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IFA 2015: Sony unveils the new Xperia Z5 range and more

By John Law - on 4 Sep 2015, 12:21pm

IFA 2015: Sony unveils the new Xperia Z5 range and more

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IFA 2015 has officially kicked off in Berlin and this year, Sony has quite a number of items on their list that they want to show off. From the sleek, slim, and beautiful Xperia Z5 phones to their upcoming VR headset, here's a brief list of what was shown off during the event.

Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, and Xperia Z5 Premium

It seems that the purported video leak of Sony's Xperia Z5 which popped up nearly a week ago has been confirmed by none other than Sony themselves, as the new Xperia Z5 smartphone lineup was officially announced during IFA 2015.

The Xperia Z5 is the flagship model of Sony's new Xperia Z5 line.

Unlike the previous generation Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z3 phones, Sony's new Xperia Z5 line will have not two, but three different models: the Xperia Z5 Compact, the Xperia Z5, and the Xperia Z5 Premium. Sony has made it clear that aside from some physical difference , all three smartphone models will carry similar specifications and hardware with them. That means that all three models are fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, and Sony's new 23MP Exmor RS mobile sensor and f/2.0 G Lens.

From the look of things, Sony has put a lot of thought into the design of their new camera, having apparently designed it with their Alpha lens camera technology. Additionally, the camera now features a new hybrid autofocus which Sony says is able to lock its focus on a subject in less than a second (0.003 seconds, specifically).

As its namesake suggests, the Xperia Z5 Compact is the smallest and most compact variation of Sony's new flagship smartphone line. It sports a 4.6-inch display which has a resolution of 720p, which is a bit of a missed opportunity for the phone, considering that Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) displays are slowly but surely becoming the new norm for flagship displays. On top of that, Sony had decided to give the Xperia Z5 Compact a meager 2GB of RAM, as opposed to the standard 3GB of RAM that is fitted inside the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium.

The Xperia Z5 is the flagship model of the new Xperia Z5 line. It sports a Full HD display that measures in at 5.3-inches and as mentioned before, carries 3GB of RAM. Additionally, the phone supports Sony's HiRes Audio for lossless music playback, much like the company's Walkman devices.

However, the phone which definitely has our heads turning is the Xperia Z5 Premium. Featuring 4K resolution across a 5.5-inch display, it's currently the only smartphone model on the market that has a screen with a pixel density of 806ppi.

All the Xperia Z5 are built with an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, along with a capless USB port. Also, all three phone models have a built-in fingerprint sensor at the side of the phone, taking the place of the original power button.

The Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 are set to launch globally by October 2015, while the Xperia Z5 Premium will launch a month later on November 2015. Additionally, both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in both single and dual SIM variants.

Sony Walkman and Hi-Res Audio

Sony's new h.ear on headphones are colorful and built with Hi-Res digital noise canceling technology.

Smartphones aside, Sony also launched a new range of headphones and Walkman models during the convention.

The new range of headphones, called h.ear (pronounced as “hear”) features both new over-the-head style (known as “h.ear on”) and in-ear (called “h.ear in NC”) style headphones. The new h.ear on models feature simple colors and designs, and are available in several vibrant color schemes.

Sony's h.ear in NC earphones are the ones that you should take note of, however, as they are the first in-ear Hi-Res earphones that are equipped with digital noise canceling functionality, which means that you can listen to your music unperturbed by any external source.

The Walkman NW-A25HN.

For their Walkman range, Sony launched its new NW-A25HN and NW-ZX100HN models. Built with Hi-Res digital noise canceling features, the NW-A25HN will be packaged together with its own Hi-Res noise canceling headphones, which is Sony's way of providing a better out-of-the-box experience for the consumers.

The new NW-ZX100HN is smaller and more compact than its predecessor.

The NW-ZX100HN Walkman will also carry the same Hi-Res digital noise canceling features, as well as be bundled together with its own set of headphones. Like its predecessor, the NW-ZX100HN can boast continuous playback of up to 45 hours.

Sony BRAVIA TVs

Sony will be unveiling their new BRAVIA S85C and S80C Curved 4K LCD TVs during IFA 2015. Pictured here is the S80C.

Sony will also be showcasing their new previously announced X90C series of 4K BRAVIA TVs during IFA 2015. Additionally, they will also be showcasing their brand new S85C and S80C series of curved 4K LCD TVs. These TV are set to be the first curved 4K TVs that Sony has made for the BRAVIA line, and like the X90C series, the new curved BRAVIA TVs will be powered by the Sony's proprietary X1 image Processor and run off Google's Android TV operating system.

Gaming and Project Morpheus

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Sony's Project Morpheus was featured during this year's IFA 2015, and judging from the the various comments that have been floating around the web, the company's VR system seems to be on the right direction of taking the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console system to the next level of immersion. The player's head orientation and movements. The current iteration of Project Morpheus seems to be equipped with a 5.7-inch, 1,920 x RGB x 1,080, OLED display, and has the ability to render images at 120fps.

As mentioned before, Sony plans to release their coveted VR headsets to the masses sometime during 2016, but fell shy of mentioning any specific dates.

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