Whether a 4K display on a smartphone is useful, just gimmick, or proof of concept, or on the contrary, is up to you to decide. What we do know is that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the world’s first phone to pack a crazy resolution of 3840×2160 on a 5.5-inch display, for an even crazier pixel density of beyond 800PPI. Sony’s already pushing its fresh Xperia Z5 line-up in recent ads, but there’s more to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium resolution than just the numbers on paper.
As it turns out, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will barely use its native 4K resolution. As a matter of fact, the phone will always operate in Full HD, or less, except in certain, specific applications, like the Gallery, for instance, allowing you to view 4K content (pictures and videos). The clarification came straight from Sony, after lots of discussions, rumors, and controversy, surrounding the screenshots taken from the phone, which are all in 1080p.
“Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K display with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels based on SID Standard and enables all video and image content to be enjoyed in 4K resolution. All other content is displayed at 1080P or lower resolution in order to optimise the performance and battery stamina for this device, ensuring you can enjoy the 4K resolution when you need it most“, said the company in a statement.
Whether this is a deal breaker for some, or just an aspect that can be easily ignored, is up to every future potential Sony Xperia Z5 Premium owner. You can also argue that, on 5.5-inch displays, you can barely see a difference between Full HD, QHD, and 4K; still, do you think the world’s first 4K smartphone should be able to operate at its native resolution at all times, or did Sony make the right decision here?
Make sure to check out our Sony Xperia Z5 Premium hands-on from IFA, in case you missed it. Here’s the video embedded below for your viewing pleasure.