Yes, it’s official, the Sony Xperia Z5 smartphone has a 4K screen, revealed at IFA 2015

by on September 4, 2015

Stephan Jukic – September 4, 2015

Sony is officially the first company in the smartphone market to finally release such a tiny mobile devices with its own native 4K ultra HD display. The company’s new range of phones includes a mobile devices that Sony itself is calling the world’s first handset (smartphone) with a fully native 4K ultra HD display

The Xperia Z5 series, which was revealed to the public at this year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Wednesday Sept the 2nd, is made up of three new phones: the Z5 Compact, with a 4.6 inch HD screen, the mid-sized 5.2 inch Z5 phone with a Full HD screen and the Z5 Premium, which comes with the revolutionary new 4K smartphone display.

According to Sony, the last of these models is the world’s first ever 4K smartphone and as far as we’re aware, this is certainly the case for a phone that has been revealed to the public in this way. Rumors about upcoming 4K smartphones have circulated for more than a year now but to date, up until this new Sony announcement, nothing concrete ever emerged. Either phone makers would simply introduce heavy duty processing that theoretically could sustain a 4K display or they’d settle for (the now rather common) 4K video cameras in select flagship smartphones.

There are many smartphones on the market with Full HD displays and a few with UHD displays that don’t reach the pixel density of full 4K resolution. The Xperia Z5 Premium is the first phone to really go the whole nine yards and deliver this many pixels in such an absolutely tiny display space.

Sony itself has done the improbable at least partly in an effort to boost its image among consumers in a market that has become brutally competitive and very tough to deal with. Research on smartphone makers’ sales has shown that HTC, the major Taiwanese  smartphone manufacturer, has reported a net loss of $253 million dollars in the second quarter of 2015, mainly due to weak sales of its smartphones. Furthermore, while worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to increase by 10.4 percent in 2015 at 1.44 billion units sold, this positive figure doesn’t look so good when compared to the 27.5 percent growth in phone sales that happened throught 2014.

Sony’s mobile technology division has been suffering particularly during this slowed down market period and has reported losses of 189 billion during the last three months of 2015.

a recently leaked video featured a Sony executive discussing the Z5's 4K screen, confirming previous rumors before the formal public announcement

a recently leaked video featured a Sony executive discussing the Z5’s 4K screen, confirming previous rumors before the formal public announcement

The new Xperia Z5 phones are part of a focus on Sony’s strongest areas of business, in gaming and image sensors. Thus, the new phones feature these technologies prominently. The Z5 comes with a new and massive 23 megapixel camera and is Sony’s first phone to include an image sensor since 2013.

In other words, Sony is focusing on creating a phone that truly is all about visuals. In the words of Francisco Jeronimo, research director of European mobile devices at IDC Research, “They are truly focusing on the camera, on the display and how to make sure the first 4K smartphone is interesting”

Interesting is indeed the right word for a 4K display on a smartphone. The processing power and battery life necessary to make such a powerful display work are going to be enormous and the Z5 premium almost certainly includes greatly enhanced batteries and SoC chipset technology.

All three phones will be available to consumers as of November, with the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact going on sale as of October. Pricing details for all three models aren’t yet available but we can certainly expect more of a high-end price tag at least for the Z5 Premium.

Also, check out this video about the new Xperia Z5 Premium and its native 4K display

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