Sony Xperia 5 Review

Score: 9.65/10

Sony Xperia 5 is a top quality device released a few years ago, provisioned with a high-tech 2.84 gigahertz Octa-Core processor, a 6.1-inches display, a 12 MP back facing camera and an 8 megapixels front facing camera. Great! That's it? Not at all, it's just the starting point of this in-depth review.

This cellphone is extremely slim and good-looking, being just 0.32" thick. The Sony Xperia 5 is only 6.22" long, but it still manages to hold a 6.1" screen. Regarding its aspect, this phone is mainly made with Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6) and Aluminum . This cellphone feels much lighter than what you would expect from a device like this. Sony made this phone in many color variations, black, blue, grey and red.

Sony equipped this phone with a high-tech 2.84 GHz Octa-Core processing unit, bundled in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SM8150 system chip and a large 6 GB RAM memory. A great point of this cellphone is its huge 128 GB internal storage memory and an external SD slot, which allows the user to store lots of apps, games, songs, photos and videos without thinking about filling the cellphone.

This cellphone is equipped with two cameras, a 12 MP back side camera and an 8 MP front camera. Its back side camera lens has a maximum F1.6 aperture so it can take awesome photos even in dark environments. It can also film 3840x2160 4K videos at 30 fps, and slow motion videos in (HD) (1280x720) up to 120 fps. In addition, the camera includes time lapse video.

Sony equipped this phone with a beautiful 6.1-inches screen, and a 1080 x 2520 resolution, providing this device with a great image quality.

This cellphone offers wifi connection (and it can be shared with other devices acting as a wireless router), 4G LTE-A ultra fast internet connection and also HSPA+ internet connection (which is a slower 4G network) and the fastest 3G connection type, over HSDPA and HSUPA technologies. This phone works with a Nano SIM card for GSM carriers.

This phone also features lots of interesting features as Fingerprint Reader, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth (5.0 ) and GPS (Global Positioning System), and lots of sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer and Compass.

This device counts with a large 3140 mAh Li - Polymer non-replaceable battery, which is quite low for a highly demanding phone like this. A big issue to evaluate is that this cellphone's battery is non-removable so you can't throw it away and buy a new one when it begins to lose capacity, having to replace the whole cellphone or hopefully take the phone to someone who can dismantle it and change its battery.

The Sony Xperia 5 is the right choice no matter if you are an amateur photographer, want this phone for work, need a phone for playing games or need a phone to majorly use social networks.


Device Type:Phone
Dimensions:6.22 x 2.68 x 0.32 inchesMetric15.8 x 6.81 x 0.81 cmImperial
Weight:5.78 ouncesMetric163.86 gImperial
Colors:Black, Blue, Grey and Red
Materials:Aluminum and Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6)
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Release date:2019-10-02


Screen Type:OLED
Size:6.1 inchesMetric15.5 cmImperial
Resolution:2520 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density:449 pixels per inchMetric176.77 pixels per cmImperial
Touch screen:No


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SM8150
Processor:Kryo 485, 64-bit, 7 nm (Octa-Core 2840 MHz)
RAM Memory:6 GB
Graphics Processor:Adreno 640
Internal Memory:128 GB
SD Card Slot:microSDXC (up to 512 GB)


Battery type:Li - Polymer
Capacity:3140 mAh


Back camera:12 megapixels
    Focal length:26mm (35mm equivalence)
    Sensor size:0.38 inches (1/2.6")
Front camera:8 megapixels
Max video resolution:3840 x 2160 (30 fps) (4K)
Max slow motion video:1280 x 720 (120 fps) (HD)
Camera features:Slow Motion Video (4 times slower) and Time Lapse Video


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Nano SIM
LTE (4G) Bands:1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(AWS-1), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700 a), 13(700 c), 17(700 b), 19(800 Upper), 20(800 DD), 25(1900+), 26(850+), 28(700 APT), 29(700 d), 32(1500 L-band), 66(AWS-3), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900+), 40(2300), 41(2600+), 46
UMTS Bands:Bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900)
Technologies:LTE-A (4G), LTE (4G), HSPA+ (4G), HSDPA and HSUPA

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 5.0
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Fingerprint ID:Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor