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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium only does 4K when you ‘need’ it, as 1,080p helps with battery

The Japanese device manufacturer is doing everything humanly possible to balance out cell endurance and top-notch display performance, but it may well end up enraging a fair share of power users.


4K resolution on a 5.5-inch handheld. Worthless, absurd gimmick, or welcome evolution of a rapidly progressing mobile environment? The verdict isn’t in yet, even though essentially everybody has an opinion.

To make sure you know all the facts before deciding to buy the Xperia Z5 Premium or snub it… once it’s actually available for sale, it’s important to carefully read and understand this Sony statement regarding certain pixel limitations:

Xperia Z5 Premium features a 4K display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels based on SID Standard and enables all video and image content to be enjoyed in 4K resolution. All other content is displayed at 1080P or lower resolution in order to optimise the performance and battery stamina for this device, ensuring you can enjoy the 4K resolution when you need it most.”

Confused? Things are actually pretty straightforward, and much simpler than some people who got to spend early quality time with the 806 ppi Android initially suggested. The Z5 Premium is a little like a muscle car short on fuel, which you can drive at maximum speed only on certain roads.

Xperia Z5 Premium 4K video

Metaphors aside, pictures and clips snapped in 4K glory are always viewable in 4K, while everything else is capped at FHD for your own good, i.e. for Sony to kill two birds with one stone, and flaunt two-day battery life as a key selling point in addition to the Ultra HD screen.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t Sony enable 4K across the UI, and let the user freely choose when a downscale was necessary, or perhaps conceive a feature automatically enforcing restrictions upon falling under a pre-set battery mark? Great question, too bad we’re unlikely to ever receive an honest answer.

An even better question is whether you still intend to purchase the Z5 Premium between this little “compromise”, and a recent odd clause added to the general waterproofing policy?

Source: Phone Arena

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