Mammoth Xperia Z5 comparison looks at the display, speakers and digital zoom against the leading competition

by XB on 11th September 2015

in Hands On, Videos, Xperia Z3 series, Xperia Z4 and Z3+ series, Xperia Z5 series

Xperia Z5 Display TestThe bods at Btekt have been hard at work pitting the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact against a number of leading flagship devices in various tests. The new Xperia Z5 devices were compared to other handsets looking at their displays, speakers and digital zoom capability. If you have any interest in the Xperia Z5 family, then check out the exhaustive videos below and subscribe to Btekt’s YouTube channel for further updates.

Screen comparison: Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact versus Galaxy S6 Edge, Huawei Mate S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M9, Moto X Play, Motorola Nexus 6, LG G4 and Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3+

Speaker comparison: Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact versus HTC One M9, Nexus 6 and Xperia Z3, Z3+

Digital zoom comparison: Xperia Z5 versus iPhone 6, LG G4, Galaxy S6 Edge and Xperia Z3+

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  • Kevin

    I just got an email from Sony saying my Xperia Z1 has a new update saying this exactly:There is a software update (v. 14.5.A.0.270) available for your device. Perform a software update and enjoy new features, better performance, speed and bug fixes. You can update the software today using your computer or wait until it’s available directly in your device (often within a couple of days). It’s easy and no backup is needed.

    Update your device using a computer
    Download and install the software update using a computer application and connect the device to your computer using a USB cable.

    I haven’t updated it because I don’t have PC right now. But it might just be 5.1.1 since I already have 5.0, also I’m in Mexico so maybe others won’t have it. :D

  • munged

    no it is not 5.1.1 it is bug fix for 5.0.2

  • Tim Rox Westerholm

    I aware of that Sony use the same speaker and screen technology for the entire Z5 series, but the size of the phone can make a difference to sound quality for example, like the sound of Z3 and Z3 Compact. I’m really looking forward to Z5 Premium so that is the phone I would like to see in these tests…

  • Timel

    TL;DW. XPBlog, can you please do the hardwork and post the results please?

  • D. D. M.

    Nice I would like to see the Z5c vs Z3c to decide to upgrade or not………

  • nik

    Current version is 14.5.A.0.270 only

  • Alvin

    Well i was hoping that xperiablog will do these….

    Please, do it for us, real reviewers are rare these days. Maybe except for btekt or unbox therapy.

  • Alvin

    Me too, i’m hoping that z5 premium is in that test that time

  • Alvin

    Ummm… I don’t think so, if you want to upgrade, z5, z5 premium, or m5 will be the choice for me

  • jokensy

    To get a good sound quality from a xperia phone’s speakers, the sound setting must be on Clear Audio+. We don’t know on which setting they were in the video, so for me, the tests are not conclusive.

  • Alvin

    Be patient mate, it’s not 5.1.1 :(

  • jokensy

    … Also, I’m seriously considering upgrading from my Z2 to the Z5 Premium no matter what the critics say about the phone or the price. I really love this phone (not the chrome version though).

  • Timothy Crayon

    Ha Ha…

    SUCKSUNG AMOLED doesn’t display BLACK and WHITE as many SUCKSUNG FANS believe…..

    POOR this Korean crap …….you give a fortune to purchase some sort of crap……

    S6 and S6 edge give discount and still NO one interested …..POOR^^

    I tell you the truth
    nothing but the truth….. Samsung begin to layoff 10% of her staff from head quarter….Just the beginning…..
    then semiconductor section…defected by Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers…..

    We can see this company future…..NO FUTURE….. the debts of domestic Korean families increase dramatically, FACE the reality….

  • Thariq Mohammed

    I don’t think clear zoom comparison is fair,
    It should be compared in a same display to check the quality, since each devices carry different resolution especially Z5 compact and iPhone 6

  • ????

    please review the video. they showed the actual photos. s6 and g4 still win.
    i have no doubt about the results of strategy analytics though because what they used there were printed out photos. they are of the same sizes and the participants of the study were not given the opportunity to do pixel peeping.
    z5 photos look better when printed out because they are brighter.

  • Alvin

    We can see Sony’s future where we can’t on samsung.

    What the hell are those reviewers thought? “THE EDGE DISPLAY IS FANTASTIC, IT IS A SUPERB INNOVATION FROM SAMSUNG, IT IS INNOVATIVE” or some bullcrap like that. Is that gimmicky and useless edge thing that adds 200$ for that uncomfortable feeling phone? Why? Better buy the so-called “HOT VERY HOT” Z3+ than that thing

  • Alvin

    You can resist my sexiness?


  • jokensy

    Finger prints magnet ;-)

  • Alvin

    Lol yeah :D wash your hands and the phone before using it then:)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I remember those days when XB did reviewing Older Xperias….. It seems Site got bored and only interested in passing on the factual news and nothing….. XB !!! bring that old times bck…

  • SONY only

    Samsung is worst company

  • Le Kawaii Potatoe

    You can wash it :P

  • Alvin

    Yeah mate, especially those throwback reviews

  • Alvin

    The only thing that is interesting is the comments section for now lol

  • jokensy

    The finger prints will still appear.

  • jokensy

    Sony should replace it with a white version like the normal Z5 and Z5 Compact.

  • mawhob22222

    ?? ????? ???

  • Bharath BS

    Lol. Maybe you are right about the display, but if Samsung is in trouble financially, then Sony must be in much deeper shit. Samsung is much bigger, you know.

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  • Alvin

    i think the chrome is amazing, but other colours are also amazing… If i have one of those z5 series in any colour, i would be one of the happiest person in the world and would be one of my best experiences ever :D:D:D

  • Alvin

    wash it even further, take a microfibre cloth and clean it, it even works on my phones :)

    keep your hands and you chrome z5p clean, and your z5p’s back will only encountered/have little fingerprints in a day :):)

  • Alvin

    if not in korea or in asia, IN THE WORLD

  • Alvin

    financial things or something like that in business isn’t always connected like what you said there. We all know sony is on restructuring and improving, but i don’t think they’re in big deep trouble now. what i mean about isn’t always connected is like. i also think that, yes, samsung is a big company, but once they encountered a trouble, it will have a huge or larger impact than what sony will encounter at the same thing, since samsung is a huge company, or, let’s say, larger than sony for now.

  • Alvin

    still, we need concrete evidence out of them. like showing the pictures from every devices to a one, same computer or even a tv to see differences, from what I’ve seen, the image quality of samsung and sony devices are helped with X-Reality for Sony, and AMOLED and other things that samsung has, especially on adapt display or super vivid mode (or whatever it’s called in samsung phones).


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  • iia3ezu

    For zoom and other camera-related features, I’ll reserve judgement until a reputable and comprehensive review has been done e.g. a review by

  • iia3ezu

    I don’t like the glossy back of the Z5 Premium. Unless you like to use a mirror often.

    If you give me a Z6 with the same 5.5 inch 4K, a matte back, Snapdragon 820 and USB-C… shut up and take my money!

  • ????

    also, the btekt guy said that they were not allowed to upload anything from the prototype device. they were not even allowed to do benchmark tests.

  • Alvin

    Yeah thats why i’ll wait until reviews came

  • Rizky Maulana

    Dude, i dont have alot quota… Somebody cant tell me what going on wit these videos???

  • azzido

    Galaxy S6 has better zoom pictures without sharpening than Z5 due to Optical Image Stabilization, confirmed on this video :(

  • azzido

    Yeah, and finally OIS as we can see on this video S6 still beats Z5 in terms of Camera, Zoom quality and so on + still the same old technology for screens. I think Sony will again oversleep OLED technology and will be too late to the market as they did with Android and X10.

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  • Alfino Setya

    Even the rumoured japanese version of Z5C the so-called Z5 Compact Premium has much better specs than the rest of Z5 series. Let’s say such as FHD display, 2900 mah battery, 4 gigs of ram, and they even got Hatsune Miku version. Japan always gets much-much better version as usual (-__-)

  • Alvin

    Yeah, always, But do you remember the z4 and z3+ goddesses? :D

    That 2900 mAh battery and 4gb ram is a shame for z5c and z5 itself… I hope capacity didn’t always mean anything…because i hope z5 series will all have 4GB RAM. I can sacrifice thickness for that

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    SONY back in the 80’s and 90’s are big as today samsung. but they going down after scandalous CEO and poor CEO management after that. then inflation came in 2008-2009. after that tsunami in 2011. all of that thing become what sony today.

    i’m sure samsung will become like sony too. what samsung did to sony happen back to samsung when chinese brand become their threat today. majority of chinese can buy premium product while at cheaper price than samsung. for example i just read yesterday chinese company capable to create OLED screen which japanese still hard to make it.

    i bet, in 2025-2030 chinese brand will become big compare to samsung today, chinese has huge natural resources, workers compare to korean or japanese. chinese has their own soc like Hisilicon, rockchip, action, alwinner, spreadtrum. and for computer they have loongson which based on mips.
    if u read the latest news chinese manage to create everything after chinese government change their economy to capitalist system right now.

    my conclusion after that happen, samsung fan will become like sony fan only loyal fan will bought their product.

    p/s:i came here not to believe chinese but to tell u guys don’t underestimated chinese like in the past.

    p/s/s i’m not chinese but i started to aware that chinese product are rapidly rising compare to any brand before it

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    not to defense samsung but samsung has good product on their tv, SSD, washing machine and Air Cond, their worst in any galaxy smartphone that don’t have name s or note behind them.

  • Alvin

    Typical anak kos, didn’t you? Lol no offence

    So for speakers test the z5 is just like another, it is even louder than m9 but for clarity, please tell me what phone is better on clarity than m9, of course m9 wins on clarity, but overall, nexus 6 has louder sound out of all.

    Display, Z3C and Nexus 6 has lower brightness, so you’ll see better reds, whites, and blacks. Z5 compact has a different (say, better) screen there, but i hope all those are just the same after all on display quality on both z5 and z5c. I don’t have a clue about who’s better and who’s the worst, but sony phones there aren’t placed in the bottom one, z3 display as we know, is cold on temperature so it is good on brightness but weak o naturalness of colour temperature.

    On camera details, s6, g4, and z5 are the best ones, g4 and s6 has better details, but z5 is better on colours

    I’ve watch this yesterday and I’m one of the first viewers, so I’m sorry if there are mistakes on what I’ve typed here

  • Timothy Crayon

    Air cond…washing machine……

    maybe you dun have these household items b4……

    the quality is poor …..

  • kaostheory

    Was the screen adjusted before the test or out of the box? My Z3 looks way more natural after playing with the white balance.

  • daniel kudo

    I know what you feeling bro hahahah

  • daniel kudo

    JOLED will mass production OLED in beginning 2016, so there’s a hope Sony will use their own technology in their Xperia range

  • Brick

    It’s a shitty clickbait video, you don’t test zoom on something a few centimetres from the camera, and rate it on biased subjective parameters such as “this looks better”. This btekt idiot just wanted to stir up a few flamewars and get views on his no effort comparison.

  • Alvin

    I don’t think so because it wouldn’t be a fair comparison, but yeah, I’ve also set my white balance in my z3. What’s ypur settings? Is it good? Mine is R:90,G:75,B:55

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  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Hell yeahh :)

  • kaostheory

    How is that not fair? When testing any other settings it’s set to its maximum or best. Except cameras of course. Mine is at R-212 G-138 B-0

  • Timel

    Judge from my friends, oh trust me Samsung air conditioners are the worst, japanese air conditioners brands like Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Panasonic and Sharp are much better, even Samsung washing machines are also the worst, please buy LG, Electrolux or Siemens.

    The great products that Samsung have made including their super amoled displays, smartphone like Galaxy Note series, SSD, RAM and their semiconductors business.

  • Timel

    we shouldn’t underestimate chinese brands at all
    Don’t forget that 30 years ago japanese brands used be as chinese brands today

    My uncle told me that japanese and Korean companies begin from reverse engineering, 30 years ago japanese electronic products copied European products but sell much cheaper, 30 years ago “made in Japan” meant junkie and cheap. But today it’s different “made in Japan ” mean very high quality and expensive.

  • Svnjay

    What scandalous CEO did Sony have?


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  • Alvin

    No, what i meant is if they set the white balance first on the sony phones, the comparison will not be fair.

    Did I got you right?

  • Great Dude

    No, he said in the video that he left the screen of each smartphone as default . (maybe because a lot of people don’t know how to change these stuff).

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  • Tim Austin

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The Xperia’s have X Reality turned on on their screens by default and this adds a MOUNTAIN of artifacts and oversharpening, if you crop the image on the screen. This could account for some of the troubles B-tekt are seeing, here.

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