It gained a larger sensor at the cost of a telephoto module.
If you tell us about five years ago that Sony is still making phones despite their failures and constant shrinking of market share, we won’t believe you. Here we are, we are surprised to see they’re still standing and making phones. This is the fifth generation Xperia 5 as well. No punch-holes, no wild designs, just a simple tall square with professional-level Zeiss-powered cameras.
The main differentiator between this and the previous generation is that the main unit is now the same as the Xperia 1 Mk. V, a 52MP 24mm 1/1.35″ sensor. This only costed the phone the telephoto but with binning that large, it’s almost unnecessary. Plus, Sony’s camera software has gotten better over the years. Better late than never.
The second camera is a 12MP 1/2.5″ 16mm ultrawide sensor capable of dual-pixel autofocus, similar to the Xperia 1 Mk. V and the previous-gen Xperia 5. Also, it seems that the 12MP selfie is left intact once again.
The OLED screen measures 6.1″ and features a tall 21:9 aspect ratio and a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate. The phone is also 11 grams heavier and is also slightly thicker, possibly to fit the 52MP sensor it gained. This display size makes the phone a compact flagship in lieu of the ASUS Zenfone 10, Apple iPhone 14, and Samsung Galaxy S23.
The Xperia 5 Mk. V is a flagship throughout and sports the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage which is considered minimum for a flagship, but thankfully, unlike the others, the Xperia 5 Mk. V features a MicroSD Card Slot. We also forgot to mention that the phone has Quad-DAC and a headphone jack. LG wishes to come back anytime soon. There are also spatial audio, Hi-Res Audio, and stereo speakers on this beast.
The phone has a 5000mAh standard battery size and is capable of charging of up to 30W but the charger itself is sold as a DLC, so if you still have your old Xperia V charger, just use that. It’s the same rate anyway. The phone also has an optical fingerprint scanner for extra security measures. The phone also has an IP68 rating, and the display is protected via Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Everything a flagship needs to stay a flagship.
The new phone comes in three pastel-like colours: White, Blue, and Black. It’s sold in Europe for EUR 999 (~PHP 60.6K). An 8/256 variant was announced as well but its price is yet to be confirmed.