How much longer can Sony avoid the world’s second largest smartphone market with its 4K resolution pioneer? Even if US carriers were entirely to blame for Xperia Z5 Premium’s local scarcity (and they probably are), there’s no logical justification why the 5.5-inch beast isn’t available unlocked directly from the device maker yet.
Rubbing salt into the wounds of Android power users stateside, Sony has joined forces with Bell to roll out the Z5 Premium up north. Canada’s number three mobile operator sells the handheld both on and off-contract, at $300 and $750 respectively.
That’s CAD, mind you, not USD, and the tags actually convert to a surprisingly palatable $225 and $565 in currency most of you are more familiar with. In comparison, the no-term Samsung Galaxy Note 5 costs CAD $850 through Bell, and the iPhone 6s Plus sets you back a whopping $1,055 even in an “entry-level”, 16GB configuration.
Of course, Sony’s designs may not be everyone’s cup of tea, though of the three competing high-enders, the Z5 Premium is the only one that resists water interaction up to 30 minutes beyond 1.5 meter depths.
The 3,840 x 2,160 pix res screen is unquestionably the main selling point, regardless of limitations, while an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip runs the hardware show, backed by a generous 3GB RAM and sizable 3,430 mAh battery.
But truly everything about the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium sends a distinct vibe of extreme “premiumness”, including 23 and 5MP cameras, 32GB internal storage, fast battery charging capabilities, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Guess this launch will royally take the sting out of LG’s V10 Canadian snub.