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Sony unveils the Xperia 5, a new compact version of its flagship phone

The Sony Xperia 5. (Source: Sony)
The Sony Xperia 5. (Source: Sony)
Sony has revealed that the long-awaited compact variant of its 2019 flagship is called the Xperia 5. It shares an OLED "TV-grade" screen with the 1; however, this panel measures 0.4 inches less than its regular-sized counterpart. The 5 also has the same triple cameras and Snapdragon 855 SoC as the 1.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Sony has finally added a new device to its traditional Xperia Compact series of phones. These products often have many attractive features found in this OEM's flagships, but in smaller form-factors that may be more amenable to one-handed use. This latest example is called the Xperia 5 (and not the 2, as previously thought).

The new 5 has an OLED screen with Triluminos and X-Reality Engine technology in common with its "regular" counterpart, the Xperia 1. However, it is only 6.1 inches in diagonal length, compared to 6.5 in the original 2019 Sony flagship. Nevertheless, the Xperia 5 retains the cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio this phone may be best known for. This has enabled its maker to shave 9 millimeters (mm) off the total length of the phone compared to its template Xperia, as well as 4mm off its width.

The 5 is also equipped with the full gamut of cameras found in the 1. These include its triple rear cameras, all of the same resolution (12MP), and only differentiating in terms of function (wide, telephoto and ultrawide, respectively). This means the Xperia 5 retains unique Sony attributes such as SteadyShot image stabilization, Eye Autofocus and BIONZ X image processing for mobile.

Despite these potential advantages, the Xperia 5 does come with some compromises. The smaller screen's resolution has also been diminished, in that it is FHD+ rather than 4K as in the Xperia 1. This also cuts the 5's pixel density down to 449 ppi, compared to over 600 in the 'full-sized' flagship. The new compact version also has a 3140mAh battery, compared to 3300mAh in the Xperia 1. Both phones also have stereo speakers, but lack a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Furthermore, the Xperia 5 has been made available in 1 RAM/storage SKU only. It is 6/128GB, even though the 1 also has a 64GB internal capacity option. This may sound like a good thing on paper, but may also enable Sony to keep the new compact model's price (yet to be revealed at the time of writing) higher than some consumers may like.

The Sony Xperia 1 comes with a glass back in 4 colors: Gray, Black, Blue and Red. (Source: Sony)
The Sony Xperia 1 comes with a glass back in 4 colors: Gray, Black, Blue and Red. (Source: Sony)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-09- 5 (Update: 2019-09- 5)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.