 

Sony Xperia 5 is Build with an Aluminium Frame on the side on Back & Front of the Device Is Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The combination of glass and metal frame is excellent. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with the build quality. Sony Xperia 5 is well built and the bezels are shrunk down to place a 6.5″ Fluid Amoled screen. Sony Xperia 1 Very thin and it is about 8.2 mm.

side Mounted Fingerprint scanner: 

Sony Xperia 5 Features a Side-mounted fingerprint sensor which is present on the Topside of the phone. By performance, it is fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. Here Sony included the fingerprint gestures to engage with other things to do.

Face unlocking:

Sony Xperia 5 does not have face unlock feature.

Weight balance: 

Sony Xperia 5 feels A bit Heavy with 6.1″ Screen and 3140 mAh battery equipped. This Sony Xperia 5 can be used by one hand though having a of very Large Display and the device is A Bit heavy. The weight balance is done well on the device though it is made Up Aluminum and Glass On Front and Back of the Device.

Battery life:

My Sony Xperia 5 lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 15% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3330 mAH Battery. We got nearly (4.82) 5 Hours of Sot( Screen on time) on using Mobile data which is good. We got above 5.2 hr Battery life when Continuously used Xperia 5 on WiFi. The ideal drain of Sony Xperia 5 is very low. Sony done a good job by placing by placing USB PD Adapter. the 18W Quick charging 3.0 USB-C PD Adapter makes a difference and charges the phone in 90min which is a bit good.

Android 9 Pie Operating System :

Xperia UI present on the Xperia 5 is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It does Not have bloatware majorly games and other apps only Amazon apps included. It is a clean Stock Android UI developed by Sony. There are no extra features like Dual Apps, App hiding mechanism, Face Unlock in this UI.

We can get Several Updates On System Optimization, Security patches and New Android Version upgrades easily because it is Stock Android UI.


My Sony Xperia 5 managed to do day to day tasks very well like the Xperia 1 Which was Released Last Year. there are No issues and problems with the UI. there are no heating issues with Sony Xperia 5. It Feels a bit warm In Outdoor Conditions While Recording 4K Videos and Gaming. The highest temperature that we had noticed at the top rear side of Smartphone which is 38.7 C.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this Sony Xperia 5 device. it features 6GB ram variants and I did not notice any lags with the 6GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this Sony Xperia 5. Multitasking experience is good.


in Xperia 5 Out of 128GB Storage, we get 109 GB With Google Account Included.

Call Quality :

The Call quality on Xperia 5 is outstanding and there are no issues with cellular call quality. We have taken long calls in a day, and the other party doesn’t complain about call Quality. The earpiece is present in Top Bezel Which Acts as a Stereo Speaker Too. In Xperia 5 the Calls are very clear through the Loudspeaker.

Rear Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, Xperia 5 features a Triple Camera setup on the back of the device and a Single camera on the front of the device. they work perfectly in Xperia 5. lets divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

1. Primary Camera: the 12MP main Camera With OIS is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.6. The daylight pictures are excellent and contain perfect details Which are like natural photo. Exposure is in control with a Decent Dynamic range to take good pictures in good lighting Conditions. When the Light is More the Exposure is in control and There is no problem in image Quality. In low light Conditions, the images are clear and Sharp without noise which are perfect and equal to Pixel Night sight Images. Sony has done excellent job in Low light Images. Sony has Included their own Autofocus in the Xperia 5 named Eye Autofocus which is very fast in my opinion.

2. Ultra Wide Angle Camera: the 12MP ultra wide angle lens with OIS on Sony Xperia 5 does a good job in good lighting conditions and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. it captures a much wider picture in 108˚ field of view with good details. exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 12MP camera is also equal to 12MP Main Camera captures good photos with decent sharpness and exposure in control.

3. Telephoto camera:

the 12MP main Camera With OIS is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/2.4. The Telephoto camera is Awesome and provides Good bokeh in portrait images. The 3x Zoom in Pictures are the 3x Zoom Pictures are excellent.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@60fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is good in 4k@60fps And 1080p FHD recording Due to Six Axis Optical Image Stabilization. The video quality in the low night conditions is very good with good Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range. the Telephoto Camera Makes Difference in Video Recording with 3x Lossless Zoom. Eye Autofocus works excellent in video department also.

Slow Motion video Recording is Awesome in 1080P @ 960 FPS.

Selfie camera :

Sony Xperia 5 has a 8MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0 the Picture quality is good and captures pictures in a Wide view in good lighting conditions it also captures Equal lowlight images compared to the rear camera. AI beautification mode is available. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range. Sony have to provide atleast 16MP front camera in Xperia 5 II.

This single camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artifical Intelligence.

Water and Dust Resistance:

Sony has included IP68 Water and Dust resistance to protect Sony Xperia 5 from Water spills.


  • Classic Xperia Design Language
  • Awesome FHD+ Oled Panel with 21:9 Aspect ratio
  • Snappy Xperia UI
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • Eye autofocus and Fastest Face Tracking Makes this Smartphone a beast.
  • Awesome stereo speakers
  • Excellent camera experience in Sony Smartphone.
  • Low light shots are excellent and equal to Google Night Sight
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistance


  • No Headphone Jack
  • No Wireless Charging
  • No option to Expand the Storage
  • Missing of 3.5mm To USB-C Dongle in Box
  • Exposure is Not in Control in Rear and Front Camera’s
  • No Wifi 6 At that price


Who can Get Sony Xperia 5 SmartPhone view:
if you want a True Flagship Phone with FHD+ screen, with Snapdragon 855 processor and 18W Wired fast charging 8MP Front Camera, Triple Rear Camera Setup then you can go with Xperia 5 SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone then

Oneplus 7T Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Oppo Reno Ace

Pixel 3 and if you want better cameras Within a Higher Price Range then

Asus Zenfone 6

Samsung Note 10 Plus can be your Alternatives to Sony Xperia 5.

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