Sony announces Xperia 5 with triple-cam setup, Eye AF and 6.1" 21:9 CinemaWide display: Digital Photography Review

Sony announces Xperia 5 with triple-cam setup, Eye AF and 6.1″ 21:9 CinemaWide display: Digital Photography Review

Sony has announced the Xperia 5, the latest addition to its flagship smartphone lineup. The new phone brings technology from Sony’s Xperia 1 smartphone and puts them in a slightly more manageable size.

The Xperia 5 features a 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display with BT.2020 color accuracy. The screen uses technologies from Sony’s Bravia TV systems to help bring High Dynamic Range (HDR) technologies to its latest smartphone. Another neat feature of the Xperia 5 is a new Creator mode, a feature inspired by Sony’s Master Series TV systems that adds 10-bit tonal gradation (8 bit display with 2 bit software smoothing) to the display, which makes it possible to support the ITU-R BT.2020 color space in addition to CDI-P3 and Illuminant D65.

Sony has also added Dolby Atmos surround sound technology to add ‘breathtaking realism’ to audio coming from the device, whether you’re using headphones or the built-in stereo speakers on the Xperia 5.

On the imaging front, the Xperia 5 uses a triple-camera setup with 12-megapixel sensors behind each of the three lenses: a 16mm, a 26mm and a 52mm (35mm equivalent). Sony doesn’t mention the apertures of the 16mm and 52mm lens but notes the main 26mm lens features an F1.6 aperture that works alongside the Dual Photo Diode image sensor with 1.5μm pixel pitch for better low-light capabilities. The imaging system uses a Sony Bionz X image processor for mobile as well as Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to get the most from the camera unit.

Sony has also brought its Eye AF technology to the Xperia 5, as well as continuous burst shooting up to 10 frames per second with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure calculations taking place at up to 30 frames per second.

Other features include Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and back of the device, USB PD charging, a 3140mAh battery, IP68/IP65 water resistance and Sony’s ‘smart connectivity’ function that uses Neural Network Libraries to analyze Wi-Fi and LTE signals to know when to switch from one to the other for optimal connectivity.

The Xperia 5 will be available in the United States at various retailers starting November 2019 for a retail price of $799 and will ship with Android 9 Pie. For more information, visit Sony’s product page.

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