Review: UPDATED: Sony Xperia Z5

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Update: The Sony Xperia Z5 finally launched in the US in February, with a few changes. We’ve revised our review to reflect this Android phone’s altered features.

Something feels different with the Sony Xperia Z5. After years of too-hasty handset updates from Sony with minimal enhancements (the Xperia Z3+ back in May was no exception), this finally feels like a worthwhile advance on the previous model.

The problem is, does anyone really need a new phone from Sony? The Xperia Z1 only launched in 2013, the same year as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That’s not very long ago at all – one upgrade cycle for people stuck in two year contracts, who will now be getting a phone four iterations along the line if they stay Sony-loyal.

But the Xperia Z5 feels like a different tack from Sony, and after the mess of the Xperia Z3+ it’s good to see some real change.

Sony has also followed Microsoft’s Windows 10 example and skipped a number, for the non-Japanese market at least: the Xperia Z3+ was called the Xperia Z4 in Japan, a muddle that the company has now resolved by jumping straight to Z5.