This mix of old and new and a November arrival date make the Z5 Premium a somewhat compromised alternative. Anyone who owns a smartphone that’s so good they haven’t already upgraded should consider waiting until next year when phones containing the Snapdragon 820 and other new components promise even greater performance.
Sony didn't name a price for the Z5 Premium, but said it would reflect the premium quality of the smartphone, which doesn’t sound cheap. The company used the same terms to describe what its other two newcomers – the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact -- will cost.
They share many of the same ingredients as the Z5 Premium, including processor, storage and camera resolutions.
The screen sizes and resolutions are the main differences. The Z5 has a 5.2-inch full HD screen and the Z5 Compact a 4.6-inch screen with 720 x 1280 pixels. They will become available in October around the world.
The launch of the Xperia Z5 family so close to the arrival of the similarly equipped Xperia Z4/Z3+ smartphones makes Sony seem a little desperate. But at least it’s a sign the company isn’t ready to give up on the smartphone market just yet.
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