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It’s not entirely uncommon nowadays for OEMs to offer a couple of flagship handsets to cater to the needs of different users, and Sony has kept with this mantra for a few years now, offering a smaller counterpart in its Z series Compact models, accompanying the taller Z series handsets. Now, Sony is catering to those who want a larger handset, with its main selling point being that it’s the first smartphone with a 4K Ultra HD display.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium wouldn’t be “premium” if it was affordable for most, so while it’s the priciest of the Z5 range, is it worth the extra dough?
Flagship handsets may have remained at the 5-inch+ display mark this past year but it doesn’t mean those out there who still prefer a smaller form factor have to make the switch just yet. Sony believes this too, which is the reason why their third generation pocket-friendly Xperia Z5 Compact has retained a 4.6-inch display from the Z3 Compact before it, but has seen a range of improvements under the hood to put it in the company of much larger flagship competitors.
The deciding factor is whether you’d be keen on forking out the coin for a fairly unassuming device, or opt for something more premium in appearance that mightn’t necessarily be as easy to wield.
If there’s one thing that’s caught on over the past few years amongst the younger generation, it’s selfies, and that’s exactly the segment Sony have their sights set on with their latest mid-ranger, the Xperia C5 Ultra.
Packing a rather discreet 13MP camera on its rear and a gargantuan 22mm wide-angle 13MP sensor up front — with an almost equally large flash LED — it’s clear this handset wants to leave an strong impression. So then, does it?
The last year or so has marked a major shift in the tablet market. Sony’s last tablet with a large 10.1-inch display — the Xperia Z2 Tablet — was released at a time when there were a number of other tablets offering that kind of screen real estate. These days, phablets are encroaching upon the small tablet market which should in turn mean interest in 10.1-inch displays should be on the rise. Instead we’re seeing Sony’s competitors moving to 4:3 aspect ratios for their flagships, akin to the trend first popularised with that fruit company’s tablet. Display sizes have shrunk to the 8.9-9.7” range, which leaves Sony almost entirely in a league of its own with their flagship Xperia Z4 ...