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Xperia 5 joins Sony’s flagship series, bringing creative entertainment experiences in a sleek and compact design

Press release   •   Sep 05, 2019 12:15 BST

  • Sleek and compact body with a sophisticated pocket friendly design
  • Triple lens camera with critically acclaimed Eye AF technology from Sony’s Alpha™ cameras, continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure) with increased calculations up to 30 fps
  • 21:9 CinemaWide™ 6.1 inch Full HD+ OLED display and Dolby Atmos® sound with superb colour accuracy and content immersion
  • Improved Game enhancer allows you to record your gameplay as well as change your voice

Berlin, IFA, 5th September 2019 Sony continues its smartphone evolution with the introduction of Xperia 5, the latest addition to the flagship series, bringing key technologies from Xperia 1 into a compact, stylish and sleek smartphone design.

“With Xperia 5 we’ve brought what our customers loved from Xperia 1 into a smaller design with the latest award-winning technology from Sony,” said Mitsuya Kishida, President, Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia 5 continues to bring uncompromised performance and leading experiences to a smartphone, only possible with Sony.”

Advanced technology in a sleek and compact design

Xperia 5 brings the best of Xperia 1 into a smaller footprint while keeping the 21:9 CinemaWide display. The sleek metal frame is protected with the help of durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6 on the front and back, while Xperia 5’s IP65/IP68certified water resistance[i] guards against the elements.

The 21:9 CinemaWide display offers more useable screen area and is ideal for running two apps simultaneously. You can trigger a split screen swiftly and easily with Side sense, the 21:9 multi-window launcher application, or via voice command.

Three cameras, three lenses, endless possibilities

Xperia 5 features BIONZ X™ for mobile and an advanced triple lens camera with 12MP sensors and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation. With a 16mm lens for super-wide angle shots, a versatile 26mm lens and a 52mm portrait and tele lens (35mm equiv.), you are ready for any occasion.

[ii] in a smartphone, and for Xperia 5 we’re taking this technology one step further with improved camera enhancements from Sony’s Alpha cameras. With Xperia 5 you’re able to track the action with continuous burst shooting at up to 10 fps AF/AE tracking (Auto Focus and Auto Exposure). Xperia 5 also has increased AF/AE calculations at up to 30fps allowing you to capture moving subjects with precision focus.

Capture stunning low light images with the bright F1.6 lens, large 1.4μm pixel pitch and Dual Photo Diode image sensor. Combined with RAW noise reduction technology, Xperia 5 produces beautifully sharp low-light images.

First introduced with Xperia 1, Xperia 5 continues to take mobile cinematography to the next level through the support of engineers from Sony’s professional digital cinema camera division. Cinema Pro “powered by CineAlta” has been further improved, allowing you to create multiple projects with different settings as well as offering more flexibility in adjusting white balance, manual focus, and audio recording levels for filming exactly as intended. To complete the experience, you can now trim individual clips and merge them together for professional cinematic capture on the go.

New for Xperia 5, ‘Photography advice’ helps prevent photographic challenges, such as your finger in front of the camera lens or someone with their eyes closed, ensuring you always capture the perfect photo.

Xperia 5 is also compatible with Sony’s ‘Imaging Edge™ Mobile’[iii] application, allowing you to transfer images from your compatible Alpha or Cyber-shot™ camera so you can check the quality and easily share content directly from your Xperia 5 to social media platforms.

Experience superb content immersion with a 21:9 CinemaWide display and Dolby Atmos sound

Xperia 5 brings the 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio to a smaller form factor, for a viewing experience that’s true to creators’ intent.

The 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display is powered by Sony’s award-winning BRAVIA® TV technologies with X1™ for mobile engine bringing HDR (High Dynamic Range) remastering technologies for more contrast, colour and clarity.

Xperia 5 also has Creator mode “powered by CineAlta”, inspired by Master Monitor colour reproduction bringing precise colour accuracy on the go. [iv] representing a myriad of colours and delivering deeper blacks, while colours appear more natural. The display, together with originally developed image processing, supports wide colour space ITU-R BT.2020 as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.

The entertainment factor is further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, for an immersive entertainment experience that flows all around you with breath-taking realism when using headphones or Xperia 5’s built-in stereo speakers. While Sony’s audio technologies, Hi-Res audio for both wired and wireless[v], DSEE HX and Stereo speakers empowers you to hear music in its purest form.

Rounding off the entertainment experience, you can now power up your gaming with improved Game enhancer allowing you to record your game play with burst screen capture at 20fps and synthesise your voice with Game enhancer’s voice changer feature.

Stay connected and entertained all day

Xperia 5 features the new ‘Smart connectivity’ to make sure you’re connected to the most optimal network. It uses Sony’s deep learning engine (Neural Network Libraries) to analyse Wi-Fi signals and predict near-future connectivity issues. Smart connectivity will automatically switch to LTE when it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection to ensure you always have optimal connectivity.

Xperia 5 has the latest flagship Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform with the integrated X24 LTE Modem for enhanced performance with gigabit LTE connectivity. It features 4 x 4 MIMO technology supporting all LTE bands, uniquely including low-bands, so you’re connected even in areas with weak signal coverage.

Xperia 5 also features Smart Stamina, USB PD fast charging and a 3140mAh battery to keep you entertained all day.

Match your Xperia 5 to your style with three sophisticated colours: Blue, Black and Grey, creating an elegant sense of depth and colour. Colour matching cases are also available for Xperia 5, Style Cover View which lets you see notifications and content even when the cover is closed, Style Cover Back helping to protect your phone from accidental damageand new Style Cover Leather.


Xperia 5 ships with Android™ 9 Pie and is available in the UK from Friday, 4th October 2019[vi]. Xperia 5 is available to pre-order from Wednesday, 18th September, with selected retailers giving customers the opportunity to [vii] WF-1000XM3 truly wireless Noise Cancelling headphonesto pair with their new handset.


Full specifications for Xperia 5 can be found here:


Pre-order the brand new Xperia 5 from EE (from Wednesday, 18th September) and Carphone Warehouse (from Thursday, 19th September) to redeem a pair of WF-1000XM3 headphones with the handset.


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[i] Xperia 5 is water resistant and protected against dust, so don’t worry if you get caught in the rain or want to wash off dirt under a tap, but remember all ports and attached covers should be firmly closed. You should not put the device completely underwater; or expose it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The device has been tested under Ingress Protection rating IP65/68. For more info, see Note Xperia 5 has a capless USB port to connect and charge. The USB port needs to be completely dry before charging.

[ii] Xperia 1’s camera features Eye AF (autofocus) capable of identifying and keeping a human eye in focus. Verified by Strategy Analytics' SpecTRAXService against the published camera specifications for over 14,000 smartphones. Correct as of the 16th May 2019 .

[iii] A successor application of PlayMemories Mobile. Existing PlayMemories Mobile users can use this by updating PlayMemories Mobile

[iv] 8 bit display with 2 bit software smoothing

[v] At the maximum transfer rate of 990 kbps

[vi] Timing and availability will vary by market

[vii] According to research by Sony Corporation, measured using JEITA-compliant guidelines in the Truly Wireless style noise-cancelling headphones market. Correct as of June 1, 2019

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