Sony's Upcoming Z5 Flagship (Probably) Gets Shown Off On Video

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Sony’s new flagship smartphone isn’t meant to make its debut until later this week, but that hasn’t stopped someone leaking a two-minute video showing off some of the phone’s better features.

The video looks like an interview between a journalist from French site Clubic, and a Sony media rep, who spends the video running through the features of Sony’s three new phones: the Z5 Compact, regular Z5, and 5.5-inch Z5 Premium.

The video’s in French (and far from exhaustive), but a few details of the Z5 that had been previously rumored are a little more confirmed: all three phones will have fingerprint sensors in the side, 23MP camera units with crazy-fast autofocus, and Sony’s traditional waterproofing and boxy Omnium design. Most interestingly, though, the Z5 Premium apparently has a 4K screen.


Combine that 4K resolution — which is 3840 x 2160 pixels, for those of you keeping score at home — with the Z5 Premium’s (rumored) 5.5-inch screen, and you get a PPI of about 800. That’s ludicrously high compared to most other flagship smartphones, which run around 300-400 PPI.

It’s actually so high as to be pointless, except for one thing: virtual reality. Strap a 4K screen inches from your face, in some kind of device like Samsung’s Gear VR, and you’d be in for a fairly glorious time.


As always, leaked videos and rumors need to be taken with a fistful of salt: it’s always possible that someone with too much time on their hands is undertaking a very elaborate (and in this case, very foreign) troll. But in any case, we’ve only got until Wednesday until all will be revealed.