Sony XPERIA 5  

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This is the latest offering from Sony. Like most Sony offerings it is high specification, the 21:9 screen ratio may not suit all and like a lot of recent offerings there is no 3.5mm socket for headphones. Read on for more details of this latest offering to pass my desk courtesy of Vodafone.

Sony Xperia 5 Triple Camera System Android Smartphone
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The Sony XPERIA 5  measures 15.5x6.7x.8 and it weighs 165 grams. The viewable screen is 14.3x6.1cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 6.1inches.

Start Up is a sparkling 10 seconds while shutdown is 2 seconds.

21:9 for the screen ratio means that watching movies look better than with a lot of other current offerings. The screen is full HD and more at 1080x2520.

My unit was black but I am told other colours are available, both the front and back are glass. It should survive in most weather conditions as it has an IP68 rating for water.

Going around the outside has volume rocker button, finger print reader and on/off button below this a fast camera button. The base has USB ‘C’ socket and speaker. The left side has SIM entry point and the top has microphone. The back has a column of three cameras 1cm in from the left and 1cm down from the top they are slightly proud of the cameras back.

Side sense means a lot of actions that normally require both hands can be done with one, there is a tutorial built in.

My unit came with Android 9 but I am told the upgrade to Android 10 is not far away. It has a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. I am told a micro SD card up to 512GB is also supported.

The battery is a 3140mAh offering. I am told it is capable of fast charging, using my standard USB plug front and trickle charge a full charge from empty took 159 minutes.

The rear cameras are 12MP with the front selfie offering 8MP. It can capture 4K video at 30FPS and full HD at 60FPS. It also has slow motion support in HD at 120FPS.

I found the camera interface easy to use and while I do not claim to have mastered many of the effects at least I followed what options it was giving me. The camera gives 130 degree field of view but of course there is also a wide angle choice, the simple choices from the camera home screen are 1X, 2X and wide and you immediately see what they give you.

I was happy with both images and videos I took; the slow motion offering could be great but needs thought in its use.

If you watch a lot of videos this could be the phone for you.

As I mentioned this was sent to me by Vodafone who have it on various unlimited plans from as little at £9 upfront and £56 a month with other goodies chucked it so check their link for these extra offerings. They seem to offer FIFA 20 and a PS4 (value £249) as a starter.

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