One of the main features of the Xperia 1 flagship that Sony launched earlier this year is its 6.5-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That screen was big and high-res, but its aspect ratio might make it a bit too large for some, so Sony has introduced a smaller version.
The Sony Xperia 5 features the same tall 21:9 aspect ratio as the Xperia 1, but in a smaller 6.1-inch size. That OLED display has a 2520x1080 resolution and HDR and, like the Xperia 1's screen, will let you run two apps simultaneously.
Another major feature of the Xperia 5 is its triple rear camera setup. Brought over from the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5's cameras include a main 12MP sensor with 26mm lens, a 12MP 16mm lens for wide angle photos, and a 12MP 52mm snapper for portrait and telephoto shots. Sony has also included some camera enhancements from its Alpha cameras, like continuous burst shooting at up to 10fps and increased AF/AE calculations at up to 30fps.
Inside the Xperia 5 is the same Snapdragon 855 processor found in the larger Xperia 1 as well as 6GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in storage, and a microSD slot that'll let you add up to 512GB of additional storage. There's a 3140mAh battery included along with USB PD fast charging, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and back of the phone, and IP65/68 water resistance. The Xperia 5 comes preloaded with Android 9 Pie.
Sony will begin taking pre-orders for the Xperia 5 in "select markets" in Europe next week, and the new phone will launch in October. To help make the Xperia 5 even more attractive, Sony says that it'll bundle its WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones with the new device.
We've seen Sony offer smaller flagships in the past with its Xperia Compact phones, and the Xperia 5 continues that trend. It may sound strange to think of a phone with a 6.1-inch screen as "compact", but that 21:9 aspect ratio should make it a bit easier to hold than some other 6-inch+ smartphone displays. And it's great to see that Sony managed to give the smaller Xperia 5 many of the same specs as its Xperia 1 flagship, as some device makers tend to move to lesser specs when making a smaller version of an existing flagship.
With a smaller display, Snapdragon 855, and triple rear cameras, does the Xperia 5 interest you?