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Xperia 5 Becomes Sony’s Return to Compact Smartphones

The Xperia 5 is Sony’s comeback in creating compact smartphones. Earlier this week, Sony teased that the new smartphone would be small enough to fit “in the palm of your hand,” and as expected it’s a relatively small device with a form-factor that’s tinier than many present flagships. Sony’s senior executive vice president Shigeki Ishizuka boasted that the new smartphone packs Sony’s advanced technologies into a “relatively compact” body.

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However, there are a few upgrades in the device compared to Sony’s old compact smartphones like the XZ2 Compact. It has got a 6.1-inch 2,560 x 1,080 resolution OLED screen that supports HDR with the ability to elevate the standard dynamic range content. Sony also says that the smartphone supports Dolby Atmos. Interestingly, it has a 21:9 aspect ratio like the Xperia 1 that released earlier this year, which suggests that while it might be compact at just 68-mm wide, it’s still going to be relatively tall. The smartphone comes in four colors, and it’s also compatible with Sony’s DualShock 4 controller.

The Xperia 5’s triple-lens rear camera design consists of a main 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.6 aperture 12mm lens, and there’s also a 52mm f/2.4 telescopic lens and a 16mm f/2.4 wide-angle lens. On the software side, the smartphone manufacturer says the smartphone is equipped with the same eye auto-focus technology as its Alpha cameras.

Internally, the Xperia 5 is built around a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, but Sony is yet to announce how much internal storage or RAM the smartphone has.

According to 9to5Google reports, the Xperia 5 will be available to pre-order in Europe starting next week and is expected to be available starting in October.

James J

James has been writing about tech since 2009 after spending 25 years in a computer research lab studying and improving the future of computers. He watches Netflix sci-fi with his pet, enjoying spicy snacks.
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