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Sony Xperia 5 Smartphone Review: A handy handset despite having a 6-inch display

Mike Wobker, 👁 Florian Schmitt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Alex Alderson), 11/15/2019

A smartphone with a cinema display and sub-par cameras. The Xperia 5 is not the first smartphone that Sony has released with a 21:9 display. We have already seen the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 trying to distinguish themselves from their peers with this aspect ratio, and now Sony wants to persuade people that 21:9 is the future with the Xperia 5. Having such a tall display has proven practical in our experience, but the Xperia 5 falls short of expectations in some crucial areas, as our review will reveal.

Sony Xperia 5

The Xperia 5 may look familiar, with it being the smaller sibling of the Xperia 1, a handset that we reviewed earlier this year. While the Xperia 5 sports a smaller display than the last Xperia that we tested, it retains its widescreen aspect ratio. The Xperia 5 is essentially a more compact Xperia 1 though, as Sony has re-used the same SoC, memory and camera sensors. So, while we should not expect any surprises, the Xperia 5 could well suffer from the same issues that affected the Xperia 1. The Snapdragon 855 and Adreno 640 will still provide a stable base for the device, though.

A 21:9 aspect ratio remains unique among modern smartphones, but many competitors offer the same or better features than the Xperia 5 does. We have included an overview below of the devices that we will be comparing the Xperia 5 against, to which you can add more if you have your eye on other handsets. You can do this with all our comparison tables too.

Sony Xperia 5 (Xperia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
6.1 inch 21:9, 2520 x 1080 pixel 449 PPI, capacitive, OLED, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, glossy: yes, HDR
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, , 112 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: USB Type-C, Card Reader: microSD card reader. FAT, FAT32, exFAT file systems supported, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, colour spectrum, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, USB Type-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G/GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1,800, 1,900. 3G/UMTS/HSPA+: Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19. 4G/LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66. LTE Cat 18 downloads, Cat 13 uploads, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 158 x 68 ( = 0.32 x 6.22 x 2.68 in)
Battery
3140 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix , f/1.6, 26 mm, 1/2.6", 1.4 μm. 12 MPix telephoto lens, 2x optical zoom, f/2.4, 52 mm, 1/3.4", 1.0 μm. 12 MPix, f/2.4, 16 mm, 1/3.4", 1.0 μm.
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix , f/2.0, 24 mm, 1/4", 1.12 μm
Additional features
Speakers: , f/2.0, 24 mm, 1/4", 1.12 μm, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB charger, USB Type-C cable, 3.5 mm jack to USB Type-C adapter, 3.5 mm stereo headset, Cinema Pro, Movie Creator, 3D Creator, 24 Months Warranty, SAR values: Body - 0.95 W/kg, Head - 1.03 W/kg, waterproof
Weight
164 g ( = 5.78 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 55 g ( = 1.94 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
800 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Devices overview

RatingDateModelWeightDriveSizeResolutionBest Price
83%11/2019Sony Xperia 5
855, Adreno 640
164 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.1"2520x1080
87%11/2019OnePlus 7T Pro
855+, Adreno 640
206 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.67"3120x1440
85%07/2019LG G8s ThinQ
855, Adreno 640
181 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.2"2248x1080
86%05/2019Huawei P30
Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10
165 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.1"2340x1080
87%03/2019Samsung Galaxy S10
9820, Mali-G76 MP12
157 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.1"3040x1440

Case - A mixture of glass and metal with good ergonomics

Sony manufactures the Xperia 5 with a metal frame, while it covers the front and back of the device with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The Xperia 5 offers IP68 protection against dust and water too, although our review unit warns us that the USB Type-C port must be completely dry before we can use it again.

While the Xperia 5 is comparatively tall, its rounded edges make it comfortable to hold with one hand. Our review unit is also well-built and drew no cause for criticism. Likewise, the three hardware buttons all sit firmly in their housings and do not wobble or rattle.

Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5
Sony Xperia 5

Size Comparison

162.6 mm / 6.4 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 206 g0.4542 lbs158 mm / 6.22 inch 68 mm / 2.68 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 164 g0.3616 lbs155.3 mm / 6.11 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 7.99 mm / 0.3146 inch 181 g0.399 lbs149.9 mm / 5.9 inch 70.4 mm / 2.77 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs149.1 mm / 5.87 inch 71.36 mm / 2.81 inch 7.57 mm / 0.298 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs

Connectivity - DRM Widevine L1, dual-SIM and UFS flash storage

As we mentioned earlier, Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 with a Snapdragon 855 SoC that integrates an Adreno 640 GPU, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage. The device has a microSD card reader on board too, although its card slot can also hold a second nano-SIM. Hence, you must compromise between dual-SIM functionality and microSD card expansion; you cannot have both. The Xperia 5 supports LTE, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) on both SIMs simultaneously, though.

The Xperia 5 has a USB 3.1 Type-C port on board too, which supports not only charging and fast data transfer but also video output to an external monitor. Sony has certified the Xperia 5 for DRM Widevine L1, so the device can stream DRM-protected content in HD from services like Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Right-hand side: camera button, power button, fingerprint sensor, volume rocker
Right-hand side: camera button, power button, fingerprint sensor, volume rocker
Underside: speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone
Underside: speaker, USB Type-C port, microphone

Software - Android 9.0 Pie and additional movie software

The Xperia 5 ships with Android 9.0 Pie, while our review unit had October 1, 2019 security patches installed during our tests. The handset offers an almost stock Android experience, so it should take hardly any time getting used to it, whether you are an Android novice or a seasoned pro.

Sony preinstalls a few additional apps like Netflix and PlayStation among others, which cannot be removed. There are also apps like 3D Creator, Cinema Pro and Movie Creator for taking advantage of the Xperia 5's cameras.

Default home screen
Default home screen
Default home screen
Default home screen
App drawer
App drawer
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Quick Settings
Quick Settings customisation
Quick Settings customisation
Storage information
Storage information
Device information
Device information

Communication & GPS - An abundance of LTE bands, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC

The Xperia 5 supports numerous GSM, 3G and LTE bands, while utilising LTE Cat. 19 for theoretically up to 1,700 Mb/s downloads. However, this only applies to using the device in single-SIM mode. Switching to dual-SIM mode forces the device into LTE Cat. 18 where it can only up to 1,200 Mb/s. The Xperia 5 utilises LTE Cat. 13 for uploads regardless of the mode in which it is operating, though. Cat. 13 corresponds with up to 150 Mb/s transfer speeds, for reference.

The Xperia 5 has an NFC chip on board too, and it supports Bluetooth 5.0 along with up to IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Our review unit averaged 255 Mb/s when downloading data and 403 Mb/s when uploading data, a far cry from the transmission speeds of some of our comparison devices. The OnePlus 7T Pro vies with the Xperia 5 for last place in our comparison tables.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S10
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
639 (min: 612, max: 683) MBit/s ∼100% +151%
LG G8s ThinQ
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
578 (min: 474, max: 617) MBit/s ∼90% +127%
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
544 (min: 38, max: 618) MBit/s ∼85% +113%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Adreno 640, 855+, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
471 (min: 347, max: 505) MBit/s ∼74% +85%
Sony Xperia 5
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
255 (min: 100, max: 291) MBit/s ∼40%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=463)
230 MBit/s ∼36% -10%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei P30
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
680 (min: 646, max: 700) MBit/s ∼100% +69%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Mali-G76 MP12, 9820, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
579 (min: 558, max: 592) MBit/s ∼85% +44%
LG G8s ThinQ
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
502 (min: 465, max: 517) MBit/s ∼74% +25%
Sony Xperia 5
Adreno 640, 855, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
403 (min: 342, max: 446) MBit/s ∼59%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Adreno 640, 855+, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
352 (min: 311, max: 375) MBit/s ∼52% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=463)
218 MBit/s ∼32% -46%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø255 (100-291)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø403 (342-446)
GPS Test: Inside
GPS Test: Inside
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Outdoors

The Xperia 5 uses GPS and GLONASS for location services, with which it can achieve a satellite fix to four metres. This only occurred when we tested our review unit outside, as it could not locate us when we brought it indoors.

The device recorded our cycle route accurately too, as demonstrated by our screenshots below. Our review unit had no issues with tracking us on straight stretches or through curved sections, so the Xperia 5 should be accurate enough for all general navigation tasks.

GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Overview
GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Overview
GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Bridge
GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Bridge
GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Loop
GPS test: Sony Xperia 5 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Loop
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 - Loop

Telephone Functions & Call Quality - Intelligible even in busy environments

Sony preinstalls the stock Android phone app as the default on the Xperia 5. The app performs just as well as it has on other devices that we have tested and provides direct access to favourites, a numeric keypad and stored contacts.

The Xperia 5 has good call quality too. The earpiece in our review unit gets loud enough to make calls even in busy environments without voices getting drowned out by background noise. Likewise, the built-in microphone picks out our voice well too.

Cameras - 2x zoom, great colours but distortion issues

Taking a selfie with the Xperia 5
Taking a selfie with the Xperia 5

The Xperia 5 offers three 12 MP rear-facing cameras of various focal lengths and fields of view. The primary sensor has a 26 mm focal length, an f/1.6 aperture and a pixel size of 1.4 μm, making it the best candidate for general photos and night-shots. There is also a telephoto lens that offers 2x optical zoom with an f/2.4 aperture, a 52 mm field of view and a 1.0 μm pixel size. Rounding off the ensemble is an ultra-wide-angle sensor that offers a 16 mm focal length, along with an f/2.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0 μm like the telephoto lens does. There is an 8 MP front-facing camera too.

The latter produces detailed-looking selfies with warm colours. The sensor preserves details and fine structures well, but our test shots all suffer from a subtle fish-eye effect that distorts objects slightly. This is not the last sensor in the Xperia 5 to suffer from this issue, either. The default camera app contains a special selfie mode too that contains beautification effects including but not exclusive to larger eyes, a narrower chin and skin tone tweaks. Sony reserves a professional or manual mode for the rear-facing sensors, though.

The Xperia 5 takes decent shots with its primary rear-facing camera too. Sadly, all three rear-facing sensors suffer from the same fish-eye effect as the front-facing camera does, as our test shots below demonstrate. Even the telephoto lens does, while the issue becomes more pronounced the closer we get to a subject.

Our review unit captures plenty of details even in cloudy conditions, but the edges of objects look blurry at higher zoom levels. The telephoto lens also reproduces colours vividly, but it too has issues at high zoom levels.

The device does an acceptable job in low-light conditions too and can reproduce objects reasonably well. Colours look a bit pale though, while some areas look completely black as our test shot below demonstrates. The professional mode can help here, as it contains settings for adjusting focus, the shutter speed, white balance and the ISO. Sony has incorporated effects like a slow-motion mode and Google Lens within its default camera app too.

The primary rear-facing camera reproduces colours accurately in videos. The Xperia 5 can shoot in up to 4K at 60 FPS, although we would recommend using the preinstalled Cinema Pro app instead of the default camera app if you are shooting 21:9 videos. The former contains more settings and allows you to save recordings to various projects. You can use the Movie Creator app to combine these recordings or automatically make a highlight reel from existing videos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

We also subjected the primary rear-facing camera to additional tests under controlled lighting conditions, the results of which you can view below.

While our review unit generally reproduces colours accurately, it has particular trouble with capturing dark blue tones. Likewise, it underexposes green, yellow and brown tones, but simultaneously overexposes light shades of blue.

The Xperia 5 did not have many issues with reproducing our test chart, though. As the photo below demonstrates, the primary rear-facing camera can capture fine structures and symbols well. The top corners of the image have a slight pallor to them, but few modern smartphone cameras reproduce contrast evenly in this test, so the Xperia 5 is in good company here.

ColorChecker Photo
27.1 ∆E
40 ∆E
32 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
27.5 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
23.6 ∆E
32.9 ∆E
24 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
33.5 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
30.8 ∆E
23 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Sony Xperia 5: 32.16 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 45.13 ∆E
ColorChecker Photo
5.3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
10 ∆E
ColorChecker Sony Xperia 5: 5.71 ∆E min: 2.14 - max: 9.99 ∆E
A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart
A photo of our test chart at 1 lux

Accessories & Warranty - 24 months' warranty and headphones in the box

The Xperia 5 comes with the standard set of accessories and a 3.5 mm to USB Type-C adapter for connecting conventional headphones. Sony sells cases and other general accessories on its websites.

Sony affords the Xperia 5 24 months' warranty. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices & Operation - An accurate touchscreen and fast fingerprint sensor

Sony preinstalls Google Gboard as the default keyboard, which works just as well as it does on any other device that we have tested. The device has a 10-point multitouch touchscreen that responds quickly and precisely to inputs. The Gorilla Glass protecting it also has a smooth finish to it that makes drag-and-drop movements and multi-finger gestures a cinch. We had no issues with the accelerometer or any other sensors during our tests, either.

The Xperia 5 has a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication, although you must set a password, pattern or PIN too. Sony has placed the sensor on the frame of the device, making it easy to access with your thumb if you are right-handed. Conversely, most left-handed people will probably use their index finger to unlock the device. The sensor in our review unit authenticated our registered fingers reliably and quickly during our tests.

Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in portrait mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode
Using the default keyboard in landscape mode

Display - A bright OLED panel with a 21:9 aspect ratio

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Xperia 5 has a 6.1-inch OLED panel, which as we mentioned earlier, has a 21:9 aspect ratio. The panel also operates natively at 2520x1080 and achieved an average peak brightness of 599 cd/m² according to X-Rite i1Pro 2. This value puts the Xperia 5 in the middle of our comparison table, but it ties for first with the Samsung Galaxy S10 on the evenness of its brightness distribution at 98%.

According to our measurements, the display constantly flickers at about 227 Hz. This effect is typical of OLED panels and can cause health problems for those with sensitive eyes.

602
cd/m²
594
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
602
cd/m²
603
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
600
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 603 cd/m² Average: 599 cd/m² Minimum: 1.52 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 592 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.35 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
100% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.056
Sony Xperia 5
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.1
OnePlus 7T Pro
AMOLED, 3120x1440, 6.67
LG G8s ThinQ
P-OLED, 2248x1080, 6.2
Huawei P30
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.1
Samsung Galaxy S10
OLED, 3040x1440, 6.1
Screen
18%
9%
31%
15%
Brightness middle
592
606
2%
539
-9%
561
-5%
701
18%
Brightness
599
611
2%
556
-7%
560
-7%
705
18%
Brightness Distribution
98
95
-3%
88
-10%
95
-3%
98
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.35
3.46
20%
3.78
13%
1.5
66%
3.7
15%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.73
5.64
27%
6.95
10%
2.5
68%
10.3
-33%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.2
2
62%
2.2
58%
1.8
65%
1.4
73%
Gamma
2.056 107%
2.258 97%
2.274 97%
2.2 100%
2.1 105%
CCT
7723 84%
6779 96%
6013 108%
6512 100%
6553 99%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 227.3 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 227.3 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 227.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display also has a 0 cd/m² black value and an infinite contrast ratio, at least theoretically anyway. This is true of all OLED panels, though. Regardless, the display demarcates colours well, while blacks look full and deep.

However, CalMAN analysis shows that the display suffers from a blue tint. Sony includes an option to customise the display's colour temperature within the main settings menu, though. Hence, you may be able to mitigate against this blue tint somewhat.

CalMAN: Colour accuracy
CalMAN: Colour accuracy
CalMAN: Colour space
CalMAN: Colour space
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Colour saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 5 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

The Xperia 5 remains easy to use outdoors thanks to its bright and contrast-rich display. Its protective glass layer is also less reflective than most smartphones that we have tested and does not hamper readability much.

Using the Sony Xperia 5 outdoors
Using the Sony Xperia 5 outdoors
Using the Sony Xperia 5 outdoors
Using the Sony Xperia 5 outdoors

Likewise, the Xperia 5 has excellent viewing angles. We noticed a slight green tint appearing at acute viewing angles, but this is often the case with OLED panels. This should not impact readability in our opinion, so you should be able to read the Xperia 5 from practically any angle.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Everyday experiences reinforce synthetic benchmark dominance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and 6 GB of RAM provide enough power to handle all everyday applications and tasks with ease. The onboard Adreno 640 GPU can also handle modern games at higher graphics settings, which we shall cover in the Games section of this review. Likewise, the 128 of GB UFS 2.1 flash storage is fast and should offer enough space for most people to install their favourite apps, along with any data or photos.

The Xperia 5 performed well in synthetic benchmarks, often finishing top of our comparison tables. Its greatest competitor proved to be the OnePlus 7T Pro, which often had the edge in memory-heavy benchmarks. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 7T Pro runs the Snapdragon 855+ rather than the regular Snapdragon 855.

Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7660 Points ∼76%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
7442 Points ∼73% -3%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5864 Points ∼58% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
10128 Points ∼100% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (7372 - 8024, n=11)
7603 Points ∼75% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (663 - 21070, n=328)
4681 Points ∼46% -39%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
11253 Points ∼100%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
10274 Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
9547 Points ∼85% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
10162 Points ∼90% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (10187 - 11388, n=13)
10960 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (883 - 11598, n=387)
4727 Points ∼42% -58%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3528 Points ∼78%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3406 Points ∼76% -3%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3207 Points ∼71% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
4499 Points ∼100% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (3406 - 3537, n=13)
3486 Points ∼77% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (390 - 4824, n=387)
1429 Points ∼32% -59%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9914 Points ∼95%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
10442 Points ∼100% +5%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9125 Points ∼87% -8%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
8016 Points ∼77% -19%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
7595 Points ∼73% -23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (8342 - 11440, n=17)
9650 Points ∼92% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11690, n=399)
5379 Points ∼52% -46%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
13840 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
12645 Points ∼91% -9%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
11890 Points ∼86% -14%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
9890 Points ∼71% -29%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
9750 Points ∼70% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (10330 - 14439, n=17)
12152 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 15193, n=566)
5844 Points ∼42% -58%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2747 Points ∼77%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
3564 Points ∼100% +30%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2794 Points ∼78% +2%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3080 Points ∼86% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (2104 - 3365, n=17)
3013 Points ∼85% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 15735, n=76)
2691 Points ∼76% -2%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5737 Points ∼88%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
6527 Points ∼100% +14%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4236 Points ∼65% -26%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4613 Points ∼71% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (4236 - 5884, n=17)
5596 Points ∼86% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 14536, n=76)
2807 Points ∼43% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4620 Points ∼84%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
5509 Points ∼100% +19%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3800 Points ∼69% -18%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4165 Points ∼76% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (3800 - 5012, n=17)
4688 Points ∼85% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 14786, n=76)
2550 Points ∼46% -45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3487 Points ∼74%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
4683 Points ∼100% +34%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3309 Points ∼71% -5%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2682 Points ∼57% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
2981 Points ∼64% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (1934 - 4576, n=17)
3845 Points ∼82% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5576, n=406)
2002 Points ∼43% -43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6845 Points ∼85%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
8006 Points ∼100% +17%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5184 Points ∼65% -24%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4162 Points ∼52% -39%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
5358 Points ∼67% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (5184 - 7115, n=17)
6772 Points ∼85% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 8374, n=406)
1824 Points ∼23% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5638 Points ∼82%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
6916 Points ∼100% +23%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4604 Points ∼67% -18%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3707 Points ∼54% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
4551 Points ∼66% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (3969 - 6312, n=17)
5759 Points ∼83% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 6916, n=407)
1693 Points ∼24% -70%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
2785 Points ∼60%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
4604 Points ∼100% +65%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3293 Points ∼72% +18%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
2550 Points ∼55% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (2345 - 4703, n=16)
3824 Points ∼83% +37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5133, n=435)
1910 Points ∼41% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9109 Points ∼80%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
11448 Points ∼100% +26%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6358 Points ∼56% -30%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3491 Points ∼30% -62%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (6358 - 10420, n=16)
9490 Points ∼83% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=435)
2432 Points ∼21% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6054 Points ∼70%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
8605 Points ∼100% +42%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5268 Points ∼61% -13%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3226 Points ∼37% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (5268 - 8141, n=16)
7096 Points ∼82% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10427, n=435)
2040 Points ∼24% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4349 Points ∼96%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
4519 Points ∼100% +4%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3242 Points ∼72% -25%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3496 Points ∼77% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
2854 Points ∼63% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (2705 - 4429, n=17)
3918 Points ∼87% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (486 - 4909, n=486)
1907 Points ∼42% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6328 Points ∼90%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
7044 Points ∼100% +11%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6040 Points ∼86% -5%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4200 Points ∼60% -34%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
5176 Points ∼73% -18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (5663 - 6362, n=17)
6242 Points ∼89% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 7150, n=486)
1510 Points ∼21% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5747 Points ∼92%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
6266 Points ∼100% +9%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5068 Points ∼81% -12%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4020 Points ∼64% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
4383 Points ∼70% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (4556 - 5747, n=17)
5498 Points ∼88% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 6319, n=487)
1453 Points ∼23% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3001 Points ∼67%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
4503 Points ∼100% +50%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3505 Points ∼78% +17%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3548 Points ∼79% +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (3001 - 4540, n=16)
3864 Points ∼86% +29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 4900, n=527)
1770 Points ∼39% -41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9221 Points ∼87%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
10637 Points ∼100% +15%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6122 Points ∼58% -34%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3281 Points ∼31% -64%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (6122 - 10008, n=16)
9255 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 11302, n=526)
1982 Points ∼19% -79%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
6313 Points ∼77%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
8165 Points ∼100% +29%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
5251 Points ∼64% -17%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
3337 Points ∼41% -47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (5251 - 7820, n=16)
7039 Points ∼86% +12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 8338, n=529)
1708 Points ∼21% -73%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
20636 Points ∼65%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
30561 Points ∼96% +48%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
30972 Points ∼97% +50%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
21257 Points ∼67% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
31297 Points ∼98% +52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (20636 - 45072, n=16)
31794 Points ∼100% +54%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 45072, n=687)
14357 Points ∼45% -30%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
108600 Points ∼92%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
118129 Points ∼100% +9%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
97354 Points ∼82% -10%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
44261 Points ∼37% -59%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
71292 Points ∼60% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (97354 - 110432, n=15)
105649 Points ∼89% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209204, n=685)
22559 Points ∼19% -79%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
55771 Points ∼77%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
72173 Points ∼100% +29%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
65945 Points ∼91% +18%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
35680 Points ∼49% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
55524 Points ∼77% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (55771 - 83518, n=15)
68785 Points ∼95% +23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 97276, n=685)
18200 Points ∼25% -67%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
156 fps ∼84%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
185 fps ∼100% +19%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
85 fps ∼46% -46%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
122 fps ∼66% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
143 fps ∼77% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (85 - 167, n=18)
153 fps ∼83% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=705)
38.5 fps ∼21% -75%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼94%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
60 fps ∼94% 0%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
60 fps ∼94% 0%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼92% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
60 fps ∼94% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (59 - 91, n=18)
63.8 fps ∼100% +6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 120, n=714)
28.3 fps ∼44% -53%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
90 fps ∼81%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
111 fps ∼100% +23%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
50 fps ∼45% -44%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
87 fps ∼78% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
85 fps ∼77% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (50 - 102, n=18)
92.5 fps ∼83% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 175, n=610)
22.3 fps ∼20% -75%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
59 fps ∼98%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
57 fps ∼95% -3%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
51 fps ∼85% -14%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
59 fps ∼98% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
53 fps ∼88% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (51 - 85, n=18)
60.3 fps ∼100% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=619)
19.6 fps ∼33% -67%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
63 fps ∼80%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
79 fps ∼100% +25%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
35 fps ∼44% -44%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
50 fps ∼63% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
53 fps ∼67% -16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (35 - 71, n=18)
62.1 fps ∼79% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=475)
18.2 fps ∼23% -71%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
52 fps ∼96%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
40 fps ∼74% -23%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
36 fps ∼67% -31%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
54 fps ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
30 fps ∼56% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (36 - 58, n=18)
48.3 fps ∼89% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=477)
17 fps ∼31% -67%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
23 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
17 fps ∼74% -26%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
14 fps ∼61% -39%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
20 fps ∼87% -13%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
16 fps ∼70% -30%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (14 - 26, n=17)
21.7 fps ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=198)
10.2 fps ∼44% -56%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
17 fps ∼89%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
19 fps ∼100% +12%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8.5 fps ∼45% -50%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
14 fps ∼74% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
17 fps ∼89% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (8.5 - 24, n=18)
16.5 fps ∼87% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 33, n=197)
7.08 fps ∼37% -58%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
35 fps ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
26 fps ∼74% -26%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼63% -37%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼89% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
25 fps ∼71% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (22 - 38, n=17)
33.8 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=202)
15 fps ∼43% -57%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
42 fps ∼89%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
47 fps ∼100% +12%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼47% -48%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
31 fps ∼66% -26%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
44 fps ∼94% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (22 - 43, n=18)
40.3 fps ∼86% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 87, n=202)
16.8 fps ∼36% -60%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
39 fps ∼81%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
48 fps ∼100% +23%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
22 fps ∼46% -44%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
30 fps ∼63% -23%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
35 fps ∼73% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (22 - 42, n=18)
39.4 fps ∼82% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 73, n=400)
12.4 fps ∼26% -68%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
32 fps ∼99%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
24 fps ∼74% -25%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
21 fps ∼65% -34%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
27 fps ∼84% -16%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
23 fps ∼71% -28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (21 - 41, n=18)
32.3 fps ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=404)
11.1 fps ∼34% -65%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
363948 Points ∼100%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
321145 Points ∼88% -12%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
290650 Points ∼80% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
328111 Points ∼90% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (217967 - 398720, n=16)
354450 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (17073 - 462516, n=296)
143005 Points ∼39% -61%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1442 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
1236 Points ∼86% -14%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
1171 Points ∼81% -19%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
1246 Points ∼86% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
1385 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (1076 - 1601, n=17)
1344 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=643)
765 Points ∼53% -47%
Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9356 Points ∼88%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
10618 Points ∼100% +13%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8414 Points ∼79% -10%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
6751 Points ∼64% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
7361 Points ∼69% -21%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (8125 - 9510, n=17)
9197 Points ∼87% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=643)
2116 Points ∼20% -77%
Memory (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
3272 Points ∼60%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
5091 Points ∼94% +56%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4324 Points ∼80% +32%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
5425 Points ∼100% +66%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
4570 Points ∼84% +40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (2661 - 7500, n=17)
5010 Points ∼92% +53%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 7500, n=643)
1558 Points ∼29% -52%
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
9005 Points ∼97%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
9294 Points ∼100% +3%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
8718 Points ∼94% -3%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
7684 Points ∼83% -15%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
7476 Points ∼80% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (5993 - 9143, n=17)
8548 Points ∼92% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=643)
3039 Points ∼33% -66%
Overall (sort by value)
Sony Xperia 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4465 Points ∼89%
OnePlus 7T Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ / 855 Plus, Adreno 640, 8192
4992 Points ∼100% +12%
LG G8s ThinQ
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Adreno 640, 6144
4389 Points ∼88% -2%
Huawei P30
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Mali-G76 MP10, 6144
4327 Points ∼87% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Exynos 9820, Mali-G76 MP12, 8192
4320 Points ∼87% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  (3847 - 5397, n=17)
4768 Points ∼96% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6097, n=643)
1526 Points ∼31% -66%

The Xperia 5 also shines in browser benchmarks, with it achieving competitive results in all the benchmarks that we ran. Our test device occupies first place in all our comparison tables save for Kraken 1.1, where our comparison devices dethrone it. The handset loads websites and media content quickly in daily use too.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Sony Xperia 5 (Chrome 74)
119.98 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro (Chrome 78)
115.44 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (90.8 - 120, n=15)
110 Points ∼92% -8%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
96.309 Points ∼80% -20%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
94.144 Points ∼78% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S10 (Samsung Browser 9.0)
84.005 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=540)
42.5 Points ∼35% -65%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Sony Xperia 5 (Chrome 74)
122 Points ∼100%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
107 Points ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (90 - 129, n=18)
106 Points ∼87% -13%
OnePlus 7T Pro (Chrome 78)
93 Points ∼76% -24%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
90 Points ∼74% -26%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 184, n=173)
67.4 Points ∼55% -45%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Sony Xperia 5 (Chrome 74)
25077 Points ∼100%
OnePlus 7T Pro (Chrome 78)
23999 Points ∼96% -4%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
23830 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (17011 - 25640, n=18)
23212 Points ∼93% -7%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
20714 Points ∼83% -17%
Samsung Galaxy S10 (Samsung Browser 9.0)
20286 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=702)
6930 Points ∼28% -72%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (571 - 59466, n=726)
10451 ms * ∼100% -394%
OnePlus 7T Pro (Chrome 78)
2133.5 ms * ∼20% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (1852 - 2611, n=17)
2133 ms * ∼20% -1%
Sony Xperia 5 (Chrome 74)
2114.1 ms * ∼20%
Huawei P30 (Chrome 73)
2094.7 ms * ∼20% +1%
LG G8s ThinQ (Chrome 75)
2036 ms * ∼19% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S10 (Samsung Browser 9.0)
1924.2 ms * ∼18% +9%

* ... smaller is better

Our review unit had around 105 GB of its 128 GB storage free upon first use, with the OS and preinstalled apps accounting for the remaining capacity. According to AndroBench, the Xperia 5 mostly matched the read and write speeds of our comparison devices that also have UFS 2.1 flash storage. Only 4 KB write speeds are a little down on what we would have expected.

The Xperia 5 does not allow for storing apps on a microSD card, and no wonder as its reader is abysmally slow. Our review unit only averaged around 26 MB/s in AndroBench with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card, putting it way behind our comparison devices.

Sony Xperia 5OnePlus 7T ProLG G8s ThinQHuawei P30Samsung Galaxy S10Average 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
56%
40%
191%
56%
97%
9%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
25.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
46.7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83%
71.33 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
180%
64.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
154%
59.2 (25.5 - 72.4, n=21)
132%
49.5 (1.7 - 87.1, n=438)
94%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
28.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
67.53 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
139%
82.82 (Huawei NanoSD 128 GB)
194%
77.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
176%
74 (28.2 - 88.2, n=21)
162%
67.8 (8.1 - 96.5, n=438)
140%
Random Write 4KB
22.49
26
16%
29.6
32%
195.3
768%
24.44
9%
87.9 (18.2 - 250, n=43)
291%
23.1 (0.14 - 259, n=762)
3%
Random Read 4KB
143.34
169
18%
138
-4%
138.79
-3%
137.4
-4%
140 (98.9 - 161, n=43)
-2%
48.5 (1.59 - 226, n=762)
-66%
Sequential Write 256KB
211.59
405
91%
182.4
-14%
186.03
-12%
193.24
-9%
212 (182 - 503, n=43)
0%
99.5 (2.99 - 590, n=762)
-53%
Sequential Read 256KB
752.59
1489
98%
791.1
5%
908.94
21%
831.94
11%
747 (427 - 912, n=43)
-1%
280 (12.1 - 1781, n=762)
-63%

Games - 21:9 makes for a great gaming experience

The Adreno 640 is a gaming powerhouse though, while we found the Xperia 5's 21:9 aspect ratio engrossing when gaming. Its smooth touchscreen prevents fingertips from feeling fatigued during prolonged gaming sessions too. Likewise, we had no issues with any sensors during our gaming tests either.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades
The Elder Scrolls: Blades
Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor

Emissions - Useful speakers but high surface temperatures

Temperature

Our measurements certify that surface temperatures on the Xperia 5 reach 29.2 °C at idle, although most areas remain at around 27 °C. The device heats up dramatically under sustained load though, with it reaching a maximum of 46.1 °C in one area. In short, the Xperia 5 feels rather hot during some tasks like gaming. However, we noticed no restrictions or thermal throttling in daily use.

Max. Load
 41.9 °C
107 F
39.8 °C
104 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 41.9 °C
107 F
39.8 °C
104 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 41.8 °C
107 F
40.3 °C
105 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 41.9 °C = 107 F
Average: 39.6 °C = 103 F
33.9 °C
93 F
37.7 °C
100 F
40.4 °C
105 F
34.5 °C
94 F
37.9 °C
100 F
46.1 °C
115 F
34.6 °C
94 F
37.7 °C
100 F
42.8 °C
109 F
Maximum: 46.1 °C = 115 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.9 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.6 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.9 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.1 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 with stereo speakers that get reasonably loud and are dominated by midrange frequencies. Hence, you can often dispense with headphones and use the speakers instead, as they are good enough for occasionally watching videos or listening to music.

While the Xperia 5 lacks a headphone jack, Sony includes a 3.5 mm to USB Type-C adapter in the box, along with a set of headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.2402537.535.63130.528.8403332.35037.639.76328.628.68023.924.610022.824.512521.926.416020.331.9200203725019.144.83151747.940016.55350016.858.963016.266.680015.571.2100014.870.9125014.171.7160015.568.9200015.570.8250014.569.7315013.867.4400013.765.2500013.863.663001460.7800014641000014.166.81250014.262.51600014.355.4SPL64.360.964.462.127.180.2N16.313.816.914.70.945.2median 15.5median 63.6Delta1.910.441.231.237.534.130.529.33329.637.635.828.625.823.922.222.824.721.929.220.338.82045.819.153.51756.616.556.116.86016.260.515.564.614.869.114.171.415.573.915.572.514.571.213.869.713.76713.866.81465.51466.914.165.714.263.414.35365.168.168.164.360.964.462.127.181.418.721.921.916.313.816.914.70.948median 15.5median 64.61.97.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia 5OnePlus 7T Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Sony Xperia 5 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

OnePlus 7T Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Poor runtimes and a comparatively small battery

Power Consumption

The Xperia 5 has relatively economical power consumption, with our review unit drawing between 1.3 W and 9.2 W during our tests. The device is slightly less efficient than the average of Snapdragon 855-powered handsets that we have tested but surpasses the LG G8s ThinQ and OnePlus 7T Pro.

Our review unit also comes with an 18 W charger, as we mentioned earlier in this review. Since the Xperia 5 never exceeded 10 W during our tests, the 18 W charger is more than powerful enough to keep the handset charging even under sustained load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 1.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.3 / 1.6 / 2 Watt
Load midlight 4.4 / 9.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sony Xperia 5
3140 mAh
OnePlus 7T Pro
4085 mAh
LG G8s ThinQ
3550 mAh
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10
3400 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-47%
-3%
1%
15%
7%
13%
Idle Minimum *
1.3
2.1
-62%
1.2
8%
0.69
47%
0.61
53%
0.967 (0.6 - 1.96, n=17)
26%
0.882 (0.2 - 3.4, n=792)
32%
Idle Average *
1.6
3
-88%
1.6
-0%
2.41
-51%
1.27
21%
1.519 (0.85 - 2.8, n=17)
5%
1.741 (0.6 - 6.2, n=791)
-9%
Idle Maximum *
2
3.5
-75%
2
-0%
2.51
-26%
1.3
35%
1.841 (1 - 2.9, n=17)
8%
2.03 (0.74 - 6.6, n=792)
-2%
Load Average *
4.4
5.3
-20%
5
-14%
3.86
12%
6.17
-40%
4.6 (3.64 - 5.8, n=17)
-5%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=786)
7%
Load Maximum *
9.2
8.3
10%
10
-9%
6.96
24%
8.55
7%
9.1 (7.49 - 11.9, n=17)
1%
5.94 (1.2 - 14.2, n=786)
35%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Sony has equipped the Xperia 5 with a 3,140 mAh battery, a pitiful capacity for a modern flagship. Unsurprisingly, our review unit has dreadful battery life and lasted only 7:05 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test before it needed recharging. The device even falls a few minutes short of the runtime achieved by the Samsung Galaxy S10; another flagship released this year with sub-par battery life.

The Xperia 5 takes around two hours to reach full charge with its 18 W fast charger.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 05min
Sony Xperia 5
3140 mAh
OnePlus 7T Pro
4085 mAh
LG G8s ThinQ
3550 mAh
Huawei P30
3650 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S10
3400 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
425
912
115%
693
63%
715
68%
427
0%

Pros

+ comfortable ergonomics
+ good system performance
+ USB 3.1 Type-C port

Cons

- all four cameras suffer from the same fish-eye distortion
- comparatively short battery life

Verdict - A strong smartphone, but weak cameras and underwhelming battery life

The Sony Xperia 5 smartphone review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.
The Sony Xperia 5 smartphone review. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

The Sony Xperia 5 is a great smartphone for the most part. Our review unit hardly put a foot wrong, offering not only good system performance but also a bright display and better ergonomics than most modern flagships. In short, the Xperia 5 backs up its good looks with equally good performance.

Sony could be one of the big players in the smartphone market, but major shortcomings keep holding it back over and over again.

But why, oh why does Sony reserve its best camera modules for OEMs? Great colour reproduction, 2x optical zoom and acceptable image quality are all good, but a slight fish-eye effect on all sensors is not. We cannot stress this enough; all three sensors suffer from the same issue. Our review unit makes a laptop chassis look curved, for example, an issue that you may have noticed from the church tower in our panoramic test shot. Were it not for this issue then we would have been able to recommend the handset even with its short battery life and inflated launch price.

Sony Xperia 5 - 11/13/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
95%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
91%
Battery
75%
Display
86%
Games Performance
53 / 64 → 83%
Application Performance
74 / 86 → 86%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 90 → 81%
Camera
76%
Average
78%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-11-15 (Update: 2019-11-16)
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