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    Sony launches the first 4K smartphone

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      Sony launches the first 4K smartphone

      Sony launches the first 4K smartphone: Xperia Z5 Premium boasts 23MP camera with autofocus that's faster than the blink of an EYE | Daily Mail Online
      Sony launches the first 4K smartphone: Xperia Z5 Premium boasts 23MP camera with autofocus that's faster than the blink of an EYE

      • Sony has unveiled the first 4K smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium
      • The firm also launched a waterproof Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact
      • 23MP camera with interchangeable lenses has fastest autofocus on market
      • The handsets additionally have fingerprint sensors built-in, like the iPhone

      Sony has unveiled three new handsets - including what it claims is the first 4K smartphone - at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) consumer technology fair in Berlin.

      The key development in all the handsets, named the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and 4K Xperia Z5 Premium, is the camera.
      Each of the Android 5.1 Lollipop handsets boast a staggering 23MP sensor with super-fast focus technology, and they each support an interchangeable lens system.

      The three handsets were rumoured last week when the Sony Georgia Facebook page leaked images and information.

      Now the handsets, which come in three sizes, have been confirmed.

      The star of the show is the Xperia Z5 Premium, which has a 5.5-inch '4K Triuminos' screen.

      It boasts a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which equates to 800 pixels per inch (PPI).

      This is a substantial leap from current hi-resolution smartphones which typically have PPIs of around 550 or less.

      The handset can additionally show videos and photos in 4K and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.

      Elsewhere it has 32GB of internal memory, with space for a 200GB external microSD card, and a 3430mAh battery that is said to last two days on a single charge.

      Sony added that the camera has the fastest autofocus of any smartphone at 0.03 seconds, which is faster than the blink of an eye.

      Meanwhile, the Xperia Z5 has a smaller and lower resolution display at 5.2 inches and 428PPI.

      The phone is designed with fashion in mind - with a metal frame, a frosted glass back and the choice of four colours including white, black, gold and green.

      The phone is powered by the same processor as the premium version and also has two days of battery life on a single charge.

      It additionally features Quacomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which means users can get 5.5 hours of battery life in 10 minutes of charging.

      The third device, the Z5 Compact, has similar specifications to the Z5 but is smaller, with a 4.6-inch screen packing 323PPI.

      It comes in white black, coral and bright yellow.

      All the handsets have an integrated fingerprint sensor power button for locking and unlocking the device, as well as verifying payments.

      They also have 'DSEE HX' technology, which upscales MP3 and Spotify tracks to near hi-resolution quality, while a new headset cuts background noise by up to 98 per cent.

      Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at, told MailOnline: 'Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium handset certainly packs in the pixels with its stunning 4K resolution display, but it raises the question - do we really need TV-quality screens on our phones?

      'There isn't really any 4K content available for mobiles yet, so this is a huge gamble for Sony, and at a time when it really needs a win following the launch of its lacklustre Z3+ handset almost a year ago.

      'However, there is an argument for turning up early to the party. Sony's already well-established in the 4K TV market, so there's no reason why it shouldn't attempt to set the benchmark for next-generation smartphones too.

      'If that fails, Sony has two other new phones to fall back on. And a three-pronged launch might well turn its fortunes around.

      'The smaller-screened Compact and the Z5 don't have the 4K resolution screen but they both pack in the same, and much-improved, 23-megapixel camera and fast fingerprint scanner as the Z5 Premium.

      'It's a clever move by Sony to give those on lower budgets the luxury of choice. And it proves that mobile makers don't need to cut corners on specs, just to cut corners on price.'

      Other features include the option to play PlayStation 4 titles anywhere in their home with PS4 Remote Play.

      While no prices have yet been announced, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally in October, while the Xperia Z5 Premium will arrive in November.

      In the UK, the Z5 and Z5 Compact will be available on Vodafone, EE and Three. O2 will also be offering the handsets and has exclusive rights to the yellow Z5 Compact.

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      Re: Sony launches the first 4K smartphone

      Did not even know sony made phones anymore or in fact they were even in the phone business these days. Not seen much about them recently.
      If I remember from a few years back sony phones ran windows 7/8 didn't they, would not want that or even windows 10 on a phone.
      Brings back some memories way before the iPhone I had a Sony Ericsson P990i that ran Symbian. It had a stylus and keyboard. So glad we have moved on LOL.
      Traded it in for a htc tytn ii that ran Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 and then hacked it to run the first early editions Android and then of course came the iPhone and some good Android phones and now the happy owner of Samsung phone/phablet/tablets.

      A 200gb mini sd, that must be a good 250+ cost on its own.

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      I really don't see the point of a 4K screen that's so small?

      It that the same Snapdragon 810 processor that was having over-heating issues a few months ago as well?



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