Sony Xperia 5 vs Sony Xperia 1, this is all that has changed
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Sony Xperia 5 vs Sony Xperia 1, this is all that has changed

Sony has not missed the IFA 2019. The company has taken advantage of the Berlin event to unveil its new Sony Xperia 5, a high-end device that comes to renew the well-known Sony Xperia 1. As such, the new Japanese mobile retakes the screen in 21: 9 format and retains most of the design elements, but there are changes and differences that should be noted.

With the Sony Xperia 5 already presented and waiting for October to arrive so you can buy, let’s compare it with the previous model to see where it has put the Sony spotlight. In a nutshell, we can summarize this comparison by saying that they are very similar devices and that the differences are in size and photographic section. But let’s not do spoilers and let’s start.

Back at 21: 9, but now more compact

 

If the Sony Xperia 1 stood out for something, it was to mount the first 4K HDR OLED screen with 21: 9 format on a smartphone. The Sony Xperia 5 picks up the witness but making some sacrifices along the way. The Sony Xperia 1 had a 6.5-inch panel, while the Sony Xperia 5 goes down to 6.1 inches and reduces the resolution to FullHD +.

Saving the size, aesthetic differences are few

That translates into a more compact body since the height and thickness have been reduced. The Sony Xperia 1 measured 167 x 72 x 8.2 and weighed 178 grams, while the Sony Xperia 5 becomes smaller and measures 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm. Shorter, less wide and with a similar thickness. The weight has also been greatly reduced. The edges have also been better used, but we still have the frames that we have been seeing for so long in Sony phones.

Beyond this, few differences. The camera module has moved to the upper left corner instead of keeping it in the central axis and the side fingerprint reader is retained. In the image above it can be verified that saving the size, both models are very similar.

The same engine we know of the Xperia 1

 

No news in this aspect. The Sony Xperia 1 had 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and the Sony Xperia 5 remains with the same figures. The Japanese firm has not chosen to increase the RAM to 8 GB or, as some other phones have done, 12 GB. It is a configuration that we already know more than enough.

Nor are there differences in the processor, since it mounts the Snapdragon 855 (not the Plus model, but the standard). It is the same SoC of the Sony Xperia 1 and, as such, it retains the eight cores at a maximum speed of 2.8 GHz, as well as the Adreno 640 GPU. It gives life to Android 9 Pie as an operating system, a fact that both share terminals

Both devices share the same processor

The reduction in size has also meant a cut in battery amperage, since the Sony Xperia 5 has 3,140 mAh, while the Sony Xperia 1 had 3,300 mAh. It is not a significant difference, but there it is. Both models are compatible with fast charging and share connectivity. There is no shortage of NFC, USB type C, dual SIM, dual-band WiFi or Bluetooth 5.0. We don’t know anything about a possible version with 5G.

Three cameras again, but with improvements

 

We end with the photographic section, where we do not find differences in the sensors or their resolution, but in the technologies that we can access. By taking away the technical data, both the Sony Xperia 1 and the Sony Xperia 5 have three 12-megapixel sensors with exactly the same function: normal 26mm wide-angle, 12mm wide-angle and telephoto lens that, yes, happens to be 52 mm to 36 mm.

Beyond that, the new thing about the Sony Xperia 5 is that it is capable of making a continuous burst of up to 10 frames per second with AF / AE tracking. The AF / AE calculations have also been increased up to 30 frames per second, which allows, according to Sony, to “capture moving subjects with a precision focus”.

The cameras of the Sony Xperia 5 features Eye AF, a technology inherited from the Sony Alpha

“CineAlta” technology has been improved, being able to create several projects with different configurations, more precisely adjust white balance, manual focus and audio recording levels. That is complemented by an interesting function: you can cut and mount clips on the fly.

The last two novelties are “Photography Advice”, which is able to detect when we put our finger on the camera or when one of the subjects has their eyes closed to improve the taking of photographs, and Eye AF technology. This, which we know Sony Alpha cameras, allows you to follow the eyes of the subject and always keep it in focus.

Comparison table

SONY XPERIA 5 SONY XPERIA 1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm
164 grams
167 x 72 x 8.2 mm
180 grams
SCREEN 6.1 inch OLED
Resolution FullHD +
Aspect Ratio 21: 9
HDR
6.5-inch OLED
Resolution 4K
The aspect ratio of 21: 9
HDR
PROCESSOR Snapdragon 855
GPU Adreno 640
Snapdragon 855
GPU Adreno 640
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
INTERNAL STORAGE 128 GB expandable with microSD cards 128 GB expandable with microSD cards
REAR CAMERA 12 + 12 + 12 MP 12 + 12 + 12 MP
FRONT CAMERA 8 MP 8 MP
DRUMS 3.140 mAh
Fast charging USB PD
3.140 mAh
Fast charging USB PD
OS Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
CONNECTIVITY 4G 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi AC
NFC
Smart Connectivity
GPS
USB Type C 3.1
4G
Bluetooth 5.0
WiFi AC
NFC
GPS
USB Type C 3.1
OTHERS Side fingerprint reader
Dualshock 4 compatibility
Dolby Atmos sound
Side fingerprint reader
Dualshock 4 compatibility
Dolby Atmos sound
LAUNCH PRICE Determined 949 euros

 

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