The designs are overall more than familiar, the hidden backs still allegedly made of glass, but the side power buttons may also work as security-enhancing fingerprint recognition systems.
Now that Sony has essentially all its mid-range smartphone bases covered, and the IFA stage is set, it’s time to take another stab at challenging crowd-pleasing iPhones and top-tier Samsung Galaxy S installments.
Enter the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, which might sound like premature follow-ups to the Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact, but they’re actually long overdue from a certain standpoint. Unfortunately, the radical aesthetic overhauls expected for ages will probably be delayed once again, as Sony looks to focus on under-the-hood upgrades.
Bye-bye, feverish Snapdragon 810 processor, welcome, potent and stable 820! They say 4 GB RAM and a gigantic 4,500 mAh battery could also be on deck for the full-sized Z5, alongside an ingenious fingerprint scanner disguised as a bland power physical key.
The same biometric authentication method will reportedly be accommodated by the diminutive variant, pictured next to an iPhone 6 so as to carefully conceal its lateral parts. That’s only one of the curious details making today’s “leak” seem implausible, with far too hefty screen bezels adding a touch of suspicion regarding the legitimacy of the above photo.
Granted, this has always been a fault of “premium” Xperia engineering, so it’s not completely out of the question, but sooner or later, Sony must learn from past mistakes. Fingers crossed it happens next month, and the fugly prototypes depicted here turn out to be blatant fakes.
That said, we wouldn’t mind seeing the Z5 and Z5 Compact take full advantage of Android M’s native fingerprint support. Oh, and @vizileaks had better be wrong about the “less slippery” glass rear of the duo, and USB Type C absence. The latter is a must, and so is an all-metal construction.