There's always a buzz when a new "flagship" is announced but surprisingly, we didn't feel and see the same excitement when Sony's latest offering the Sony Xperia Z5 was unveiled. And to be honest, it wasn't lacking in the features, but there surely are factors which made people just say "meh" when the news about it broke out. Here are some reasons why everyone is not going gaga over the Z5.
Just like most of the handsets from the Xperia line, the Z5 is proclaimed as waterproof with an Ingress Protection rating of 65/68. However, after its announcement, Sony released a warning for all their smartphone users to not take their devices underwater. This leads to a question if the selling point of the Z5 should really be waterproof or not, with an open USB port with no caps what is the guarantee that you won't end up with a bricked phone after it getting wet?
Sure, they have the 4K now with the Premium version of the Xperia Z5 but why didn't Sony just go ahead and packed it on the Z5 in the first place? Now, compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, Xperia Z5 just pales in comparison.
Running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the Z5 had been reviewed to still show the symptoms of overheating or at least warming a bit which its predecessor had in the past. This doesn't sit well with most users especially those who uses their phones heavily whether for gaming or multitasking with a multitude of applications.
4. Battery life
Sony promised that the Z5 can last for 2 days when they have downsized it from 2900mAh compared to the 2930mAh that the Z3+ have. With different battery saving modes avaialble on the phone, it still depends on your usage. Reports say that even with Stamina mode, which is the best battery saving setting there is, the 48 hours mark is still not uttainable. How much more for those who can't sacrifice their data usage or stay away from their action-packed games?
It costs around $619 in Amazon, making it way expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S6 and even the Apple iPhone6. Honestly, with its specs at the moment, any buyer will definitely think twice if not outrightly dismiss the Xperia Z5 due to this.
Yes, there are some finer points for the Z5 as it's one of the best smartphone cameras out in the market at 23MP, however disadvantages such as no wireless charging, a lower resolution, a slightly bigger body, and a unique finger scanner makes it the least darling of the crowd. Now, Sony faces a new challenge of making their next flagship something worth talking about again.