• The Sony Xperia Z is a touchscreen enabled[8] Android smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Sony.

The Sony Xperia Z is a touchscreen enabled[8] Android smartphone designed, developed and marketed by Sony. (Photo : Facebook/Sony Xperia Z)

Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact are now available to the U.S. market. Unlocked forms of both smartphones can now be purchased on Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, among others and will be sold for $599 and $499, respectively.


The Sony Xperia Z5 and its compact variant will sport Snapdragon 810 processors, 32GB of memory and 23MP rear cameras. Both of the devices have built-in PS4 Remote Play support too, Playstation Lifestyle reported. This will enable both phones to support PS4 gameplay.

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The following are key points in setting up PS4 Remote Play on the Z5 series:

  1. First, make sure both the PS4 and Xperia Z5 are connected to the same Wi-Fi.

  2. After downloading the PS4 Remote Play app on the phone, go to the remote play connection settings on the PS4 and tap add device. It will provides a code for connecting the devices.

  3. Pair a DualShock 4 with your Xperia Z5 by selecting register on the PS4 Remote Play app. Follow the instructions to connect the DualShock 4. Select next and wait for the connection to initiate. If it does not connect automatically, choose skip and type in the code itself.


The variants' major difference is its respective screen sizes. The Sony Xperia Z5 will sport a 5.2-inch display, while the Sony Xperia Z5 compact will have dimensions of 4.6-inch.

Another difference is the RAM. It will be 3GB for the Sony Xperia Z5 and 2GB for the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Also. the Sony Xperia Z5 is available in white, black, green, and gold, while the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact version comes in white, black, yellow, and coral.

While there are a few differences, both are configured to work well on  T-Mobile, AT&T and other U.S. networks that share the same frequencies, Engadget reported.

Unlike the versions in other countries, however, neither of the US-specific variants has a fingerprint sensor underneath the power button. With the default Android 5.1 which the phones come in with, a fingerprint button serves no major purpose. But should either model receive an Android 6.0 upgrade, they will also not support finger-based authentication.

With Sony Xperia Z5 series not having fingerprint sensor, both are still reliable handsets with Sony Xperia Z5 Compact boasting a lot of battery power.

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