Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Unboxing, 4K Display Hands-on and Comparison


Announced a month ago, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium (~Php 40k price) begin hitting shelves worldwide and with the Philippines availability coming very soon and pre-orders have been opened already.

We unboxed the biggest from the Z5 series and did a 4K display test against the 2K QHD screens of Galaxy Note 5, LG G4 and Nexus 6P, check out the whole story below.

Unboxing: What’s in the retail box of Sony Xperia Z5 Premium?

Our unit comes in Chrome variant which has mirror-style back and supports single SIM. Sony PH might likely only offer both single SIM and not the dual SIM model, but we have to confirm this.


The box includes the basic accessories, surprisingly there is a 1.8A wall charger that has Qualcomm Quick Charge sticker, not the fastest available, but it’s a good start for Sony by including it. There is also an in-ear stereo headset (earbuds), the usual USB data cable supporting microUSB and startup guides.


  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium in Chrome, Single SIM, with built-in 3400mAh battery
  • UBS data cable, microUSB to USB 2.0 type-a
  • Stereo in-ear headset and extra ear buds
  • 1.8A Quick Charge-supported wall charger
  • Startup guides

Hands-on and size comparison to Xperia Z5 Compact, Z5 classic


We did a quick tour with the trio too. Upon inspection, we found out that all ports and buttons are identical with few positioning differences. Z5 Compact is indeed the lightest and the most one-handed friendly phone from the group though Z5 classic is still in if you have a large hand. The Z5 Premium shows the largest and widest profile due to the 5.5-inch display. Bezels on top of its screen are slightly wider but seen as average among phablets.

On the display side, we saw varying color depth, Z5 Premium being the most vivid or saturated among the three. The 4K resolution is helping a lot on producing the very crisp picture on Z5 Premium’s screen.

4K Display hands-on, Comparison to Galaxy Note5, LG G4, Nexus 6P


Putting the latest AMOLED 2K QHD screens Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as well as the Quantum display of LG G4, do the 4K display make a difference? Surely yes.

Besides from the punchier colors of Z5 Premium (we were surprised that it beats Note5′ and Nexus 6P’s AMOLEDS), there is visibly a difference between the 2K QHD AMOLEDs and 2K IPS LCD. The lines on the picture on Z5 Premium appear bolder and crisper. Taking the brightness into consideration, LG G4 appears to have the brightest output from the group.

We are to publish the Z5 Premium vs Nexus 6P comparison yet, so we will reserve more thoughts and feedbacks through that.

Meanwhile, you can check out our YouTube channel for more videos.

Sony Xperia Z5 Unboxing, 4K Display Hands-on, Comparison to Galaxy Note5, LG G4, Nexus 6P
SPECS, PH Price Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
Display 5.5-inch 2160p UHD IPS Triluminos, 806ppi
Size 7.8mm, 180g weight
Design IP68 rating, Scratch-resistant, oleophobic coating, stainless metal, water and dust proof
Colors Black, Gold, Chrome
Chipset Snapdragon 810 octacore chipset
Processor Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
Graphics Adreno 430 GPU
Memory 3GB RAM, 32GB internal, microSD card up to 200GB
Main Camera 23MP f/2.0 camera, single LED flash, Steady Shot
Multimedia 4K UHD video, 720p @120fps SloMo, HDR
Front camera 5MP selfie camera, 1080p video
Connectivity Dual 4G LTE cat 6, WiFi ac, Bt 4.1, FM Radio, GPS, NFC
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (cofirmed for Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Software Xperia UI
Battery 3430mAh
Ports microUSB 2.0
Official Price Php40k price estimate
Availability date November
Where to buy Sony Philippines

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