Last year Sony released three variants of the Xperia Z 5 series, coming in with a standard Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and a phablet-sized Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
While some rumors earlier on this year were pointing towards a refreshed Z series lineup that would have seen the likes of Xperia Z6 come into play, Sony surprised the world by coming in with a refreshed series – the Xperia X series. Just like last year, this year’s lineup saw three models announced – Sony Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance. Unlike last year’s options which had three different screen sizes, Sony stuck to uniformity in terms of display panels, featuring a 5-inch LCD screen all through.
So, how do the current Sony Xperia X series compared against the outgoing Sony Xperia Z5 series? To narrow down this comparison, we’ll only look at the middle-of-the-pack variants namely Sony Xperia ZA and Sony Xperia X.
As mentioned earlier, the Xperia X series features the same screen size of 5 inches. This is slightly smaller than the 5.2-inches you get on Xperia Z5. Nevertheless, the two devices have the same Full HD IPS LCD panels with a resolution of 1080p, but the pixel density is higher on the Xperia X (441ppi) than the Xperia Z5, which has 428ppi.
As you may have noticed, the updates here are very insignificant, but at least you get crispier views on the newer model.
Hardware and software specs
You will find major differences under the hood of these two phones. While the Xperia X comes with mid-range hardware that includes a Snapdragon 650 SoC and a better Adreno 510 GPU, last year’s Xperia Z5 packs a premium chipset in the shape of Snapdragon 810 and an Adreno 410 GPU. Still, you will find the same 3GB RAM on both handsets. As far as storage options are concerned, the Xperia X ships with two variants of 32GB and 64GB whereas the Xperia Z5 only has a 32GB option. However, you can expand the storage on both handsets using a microSD card of up to 200GB.
You will also be happy to know that both devices come with a fingerprint scanner on board.
Shifting attention to the software side of things, the Xperia Z5 comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, but it can be updated to the latest Android Marshmallow version. This is the same version you will find on Sony Xperia X right out of the box.
Camera and battery life
Sony is well-known for its prowess when it comes to photography. The Xperia X is a real step up from the Xperia Z5 in this area, but the change only affects the selfie camera. While last year’s Xperia Z5 packs a 5.1MP selfie lens, you’ll find a 13MP selfie camera on the standard X model. As for the rear snappers, the two phones have the same 23MP sensor with a similar aperture of f/2.0.
The battery department is where the Xperia Z5 seems to be getting it all. This is because the phone has a decent 2900mAh battery unit as opposed to the 2620mAh available on the Xperia X.