Sony Xperia Z5 Premium debuts as world’s first 4K smartphone

The Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact were long rumored to make an appearance at IFA 2015, but last week a new wrinkle turned up in that rumor: in addition to those two, we heard we might also get an Xperia Z5 Premium, a phone that would push boundaries with the first 4K-class screen on a smartphone. Was talk of such ridiculously high display resolution utter madness? Madness or not, it’s very much happening, and today at IFA Sony has formally announced the Xperia Z5 Premium with a 4K UHD display.

The Z5 Premium’s screen is a 5.5-inch panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, giving the display a pixel density of 806ppi. And despite oft-cited fears that higher-res screens mean abysmal battery life, Sony says that users should expect the Z5 Premium to get two days of runtime on the phone’s 3430mAh battery.

Like the other new Xperia Z5 models, the Premium picks up a fingerprint scanner, integrated into the phone’s power button.

The name “Premium” extends to the phone’s build, as well, with Sony giving the handset a polished mirror shine for its chrome, black, and gold color options.3

With a 23MP main camera, the phone has no problem shooting the 4K video you’ll need to show off that high-res screen, and can even capture 8MP stills from your footage. Up front, you’ll find a 5MP sensor.

The Xperia Z5 Premium runs a Snapdragon 810, has 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of internal storage, and supports microSD expansion.

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Source: Sony

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