Today in the IFA 2019, Sony announced their next 5G Android smartphone: the Sony Xperia 5. Like the Sony Xperia 1 launched earlier this year at MWC Barcelona, the Xperia 5 incorporates many of Sony’s innovative Digital Imaging technologies, this time in a sleeker, more pocket-friendly package. Like the larger Xperia 1, the Sony Xperia 5 utilizes an OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, albeit measuring 6.1″ diagonally this time around and packing a slightly lower 2520 x 1080 resolution due to the Xperia 5’s smaller dimensions.
The Xperia 5 comes equipped with a trio of cameras, each covering a unique focal length: 16mm Ultrawide Angle, 26mm with Optical Image Stabilization, and 52mm Portrait/Telephoto with Optical Image Stabilization. The same dual photodiode/stacked CMOS image sensor technology used in Sony’s Flagship Full Frame Mirrorless A9 also powers each of the Xperia 5’s three cameras. The cameras in the Xperia 5 also borrowed a lot of the advanced autofocus tech found in Sony’s Alpha Mirrorless cameras, including advanced Eye AF and the ability to shoot at up to 10 fps with continuous AF/AE tracking.
Video shooters will find lots to love with the Xperia 5 as well, including 10-bit 4:2:2 capture and s709-based color science adopted from Sony’s own Venice cinema cameras. Like the Sony RX100 Mk VII premium point-and-shoot, the Xperia 5 has Hybrid Electronic/Optical Image Stabilization built in, allowing you to capture videos with near-gimbal-stabilized quality even in low light scenarios. Sony’s Cinema Pro project-based video creation app is also included with the Xperia 5, making cinematic editing possible on a mobile phone.
See the full press release along with pricing and availability below.
Sony Announces Xperia 5 Smartphone
Xperia 5 joins Sony’s flagship series, bringing creative entertainment experiences in a sleek and compact design
- Triple camera array with critically acclaimed Eye AF technology from Sony’s Alpha™ cameras, continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) with increased calculations up to 30 fps
- 21:9 CinemaWide™ 6.1 inch Full HD+ OLED display with BT.2020 color accuracy
- Sleek and compact body with a sophisticated pocket-friendly design
- Improved Game enhancer allows you to record your gameplay as well as change your voice
September 5, 2019 –Sony continues its smartphone evolution with the introduction of Xperia 5, the latest addition to the flagship series, bringing key technologies from Xperia 1 into a compact, stylish and sleek smartphone design.
“With Xperia 5 we’ve brought what our customers loved from Xperia 1 into a smaller design with the latest award-winning technology from Sony,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia 5 continues to bring uncompromised performance and leading experiences to a smartphone, only possible with Sony.”
Triple camera system with Eye Autofocus
Xperia 5 features an advanced triple camera system with 12 MP sensors on each module, as well as Sony’s powerful BIONZ X™ image processor for mobile and Optical SteadyShot™image stabilization.With a 16mm lens for super-wide angle shots, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm portrait and tele lens (35mm equiv.), you can capture great moments in any occasion.
Additionally, the new Xperia 5 includes Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, plus continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) calculations happening at up to 30 fps, allowing it to capture moving subjects with precision focusand optimal exposure. The main 26mm camera features a bright F1.6 lens and Dual Photo Diode image sensor with extremely large 1.4μm pixel pitch, enabling it to produce beautifully sharp low-light images.
For mobile cinematography, the new Xperia 5 features Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” application. Developed in partnership with engineers from Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division, Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” allows users to create multiple video projects with different settings or looks, as well as offering more flexibility and customizability for video shooting by adjusting white balance, manual focus and audio recording levels. Individual clips can also trimmed and merged together. These powerful capabilities compliment the ability of the Xperia 5 to record video in multiple high-resolution formats including full native 4K resolution.
Xperia 5 is also compatible with Sony’s ‘Imaging Edge™ Mobile’[i]application, for easy transfer and social sharing of images and video from compatible Alpha or Cyber-shot™ camera.
Experience superb content immersion with a 21:9 CinemaWide display and Dolby Atmos sound
Xperia 5 brings the 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio to a smaller form factor, for a viewing experience that is true to creators’ intent.
The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display is powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies with X1™ for mobile engine bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies for more contrast, color and clarity.
Xperia 5 also has Creator mode inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction bringing precise color accuracy in your hands. As with Xperia 1, Xperia 5 also has 10-bit tonal gradation[ii] representing a myriad of colors and delivering deeper blacks, while colors appear more natural. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports wide color space ITU-R BT.2020 as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.
The entertainment factor is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, for an immersive entertainment experience that flows all around you with breath-taking realism when using headphones or Xperia 5’s built-in stereo speakers. While Sony’s audio technologies, Hi-Res audio for both wired and wireless[iii], DSEE HX and Stereo speakers empowers you to hear music in its purest form.
The expansive 21:9 display also takes mobile gaming to the next level by offering a deeper unrestricted field-of-view of all your gameplay, while Game Enhancer optimizes the performance and blocks unwanted notifications, as well as enables you to record gameplay and find game tips online. In addition, you can now power up your gaming with improved Game enhancer allowing you to record your game play with burst screen capture at 20fps and synthesize your voice with Game enhancer’s voice changer feature.
Advanced technology in a sleek and compact design
Xperia 5 brings the best of Xperia 1 into a smaller footprint while keeping the 21:9 CinemaWide display. The sleek metal frame is protected with the help of durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the front and back, while Xperia 5’s IP68/IP65certified water resistance[iv]guards against the elements. The device will have Android™ 9 Pie pre-installed.
Stay connected and entertained all day
Xperia 5 features ‘Smart connectivity’ to make sure you’re connected to the most optimal network. It uses Sony’s deep learning engine (Neural Network Libraries) to analyze Wi-Fi signals and predict near-future connectivity issues. Smart connectivity will automatically switch to LTE when it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection to ensure you always have optimal connectivity.
Xperia 5 has the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform with the integrated X24 LTE Modem for enhanced performance with gigabit LTE connectivity. It features 4 x 4 MIMO technology supporting all LTE bands, uniquely including low-bands, so you’re connected even in areas with weak signal coverage.
Xperia 5 also features Smart Stamina, USB PD fast charging and a 3140mAh battery to keep your device running all day.
Pricing and Availability
Xperia 5 will be available in the United States at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, and other participating retail outlets on November 2019 with a retail price of $799.99. Xperia 5 is operable on GSM networks and certified to work on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. For more information on all technology and features contained in Xperia 5 please visit https://www.sonymobile.com/us/products/phones/xperia-5.