Sony Xperia 5 V: A Flagship Camera and Fresh Design Unveiled in Latest Launch

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Sony Xperia 5 V: Compact Flagship Powerhouse Unveiled 

True to its promise, Sony has introduced its latest compact flagship, the Sony Xperia 5 V. Unlike its predecessors that often faced delays in availability, this remarkable smartphone is set to hit the market later this month, delivering a potent combination of performance and design. 

Design and Display 

The Xperia 5 V embraces the concept of a compact phone, featuring a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED panel with an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. It retains Sony’s iconic 21:9 narrow aspect ratio, ensuring a sleek and cinematic viewing experience. While it’s categorized as “compact,” it’s worth noting that it’s still slightly larger than some other small-sized phones like the Asus Zenfone or the late iPhone Mini. 

Sony has kept the convention of having bezels at the top and bottom, and it continues to feature a pair of front-firing speakers. Although the phone has gained 11 grams and a slightly increased thickness, it remains marginally shorter than its predecessor. Transitioning from the Xperia 1 V, the Xperia 5 V offers a pleasantly compact feel that many users appreciate. 

Internals and Storage 

Under the hood, Sony equips the Xperia 5 V with Qualcomm’s most powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, complemented by 8 GB of RAM and a generous 128 GB of storage. And if you find yourself needing more storage space, rest assured, it’s expandable through a microSD card. 

The device will come running Android 13 out of the box, ensuring you have access to the latest features and updates. 

Cameras 

Sony takes a different approach with the Xperia 5 V, opting for a dual-camera setup instead of the previous triple-camera arrangement. However, this new configuration features a significantly more capable sensor. The Xperia 5 V shares the same impressive 1/1.35-inch 52MP main sensor as the top-end Xperia 1 V. This enhanced sensor size, combined with bright optics, translates to improved light capture, particularly when using the 2x zoom setting (equivalent to a 48mm focal length). This results in better light-gathering capabilities compared to the telephoto camera on the Xperia 5 IV. 

The second camera in the setup is a 12MP 1/2.5-inch ultrawide lens with a focal length of 16mm, resembling the camera used in both the Xperia 1 V and the previous year’s Xperia 5 IV. This camera boasts dual-pixel autofocus technology, ensuring you capture stunning wide-angle shots with ease. 

On the front, a capable 12MP 1/2.9-inch camera continues to handle selfies for another year, promising crisp and vibrant self-portraits. 

Battery and Pricing 

The Xperia 5 V retains its predecessor’s battery capacity at 5,000 mAh. However, with the upgraded Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, improved battery life is expected. Sony claims that you can achieve a 50% charge in just 30 minutes using their 30W charger (available separately). 

The Sony Xperia 5 V is set to grace stores in late September, with a starting price of €999. 

Sony Xperia 5 V Specifications 

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510) 
  • GPU: Adreno 740 
  • OS: Android 13 
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G 
  • Display: 6.1″ OLED with 1080 x 2520 pixels resolution, 120Hz, 1B colors, HDR10 
  • Memory: RAM: 8 GB; Internal: 128 GB, 256 GB; Card slot: yes 
  • Camera: Rear (Dual): 48 MP, f/1.9, 24mm (wide), Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; 12 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), Dual Pixel PDAF 
  • Front: 12 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide) 
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Platinum Silver 
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted 
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, 30W fast charging 
  • Price: €999 

The Sony Xperia 5 V combines compact design with cutting-edge features, promising a premium smartphone experience for users who seek power and performance without compromising on size

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